World Fly Fishing Championships
Mistrz.Świata Krosno.jpg
30th FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship Krosno Poland 2010
Highest governing bodyFédération Internationale de Peche Sportive Mouche
First played1981

The World Fly Fishing Championship is organised by the Confédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive (FIPS Mouche) and takes place annually since 1981 between 30 teams of six individuals per country (in 2018), over five sessions. The 40th FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships was originally postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, then fished during August 2021 in the Kuusamo and Taivalkoski regions of Finland.[1][2]

FIPS Mouche

FIPS Mouche[3] is an abbreviation of "Fédération Internationale de Peche Sportive Mouche" (in English, the "International Fly Fishing Federation"), which is the fly fishing arm of CIPS (Confédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive), founded in Rome in 1952,[4] the world regulating body for many different disciplines of fishing.[5] FIPS Mouche hand over the management responsibility for the organisation of upcoming FIPS Mouche event, in its entirety to selected host nation's fly-fishing governing body. The host nation is to ensure health and safety welfare, promotion, sponsorship and media arrangements, meet financial requirements and selection of suitable venues.[6]

Rules

Six rounds with a duration of three hours of fly fishing are fished at five different geographical locations (sectors), a mixture of lakes and rivers to test all skills,[6] as chosen by the host nation beforehand for its abundant trout and game fish populations. All fish caught will be measured for length, rather than weight and are returned to the water alive.[7] Points are awarded to the most successful anglers and section points per round according to placing, with the winner receiving one point; the lowest overall score wins.

History

The first ever WFFC was held in Luxembourg in 1981 and won by team Netherlands, that winning team also produced the first ever individual world champion who was Cor Wittkamp. [8] Three years later in 1984, the 4th WFFC held in Spain was won by first class cricketer and footballer Tony Pawson of England, Although his team England were just beaten to the title by Italy.[8] Four years later in 1988 at the 8th WFFC in Australia the Individual world champion was John Pawson of England, son of Tony who won in 1984.[9] Pascal Cognard of France became the first angler to win the individual world championship three times when he won the 20th WFFC in England in 2000, having previously succeeded in Norway in 1994 and in the United States in 1997. [10] The Czech Republic set the standard in 2014 at their home water, having won the team tournament a record 10 times.[8] The World Fly Fishing Championship Team event has been won by the host nation on just 10 of the 40 occasions that the tournament has taken place (to 2021), a one in four chance. [8]

Recent events

2017 in Slovakia

The Váh river near Piešťany, Slovakia
The Váh river near Piešťany, Slovakia

Slovakia held the 37th FIPS Mouche World Flyfishing Championship 2017, which was won by France who won with convincing domination of the event, securing three individual placings in the top 4 with the hosts only managing 4th place.[11] However, this was not enough to prevent Czech Republic Antonin Pešek of the Czech Republic winning the individual prize with a record score of just 8 points in Slovakia. Long shot outsiders Australia finishing in 5th place secured their first top 5 slot since the year 2000. The venues fished were the rivers Váh, Belá, Poprad and Orava and on the water dam Palcmanska Maša located on the river at Dedinky near Dobšiná. These rivers hold huchen (Danubian salmon), brown trout, rainbow trout, grayling, brook trout, which provided plenty of good sport during the tournament.

2018 in Italy

River Sarca at Castello di Arco, near Trentino, Italy
River Sarca at Castello di Arco, near Trentino, Italy

Italy Hosted the 38th FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships in 2018, which was fished in Comano Terme, Trentino area of Italy. Spain won the team event and also the individual with David García Ferreras victorious at The event was based at the Sarca River in Tione di Trento at the foot of the Natural Park Adamello Brenta, at Arco and at Pinzolo. Also at the Noce River at the Val di Non, and the Cornisello lake at the foot of Monte Giner near Mezzana within view of the Brenta Dolomites.[12] Species available in these waters include Marble trout (Salmo marmoratus) and Lake Char (Salvelinus umbla), both species indigenous to this region, also Brown trout (Salmo trutta) and Grayling (Thymallus thymallus).

