1: Wednesday 26th March
The first two sessions were very successful with
a large number of fish caught, measured and released. After two
sessions on the Waihou
one controller measured 61 fish on one beat.
The most fish caught in a 3-hour session was
37 on the Waimakariri
River (by Ivica Magdic of Croatia in session 1 and Yann Caleri
of France in session 2) while Donald Thom of Canada caught the longest
fish at 624mm.
Competitors are saying it's the most fantastic
tournament they've been to and John Horsey of the English team is
already planning his next trip back to New Zealand.
Day 2: Thursday 2th March
The longest fish at 689mm was caught by John
Horsey of England.
This most fish caught in a single 3-hour sesion
on Day 2 was 31, while the honour of catching the most fish over
the first two days goes to Tomas Starychfojtu of the Czech Republic
with 91 fish.
In a close run contest between the Czech Republic
and New Zealand, the Czech team has won the 2008 World Fly Fishing
Championships. The two teams alternated as the winners of the competition
sessions on the first two days, but the Czech team clinched it today,
the third and final day, beating New Zealand in both sessions. (The
Czech Republic the fifth, and Italy the final session).
Martin Deoz of the Czech Republic was the top
placed individual angler. The best performing member of the New
Zealand's was Des Armstrong who came 6th overall.
Ville-Antti Jaakkola of Finland caught a 688mm
fish on Day 3, almost equalling the longest 689mm one caught by
John Horsey of England the previous day.
All the teams are celebrating in Rotorua tonight
but after a week of early starts, can perhaps catch up on some sleep
before the 10am conservation
symposium on the restoration of the Rotorua lakes.
In Olympic style, Saturday's 4pm closing ceremony
includes a procession down the main street of Rotorua.