Sports Fly-Fishing NZ : World Championship 2016 USA

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2016 world championships team Captains Report -  Scroll down for report

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Team New Zealand (L-R)

Captain          Paul Dewar

Competitor   Cory Scott

Competitor   Tony Houpt

Competitor   Daniel Comer

Johnny Bell (unable to attend)

Competitor   Sam Bourne

Manager        Timothy Anderson

Competitor   Johannes Krill (absent)

Well the competition is over and unfortunately the last two sessions did not treat us well.

Tony had the lake for this session and was looking to build on his success from the day before, there were plenty of fish around but he couldn't get the fish to take and only ended up with 2 for 17th.
Sam had the Colorado river  and managed 2 fish also for 13th.
Cory had a reasonable beat on the upper Eagle and got 8 fish, Phil Dixon from England beat the biggest fish record with an unbelievable 88cm rainbow. What a monster.
Dan had a tough beat on the lower Eagle but landed 2 for 14th. Johannes fished the Blue river and did well to land 4 fish for 10th.
The team dropped back to 9th agent this session.

The last session was hard with quite a few blanks even some of the top anglers struggled.
Sam had lake Sylvan and struggled having several takes but none stuck so ended up with none.
Tony's was on the Blue and worked hard to get 4 for 10th on count back.
Cory got another tough beat on the lower Eagle where the Slovak blanked in the morning, he landed one to save the blank but it sill finished him down the field having the smallest 1 fish.
Johannes had the upper Eagle and netted 7 to finished mid field. Dan fished the Colorado and only got 1 and again it was small putting him near the back.

These results saw our guys fall down the rankings with the team finishing in 13th place, Spain retained their title from France and the home team of USA in third.
Tony was the highest placed Kiwi in 35th.
Time to pack up and away
Paul



Today we had one session only with everyone getting a bye in the afternoon.
Tony had the Colorado which depended a lot on the beat draw, he got a reasonable beat and managed 8 fish which turned out to be a fantastic score to give him a great session win.

Cory had the Blue and got another hard beat, I watched him for this session and he did a lot of very aggressive wading (falling in at one point), all the hard work gave him 5 fish for 9th, there were quite a few blanks.

Dan had the upper Eagle, he did really well to get 8 fish and an 11th place. You will not believe it but the biggest fish measured on this section was a 82cm rainbow, yes 82 it seems one of the private beat owners put in a few hundred of these monster fish.
Sam fished the lower eagle and measured 5 for a good 9th place.
Johannes had lake Sylvan and netted 8 to end up mid field in 12th.

Tony finished this session to be a very good 13th overall individual and Sam was also in the top 20 in 19th

The team finished the day in 4th place to be still 8th in the overall standings behind France,USA and Spain but a lot closer to the leaders.
Today we have the final two sessions so here's hoping we get good beats and move up a few places.
Cheers Paul.


Long day yesterday, got to bed at midnight and due to a protest the results still weren't posted. They are up this morning (5.30am) but are provisional only.
The first session produced mixed results for the NZ team. Sam fished the blue river and had a great beat and fished well to get 19 and come in 4th on count back.
Cory was on the Colorado and due to issues with not enough controllers didn't get any preparation time or a chance to look at his beat which proved to be a tough one. The only way to get fish was to cross at the bottom ( not an easy thing) and then run up and fish the top and back down and across to measure the fish. He ended up with 3 to place 16th.
Dan was on lake Sylvan and got 14 fish for 8th.
Tony and Johannes were on the Eagle river, Tony got 15 to place 12th and Johannes got 4.

The afternoon started with fine weather but then came over black and we had thunder and rain and the temperature dropped a lot.
Tony fished the lower Eagle and landed 7 which was good enough for 6th in his group while Sam was on the upper Eagle and 10 fish got him 10th.
Cory was on the lake and netted 7 for 12th, Dan had the Blue and a beat the even he couldn't cross but still managed 8 for 11th. Johannes had a very tough beat on the Colorado, wide, slow and no structure but managed to pull out 3.

At the end of day one NZ were in 8th place on the team table, France lead from USA and Slovakia.
Sam was top Kiwi in 22nd place from Tony in 31st.
Off to do battle day two.
Paul


Well practice is almost over. We shift into the hotel in two days for the official part of the competition. The weather has been great with most days over 22deg. The altitude hasn't made any of the guys sick but it definitely a factor, when we were on the Blue we were at over 11000 feet and had climb a long way down a cliff to get to the river, we certainly noticed it coming up again.
We have managed to get out look at all the venues and fish all rivers. The lake Sylvan is small and very picturesque, it has heaps of stocked rainbows as well as wild cutthroat and Brook trout, the sessions here will be won catching the stockies with big numbers expected. We are not allowed to fish this until the comp.
We have fished the Blue, Eagle and Colorado rivers.
The Blue is a mid sized river with some fast patches as well as long slow glides. The comp water is on the Jones  Ranch (Dow Jones people) so we can't get in to look at it so have looked at bits above and below.
The Eagle is neat river with a good number of all species of trout as well as some White fish. It's been fun to fish but catches the unwary with slippery rocks, a few of us have had a swim and few rods broken.
The Colorado is a larger river that will be the telling one for the comp, wide and slow in places so if you draw a beat with good structure you will have an advantage.
The amount of use this river gets is unbelievable with rafts or drift boats going past all the time, but they fish seem used to it.  
Rest day today (Friday) with some practice tomorrow before shifting into the official hotel.
Cheers Paul.

