The World Masters Fly Fishing Championships in Italy

by | Jul 18, 2022 | World Masters Fly Fishing Championships

flyfish-ItalyToday was registration day and the start of the World Masters Fly Fishing Championships here at Madonna di Campiglio, Italy.  Though Stefano offered to guide us fishing this morning, everyone opted to make today a rest day and a day to tidy up the tackle to be ready for the first session tomorrow.  Pete, Stefano and I did however walk the town section of the Lower Sarca River just to have a look and kill some time.  It’s a short drive and it made for a very nice morning.


Team-USAAt 4 PM our team dressed up in our Team USA attire and hopped on a bus with the other 19 teams.  The event took us to downtown Madonna di Campiglio where we were in a parade.  We walked a mile through the stunning town then sat to local entertainment then the official kick off of the World Masters event.  It was a big deal and a very cool afternoon.


ItalyAfter kick off, we walked a half mile to the base of one of the many local ski hills and rode the gondola to an insanely picturesque mountain top restaurant where the opening ceremonies continued while we ate a six course meal and indulged on some of the finest red wine any of us have ever experienced.


Team-USA-flyfishingThe exciting day and night finally concluded around 11 PM.  It was a bit late for our liking being the competition starts in the morning, but when in Rome (not really but close) do as the Romans.  Not a contestant left the fun evening early and we’ll all be in the same tired condition when our 6 AM busses head to the competition waters.


That’s it – good night. . . . . tomorrow the fishing counts big time!


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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!