39th 2019 FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship, Tasmania
30th November – 8th December, State of Tasmania, Australia
The competition was held over five days, one session per day, to enable sessions to be staged at the optimal fishing time for each day (e.g. to coincide with anticipated Mayfly hatches) and to enable a more relaxed programme.
There was no official practice, instead the whole of Tasmania’s inland lakes and rivers (except those in use for the competition) was available for practice, at no extra charge, for as long as required.
Saturday 30th November: Check-in, Team Captains event briefing, Opening Parade & Opening Dinner
Sunday 1st December: Team practice on any waters other than the competition sectors
Monday 2nd December: Competition Session 1 – Lake & River
Tuesday 3rd December: Competition Session 2 – Lake & River
Wednesday 4th December: Competition Session 3 – Lake & River
Thursday 5th December: Competition Session 4 – Lake & River
Friday 6th December: Competition Session 5 – Lake & River
Saturday 7th December: Conservation Symposium, Medal Presentation, Gala Dinner & Prizes Presentation
Sector 1: Penstock Lagoon – Lake Boat Fishing
Sector 2: Meander River – River Fishing (wading)
Sector 3: Woods Lake – Lake Boat Fishing
Sector 4: Mersey River – River Fishing (wading)
Sector 5: Little Pine Lagoon – Lake Boat Fishing
AT TEFF is represented by Howard Croston (captain), Tony Baldwin, Lee Bartlett, Steve Cullen, Mike Dixon & Bernie Maher (reserve)
(Daily Update video – Day 1 – FlyLife Magazine – here>>)
England made a good start to the Championships, ending the first session in 4th place with 38 placing points, behind the Czech Republic 1st with 16 points, Finland 2nd with 29 points, and Slovakia 3rd with 36 points session 1 teams. Howard Croston won his boat session on Penstock Lagoon with 11 fish session 1 sector I, while Tony Baldwin finished 6th on Little Pine Lagoon, another boat sector, with 4 fish session 1 sector V, with Steve Cullen 12th on Woods Lake session 1 sector III. On the river sectors Lee Bartlett finished 9th on the Meander River session 1 sector II, with Mike Dixon 11th on the Mersey River session 1 sector IV.
(Daily Update video – Day 2 – FlyLife Magazine – here>>)
England built on their good start to end the second session in second place with 61 placing points, just one behind the Czech Republic on 60 points, and ahead of Australia and Slovakia session 2 teams after session. Mike Dixon won his boat session on Little Pine Lagoon with 7 fish session 2 sector V, with Tony Baldwin 7th on Penstock Lagoon session 2 sector I and Lee Bartlett 9th on Woods Lake session 2 sector III. This was backed by a 2nd place for Steve Cullen on the Mersey River session 2 sector IV, and a 4th for Howard Croston on the Meander River session 2 sector II, putting him third in the overall Individual placings, behind Jonathan Stagg (Australia) and Pavel Chyba (Czech Republic) session 2 individuals after session.
(Daily Update video – Day 3 – FlyLife Magazine – here>>)
As the competition sectors came under increasing pressure, England slipped to 5th place with 127 placing points, behind Spain 4th with 123 points, France 3rd with 119 points, the Czech Republic 2nd with 116 points and Australia 1st with 115 points session 3 teams after session. Howard Croston came 7th on the boat sector Woods Lake session 3 sector III, and is currently lying in 4th place in the overall Individual placings session 3 individuals after session. Elsewhere on the lake sectors, Mike Dixon came 9th on Penstock Lagoon session 3 sector I, while Steve Cullen was one of nine who failed to catch on Little Pine Lagoon session 3 sector V. On the rivers, Tony Baldwin came 8th on the Meander River session 3 sector II, with Lee Bartlett 20th on the Mersey River session 3 sector IV.
(Daily Update video – Day 4 – FlyLife Magazine – here>>)
Howard Croston continued his excellent captain’s performance with a second place on the Mersey River session 4 sector IV and now lies top of the current Individual rankings with 14 placing points, one ahead of Federico Santi Amantini (Italy) in 2nd, with David Garcia (Spain) 3rd with 17 points session 4 individuals after session corrected. Despite this, England slipped to 8th overall with 185 points, as France moved into 1st place with 146, with Spain 2nd on 147, and Italy 3rd on 161 session 4 teams after session corrected. Lee Bartlett avoided a blank on Little Pine Lagoon (where nine anglers blanked) session 4 sector V, as did Steve Cullen on Penstock Lagoon session 4 sector I corrected, while Mike Dixon came 10th on the Meander River session 4 sector II, and Tony Baldwin 13th on Woods Lake session 4 sector III.
(Daily Update video – Final Day 5 – FlyLife Magazine – here>>)
Howard Croston is now the 2019 World Individual Champion ! After a 5th place in his final session on Little Pine Lagoon session 5 sec V he finished with 19 placing points, the same total as David Garcia (Spain) but secured the gold thanks to a higher fish points total, with Kristian Sveda (Slovakia) getting bronze with 22 points, ahead of Sebastien Delcor (France) session-5-individuals-after-session. Well done Howard and a real captain’s performance ! On the other sectors Mike Dixon came 5th on Woods Lake session 5 sec III, Lee Bartlett was 9th on Penstock Lagoon session 5 sec I, with Tony Baldwin 13th on the Mersey River session 5 sec IV, and Steve Cullen 16th on the Meander River session 5 sec II, In the team championships England hung on to 8th place, finishing with 233 placing points. It was close at the top. France are the 2019 World Team Champions with 190 points, with the Czech Republic getting the silver with 191 points, Spain winning the bronze with 192 points session-5-teams-after-session.
