European Fly Fishing Competition Descends on Northern Montenegro

The International Fly Fishing Federation, FIPS-Mouche, with the help of local fly fishing clubs, organized its 25th European Fly Fishing Competition in Plav, Andrijevica, and Berane, Montenegro. Twenty countries including some of the best anglers in Europe participated in this European fly fishing competition in Northern Montenegro.

After a week of practice in different waterways, the competition took place July 1-7, 2019. Competition zones were in the following river zones and lake in Northern Montenegro:

  • Ljuca River near Gusinje
  • Plav Lake in Plav
  • Lim River near Plav
  • Lim River near Andrijevica
  • Lim River in Berane
FIPS Fly fishing in Andijevica, Montenegro

A common consensus among competitors was that the fishing was hard as many teams were surprised by the water clarity. However, competitors were very positive on the fishing conditions including fish varieties and quantities. Also, fishermen were generally in awe of the mountainous terrain of Montenegro. And, more than a few fishermen found the local beer, Niksicko, to be “very good.”

Fishermen gave high praise when speaking of the Plav and Gusinje fishing zone. A number of teams preferred the river fishing as it relates to the Ljuca and Lim Rivers near Plav. Some teams, like Team Finland, found Lake Plav to be more ideal for the type of fishing that they were accustomed to for a competitive environment. Though the lake fish maintained a low depth, the size of fish being caught in the lake far surpassed the competition’s required minimum of 20cm. Lake catch reports included sizable grayling, huchen, browns, and pike. One angler from Finland was able to land a 70cm brown trout while fishing Plav Lake.

FIPS Fly Fishing Championship in Montenegro

Winners were presented on the final day of the competition. The top 10 teams in the 2019 FIPS Mouche Championship were:

  1. Czech Republic
  2. Slovenia
  3. Bosnia i Herzegovina
  4. Poland
  5. France
  6. Spain
  7. Finland
  8. Ireland
  9. Slovak Republic
  10. Italy
Fly fishing by boat in Lake Plav, Montenegro

The top 10 individual winners in the 2019 European Fly Fishing Championship in Montenegro were:

  1. Jean-Guillaume

    France

  2. Michal Greszta

    Poland

  3. Maciej Korzeniowski

    Poland

  4. Rok Sparovec

    Slovenia

  5. Antonin Pesek

    Czech Republic

  6. Ander Perez

    Spain

  7. Paco Cabrera

    Spain

  8. Tomislav Prastalo

    Bosnia i Hercegovina

  9. Miloslav Hosenseidl

    Czech Republic

  10. Francois Deloup

    France

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