The Final Day of Practice for the Master’s

by | Jul 17, 2022 | World Masters Fly Fishing Championships

flyfishing-gearIt wouldn’t have hurt to have spent the final day of World Masters Fly Fishing practice organizing our stuff rather than fishing.  At least Pete and I that is, being today was our eighth fishing day in a row.  Quite frankly, we’re a little worn out.  Our tippet, fly boxes, empty floatants and etc. could all use a little refreshing.  My waders could use a drying out session as well and perhaps some patchwork after all the blackberry thorns I’ve marched through.  I think it’s somewhat obvious by looking in the back of our rental car!


Chiese-RiverBut on another note, we went to what has been my favorite river so far here in Italy, the Chiese.  Pete, Stefano, Jerry and I fished here our first practice day.  Its somewhat small and crystal clear.  All the trout are wild and spooky.  If you can pass a caddis over their head before they know you’re there, you have a good chance at catching one.


flyfishingThe issue today however, is that every day since we fished here on July 11th, other World Teams have been here practicing.  In fact, the Slovenians were here today sharing the exact water we were on.  None of the competing teams are slouches with a fly rod.  These fish have been hammered and were nearly impossible to catch today.  I changed flies, tippet and tactics more than any day this trip.


Loren-Williams-flyfishingNever impossible however and though a couple of us, including myself got blanked, Bret and Loren caught a few fish.  Loren actually got six measurable trout, all caught on the ridiculous chartreuse Mop fly.


flyfishing-ItalyThere was no reason to beat ourselves up too bad on the water.  Like almost every day here in Italy, temps rose well into the 90°s.  At 1:30 Stefano rounded us all up and led us to an amazing little riverside restaurant called the Locanda Borgo Antico – Osteria.



fly-fishingOne look at this place and we weren’t returning to the Chiese.  This restaurant was classy and the ladies that served us were fantastic.  They delivered us several courses of delicious food and plenty of cold beer.  Have I mentioned this is a pretty good trip?


We returned to the hotel and enjoyed a pleasant evening.  Tomorrow there will be no fishing.  Its registration for the competition and tomorrow night is the parade and opening ceremonies.  These are always a big deal and we are very much looking forward to it. Well, it’s time to eat again!


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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!