The team selected to compete for Ireland in the coming World Championships in Frymburk, Czech Republic from the 27th of May to the 2nd of June are:
Captain: Eugene Nolan
Team: Tom Caroll
Tom O Connor
Reserve: Micheal Thowig
After a team meeting two weeks ago the team decided they will travel to the event on the 21st of May to have a few days practice in the area before the competition begins. The competition will be a well organised event with some 25 plus teams competing over three days and five three hour sessions on 3 rivers, lake from a boat and a bank session. The days will be long with early starts and competition water that will test any anglers abilities and stamina.
Sector 1 · Vltava 29 P · river
A beautiful piece of water between Lipno reservoir and the equalizing reservoir of Lipno 2. The flow is regulated all year-round and very stable, offering fishing for abundant native brown trout in a deep wooded valley, full of big boulders. Flyfishing here is very exacting, although the boulders are not slippery, it is necessary to ponder every step you take. The river width varies between 5–10 m, depth ranges between 0.50–1.5 m, but they are also pools with depths of 2 m.
Sector 2 · Vltava 29, lake Lipno II
One of the first stillwaters to be stocked with rainbow trout in the Czech Republic. A stable water level will be maintained during the competition, the depth of the lake varies from 0,5 m in the tributary to 6 m close to the dam. Fishing will mainly be for stocked rainbow trout (30-60 cm), other fish include coarse fish: perch, carp, pike, roach, zander and bream.
Sector 3 · Vltava 28, upper part · river
One of the best trout fisheries in the Czech Republic. Thanks to strict fishing rules (fly-fishing only, barbless hooks only, minimum takeable size 40cm grayling and 45cm brown trout) helps protect the native population of brown trout which in addition is still regularly supported by stocking. The fishery is also stocked with rainbow trout (30-60cm) and grayling. Grayling and other fish species are unfortunately regularly affected by over-wintering cormorants feeding on them.
The stable water flow of 10 m3/s will be maintained during the competition. The river flows through a mainly forested valley, it varies with a mixtures of runs and deeper pools, the river bed also varies between sandy gravel to stony reaches, often covered by water macrophytes. The width of the river varies between 20 – 30 m, depth between 0.5 – 1.5 m; banks are covered with tree vegetation.
Sektor 4 · Malše 6, lake Květoňov
Květoňov lake is a small trout reservoir near the town of Kaplice with an area of 6.5 ha. It was one of the first trout lakes in the Czech Republic and it is annually stocked with about 2.3 tonnes of rainbow trout and is also famous also for big pike. The depth of the lake close to the bank varies between 0.5 and 10 m. The banks are covered with natural vegetation, but without trees. Lake will be stocked by approximately 1200 pieces of rainbow trout (30-60cm) before the competition. Other fish species include pike, carp, perch and roach, occasional brown trout, brook trout and white fish.
Sektor 5 · Vltava 28 a 27, bottom part
The river has a similar character to Sector 3, the river is a little slower and occurrence of other fish like dace and chub is higher. This sector will be stocked with rainbow trout (30-60cm) before championship, fish will be stocked from a raft and every beat will be stocked with the same number of fish. We recommend all flyfishing methods to cover the water and all fish species.
To check out more on the competition you can follow this link to the official page: http://ffch.cz/en/
Over the next few months the team will be busy preparing for the competition, and you can follow there progression here as I will keep you posted on our developments. If you have any questions regarding the competition process please feel free to contact me here, thanks for reading.