The AT TEFF team, who will be competing in the World Fly Fishing Championships in Tasmania later this year, have been given huge helping hand courtesy of Veniard.
The English company, one the oldest fly tying brands in the UK, have put together a massive box of fly tying materials in order to give the team all their fly tying supplies ready for the event.
Everything has been covered to ensure that the team has all the necessary materials to hand, from hooks to hair and everything in between. Veniard has supplied the lot and in big numbers so that the team don’t run low on all the essentials.
The bumper package has even been shipped over for the team with all documentation done and dusted by the fly tying wholesaler.
The World Fly Fishing Championships run from 30th November – 8th December in State of Tasmania, Australia. The competition will be held over five days, one session per day, to enable sessions to be staged at the optimal fishing time for each day.
AT TEFF will be represented by Howard Croston (captain/manager), Tony Baldwin, Lee Bartlett, Steve Cullen, Mike Dixon & Bernie Maher (reserve).
Change at the top for Team England Fly Fishing ahead of the World Championships
The Angling Trust has announced a change of leadership for Team England Fly Fishing’s squad that will compete in the 39th FIPS Mouche World Championships which will be held in Tasmania in November.
One of England’s most recognised and successful anglers, John Horsey was appointed as manager in September 2018 was expected to lead England into the competition. Due to unforeseen personal circumstances John has resigned from the role with immediate effect. Angling Trust moved swiftly to find a replacement and are delighted to appoint another one of England’s most successful and experienced anglers in Howard Croston. Howard will combine his role as a team member with that of the manager and will be assisted by fellow team member Lee Bartlett.
Croston, 42 from Manchester has extensive experience at the highest level having represented England on 21 occasions. His resume includes caps in bank, boat and river Home Internationals and in addition he has 3 European and 12 World caps to his name. He was part of the gold medal team of 2009 and bronze medal team of 2014 while his best individual performance was in Slovenia 2012 when he finished 4th, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal.
Howard said “I have always been very proud to represent England as a competitor and am relishing the challenge of also taking on the role of fishing captain/manager for Tasmania, as with any WFFC it will be fiercely contested and down to the finest of margins. The host nation has made exceptional progress over the last few years in all aspects and will be favourites on their home waters along with the likely suspects of the top European teams and the constantly improving USA.”
“That being said England’s strengths lie in boat fishing and this year’s format should suit our skill set well. We have a motivated team of skilled anglers, all bringing something different to the table that should hopefully let us push for a medal at this event.”
Ben Thompson of the Angling Trust said “The loss of John as manager is undoubtedly a blow, his knowledge and experience of the FIPS Mouche events and in particular Tasmania would certainly have given England an advantage going into the event however, we understand circumstances change and we wish John all the very best in the future. We are delighted to have appointed someone of the calibre of Howard Croston, Howard brings a wealth of experience and we have no doubt that the team are in the best possible hands. We have high hopes that under Howard’s leadership the team can head to Tasmania and compete for medals and we wish Howard, Lee and the squad the very best of luck.”
The World Championships will take place in Tasmania from the 30th November and conclude on the 8th December 2019. The host nation have a dedicated website for the event which can be found at www.wffc2019.com
World & European Teams 2019
Angling Trust’s Team England Fly Fishing announced today its World and European teams for the forthcoming 39th FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship and 25th FIPS Mouche European Fly Fishing Championship.
The World Fly Fishing Championship will be held in Tasmania in December 2019 and based at Launceston. The Championship will be held over 5 sessions fished at 5 venues; either at – Mersey, Meander or South Esk Rivers, Woods Lake, Little Pine or Penstock Lagoons.
The squad will be led by John Horsey as Captain and Manager with Team Members Howard Croston, Lee Bartlett, Michael Dixon, Tony Baldwin and Steve Cullen. The World squad are expected to fly out to Tasmania two weeks before the Championship for acclimatisation practice and tactical development.
World Team Captain and Manager John Horsey stated: – “A World Championship in Tasmania is a mouth-watering prospect. For the first time since England won Gold in Scotland, there will be 3 stillwater sessions and only 2 river sessions. The emphasis is on lake fishing and the team reflects this. Our lads also have exceptional river skills so I am really confident we can bring back a medal from these Championships”.
The European Fly Fishing Championship will be held in Montenegro in July 2019 and based at Plav. The Championship will be held over 5 sessions fished on the Lim & Ljula Rivers, and Lake Plav.
The squad will be led by Paul Page as Captain and Manager with Team Members; – Mark Harrison, Terry Phillips, Ben Bangham, Simon Kidd, Harry Fox and Bernie Maher as reserve. The European squad are expected to fly out to Montenegro a week before the Championship for practice and tactical development.
European Team Captain and Manager Paul Page stated: “Montenegro is a newcomer to Fips Mouche Fly Fishing Championships and this is the first time they have hosted a European Championship. This is uncharted territory for most competing nations and gives the England team a great opportunity to use their varied skill sets at a new venue and to be among the medal winners”
38th 2018 FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship, Italy
30 nations representing four continents battled it out on the waters of Rivers Sarca and Noce in Trentino (Northern Italy).
