Running the International Supervision Department for FIPS Mouche, the winter months for me are not just about tying flies, but about recruiting a team of 15 guys who are willing to sacrifice their own family vacation time helping to make sure the World Championships, European Championships, and the World Youth Championships are ran as smoothly as possible.
This years world championships will be held in Frymburk in the Southern Bohemia region of the Czech Republic, a region blessed with an incredible amount of fishing water, both rivers and lakes. It promises to be a huge event with over 30 teams from around the globe expected to compete at the very highest level.
In recent years, the Czechs have been at the forefront of competition flyfishing, winning many world titles at both team and individual level. The worlds will be fished over a period of a week at the end of May, 3 sessions on the mighty river Vltava, a session on the Lipnov reservoir from drifting boats, and a session on the bank lake Kvetanov.
This year's Youth World Championships will take place in the Lopuszna region of Poland in July. This championship will be fished on both the Dunajec & Bialy rivers. Team USA has won 2 of the last 3 world championships, so expectations are high. They can expect serious challenges from the French, Czechs and of course the Polish.
The 2014 European championships will be fished in the Jamtland region of Northern Sweden on the Ammeran river, Oravattnet lake and Lake Osjon. This is quite a special one for me as I will represent the Netherlands as team captain, making a 25 year dream of competing in a FIPS Mouche championship a reality. The Target species on the Ammeran river are predominantly wild grayling & brown trout with the 2 lake sessions mixing it up with brownies, artic char and perch.
Needless to say I will be flying the Cortland flag at this event, fishing mainly with the 10ft6 #3 combined with the new 120 grain nymphing line. As the name suggests, the nymphing line is designed for modern European nymphing techniques, but should the situation arise where you need a quick swapover to dries, the line will work just fine, casting tight loops and your favorite size 18 dry fly effortlessly towards your target. Combining these competitions with a series of small one or two day events around Europe pretty much guarantees me a solid season of fishing, and plenty of time to get to know my new rods. With a move over the pond to the United States currently in motion, it promises to be a pretty awesome year.