Source: CZN

Author: John Horsey (Trout Fisherman, June 2008, pp. 122 - 126)

THE venues for the 28th FIPS Mouche World Flyfishing Championships in New Zealand were three rivers - the Whanganui, the Waihou and the Waimakariri, as well as Lakes Otamangakau; known as the Big "O" and Rotoaira.

Author: Ivan Vančura

This year´s European Fly Fishing Championship took place in Spain in the area of Cantabria. I took part in this Championship as a Captain of the Czech team together with Jaromír Šram (Jája), Filip Apjar, Víťa Pavlacký (Keňa) and Roman Jorka. Then there were two of our individuals more – Milan Čubík and Luboš Roza. However, one month before the start of the Championship it was not clear, whether it will take place or not. The original term of filing the applications was moved by 2 weeks and therefore we were unsure.

Author: Martin Drož

New Zealand, a very distant and very interesting country, was chosen for this year's world championship in fly-fishing. For all of us the championship started long before the departure itself as we needed to find out as much as possible about fishing in these geographical locations. The championship took place from 22nd to 30th March in the city of Rotorua on North Island from where we set out for moreless distant trails. For competition sections lakes Rotoraira and Otamangakau were chosen where the fishing was held from drifting boats, and also three rivers: the Whanganui river, the Waihou stream and the Waimakariri river.

Author: Martin Musil

The XXVIIth World Championship in flyfishing took place this time in the Finnish part of Lapland between 13th – 19th June under participation of competitors from 23 countries. Czech national team was defending last year´s success from Portugal, where the Czechs won the gold in teams and gold and bronze individual medals. This year´s Czech team consisted of Antonín Pešek, Martin Drož, Tomáš Starýchfojtů, Jaromír (Jája) Šram and a new member Tomáš Adam, captain was Jiří Klíma and team manager Martin Musil.

Author: Karel Křivanec

The XVII. European Fly Fishing Championship was held in Forde vicinity found in Sun Fjord. The Norwegian organisers picked waters with occurence of the brown trout and all tactics could be focused on this only fish. Alltogether 16 men's teams and one women's team (England 2) and also 3 individuals from Bulgaria and Romania were accredited. We also first saw Hungarian participants here. Apart from the local Norwegians, the Czechs, Polish and the already-mentioned English had two teams each.

Author: Pavel Machan

1st periode – Lake Valle de Rossim

Flies: Sparkler size 10, Black Glass-buzzer size 12, Sparkler size 10, nylon 0,18 mm monofile, fly line – fast clear intermediate. One brownie 57 cm on Black Buzzer, Two rainbows on Sparklers, last hour change on sinking line D 4 and rolly poly – next two rainbows on Sparkler Bobby. I was with five bags on thirth place in my group, winner Janne Pirkkalainen (Finland) - 11 bags.

Author: Martin Drož

 Martin Droz Long before our departure for this World Championship in fly fishing, we were certain that we would only be catching a small number of wild brownies, and also that very clear waters and lakes would offer only a few more rainbow trouts. So, our first Portuguese impression was incredible heat, terrible drought and a steel blue sky - simply, the worst conditions for fishing anywhere.

Martin Grün, the team manager, had reserved a hotel in a small town of Tabua, from where we set out for all practice venues before the championship. Our first training took place on the largest of the three contest rivers, the Mondego. It is about 40 m wide, with a stony bottom and very clear water which is also rather warm in summers.

After a couple of hours, the effort of six anglers was unsuccessful and we did not catch a single trout, as opposed to the non-eligible barbels romping everywhere.

Author: Karel Křivanec

At the Senior World Championship in Portugal the team of fly fishermen from the Czech Republic reached a great result, which is the best in all history. In a very difficult competition we luckily managed to defeat the team of France, which was the biggest favorite and the Czechs reached for the team gold after the long seven years. Two more valuable medals were won by the individuals.