FIPD-Mouche chose Italy, and more precisely Trentino for the 38th edition of the World Fly Fishing Championships, organised by the Italian FIPSAS in close collaboration with the Trentini section and scheduled from 17th to 23rd September 2018. In the heart of the Alps, in an exceptional natural setting, with a good 2000 km of watercourses, almost 300 lakes, and over 800 square kilometres of natural parks, Trentino is ready to welcome anglers from all over the world.
The river Sarca , the river Noce and the Lake of Cornisello – in western Trentino – will be the competition sectors of the international competition. The Terme di Comano will be the headquarters of the Championship, a renowned spa resort overlooking the river Sarca, kingdom of the marble trout as well as that of many other fish species.
Countries entered: Australia, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Canada, Channel Islands, Croatia, Finland, France, Japan, England, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Mongolia, New Zealand, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, Hungary, U.S.A.
Monday 17th September: Arrival of teams and registration at Grand Hotel Terme – 1st Captains’ Meeting & Draw – Parade and Opening Ceremony in Piazza Duomo in Trento
Tuesday 18th September: 1st & 2nd Official Practice Sessions
Wednesday 19th September: 1st & 2nd Competition Sessions
Thursday 20th September: 3rd Competition Session
Friday 21st September: 4th & 5th Competition Sessions
Saturday 22nd September: Closing Ceremony in Thermal park
FIPS-Mouche Press Release: CS_camp_mondiale_pesca_intern EN-1
Angling Trust’s Team England Fly Fishing squad was led by Paul Page as Captain and Manager with Team Members Andrew Scott, Simon Robinson, Phil Dixon, Howard Croston and Scott Nellins.
Team England FF pre-competition practice sessions
Here are a few pics from Team England Fly Fishing’s pre-c0mpetition practice sessions.
Andrew Scott scored a 6th place with 16 fish in his section on the River Sarca – Tione, with Phil Dixon coming 7th on the River Noce, and Howard Croston 15th on the River Sarca – Pinzolo. On Lake Cornisello, fishing from the bank, Simon Robinson came 16th, with Scott Nellins 19th on the River Sarca – Arco. Out of 27 teams, England were currently lying in 9th place with 63 placing points. Italy are in 1st place with 13 points, followed by Spain 2nd with 25 points, France in 3rd with 26 points, Poland 4th with 31 points, and the Czech Republic 5th with 34 points. Ireland are 17th with 82 points session_1_teams
Simon Robinson came 3rd with 14 fish on the River Sarca – Pinzolo, with Howard Croston 9th on the River Noce, and Scott Nellins 10th on the River Sarca – Tione. Phil Dixon came 12th on the River Sarca – Arco, with Andrew Scott saving a blank on Lake Cornisello to finish 25th. England slipped one place to 10th with 121 placing points. Spain were currently in 1st place with 56 points, ahead of France on 59 points, with Italy 3rd on 60 points, the Czech Republic 4th with 75 points, and the Slovak Republic moving up to 5th with 76 points, thanks to a couple of section wins session_2_teams_cumul Individually, Jordi Oliveras Cortina (Spain) led the field with 4 placing points, which included a 1st place on the lake, in front of Carlo Sciaguri (Italy) on 5 points, and Sebastien Vidal (France) and Frantisek Kouba (Czech Republic), both on 6 points session_2_indiv_cumul
A better session for England saw Howard Croston winning his section on the River Sarca – Arco with 13 fish, plus a 5th place for Andrew Scott on the River Sarca – Pinzolo, and 6th for Phil Dixon on the River Sarca – Tione. Although Simon Robinson came 23rd on the River Noce and Scott Nellins was one of the 50% of the field who blanked on an increasingly difficult lake sector, England still moved up to 8th place. Spain held onto their first place with 94 points, ahead of Italy on 115 points, with France and the Czech Republic both on 123 points session_3_teams_cumul The leading individuals changed, with Vojtech Ungr (Czech Republic) in 1st place with 9 points, ahead of Igor Lukasik (Slovak Republic), Jyrki Hiltunen (Finland), Carlo Sciaguri (Italy) and Jure Osolin (Slovenia) all on 12 points session_3_indiv_cumul
This session saw some more good performances from England, with Andrew Scott coming 3rd on the River Noce, and Phil Dixon saving a blank on Lake Cornisello to finish 7th, where again, half the field failed to catch. Scott Nellins came 10th on the River Sarca – Ponzolo, Simon Robinson 11th on the Sarca – Arco and Howard Croston 16th on the Sarca – Tione. Even so, England slipped to 9th place overall with 230 placing points, as it got increasingly tight at the top. With one session to go, Spain and Italy both had 164 points, with the Czechs just 4 points behind on 168, ahead of Poland on 192 and France on 194 session_4teams_cumul Individually, Jyrki Hiltunen (Finland) was currently 1st with 16 points, one point ahead of Igor Lukasik (Slovak Republic), David Garcia Ferreras (Spain), and Jure Osolin (Slovenia) session_4indiv_cumul
The final session saw Andrew Scott get a 5th place on the River Sarca – Arco, with Simon Robinson coming 10th on the Sarca – Tione, and Phil Dixon 19th on the Sarca – Pinzolo. On the River Noce Scott Nellins came 19th, but Lake Cornisello continued to prove difficult, with Howard Croston one of the 10 who failed to catch. England finished the Championships at 9th place on 310 placing points, with Ireland 13th on 369 points. There was little to split the top three teams, but a good performance by Spain saw them become the 2018 World Champions with 182 points, with the Czech Republic taking silver with 187 points, and Italy bronze with 194 points. A good performance by the USA in this final session saw them finish 4th with 224 points, with Finland 5th on 230 points, and France 6th with 243 points session_5_teams_cumul David Garcia Ferreras (Spain) is the new individual World Champion, with 19 placing points, ahead of Jyrki Hiltunen (Finland) on 21 points, with Andrea Pirone (Italy) 3rd with 24 points. England’s best performer was Andrew Scott, who came 20th, with Phil Dixon 31st session_5_indiv_cumul
Captain/Manager Paul Page reports: “This year the Team’s practice accommodation was at one of the Championship Hotels which was situated adjacent to the main practice beat on the River Sarca between Competition Sectors I & III. This gave Team members continuous access for practice throughout the 8 days prior to the start of Championship Session 1.
