The 36th FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship came to the United States with anglers fishing the free flowing rivers and majestic lakes of the Rocky Mountains. 25 countries attended the championship on September 11-18, 2016, in Colorado.
The Town of Vail was the location for the opening and closing ceremonies and host hotel, the Evergreen Lodge. This is the event headquarters along with: competitor lodging, meals, registration, captain’s meetings, and the posting of scores. This was a great place to meet and mingle with the international teams and to enjoy the festive atmosphere.
Competitors fished the Eagle River in Wolcott and Gypsum, the Colorado River near Dotsero, Sylvan Lake near the Town of Eagle, and Dillon Reservoir at the Town of Frisco. Fishing venues are divided into 5 sectors where each angler fishes for 3 hours over 5 sessions. Bring a camera and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Colorado and watch true masters of the fly rod in action.
A Conservation Symposium was held to highlight area and global watershed issues. Speakers were from Colorado Parks & Wildlife and Colorado Trout Unlimited. Hosted at Ford Amphitheater and open to the public.
Derek DeYoung provided an Art Show on the final day of the championship. The Vail Marriott was as adorned with art in a celebration to fly fishing. All were welcomed to visit with Derek and see his unique style of paintings.
The medal ceremony was at Ford Amphitheater. Team and individual medals get awarded while national anthems are played and nation’s flags are raised. Cheers were heard by all the competitors as the medals and trophies are held high. Closing speeches were made and the ‘Sacred Scroll’ is passed to the next host nation.
An Award Banquet follows the medal ceremony at the Marriott Grand Ballroom. Attendees enjoyed a delicious dinner, sponsor awards, surprises guests, and live music to close the championship in grand style.
This was a championship of a lifetime!
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On September 2016, in the heart of the Colorado mountains, elite competitive fly fishermen from across the globe converged on the world's greatest trout fishing waters.
Jonathon Stagg - Christopher Bassano
Brian Hughes - Tom Jarman
Lubin Pfeiffer - Glenn Eggleton
Joe Riley - Mischa Berndtsson
Thierry Hockers - Charles-André Hanin
Benoit Dequinze - Fréderic Charlier
Jovo Devic - Sinisa Bovan
Aleksandar Dukic - Sasa Jeremic
Zelko Prpic - Borislav Smanja
Todd Oishi - John Nishi
Rob Stroud - Chris Puchniak
Colin Huff - Randy Taylor
Terence Courtoreille - Leslie Laframboise
Lubos Roza - Tomas Adam
Pavel Chyba - Roman Heimlich
Lukas Starychfojtu - Tomas Starychfojtu
John Horsey - Phil Dixon
Andrew Scott - Howard Croston
Simon Robinson - Paul Page
Jarkko Suominen - Heikki Kurtti
Jani Huhtaniska - Jyrki Hiltunen
Kai Kallio - Mikko Rasanen
Sebastien Delcor - Julien Daguillanes
Jean-Benoit Angely - Robert Escaffre
Jean-Guillaume Mathieu - Olivier Jarreton
Gregoire Juglaret - Robert Escaffre
Michael Drinan - Alastair Earley
Ivor Cox - Roger Fowler
Declan Conlon - Tom Ankettell
Valerio Santi Amantini - Carlo Sciaguri
Valentino Santi Amantini - Andrea Pirone
Stefano Cecchin - Luigi Brunelli
Pierluigi Cocito - Luisella Lavetto
Seiichiro Otsuka - Masamitsu Kasuya
Madoka Myers - Takashi Kawahara
Hitoshi Suzuki - Yasuji(Dan) Miyakawa
Makiko Otsuka - David Myers
Claude Strotz - Patrick Scheid
Claude Huss - Ben Scheuer
Ben Pauly - Maryse Diederich
Stephen Varga - David Carew
Marty Varga - Carmen Carew
Mungunkhuyag Adiya - Chinzorig Ganbold
Baatar Ulaankhuu - Bilguun Ganbold
Munkhbold Batdorj - Altangerel Sengejav
Bert Schmidt - Peter Elberse
René Koops - Marty Maas
Nico Dekker - Bram Zanis
Johannes Krill - Sam Bourne
Cory Scott - Daniel Comer
Tony Houpt - Paul Dewer
Erlend Vivelio Nilssen - Terje Haugen Lie
Cato René Vivelio Monsen - Ingvild Aurdal
Karl Stian Tafjord - Terje Haugen Lie
Cato Vivelio Nilssen
Marek Walczyk - Maciej Korzeniowski
Piotr Marchewka - Piotr Konieczny
Grzegorz Gołofit - Antoni Bogdan
David Downie - Simon Cocker
Euan Martin - Steve Corsar
Slobodan Bobo Ivanovic
Igor Hribik - Peter Berik
Igor Lukasik - Zdeno Nemcik
Daniel Factor - Ronald Smith
Matt Rich - Christiaan Pretorius
Nick Janse van Rensburg - Matt Gorlei
MC Coetzer - Gerrit Redpath
Jordi Oliveras Cortina - Ivan Verge Royo
Pablo Castro Pinos - Francisco Javier Poveda
David Arcay Fernandez
Manuel Bautista Inglesias
Jonas Olsson - Mathias Heimdahl
Anders Heimdahl - Patrik Forslund
Devin Olsen - Lance Egan
Pat Weiss - Josh Graffam
Norm Maktima - Russ Miller
Bret Bishop - Jerry Arnold
Fédération Internationale de Peche Sportive Mouche
International Sport Fly Fishing Federation
Confédération Internationale de la Peche Sportive
International Sport Fishing Confederation
Sector I EAGLE RIVER upper
Eagle River (Edwards-Wolcott) The Eagle River is an excellent freestone river with prolific hatches. It flows from high above Camp Hale south of Redcliff to its confluence with the Colorado River in Dotsero. It is most famous for the prolific Caddis hatches that come off in the spring and early summer. The Eagle is noted for its excellent dry fly fishing for wild brown and rainbow trout. Thank you to Vail Rod & Gun Club for access to this private water.
