Fly Fishing World Championships coming to Eagle County Sept. 11-18 |

Fly Fishing World Championships coming to Eagle County Sept. 11-18

Special to the Daily

EAGLE COUNTY — The numbers are in on the 36th FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship, which will be held in Eagle and Summit counties this September. Four hundred fly-fishermen from 30 countries will compete in eight nearby venues including three rivers and two lakes for one great event.

“It will be an experience no one should miss,” said competitor Ben Metcalf, a competitive angler from State College, Pennsylvania.

Whether they are spectators, volunteers or curious passers-by, it will be “an opportunity to participate alongside some of the world’s most elite fly-fisherman,” Metcalf added.

The event, slated for Sept. 11-18, will be the first time the world’s biggest and most competitive fly-fishing competition has visited the U.S. since 1997.

“To win a bid for the United States is a feat that hasn’t been accomplished in a very long time, and it’s a testament to the package that John puts together,” Metcalf said of organizer John Knight, who also runs the local America’s Cup fly-fishing tournament.

International attendees will enjoy a week of celebrations, the town’s Oktoberfest event and world class fly-fishing in an alpine atmosphere. The town of Vail will host the championship flag parade, opening and closing ceremonies as well as the medal presentation.

Competitors will fish the Eagle River, Colorado River, Blue River, Sylvan Lake and Dillon Reservoir in Eagle and Summit counties. Fishing venues will be divided into five sectors where each angler fishes for three hours over five sessions.

Jason Lieverst is a chief of international supervision and technical commission at FIPS-Mouche, the International Sport Flyfishing Federation. He described the fishing venues for this year’s championships as being like “a fairy tale” for European anglers such as him.

“Sylvan Lake took my breath away,” he said.


Aside from the fishing, there will be a screening of Patagonia’s award-winning film “Dam Nation,” as well as a speakers’ panel provided by Colorado Trout Unlimited. The free viewing will be hosted at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, and is open to the public.

Derek DeYoung will hold an art show on the final day of the championship. The Vail Marriott will be adorned with art in a celebration of fly-fishing. All are welcome to come visit with DeYoung and see his unique style of paintings.

The medal ceremony will be held in Vail Village. Watch team and individual medals awarded while national anthems are played and nation’s flags are raised. Cheer alongside all the competitors as the medals and trophies are held high. Closing speeches will be made and the event’s Sacred Scroll record of winners will be passed to the next host nation.

This championship is being produced by The America Cup, Inc. The America Cup is a nonprofit organization that promotes competitive and amateur fly-fishing at the national and international levels and provides program support to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing.

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