The Team had 5 days of guided practice on all of the practice waters (with Italian guide Roberto Spiritelli); these were generally sections of rivers between the Championship Sectors and a Lake which was, unfortunately, nothing like the Championship Lake. During the 3 unguided days immediately before the start of Session 1, Team members had the opportunity to refresh their fly boxes, rest after 5 days continuous practice, prepare kit for the start of the Championship and undertake any last minute practice that they felt they needed.
Fips Mouche’s new software programme for the Draw was used for the first time at a World Championship, and to all intents and purposes provided the Team with a fair draw and distribution of pegs. The peg arrangements on Lake Cornisello were disappointing due to the inaccessibility of large portions of the bank of this high altitude Alpine lake. As a result, groups of competitors were confined to isolated stretches of the bank with no peg rotation into other competition stretches.
The Team were in 9th position after session 1, improving to 8th and then falling back to 9th at the finish. The Team’s overall performance was let down by their results on the lake – this included 2 blanks, which at World level is very difficult to carry on one sector. This resulted in a total of 106 placing points for the Lake Sector, accounting for a third of the Team’s final total of 310 placing points for all 5 Sectors and Sessions.
Had the Team managed to perform to their potential on the lake and done as well as the 5th place team on the lake they could have had a total of 44 Lake Sector placing points and finished 7th overall (just behind France).”
37th 2017 FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship, Slovakia
The 37th 2017 FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship was held on the 5th-11th September in Slovakia. The event was fished on the rivers Váh, Belá, Poprad and Orava and on the water dam Palcmanska Maša „Dedinky“, situated in the Gemer, Liptov, Orava and Spis regions in the central and eastern part of Slovakia.
6th Sept – Official Practice Sessions 1 & 2
7th Sept – Competition Sessions 1 & 2
8th Sept – Competition Session 3 & Free time
9th Sept – Competition Sessions 4& 5
10th Sept – Conservation Symposium, Awards & Closing Ceremony, and Final Banquet
AT Team England FF was represented by: Howard Croston, Phil Dixon, Scott Nellins, Simon Robinson, Andrew Scott & Paul Page (captain/manager).
Session 1: Howard Croston had a good start, catching 32 fish to come 2nd in Sector V on the Vah river, with Scott Nellins coming 14th on the Poprad river, Andrew Scott 27th on the Bela, Phil Dixon 25th on the Orava, and Simon Robinson 19th on Dedinky Lake. After the first session England were in 19th place, with France 1st, Slovakia 2nd and Spain 3rd.
Session 2: Scott Nellins did well on Dedinky Lake, landing 6 fish for 5th place, with Simon Robinson coming 8th on the Vah river, Howard Croston 10th on the Orava, Phil Dixon 18th on the Bela and Andrew Scott 25th on the Poprad river. England moved up to 14th place, while France remained in 1st place with 60pts, ahead of Slovakia and Spain, both on 72pts, with the Czech Republic 4th with 82pts Teams-after-session-2 Individually, Jordi Oliveras of Spain currently leads with two 1st places, with two Czechs, Antonin Pesek and David Chlumsky in 2nd and 3rd with 3pts and 4pts Individual-after-session-2
Session 3: After a great performance in this session England moved up to 8th place overall, with 1st places for Andrew Scott with 11 fish on Dedinky Lake and Simon Robinson with 50 fish on the Orava River. Phil Dixon was 4th on the Poprad river, Howard Croston was 4th on Bela, with Scott Nellins 11th on the Vah river. France extended their lead overall with 80pts, ahead of the Czech Republic on 107pts, Spain on 117pts, and Slovakia on 123pts Teams-after-session-3 Individually, the Czech Antonin Pesek is in the lead with 5pts, with David Chlumsky, also Czech, 2nd with 7pts, and Gregoire Juglaret of France 3rd with 8pts. Out of the French team, four are currently in the top 7 places. Howard Croston is currently in 12th place. Individual-after-session-3
(The afternoon of the 8th September is designated as Free Time with the 4th and 5th Sessions to be fished on the 9th.)
Session 4: England remained in 8th place overall, with a 1st place for Phil Dixon with 16 fish on Dedinky Lake, Andrew Scott coming 6th on the Vah river, Howard Croston 7th on the Poprad river, Simon Robinson 19th on the Bela river, and Scott Nellins 28th on the Orava river. The Czech Republic drew level with France on 127pts each, with Spain 3rd on 141pts, and Slovakia 4th on 170pts session-4-teams-after-session
Session 5: England finished in 9th place overall, with Andrew Scott getting a 2nd place with 40 fish on the Orava river, Howard Croston coming 6th on Dedinky Lake, Simon Robinson 7th on the Poprad river, Scott Nellins 21st on the Bela river, and Phil Dixon 28th on the Vah river. With 124pts France drew clear of the Czech Republic on 168pts to become the 2017 World Champions, with Spain 3rd with 179pts and Slovakia 4th with 219pts session-5-teams-after-session Individually, Antonin Pesek of the Czech Republic is the 2017 World Champion, with Gregoire Juglaret, Sebastien Delcor and Julien Daguillanes of France in 2nd, 3rd and 4th place session-5-individuals-after-session
36th 2016 FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship
The 36th 2016 FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship was held on the 10th-18th September in Vail, Colorado, USA, on the Eagle, Colorado and Blue Rivers and Sylvan Lake.