2019 in Tasmania, Australia

Mersey River, Tasmania
Mersey River, Tasmania

Australia hosted the 39th FIPS-Mouche World fly Fishing Championships, which took place between 30 November to 8 December 2019 in on the island of Tasmania. The venues fished were Penstock Lagoon, Meander River, Woods lake, Mersey river and Little Pine lagoon which had featured before in the 1988 World Fly Fishing championships.[13] The lakes and lagoons are situated near the small town of Miena, Tasmania, including Penstock lagoon, Great Lake and Little Pine Lagoon. The geographic centre of Tasmania is located on the western shore of the lagoon.[14] The species of fish caught were brown trout (Salmo trutta) and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Brown trout (a non-indigenous species to Tasmania) were first introduced to Australia on 4 May 1864 when 2700 live brown trout ova, which had been packed in ice since leaving England, were hatched into the Plenty river near Hobart, Tasmania. Rainbow trout from North America were introduced in 1894.[15] The team event was won by France, the individual title went to Howard Croston of England.

Results history from 1981 to present

WFFC Championships Team results

Event Host nation Year Winners Runner up 3rd place 4th place 5th place
40th WFFC Finland Finland 2021 Finland Finland France France Spain Spain Slovakia Slovakia Italy Italy [16]
39th WFFC Australia Australia 2019 France France Czech Republic Czech Republic Spain Spain Finland Finland Italy Italy [17]
38th WFFC Italy Italy 2018 Spain Spain Czech Republic Czech Republic Italy Italy United States United States Finland Finland [18]
37th WFFC Slovakia Slovakia 2017 France France Czech Republic Czech Republic Spain Spain Slovakia Slovakia Australia Australia [11]
36th WFFC United States United States 2016 Spain Spain France France United States United States Czech Republic Czech Republic Slovakia Slovakia [19]
35th WFFC Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Hz 2015 Spain Spain United States United States Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Hz France France Slovenia Slovenia [20]
34th WFFC Czech Republic Czech Republic 2014 Czech Republic Czech Republic France France England England Finland Finland United States United States [8]
33rd WFFC Norway Norway 2013 Czech Republic Czech Republic Italy Italy France France Finland Finland United States United States [8]
32nd WFFC Slovenia Slovenia 2012 Czech Republic Czech Republic Italy Italy Spain Spain France France Slovakia Slovakia [8]
31st WFFC Italy Italy 2011 Italy Italy Czech Republic Czech Republic Poland Poland Spain Spain United States United States [8]
30th WFFC Poland Poland 2010 Czech Republic Czech Republic France France Slovakia Slovakia Poland Poland South Africa South Africa [8]
29th WFFC Scotland Scotland 2009 England England France France Scotland Scotland Finland Finland Wales Wales [21] [22]
28th WFFC New Zealand New Zealand 2008 Czech Republic Czech Republic New Zealand New Zealand France France Poland Poland Italy Italy [23]
27th WFFC Finland Finland 2007 France France Czech Republic Czech Republic Finland Finland Portugal Portugal Spain Spain [8]
26th WFFC Portugal Portugal 2006 Czech Republic Czech Republic France France Spain Spain Italy Italy Portugal Portugal [24]
25th WFFC Sweden Sweden 2005 France France Finland Finland Czech Republic Czech Republic - - [8]
24th WFFC Slovakia Slovakia 2004 Slovakia Slovakia Czech Republic Czech Republic France France Poland Poland Belgium Belgium [25]
23rd WFFC Spain Spain 2003 France France Belgium Belgium Spain Spain - - [8]
22nd WFFC France France 2002 France France Belgium Belgium Spain Spain - - [8]
21st WFFC Sweden Sweden 2001 France France Finland Finland Czech Republic Czech Republic England England Poland Poland [26]
20th WFFC England England 2000 France France Wales Wales Australia Australia - - [8]
19th WFFC Australia Australia 1999 Australia Australia France France New Zealand New Zealand Spain Spain England England [27]
18th WFFC Poland Poland 1998 Czech Republic Czech Republic Poland Poland England England Italy Italy Slovakia Slovakia [28]
17th WFFC United States United States 1997 France France Belgium Belgium Italy Italy - - [8]
16th WFFC Czech Republic Czech Republic 1996 Czech Republic Czech Republic France France Poland Poland - - [8]
15th WFFC Republic of Ireland Ireland 1995 England England Wales Wales Belgium Belgium - - [8]
14th WFFC Norway Norway 1994 Czech Republic Czech Republic Italy Italy England England - - [8]
13th WFFC Canada Canada 1993 England England Poland Poland Italy Italy Wales Wales Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia [29]
12th WFFC Italy Italy 1992 Italy Italy Belgium Belgium France France - - [8]
11th WFFC New Zealand New Zealand 1991 New Zealand New Zealand [30] Poland Poland England England ? [30]
10th WFFC Wales Wales 1990 Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Poland Poland Belgium Belgium France France England England [31]
9th WFFC Finland Finland 1989 Poland Poland France France Finland Finland - - [8]
8th WFFC Australia Australia 1988 England England France France Australia Australia New Zealand New Zealand Scotland Scotland [9]
7th WFFC England England 1987 England England Australia Australia New Zealand New Zealand Wales Wales Poland Poland [32]
6th WFFC Belgium Belgium 1986 Italy Italy Belgium Belgium Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia - - [8]
5th WFFC Poland Poland 1985 Poland Poland Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia France France - - [8]
4th WFFC Spain Spain 1984 Italy Italy England England France France - - [8]
3rd WFFC Italy Italy 1983 Italy Italy Belgium Belgium Netherlands Netherlands - - [8]
2nd WFFC Spain Spain 1982 Italy Italy Spain Spain Luxembourg Luxemburg - - [8]
1st WFFC Luxembourg Luxembourg 1981 Netherlands Netherlands Luxembourg Luxemburg Belgium Belgium - - [8]


