Italy – Comano Terme, Terentino, 18th-24th July 2022
The 7th FIPS-Mouche Masters World Fly Fishing Championships, for competitors aged over 50, was held in Comano Terme, Terentino, Italy, from 18th-24th July 2022. It was held in parallel with the 19th Cortland World Youth Fly Fishing Championships.
Australia – Belgium – Czech Republic – Finland – France – Ireland – Italy – Luxemburg – Nederlands – New Zealand – Romania – Scotland – Slovakia – Slovenia – South Africa – Spain – Sweden – USA
The 7th FIPS-Mouche Masters World Fly Fishing Championships wias held on three rivers, the Sarca, the Chiese and the Noce. The Sarca River has its source in the Adamello glaciers and flows into Lake Garda, leaving the lake as the Mincio River. Lake Garda is 77 kilometers from the source. The Chiese River has its source in the Adamello Group, and at 160 km in length is the ninth longest river in Italy and the largest of the sub-tributaries of the Po. The Noce River originates at 3360 m above sea level on the Corno dei Tre Signori, in the Stelvio National Park in the Ortles-Cevedale group and flows into the Adige River near Trento after 105 km.
Sector 1 – Sarca River, Spiazzo
This stretch of the Sarca river has good characteristics with an almost completely natural bed, abundant flow, deep potholes and good current. The fish population is made up of native and introduced brown trout, marble trout including large sizes, hybrids and grayling.
Sector 2 – River Chiese, B/T Tourist Area Borgo Chiese
Chiese has a torrential character, with a wide riverbed, crystal clear waters alternating with low sections and with deep potholes and sections of “flat” and fast water. Trout species: marble trout, brown trout, hybrids, grayling.
Sector 3 – River Noce
Sector 3 begins 1 km upstream of the Iscle landfill and ends at the Biotope set up about 200 meters downstream of the Moncovo bridge.
Sector 4 – Sarca River, Tione
The competition venue is 6.3 km long and includes a “catch and release” area of approximately 2,300 meters downstream from the built-up area of Villa. This area has good characteristics, with an almost completely natural riverbed, abundant flow and deep potholes.
Sector 5 – River Noce, Rotaliana
This stretch of Noce extends from the Rocchetta gorge to the Mezzocorona power plant outlet. The watercourse has the characteristics of a classic valley floor stream with gentle slopes where short riffles alternate with long swampy areas, including deep ones. The water buttercups stands out on the bottom. From April to August the water is generally slightly hazy and the flow rate is consistent between 6 and 8 m³/s. The banks are easy to access. The fish fauna is mainly composed of marble trout and the marble-brown trout hybrid, and secondarily of the brown trout and grayling.
After one session the Czech Republic were lying 1st with 24 placing points, one ahead of the USA in 2nd, and Luxembourg 3rd with 28 points. Ireland are 12th and Scotland 14th.
In the World Youth Championships, run concurrently, Spain were 1st on 8 placing points, with the Czech Republic 2nd with 14 points, and France 3rd with 23 points. Ireland were 8th.
The second session saw Belgium and Italy do well, with Italy moving into 2nd place with 57 placing points, the same as the Czech Republic in 1st place, with the USA 3rd with 58 points. Ireland moved up to 9th place, with Scotland 15th. Benoit Dequinze (Belgium) was top of the individual rankings with 3 placing points, with Milan Senkyr (Czech Republic) 2nd and Bret Bishop (USA) 3rd, both on 4 points.
In the World Youth Championships, Spain held onto their lead with 23 points, with the Czech Republic 2nd on 34 points and France 3rd with 43 points. Spain’s Sergio Heredero led the individual rankings with two 1st places, with Emile Jacquet (France) 2nd on 3 points, ahead of four competitors all on 4 points.
The third session saw another reshuffle, with the USA moving into 1st place with 74 placing points, some distance ahead of the Czech Republic in 2nd place, and Italy in 3rd, both on 91 points, with Belgium 4th on 94 points. Ireland dropped to 10th place, while Scotland remained 15th. In the individual rankings Milan Senkyr (Czech Republic) moved into 1st place with 5 placing points, the same score as Bret Bishop (USA) in 2nd, with Mike Sexton (USA) 3rd with 6 points.
In the World Youth Championships Spain remained in 1st place with 49 placing points, with the Czech Republic 2nd on 59 points, and France 3rd with 67 points. Carlos Delgado (Spain) became the top individual with 5 placing points, with Emile Jacquet (France) 2nd with 6 points, and Sergio Heredero (Spain) 3rd with 7 points.
Session 4 saw the USA retain their 1st place with 113 placing points, one point ahead of Belgium, who moved up into 2nd with 114 points, with the Czech Republic 3rd with 121 points, one ahead of Italy on 122 points. Both Ireland and Scotland dropped in the team placings, Ireland to 12th and Scotland to 16th. Bret Bishop (USA) led the individual rankings with 7 placing points, with Milan Senkyr (Czech Republic) 2nd with 11 points, and Michael Twohig of Ireland moving into 3rd place with 12 points.
The World Youth Championships saw Spain stay ahead in 1st place with 67 placing points, with the Czech Republic 2nd with 80 points, and France in 3rd with 86 points. The Irish youth team were 9th. Spain also had the two top individuals, with Carlos Delgado 1st with 7 placing points, and Sergio Heredero 2nd with 8 points. Jan Witner of the Czech Republic was 3rd with 11 points.
The 5th and final session saw USA hold onto their 1st place to become the 2022 World Masters Champions with 137 placing points, just three ahead of Italy who moved up into 2nd place with 140 points, with Belgium 3rd with 154 points. Ireland went up one place to end 11th, with Scotland 16th. Individually, the USA had another reason to celebrate with Bret Bishop becoming the 2022 World Individual Champion with two 1sts, a 2nd, a 3rd, and a 5th place in his sessions. Michael Twohig of Ireland won his final session to finish 2nd with 13 points, with Rene Koops (Netherlands) 3rd with 19 placing points, the same score as Benoit Dequinze (Belgium) in 4th.
In the World Youth Championships Spain maintained their lead to become the 2022 World Youth Champions on 85 placing points, with the Czech Republic 2nd with 94 points, and France 3rd with 111 points. The Irish youth team finished 9th. Spain also dominated the individual rankings, with Carlos Delgado the 2022 Individual World Youth Champion, with three 1sts, a 2nd, and a 3rd place in his sessions, and Sergio Heredero 2nd with 12 points. Jan Witner (Czech Republic) finished 3rd with 12 points.
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