The French were the big winners when the final counting was done at the 25th Annual FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships in Lycksele (pictured), Sweden today. Improving on last year’s third placing, they not only picked up the teams event with a winning over all score of 164900, but team member Bertrand Jacquemin well and truly put the icing on the cake by taking out the individual event as well.
In all, twenty-one teams drawn from five continents competed for this years title, fished on the river’s Juktan, Logde alv and Rodingtrask for species including grayling and brown trout. It was a comprehensive victory for the Frenchmen, whose tally was well clear of the second placed Fins on 138420, with the Czech Republic team a mere handful of points behind. Team USA finished well back in 15th overall.
In the individual section, Jacquemin proved too good for Italian Massimo Valsesia and the UK’s Andrew Dixon. The highest place American was Pete Erickson in 34th, while last year’s winner, Miroslav Antal of Slovakia, could do no better than 21st. For a complete list of this year’s results visit www.cips-fips.org/fips-mouche.