Lake Sylvan

Paul signing poster

Looking down on Colorado river

Team at red cliffs by Eagle river

Dan with small rainbow on Eagle

Sam with nice coloured Brown on Eagle river

The NZ world team got away and made it to Vail in Colorado ok, some of you may not be aware but John Bell had an issue getting his USA visa at the last minute so he had give up his place in the team to Johannes Krill who will join the team after he finishes at the Commonwealth champs in Canada.

The first day here we took it easy to acclimatise to the high altitude, after visiting the local fishing shop for licences and buying stuff we didn't really need we had a fish on the local stream Gore Creek.

All caught fish, nice to catch different types of trout, Brooks, Browns, Cut Throat and Rainbows.

Tomorrow we meet up with our guide Jason and start practise proper.

Paul D

Gore Creek

Team departing less Johannes Krill

Long day yesterday, got to bed at midnight and due to a protest the results still weren't posted. They are up this morning (5.30am) but are provisional only.
The first session produced mixed results for the NZ team. Sam fished the blue river and had a great beat and fished well to get 19 and come in 4th on count back.
Cory was on the Colorado and due to issues with not enough controllers didn't get any preparation time or a chance to look at his beat which proved to be a tough one. The only way to get fish was to cross at the bottom ( not an easy thing) and then run up and fish the top and back down and across to measure the fish. He ended up with 3 to place 16th.
Dan was on lake Sylvan and got 14 fish for 8th.
Tony and Johannes where on the Eagle river, Tony got 15 to place 12th and Johannes got 4.

The afternoon started with fine weather but then came over black and we had thunder and rain and the temperature dropped a lot.
Tony fished the lower Eagle and landed 7 which was good enough for 6th in his group while Sam was on the upper Eagle and 10 fish got him 10th.
Cory was on the lake and netted 7 for 12th, Dan had the Blue and a beat the even he couldn't cross but still managed 8 for 11th. Johannes had a very tough beat on the Colorado, wide, slow and no structure but managed to pull out 3.

At the end of day one NZ were in 8th place on the team table, France lead from USA and Slovakia.
Sam I was to Kiwi in 22nd place from Tony in 31st.
Off to do battle day two.
Paul

Hi

Team report from day 2.

Today we had one session only with everyone getting a bye in the afternoon.
Tony had the Colorado which depended a lot on the beat draw, he got a good beat and managed 8 fish which turned out to be a fantastic score to give him a great session win.

Cory had the Blue and got another hard beat, I watched him for this session and he did a lot of very aggressive wading (falling in at one point), all the hard work gave him 5 fish for 9th, there were quite a few blanks.

Dan had the upper Eagle, he did really well to get 8 fish and an 11th place. You will not believe it but the biggest fish measured on this section was a 82cm rainbow, yes 82 it seems one of the private beat owners put in a few hundred of these monster fish.
Sam fished the lower eagle and measured 5 for a good 9th place.
Johannes had lake Sylvan and netted 8 to end up mid field in 12th.

Tony finished this session to be a very good 13th overall individual and Sam was also in the top 20 in 19th

The team finished the day in 4th place to be still 8th in the overall standings behind France,USA and Spain but a lot closer to the leaders.
Today we have the final two sessions so here's hoping we get good beats and move up a few places.
Cheers Paul.


Well the competition is over and unfortunately the last two sessions did not treat us well.

Tony had the lake for this session and was looking to build on his success from the day before, there were plenty of fish around but he couldn't get the fish to take and only ended up with 2 for 17th.
Sam had the Colorado river  and managed 2 fish also for 13th.
Cory had a reasonable beat on the upper Eagle and got 8 fish, Phil Dixon from England beat the biggest fish record with an unbelievable 88cm rainbow. What a monster.
Dan had a tough beat on the lower Eagle but landed 2 for 14th. Johannes fished the Blue river and did well to land 4 fish for 10th.
The team dropped back to 9th agent this session.

The last session was hard with quite a few blanks even some of the top anglers struggled.
Sam had lake Sylvan and struggled having several takes but none stuck so ended up with none.
Tony's was on the Blue and worked hard to get 4 for 10th on count back.
Cory got another tough beat on the lower Eagle where the Slovak blanked in the morning, he landed one to save the blank but it sill finished him down the field having the smallest 1 fish.
Johannes had the upper Eagle and netted 7 to finished mid field. Dan fished the Colorado and only got 1 and again it was small putting him near the back.

These results saw our guys fall down the rankings with the team finishing in 13th place, Spain retained their title from France and the home team of USA in third.
Tony was the highest placed Kiwi in 35th.
Time to pack up and away
Paul

Result links

Team

http://www.wffc2016.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Session6-teams-cum.pdf

Individual

http://www.wffc2016.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Session6-Indivs-cum.pdf