Americans take podium at World Fly Fishing Championships |

Americans take podium at World Fly Fishing Championships

Julien Daguillanes, of France, shows off an impressive fish caught Friday on the Eagle River near Wolcott during the World Fly Fishing Championships. Daguillanes won the individual competition and the French team took second overall. Tournament organizer John Knight said the private waters near Wolcott had monster fish like this one thanks to the Vail Rod and Gun Club.

EAGLE COUNTY – The fly fishermen of Spain defended their crown at the 36th annual FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships this week, with France taking second and the U.S. finishing third.

In the individual standings, Americans Lance Egan and Pat Weiss took third and fourth, respectively, with Julien Daguillanes of France winning and Jordi Cortina of Spain taking second.

Daguillanes caught 86 fish over the course of the three-day competition, Cortina caught 70 and Egan caught 60. Those fish were then measured for length and each competitor received a point total based on number of fish caught and the length of those fish.

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A total of 3802 fish were caught by the 25 participating teams in the three-day competition. The Spanish team caught 302 fish, the French team caught 293 fish, and the American team caught 289 fish.

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A medal presentation and closing ceremony is scheduled for noon on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Ford Amphitheater in Vail, and is free and open to the public. It will be preceded by a host of other free fly fishing related events at Ford Amphitheater starting at 10 a.m.

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