World Champs Starts Today

The World Fly Fishing Championship starts today in Tasmania, Australia

The 39th FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship in Tasmania is going to really sort the men from the boys when it comes to the wild trout based fishery. Anglers will need to adapt their skills to the ever changing moods and nuances of Tasmania’s unique waterways. In particular, the predominant mayfly driven activity of trout in the three lake sectors, Penstock Lagoon, Little Pine Lagoon and Woods Lake will mean that movement of the fish will be critical in every session. The rivers in the Mersey and the Meander will also test team’s skills with the two rivers offering distinctly different water.

With 23 teams competing from all over the world, including top performing countries and competitors at recent worlds and regional championships, the competition will be tight to the final session. The sectors in Tasmania will potentially favour teams experienced in wild brown trout fisheries and it will be intriguing to see who adapts well to the local conditions.

Spain will no doubt be a team to watch with their recent form of gold in USA 2016 and Italy 2018 and bronze in Slovakia 2017, along with a team containing individual medallists that include David Garcia Ferreras, Jordi Oliveras and David Arcay.

Team USA has consistently finished high up the results for the past five years with an almost unchanged line up over a long period of time. Individual medal winning anglers include Devin Olsen and Lance Egan.

Australia, of course, has home ground advantage with many members of the team calling the waters of Tasmania home and all having competed on the sectors in regional competitions. The team line up is very similar to the team that finished 5th in Slovakia and 7th in the USA and includes high placed anglers such as Christopher Bassano, Jonathon Stagg and Tom Jarman.

Our New Zealand cousins across ‘the ditch’ are also here with a full strength team, many of whom have competed and trained in Tasmania on previous occasions. While the river trout might be a little smaller than they are used to they are sure to keep the all black tradition of Australia v New Zealand rivalry alive and put in a good showing.

The Czech team has a team of young guns that include past world champions and youth champions. Recent silver medals in Slovakia and Italy mean they are in form and their still water skills equal their highly reputed nymphing abilities.

England, Ireland and Scotland all have lots of experience in loch style fishing for wild brown trout. Combined with their familiarity with mayfly driven waters and the teams having fished Tasmania previously it is likely they will do well.

World champions in Slovakia and silver medallists in the USA, France are consistently the best in the Worlds, with the team featuring European champions and individual World medallists. The French are well reputed for being quick to adapt to new fisheries.

Finland has a team of extremely talented lake anglers, consistently finishing in the top seven at the World Championships.

Slovakia is often overshadowed in reputation by their Czech neighbours, however the team regularly finishes in the top five and has had ample success at the World and European Championships.

Kirabati (pronounced kira-bus) has entered a team for the first time this year. Most people would know Christmas Island of bone fishing fame, part of the Kiribati island chain, a nation not known for its trout fishing! It’s easy to draw parallels with the Jamaican bob sled team here with a team having a crack with only one team member Eketi Tekaibo having trout fished before. Most of the team are bonefishing guides and its safe to say that their casting and polaroiding skills will be up there with the best, however the trout specific skills will be an interesting story to follow throughout the week.

We are looking forward to an exciting week of competition, with the ever present variables of the conditions and beat draws, oh and of course the trout themselves, we are set for an exemplary display of fly fishing talent and experience.

Daily updates, insights and interviews will be posted following the first day’s competition on flylife.tv