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Author: Iain Barr (Source: Trout Fisherman 11/2009, pp. 33-34)

Part 4: "I JUST HAD TO AVOID THE BLANK" World Champion lain Barr needed just oné smáli brownie from Loch Awe...when the pressure was on.

THE fourth session took me to arguably the hardest of the five venues. Loch Awe is some 25 miles long and is a very daunting but extremely beautiful place to fish. We had just one weekenďs practise where I caught only five fish in two days' fishing. However, this practise wastopayhuge dividends during my world championship session.

Author: Iain Barr (Source: Trout Fisherman 10/2009, pp. 21-23)

PART 3: "TREAT THE RIVER LIKE A CHESSBOARD": That's how Iain Barr took five River Tay browns on his way to becoming World Champion 2009

DESPITE being an experienced stillwater angler, I'm confident I can turn my skills to the river when required. In my 12 years of competing at international level I've fished alongside the world's best river anglers. I've learnt a lot in these years having taken second and ninth individual in the last two European Championships dominated by rivers. Incidentally, I actually qualified for England's river team before the loch-style team, back in 1997!

Author: Iain Barr (Source: Trout Fisherman 9/2009, pp. 21-23)

TROUT FISHERMAN GETS EXCLUSIVE INSIGHT INTO HOW NEW WORLD CHAMPION IAIN BARR APPROACHED EACH SESSION. PART 2: CARRON VALLEY

THE second session saw me heading for Carron Valley where it was unexpectedly won with just six fish in the first morning session. I'm thinking this will be the session where I'll need over 20 fish to win. On the short bus journey to the venue from Loch Leven, John Horsey confirms some detail about Carron. He'd caught just two fish, which means this was going to be tough.

Author: Iain Barr (Source: Trout Fisherman 6/2009, pp. 19-21)

 TROUT FISHERMAN GETS EXCLUSIVE INSIGHT INTO HOW NEW WORLD CHAMPION IAIN BARR APPROACHED EACH SESSION. PART I: LOCHLEVEN

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.

Source: Iain Barr (Trout Fisherman 11-12/2007, pp. 48-53)

tactics_2007_001_img_01_t Iain Barr reveals the incredible tactical journey towards England's silver medal in the European Championships.

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.

Author: Charles Jardine (FFFT, Oct 2005, pp. 54-57)

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’.