11th Sept – Captains’ Meeting, Parade of Team, Opening Ceremony and Welcome Dinner
12th Sept – Official Practice Sessions 1 & 2
13th Sept – Official Practice Sessions 3 & 4
14th Sept – Competition Sessions 1 & 2
15th Sept – Competition Session 3 & Free Session 4
17th Sept – Conservation Symposium, Medal Presentation, Closing Ceremony & Awards Banquet
Session 1: England scored two 13th places (Phil Dixon and John Horsey – on the lake), a 14th (Andrew Scott), and a 15th place (Howard Croston), finishing in 17th place out of 22 teams. France took an early lead, ahead of Slovakia, with Spain 3rd and the Czech Republic in 4th place. session-1-teamss
Session 2: A better performance saw England move up to 14th place, with a 5th place for Howard Croston and 6th places for Simon Robinson and John Horsey. Although Team USA moved into 2nd place, France extended their lead at 46 points to 68, with Spain and Slovakia both on 72 in 3rd and 4th place, and the Czechs 5th with 73. session-2-teamss-cumm Individually, Jon Stagg of Australia was in the lead with 3 points, one ahead of France’s Sebastien Delcor and Pat Weiss of the USA.
Session 3: Despite another 6th place to Simon Robinson, England slipped to 15th place in this session. Team USA continued to do well, closing the gap between them and the French (still in 1st place) to just one point, 85 to 86. Spain also had a good session, remaining at 3rd place with 93 points. session3-teams-cum With a 1st and two 3rds, Sebastien Delcor of France is currently in 1st place, one point ahead of Lance Egan (USA), with Julien Daguillanes (France) 3rd, and Pat Weiss (USA) 4th, both with 9 points. session3-indivs-cum
[Session 4 is a free session. The next competition session, Session 5, begins at 9.00am (local time) on Friday]
Session 5: Phil Dixon got a 4th in his section, and Howard Croston an 8th, but England ended this session in 16th place. Spain continued to improve, moving up to 1st place overall with 106 points, ahead of France with 120 and the USA with 123 points. session5-teams-cum A 2nd place moved Julien Daguillanes of France into the Individual lead with 11 points, one ahead of Lance Egan (USA) on 12, with Jordi Cortina (Spain) 3rd with 13 points. session5-indivs-cum
Session 6: Andrew Scott came 4th in his section in the final session, with Phil Dixon getting a 6th place and Simon Robinson a 7th on the lake, to see England finish the championship in 15th place. Spain extended their lead to end up the World Champions with 133 points, with France 2nd with 150 points, and the USA 3rd with 162 points. session6-teams-cum
Individually, another 2nd place saw Julien Daguillanes become World Champion (with a 7th, two 1sts and two 2nds) on 13 points, with Jordi Cortana (Spain) 2nd with 14, and Lance Egan (USA) 3rd with 18 points. session6-indivs-cum
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The Angling Trust reports: The 36th World Fly Fishing Championships were held in Colorado, USA from 11th to 18th September 2016. Set in the stunning Rocky Mountains, the Eagle, Colorado and Blue Rivers provided the river sectors while alpine mountain lake of Sylvan State Park gave anglers the opportunity to fish Loch Style. 28 nations from around the world descended upon the Rocky’s with 133 individuals competed in the competition over 6 sessions.
Team England based themselves at Beaver Creek which had good access to the competition and practice venues. This gave England the opportunity to cover the majority practice and competitions venues however, there was no access to Sylvan Lake but England were able to gain access to two other lakes nearby that contained wild brook trout and stocked rainbows.
England’s first session saw the team tackle the predominantly skinny water and small river beats, along with the gin clear water of Sylvan Lake. The team’s efforts produced less fish than that was expected from the practice days performances and England finished 16th by the end of the first session.
The second session saw a considerable improvement with Howard Croston finishing in fifth place while John Horsley and Simon Robinson ended up 6th in their respective sectors. Sylvan Lake continued to fox the team, however four of the other nations appeared to have identified the correct approach and England finished 8th in the session giving an overall place of 14th after two sessions.
The third session saw England head back to the river beats and the enigma of Sylvan Lakes. Simon Robinson delivered a 6th place on the Eagle river. England ended the session in 14th place which saw them drop to 15th overall.
The fourth fishing session brought a new morning and renewed optimism that some good pegs would be drawn. Phil Dixon produced a 4th on the upper Eagle and the largest fish of the Championship 88cm Rainbow. The Lake continued to flummox the team and the other river sectors proved challenging. England ended the fourth session in 10th place and dropped further in the overall placings to overall to 16th.
The fifth and final session proved much the same for England but two bright spots gave were Andrew Scott’s 4th place along with Phil Dixon a 6th place during the session. The team’s efforts resulted in England finishing the session in 10th finishing and a final position of 14th overall.
