Fly-man Robbie coaches Canadians at world fish-off

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Local Angler Robbie Bell has just returned from Norway where he took part in the World Fly Fishing Championships.

This was held around the town of Mosjoen in northern Norway just 75 miles south of the Arctic Circle.

Robbie had been invited to coach the Canadian team after winning a number of team and individual medals at the Canadian National Fly Fishing Championships during the last three years.

The team got together a full week before the competition started and underwent a series of practice days.

This included specialist casting tuition as well as formal fishing tuition and intensive fly tying.

The team was well prepared and in a confident mood and went on to record some of there best ever results.

John Nishi the Canadian Captain finished in 15th position out of 135 anglers and only one lost fish kept him from a possible bronze medal.

The whole team also secured a third place out of 27 countries in one session.

The fishing was carried out under the surveillance of the local volunteers who act as controllers for each angler. All fishing is done with barbless hooks and the fish are measured by the controllers before being carefully returned to the water.

The competition takes place over three day and each team consists of five anglers. In this Championship there were three different river sectors ,one lake sector from a boat and one lake sector from the bank.

Each angler in a team fishes one session on each sector.

There were Brown Trout and Grayling in the rivers and Brown Trout and Arctic Char in the lakes.

As one competitor put it the fishing was great but the catching was tough!

There were a number of blanks recorded but the competition was still dominated by the usual suspects.

France won the bronze, Italy the silver and the pre-match favourites the Czech Republic won the gold medal comfortably.

Individual champion was a former winner Valerio Amantini of Italy.

The silver medal went to Martin Droz of the Czech Republic to complete his collection of gold, silver and bronze individual medals.

The bronze medal went to Julien Lorquet of Belgium who is aged only 23 so this was a remarkable result for this young man.

The organisation of this event the 33rd World Championships was voted by the anglers to be the best ever and the people of Mosjoen really went out of there way to put on a great event.

Next years Championships are being held in the Czech Republic.