Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships comes to Tasmania
Tasmania will host the XV Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships from 15-18 February 2012.
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The fact that Tasmania was selected for this prestigious international event demonstrates the value of the State’s recreational inland fishery and its standing as a world class wild trout fishery.
The interest by competitors has also been outstanding with 16 teams from 13 countries participating, making this the largest Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championship ever held.
Teams of five anglers from Canada, Kiribati, Australia, Singapore, South Africa, Malta, India, New Zealand, Isle of Man, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will descend on Tasmania for the event and for a period prior to acclimatise to the Tasmanian fishing conditions.
The four day event will be held at five separate inland waters to test the range of fly fishing skills involved in angling from a boat, river and lake shore. The venues are the South Esk River, Arthurs Lake, Woods Lake, Little Pine Lagoon and Meander River.
The Country Club Casino in Launceston will be the central base for the teams during the competition and the venue for the Fly Fishing Expo, which is open to the public on Saturday 18 February.
The event also includes a gala opening and official welcome by the Governor of Tasmania in Deloraine on Wednesday 15 February. A public parade through the main street will commence at 4 pm and involve local school students who have prepared banners for each of the participating countries.
The IFS is keen to ensure that the competitors in the Championships experience the best that the Tasmanian fishery has to offer, as well as the friendly hospitality that this State is renowned for.
The image of Tasmania’s wild trout fishery is synonymous with the State’s branding and tourism marketing, and the event will be a real bonus for local businesses in regional areas. It should generate interest through word of mouth amongst the international angling community as well as providing national and international media coverage of the State’s unique natural asset – it’s wild trout fishery.