Paul Page, Team England’s World Team Manager stated ”The team produced top 3 numbers of fish when practicing on the Blue, Colorado and Eagle rivers. With no boat fishing opportunities on gin clear Alpine Lakes Sylvan Lake was always going to be an open book to the team. The river beats, 24 per sector, varied tremendously in their fishing quality, mainly due to their shortness and low water levels. This unfortunately meant that the Championship was very peggy, however the top teams did perform well above average on the beats they were drawn”. Many thanks go out to all those who enter our regional qualifiers where a portion of their entry fee goes to support our International, European and World teams, along with our major fund raiser (John Ball) without who’s efforts Individual participation would be very expensive.”
The 35th FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships was held from 15th – 21st June at the city of Jajce in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Tuesday 16th: Teams arrive at official hotel
Wednesday 17th: Official Practice Sessions 1, 2 & 3
Thursday 18th: Competitions Sessions 1 & 2
Friday 19th: Competition Session 3
Saturday 20th: Competition Sessions 4 & 5
Sunday 21st: Awards Ceremony & Closing Banquet
Competition Sectors: 1. Pliva River – Sipovo 2. Sana River – Ribnik 3. Sanica River – Kljuc 4. Pliva Lakes – Jajce 5. Vrbas River – Donju Vakuf
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Team England FF was represented by: Phil Dixon, John Tyzack, Andrew Scott, Simon Robinson, Scott Nellins, Andy Croucher (reserve), and Paul Page (captain/manager).
Team CVs: 2015 team CV’s
Session One: England were in 9th place, which was a good start to the competition. Individual Placings: Phil Dixon 5th, Scott Nellins 24th, Simon Robinson 64th, Andrew Scott 77th & John Tyzack 104th.
Session Three: England were in 10th place, still all to play for ! Individual Placings: Andrew Scott 23rd, Phil Dixon 27th, Simon Robinson 61st, John Tyzack 67th & Scott Nellins 88th.
Session Five: England were in 12th place. Individual Placings: Andrew Scott 36th, Simon Robinson 38th, Phil Dixon 43rd, John Tyzack 86th & Scott Nellins 97th.
Session Six: After a strong final session England finished 9th. Individual Placings: Simon Robinson 24th, Phil Dixon 30th, Andrew Scott 47th, John Tyzack 71st & Scott Nellins 88th. Teams: 1st: Spain 200 pts, 2nd USA 228 pts, 3rd Bosinia / Herzegovina 4th France.
34th FIPS-Mouche World Championships, Czech Republic 25th May-2nd June 2014
The competition will be fished on three river sectors, one boat sector, and one bank sector. The sectors will be: Sector 1 – Vltava 29 P (river); Sector 2 – Vltava 29, Lake Lipno (boat); Sector 3 – Vltava 28 (river); Sector 4 – Malse 6, lake Kvetonov (bank); Sector 5 – Vltava 27 (river). Practice waters include Vltava 28, 27, 25, 26, Malse & Cerna.
Tues 27th May: Arrival of teams at Official Hotel, Captain’s Meeting, Opening Ceremony – Wed 28th May: Official Practice (two sessions) – Thurs 29th May: Official Practice (two sessions) – Fri 30th May: First & Second Sessions – Sat 31st May: Third & Fourth Sessions – Sun 1st June: Fifth Session, Prize Giving & Closing Ceremony, Closing Banquet
Team CVs: 2014 team CV’s
Official Practice – Day One
Official Practice – Day Two
Competition – Day One
Session One: Andrew Scott was 7th, Phil Dixon was 4th, and John Horsey 6th on the river sections, with John Tyzack 7th on the lake (boat), and Howard Croston 20th on the lake (bank). England are currently 5th, behind the Czech Republic 1st, Belgium 2nd, USA 3rd, and Finland 4th. Team positions after 1st session: session-1-teams
Session Two: Phil Dixon won his session on the lake (bank), while Andrew Scott also did well on the lake (boat) finishing 3rd. On the river sections Howard Croston was 6th, John Tyzack was 7th, while John Horsey was 16th. England have moved up into 3rd place on 75 pts, behind the Czech Republic 1st (49 pts) and France 2nd (70 pts): TEAMS-AFTER-SESSION-2. Jean Guillaume Mathieu (France) is currently top Individual, with two first places, with Phil Dixon lying 5th, and Andrew Scott 14th: INDIV-AFTER-2-SESSIONS1
Competition – Day Two
Session Three: England was the top team in Session Three. On the river sections Andrew Scott came 2nd, Howard Croston 5th and Phil Dixon 7th. On the lake (boat) John Horsey came 3rd, with John Tyzack 7th on the lake (bank). England had moved up to 2nd place (99 pts), 20 points behind the Czech Republic 1st (79 pts), and ahead of France in 3rd (102 pts): TEAMS-AFTER-SESSION-3. Lubos Roza (Czech) was currently top Individual on 7 pts, with Phil Dixon 5th and Andrew Scott 6th (both 12 pts): INDIV-AFTER-SESSION-3.
Session Four: On the rivers sections John Tyzack was 1st, Phil Dixon was 6th, and John Horsey 9th, with Howard Croston 15th on the lake (boat), and Andrew Scott 4th on the lake (bank). England were now 3rd with 134 pts behind France 2nd (125 pts) and the Czech Republic 1st (109 pts): TEAMS-AFTER-SESSION-4. In the Individual rankings, Lubos Roza (Czech) hung onto his 1st place with 12 pts, with Andrew Scott 4th (16 pts) and Phil Dixon 5th (18 pts): INDIV-AFTER-SESSION-4.
Competition – Day Three
Session Five: Andrew Scott was 6th, John Tyzack 15th, and Howard Croston 17th on the river sections. John Horsey was 5th on the lake (bank), with Phil Dixon 9th on the lake (boat). England finished in 3rd place with 184 pts, behind France 2nd with 166 pts, and the Czech Republic World Champions with 149 pats: TEAMS-AFTER-SESSION-51. Lubos Roza (Czech) is the new Individual World Champion with 14 pts. ahead of Piotr Armatys (Poland) 2nd with 22 pts, and Andrew Scott (England) 3rd, also with 22 pts: INDIV-AFTER-SESSION-51. Well done AT Team England FF and Andrew Scott!!
John Horsey is also covering this event on his Facebook page
33rd FIPS-Mouche World Championships, Norway 11th-18th August 2013
New this year was Live Center, delivering live statistics on how competitors are doing, during the sessions! You could see whether our boys could save a blank with half an hour to go! You could also follow John Horsey on Facebook.
Results after 1st session: England had three good results, with Scott Nellins winning his river sector, John Horsey coming 4th= on the lake (bank) sector and Simon Robinson 7th on one of the river sectors, along with a 15th place and a blank, and ended 6th. France were 1st, (on 14pts – a 1st, two 2nds, a 3rd, and a 6th), ahead of Poland on 29pts, and the Czechs on 37pts.
Results after 2nd session: England dropped to 9th place, with Scott Nellins 6th on a river sector and John Horsey 8th on the lake (boat). The Czechs overtook the French with 73pts to their 76pts, ahead of Italy on 111pts. Individually, Andrea Adreveno (Italy) and Tomas Adam (Czech) were joint leaders, winning both their morning and afternoon sessions. Scott Nellins was 8th and John Horsey 12th.
Below: Highlights from the first day
Results after 3rd session: England recovered to 6th place and 229pts, thanks to Phil Dixon and Simon Robinson coming 3rd and 9th on two of the rivers sectors. The Czechs had just a two point lead over the French, 134pts to 136pts, with Italy third on 150pts. Three people were sharing Individual 1st place – Andrea Adreveno (Italy), Valerio Santi Amantini (Italy) and Martin Droz (Czech), on 8pts each.
Below: Highlights from day two
Results after 4th session: England moved up to equal 5th place with the USA on 297pts, after a win for Scott Nellins on the lake sector (boat), plus a 3rd for John Horsey and a 14th place for Phil Dixon on two of the river sectors. The Czechs were lying 1st with 172pts, ahead of Italy (208pts) and France (237pts). Valerio Santi Amantini (Italy) was the top Individual on 13pts but would be facing the tough sector 3 on the rivers in his last session. With many of these sessions about saving a blank, these positions were likely to change by the end of the day.
Below: Friday highlights
Final Results: 1st Czech Republic 231pts 2nd Italy 283pts 3rd France 295pts 4th Finland 362pts 5th USA 366pts 6th Norway 376pts 7th Poland 383pts 8th England 393pts 9th Australia 399pts 10th Luxembourg 405pts
Individuals: 1st Valerio Santi Amantini (Italy) 14pts 2nd Martin Droz (Czech) 19pts 3rd Julien Lorquet (Belgium) 26pts 4th Antonin Pesek (Czech) 37pts 5th Sebastian Delcor (France) 39pts 6th Bertrand Jacquemin (France) 40pts 17th John Horsey (England) 55pts 21st Scott Nellins (England) 58pts
Below: Saturday highlights
27 teams formally registered (24 as teams + 3 as individuals), including first-timers Chile and Mongolia. A full list of registered teams is here
Sectors that were used for the competition include the Austervefsna (river), the Fiplingdalselva (river), Nedre Svenningvatn (lake), Storvatnet (lake) and the Vefsna (lake). You will find an illustrated guide to the sectors here
Programme: Sunday 11th – Parade, Opening Ceremony, Captains’ Meeting & Draw; Monday 12th – Training Sessions 1 & 2; Tuesday 13th – Training Sessions 3 & 4; Wednesday 14th – 1st & 2nd Competition Sessions; Thursday 15th – 3rd Competition Session; Friday 16th – 4th & 5th Competition Sessions; Saturday 17th – Seminar & Prize Ceremony
The whole event was given TV coverage on TV2 Norway, TV4 Sweden, Yle TV Finland, Sportska Televizia Croatia and Fox TV Australia through media company IEC in Sports, who delivered daily highlights, plus an event summary. Live results were updated from the competition days, along with videos, interviews of national teams, and other highlights and information directly from the World Championships in Mosjøen. Vive! Deportes, Chile, plus The Sports Channel, Israel, were the confirmed broadcasters of the daily highlights between Wednesday 14th and Saturday 17th August.
The Team England FF team was: Ian Greenwood (manager/captain), John Horsey, Simon Robinson, Phil Dixon, Howard Croston, Scott Nellins & Tony Baldwin (reserve).
32nd FIPS-Mouche World Championships, Slovenia 3rd-10th June 2012
Paul Page (captain/manager), John Horsey, Phil Dixon, Simon Robinson, Howard Croston, John Tyzack and Scott Nellins (reserve) are representing Team England FF in the 2012 World Championships 2012 World team profiles
You will find more information at the official site as well as their Facebook page. The competition will be fished over four river sessions, on the Sava Bohinjka, Sava and Kokra rivers, and one lake session, on the lake by Most na Soči. 30 teams are currently registered to take part.