WFFC Championships Individual results

WFFC Host nation Year 1 2 3 4 5 Ref.
40th Finland Finland 2021 Finland Heikki Kurtti Finland Jari Heikkinen Spain D Arcay Fernandez Finland Santeri Kinnunen Finland Mikko Rasanen [33]
39th Australia Australia 2019 England Howard Croston Spain D García Ferreras Slovakia Kristian Sveda France Sebastian Delcor Italy V Santi Amantini [34]
38th Italy Italy 2018 Spain D García Ferreras Finland Jyrki Hiltunen Italy Andrea Pirone Czech Republic František Kouba Spain J Oliveras Cortina [35]
37th Slovakia Slovakia 2017 Czech Republic Antonin Pešek France Gregoire Juglaret France Sebastian Delcor France Julien Daguillanes Spain Iván Vergé [36]
36th United States United States 2016 France Julien Daguillanes Spain J Oliveras Cortina United States Lance Egan United States Pat Weiss Czech Republic Roman Heimlich [37]
35th Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Hz 2015 Poland Piotr Marchewka Montenegro Nikola Trebjesant United States Devin Olsen Spain D Arcay Fernandez France Sebastian Delcor [20]
34th Czech RepublicCzech Republic 2014 Czech Republic Luboš Roza Poland Piotr Armatys England Andrew Scott Slovakia Peter Alexovic France J-G Mathieu [38]
33rd NorwayNorway 2013 Italy V Santi Amantini Czech RepublicMartin Drož Belgium Julien Lorquet Czech Republic Antonin Pešek France Sebastian Delcor [39]
32nd SloveniaSlovenia 2012 Spain D Arcay Fernandez Italy V Santi Amantini Czech Republic Tomáš Adam England Howard Croston Czech Republic Antonin Pesek [40]
31st ItalyItaly 2011 Italy V Santi Amantini Italy Stefano Cominazzini Czech Republic Roman Heimlich Spain Pablo Castro Pinos Republic of Ireland Thomas Drinan [41]
30th PolandPoland 2010 Czech Republic Pavel Chyba Czech Republic Tomáš Adam England John Horsey France Julien Daguillanes Italy Sandro Soldarini [42]
29th ScotlandScotland 2009 England Iain Barr [22] Canada Donald Thom Belgium Christian Jadouille France Yann Caleri Scotland Calum Crosbie [21] [22]
28th New ZealandNew Zealand 2008 Czech Republic Martin Drož France Julien Daguillanes Czech Republic Tomas Starychfojtu England John Horsey Poland Lucjan Burda [23]
27th FinlandFinland 2007 Poland Marek Walczyk France Eric Lelouvier Czech Republic Antonin Pešek FranceBertrand Jacquemin France Yann Caleri

[43]