Sector II EAGLE RIVER lower
Eagle River – Gypsum Ponds area
At Gypsum there is a state recreation area called Gypsum Ponds, which has a few miles of access. The river begins to slow and meander below Gypsum to its meeting with the Colorado. This area can be tough to wade because of the silt bottom but offers extraordinary dry fly fishing in the summer and fall.
Sector III COLORADO RIVER
Colorado River hosted at the Colorado River Ranch is a classic wide open river venue. The Upper Colorado below Gore Canyon meanders through the spectacular Canyon Country offering not only outstanding fishing, but also an unforgettable setting. The only thing that rivals the beauty of these canyons are the trout you will encounter.
Practice sessions held on the Karl Berger Coyote Ranch near Dotsero.
Sector IV SYLVAN LAKE
Sylvan Lake State Park is a high alpine mountain loch style venue. Sylvan provides serenity in an alpine park perfect for daydreaming. Non-motorized boating and non-electrical camping offer the opportunity for quiet recreation at this gateway to the White River National Forest and the Holy Cross Wilderness.
Sector V BLUE RIVER
Blue River is the perfect setting of big rock structure and moving waters river venue. It rises in southern Summit County, on the western side of the continental divide in the Ten Mile Range, near Quandary Peak. It flows north past Breckenridge, then through the Dillon Reservoir near Dillon.
The loch style practice venue will be Dillon Reservoir at the Town of Frisco in Frisco Bay Marina using drift boats. Teams will be transported to the Town of Frisco and board drift boats at Frisco Bay Marina to practice fish. Anglers will work to determine the best flies, rods, lines, and techniques to use for high alpine lake fishing. There will be 4 sessions of practice fishing to provide like morning and late afternoon conditions.
The Evergreen Lodge is the host hotel and headquarters for the championship.
The Evergreen Lodge is where the event headquarters, competitor lodging, meals, transportation staging, team registration, captain’s meetings, beat draw, and posting of scores will occur. This will be a great place to meet and mingle with the international teams and to enjoy the festive atmosphere
and Awards Ceremony
The 2016 Conservation Symposium will provide a special day time screening of Patagonia’s Dam Nation film. Speakers from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Colorado Trout Unlimited, Eagle River Watershed Council.
The Vail Marriot hosted the Opening Gala, Birds of Prey presentation, Derek DeYoung Art Show, and Closing Dinner Gala.
Exceptional food, outstanding meeting spaces, top notch staff, and professional staging made these championship components polished and memorable.
A night on the town at Bol Vail was a red carpet event for all attendees. Culinary treats, bowling, photo moments, libations, and camaraderie made an evening to remember.
Nova Guides provided the venue for our wellness event 'Soldier's Day'. Guests from Colorado and Wyoming fished the day with top pros from around the world to increase their skills and make new friends.
Eagle County Transportation provided all staging transfers and travel for the championship. the buses were comfortable and on time for every leg of the event.
An event is as strong as its volunteers. Join us to make this a championship of a lifetime! Most volunteers go river side with a competitor. This volunteer is called a controller.
The job is not hard and you get to spend time on the water with some of the top anglers in the world.
Controllers are assigned to a competitor, measuring and recording the trout. It’s an opportunity to watch and learn from the best fly fisherman in the world. If you are looking to compete in a future event, this is a great way to learn the event process and to watch the stealthy techniques of some world class fly fishermen.