The last time we hosted the championships was in 1988 when the English won the team gold medal and John Pawson (Eng) won the individual gold.
Many believe that to this day, it was the best championships ever held as it was a true test of one’s fishing ability. Only having wild trout involved and receiving no hatchery reared fish, Tasmania is quite unique on the world stage. The championships are scheduled for the late November / early December period and will no doubt feature the state’s top lakes and rivers. Those that have been discussed would all be worthy venues.
Mayflies will play a large part in the competition and competitors will have a myriad of options and techniques to choose from while fishing their three hour sessions. I would expect that river beats will be quite large and under the watchful eye of Malcolm Crosse and the organising committee, I am sure that every detail will be taken of. The Country Club Casino is to be the base for the championships.
The Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships were held here in 2012 and this has provided everyone with a good blue print to run what will be, an outstanding championships.
No doubt, the Australian team selected for this competition will be a keenly contested affair as everyone jostles for position over the next few years. Home ground advantage is usually quite significant but probably less so in Tasmania. Previous competitions have shown that the locals willingness to help travelling anglers is far greater than everywhere in the world that I have ever been and I would predict that this competition will be won by those who can execute the best, or those with any ‘inside information’.
Rainbow Lodge Tasmania is in the very good position of having all four of our guides in contention for national selection. Craig has represented Australia at world level on many occasions, Christopher on four occasions by the time 2019 arrives as well as winning the Commonwealth Championships in 2012, Tom representing Australia at the World Championships in Colorado this year and Stewart going to the Commonwealths in Canada in 2016. Those who are not involved in 2019 will certainly be in high demand by visiting teams!
Click the link below to see an article recently published in the local newspaper about the Championships in 2019:
To watch the video submitted to support Tasmania's bid for the World Fly Fishing Championships in 2019 please click on the footage below: