It has been a week now since the end of the world championships in Bosnia and Herzegovina. To say that the entire Australian team is disappointed with the end result would be an understatement. There was not a lot of conversation in the mini van on the way to Zagreb as we were all pondering what went wrong. I have a few thoughts that I will share with you now.
Gutted! What a day we have had. The competition is over and the results are in. Spain has won the gold, USA the silver and Bosnia the Broze. I can't remember the last time the Czechs, French and Italians all missed out on a medal. It tells you something about the draw and the fishing. That is not to take anything away from those who did well, but you can't catch what is not in front of you.
Individually, a Polish competitor has won, someone from Montenegro was second and USA third. Again, none of the favoured countries in the top three. Amazing.
Enough about them and more about us!
Written prior to official results being released
Today was the middle day of competition and only one session was held. Tomorrow we have two sessions to finish the competition.
Luke fished the lake and as always, there were very few fish caught. Those that were landed were on differing techniques and lines. Unfortunately, Luke did not manage a fish. He is someone who I regard as possibly our best lake angler. That means we have blanked all thee of the lake sessions so far. Mick is fishing it first thing in the morning and then I have the privilege of trying to catch one out of it in the last session. Luke's boat partner did not even see a fish either.
Mick drew the lowest beat in the Verbas River. That means it is by far the worst beat in the river and he did not see a fish at stage throughout his session. I don't think a fish has come off this beat during the entire comp to date. Although he goes to the lake in the morning, he will then get to finish on the highest producing river of the comp, the Sanica.
It is great that you are publishing Christopher Bassano's reports from the World Fly-fishing Competition in Bosnia.
If you read the interim results you will see that he is leading the competition after the first and second sessions. Although he does admit he had good beats, he still has to catch the fish! See the link below:
The first day's competition is over and the results have been mixed. As we suspected, the beats have played a huge part in success and failure. For us, the draw has not been kind. Many countries can say the same thing.
It is rare to see the Czechs so far down the list even if it is after only one day, no matter what, I still expect them to be right up there at the end. The French have blanked some river beats and that is almost unthinkable. You can't catch what is not in front of you. Doing a a beat analysis, it appears as though the Aussie boys are fishing well in spite of what the scorecards say. We have had some terrible, terrible beats and have caught fish where others have not. I have been the lucky one so far as I have had two good beats. Someone has to be lucky and that is me. This competition is a classic "chocolates to boiled lollies" comp and we are all only one session away from a blank. I have fished the two best locations first and have the two worst on the final day. The lake continues to be a pain in the backside as very few fish are coming off it. It is basically a "save the blank if you can" session. What all of this means is that team and individual placing at this point mean nothing as anyone at any stage can blank and as long you have not fished the lake, the results do not accurately reflect the situation.
Now before anyone starts asking where report number three is, let me explain. We have been very, very busy and each day I have been writing a report. For the past ten days, I have written about the day's activities but at no time was I up to date. I would almost finish before something came up and I would then get back to it the following day.
We are all together now and enjoying Bosnia but getting here was not quite as easy as we had hoped. Where do I start? Fortunately, I made it across a busy airport to get my last ﬂight in Paris but my bag did not. Arriving in Zagreb, I had that sick feeling you get when you realise everyone has left the terminal, the carousel has stopped and no matter how long you stare at the plastic ﬂaps, your bag is not coming out! The ladies in the "bag ofﬁce" were lovely although there were a lot of them! Lost bags are clearly quite common in this part of the world.
Thank you all for your contributions towards getting this team to Bosnia and the world fly fishing championships, 2015. All of those receiving this email have helped in some way to enable us (as self-funded fishermen) to have this opportunity. Again, thank you!
In Norway, two years ago, I wrote a regular report on all things fishing and social from the campaign and I will endeavour to do the same this year. For those who did not get those reports, please note that my spelling at times can be terrible and with "word recognition" working on my iPad, there may be occasions when you have no idea what I am trying to say. I do not have the time to read over what I have written so please excuse all of these mistakes. You will just have to take it as it comes. As you will see, I clearly have been lucky to work with very good magazine editors when my writing has gone to print!
If at any stage you have some questions or want to know more about anything in particular, please email me and I will get around to answering. Many people had questions about the gear we were using in Norway so I will try to add this into the text where appropriate.
The very last Eddie Wigston Memorial Trout Contest was held on the 15th and 16th of March 2015, in the Bronte Park region of the Tasmanian lake country. Unlike recent years the weather was magnificent with Saturday just about as good as it gets for trout fishing in March.
It was another very successful event and one with mixed feelings being the finale to 23rd memorable years. With this event marking 25yrs since the passing of Eddie Wigston the family felt it was a suitable time to wrap up the event and mark the 25 year legacy in 2015.
It was not an easy decision with Garth and Stuart Wigston sharing some emotional words to the crowd throughout the presentation. While the event will be missed all attending this and previous years expressed their thanks and gratitude to the Wigston Family and all involved in hosting the past 23 contests.
It will be remembered as one of the best family orientated fishing competitions in the state and this year once again all the young junior entrants received a substantial prize to take home from Plano tackle boxes loaded with Tassie Devils to rod and reel combos vouchers from tackle stores around the state.
While we await the report from this years report ... read last years!
The final round of the Lowrance TAS Trout Classic series could not have got any closer. The Cranka Lures Arthurs Lake round produced the second three way tie for series and kept up the count back system deciding each and every one of the three rounds.
The weather was fantastic, almost too good on Saturday but no one was going to complain after the horrendous conditions on the Great Lake in round two.
Teams gathered at the Great Lake Hotel on Friday night for the compulsory briefing where crowd favourite Robert ‘Bobby’ Ling was drawn out of the hat as the lucky recipient of the LOX Ambassador Series Hybrid Rod. The Calcutta was as always highly entertaining and would ultimately play out as a true form guide for the round ahead.
Teams headed out of Jonah Bay on Arthurs Lake at 7am Saturday morning. Spreading far and wide across the water. Conditions were warm and the sun was very hot after some low cloud cleared in the first hour. It made for some difficult fishing but bags didn’t really show it.
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