Official practise is on the Monday and Tuesday 4th-5th, with the competition taking place from Wednesday-Friday 6th-8th June.
Fly Fishing in Slovenia
England made a good start in the first session, finishing 4th behind Spain in 1st place, Finland 2nd, and Slovakia 3rd. Scotland were 8th and Ireland 23rd. Teams 1session Howard Croston was 3rd individual, with John Horsey 5th, both winning their respective sessions, Howard on the lower Sava Bohinjka river, John on the Lake at Most na Soči. Dick Logan of Scotland also won his session on the upper Sava Bohinjka river and was placed 2nd overall. Individuals 1st session
The Czech Republic won the second session session2 teams and now lead the competition with Bosnia & Herzegovina 2nd and Italy 3rd. England are now 8th, with Scotland 9th and Ireland 23rd. session1&2 teams Howard Croston followed his win in the first session with a 2nd place session2 indiv and is now in 1st place overall session1&2 indiv with Phil Dixon 23rd and John Horsey 25th. Dick Logan (Scotland) is 8th, Jake Harvey (Scotland) 11th and Michael Twohig (Ireland) 43rd.
Belgium won the third session teams session3 ahead of the Czech Republic who increased their overall lead, with Spain in 2nd place, and France 3rd. England are currently 11th, with Scotland 10th and Ireland 24th. teams after session3 Individually, the most outstanding feat was from Bertrand Jacquemin (France) who scored 76 fish on the Lower Sava Bohinjka river, where Phil Dixon had 23 to come 6th. session3 indiv Howard Croston had a good session on the lake scoring 4 fish to come 4th, and retains his overall individual lead, ahead of 2011 World Champion Valerio Santi Amantini (Italy) and David Arcay Fernandez (Spain). Phil Dixon is 15th and Dick Logan (Scotland) is 9th. indiv after session3
France won the fourth session session4 teams taking them to 2nd in front of Italy 3rd and behind the Czech Republic at 1st. England moved up to 8th, ahead of Scotland at 11th with Ireland 23rd teams after 4 sessions Individually, John Tyzack won his session on the Kokra session4 indiv Howard Croston came 9th on the Sava, dropping to 6th overall. The first three were 1st David Arcay Fernandez (Spain), 2nd Valerio Santi Amantini (Italy) and 3rd Tomas Adam (Czech Republic). Jake Harvey (Scotland) was 24th indiv after 4 sessions
In the fifth and final session France slipped back teams in session5, finishing 4th, with the final top three placings being 1st Czech Republic 2nd Italy and 3rd Spain. England finished 7th, Scotland 13th and Ireland 25th teams after session5 Despite a section win by Amantini indiv in session5, David Arcay Fernandez (Spain) hung onto his first place to become World Champion, with 2011 World Champion and 2012 European silver medallist Valerio Santi Amantini (Italy) 2nd, Tomas Adam (Czech Republic) 3rd and Howard Croston 4th. indiv after sesion5 Well done Howard!
2011 World Championship – ITALY TAKE THE GOLD
Italy 28 August – 4 September
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Howard Croston (reserve)
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England made a good start in the first session, lying 2nd behind the Czech Republic, ahead of Poland in 3rd place and France in 4th. Individually, Phil Dixon was placed 12th, John Horsey 23rd, Mike Tinnion 30th, Iain Barr 34th, and Simon Robinson 51st.
The USA won the second session (Tuesday afternoon), moving up to 4th place. England dropped to 5th, along with the French who slipped to 7th. After session two the top three teams were: 1. Czech Republic 2. Poland 3. Slovakia. Individually, John Horsey improved his position to 13th place, with Simon Robinson 32nd, Iain Barr 35th, Mike Tinnion 54th and Phil Dixon 58th.
In the third session England slipped to 7th place, level on place points with the USA in 6th and one ahead of the French. The top three places were: 1. Czech Republic 2. Slovakia 3. Poland. Individually, Spanish angler Pablo Castro was in first place, ahead of Norman Maktima, USA, 2nd and Piotr Konieczny, Poland, in 3rd, with Iain Barr 17th, John Horsey 30th, Phil Dixon 34th, Mike Tinnion 54th and Simon Robinson 57th.
Early reports from the fourth session said that the Czechs hung onto their 1st place, while Italy jumped three places into 2nd, with Poland remaining 3rd. England appeared to have dropped out of the top ten.
The final results confirmed that Italy had taken Gold (after lying in 13th place after the first session!), ahead of the Czech Republic with the Silver and Poland the Bronze. 4th Spain and 5th USA (their best ever placing), 6th Slovakia, 7th France, 8th Belgium, Scotland in 9th with England in 10th place. Ireland 15th and Wales 17th.
Lance Egan of Team USA has an excellent report on their experiences here
Individually, Valerio Santi Amanti, Italy, was World Champion. Tom Drinan of Ireland finished 5th, with Simon Cocker, Scotland, 7th. Phil Dixon was 21st, John Horsey 34th, Iain Barr 50th, Mike Tinnion 59th and Simon Robinson 90th.
1st session results mosca_300811
Results after 2nd session mosca_seniores_2g
Results after 3rd session mosca_seniores_3g
Final results mosca_seniores_finale
Images from Opening Ceremony here together with video
Video covering the lake sector and the Presentation Ceremony.