26th PortugalPortugal 2006 Czech Republic Antonin Pešek Spain Jonathan Torralbo Ruiz Czech Republic Martin Drož - - [24]
25th SwedenSweden 2005 France Bertrand Jacquemin Italy Massimo Valsesia England Andrew Dixon - - [44]
24th SlovakiaSlovakia 2004 Slovakia Miroslav Antal Poland Kazimierz Szymala Czech Republic Dan Svreek Slovakia J. Canda Czech Republic P.Machen [25]
23rd SpainSpain 2003 Italy Stefano Cotugno France Bernard Marguet United States Jeff Currier - - [8]
22nd FranceFrance 2002 France Jerome Brossutti [45] Czech Republic Tomas Starychfojtu [46] France Bernard Marguet - - [8]
21st SwedenSweden 2001 Czech Republic Vladimir Sedivy South Africa Mark Yelland France Pascal Cognard Poland Stanislaw Guzdek Australia Scott Tucker [47]
20th England England 2000 France Pascal Cognard [10] France Jean Michel Lauret Wales Gareth Jones Italy Edgardo Dona Norway Erik Eikre [8]
19th Australia Australia 1999 Australia Ross Stuart Scotland Sandy Nicolson Australia Pat O’Keefe Australia Shane Murphy France Bernard Marguet [27]
18th PolandPoland 1998 Czech Republic Tomas Starychfojtu Italy Angelo Ferrari Slovakia Jozef Trnka Czech Republic Milan Janus Poland Artur Raclawski [48][28]
17th United States United States 1997 France Pascal Cognard [10] France Alain Magnien Czech Republic Tomas Starychfojtu England Jeremy Herrmann Belgium Alain Gigot [8]
16th Czech Republic Czech Republic 1996 Italy Pierluigi Cocito [49] Poland Antoni Tondera Czech Republic Jan Pecina - - [8]
15th Republic of Ireland Ireland 1995 England Jeremy Herrmann Belgium Alain Gigot Australia Owen Nuttridge - - [8]
14th Norway Norway 1994 France Pascal Cognard [10] Wales Howel Morgan Italy Pierluigi Cocito - - [8]
13th Canada Canada 1993 Wales Russell Owen Poland Franciszek Szajnik England Jeremy Lucas - - [29]
12th Italy Italy 1992 Italy Pierluigi Cocito [49] Italy Carlo Baldassini Poland Antoni Tondera - - [8]
11th  New Zealand 1991 England Brian Leadbetter Poland Adam Sikora France Jan Astier Czech Republic Milan Janus Slovakia Slavoj Svoboda [8]
10th Wales Wales 1990 Poland Franciszek Szajnik Poland Adam Sikora Belgium Albert Bigare Czechoslovakia Milan Janus France Rene Brugere [31]
9th Finland Finland 1989 Poland Vladi Trzebunia Czechoslovakia Slavoj Svoboda Finland Jyrki Lamsa - - [8]
8th Australia Australia 1988 England John Pawson England Brian Thomas Australia T. Piggott England Bob Church Australia J. Ramf [9]
7th England England 1987 England Brian Leadbetter England John Pawson England Chris Ogborne - - [32]
6th Belgium Belgium 1986 Czech Republic Slavoj Svoboda Italy Angelo Ferrari France Andre Terrier - - [8]
5th Poland Poland 1985 Poland Leslaw Frasik Poland Kazimierzs Sasula Slovakia Pavol Gavura - - [8]
4th Spain Spain 1984 England Tony Pawson FranceJ-P Guillemaund Italy Angelo Ferrari - - [50] [9]
3rd Italy Italy 1983 Spain Alvarez Italy Silvano Ventura France Didier Bischops - - [8]
2nd Spain Spain 1982 Spain Diez Y Diez Spain Pereda Italy Giovanni Vigetti - - [8]
1st Luxembourg Luxembourg 1981 Netherlands Cor Wittkamp Belgium Marc Reckinger Belgium Didier Bischops - - [8]

Rolls of honour

Team medal table

Country 1st place, gold medalist(s) Gold 2nd place, silver medalist(s) Silver 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Bronze Medals
Czech Republic Czech Republic
Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
Total 
9
1
10
6
1
7
2
1
3
17
3
20
France France 09 010 06 025
Italy Italy 06 03 03 012
England England 05 01 04 010
Spain Spain 03 01 07 011
Poland Poland 02 04 02 08
Finland Finland 01 02 02 05
New Zealand New Zealand 01 01 02 04
Australia Australia 01 01 02 04
Netherlands Netherlands 01 00 01 02
Slovakia Slovakia 01 00 01 02
Belgium Belgium 00 06 03 09
Wales Wales 00 02 00 02
Luxembourg Luxemburg 00 01 01 02
United States United States 00 01 01 02
Scotland Scotland 00 00 01 01
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 00 00 01 01
Total 40 40 40 120

Multiple individual champions

France Pascal Cognard 3, England Brian Leadbetter 2, Italy Pierluigi Cocito 2, Italy Valerrio Santi Amantini 2, Czech Republic Antonin Pešek 2,[10][49][32][8]

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