FIPS-Mou events - THIS IS NOT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE
LEVEN hosted one of the five sessions and has been kind to me as I won the Brown Bowl here in the Home International in 2003.
I base my approach on the information gathered in last year's practice and my general wild brown trout experience.
TEAM England set off to Sunnfjord, Norway for the 13th Fips Mouche European Championships in high hopes. The team had practiced on a wild brown trout venue in the North of England and i fished regularly on Eyebrook Reservoir, where the fishing is predominantly on the surface, closely mimicking Norway.
The competition venues consisted of three lake sessions, two of which would be from a drifting boat and one from the shore. The two remaining sessions would be on rivers, fed from the famous Norwegian glaciers. We were solely fishing for wild brown trout as there are no grayling that far south in Norway.
It is rare to observe masters up close. Rarer still, to see methods and skills that go way beyond the boundaries of the sport and begin to scale heights that have seldom - if ever - been achieved.
Welcome to total fly-fishing, welcome to the Czech Republic.
This particular episode was billed succulently enough as the World Youth Fly Fishing championships, a fiercely contested fly rod skirmish between various European countries - England, Wales and Ireland included, and the USA. Perhaps it is the fact that the contestants had to be aged 18 and under that makes what follows all the more remarkable - young Daniels and ‘Danielesses’ venturing into an aquatic ‘lion’s den’.