Canadian Donald Thom Wins Silver Medal at World Fly Fishing Championship
OTTAWA, June 19, 2009. Fly Fishing Canada is very pleased to announce that Donald Thom, of Cantley, Quebec, won the silver individual medal at the 29th FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship and Conservation Symposium held last week in and around Drymen, Scotland. Donald’s remarkable achievement represents Canadian’s first medal at a world championship and Canada’s second medal in as many years at international events (Chris Pfohl won a silver individual medal at the 2008 Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships in New Zealand).
The fishing was often challenging, but Donald fished brilliantly and was a model of consistency throughout the event, catching fish in all five sessions – a feat accomplished by only four other anglers.
“This is the 250th anniversary of Robbie Burns' birth and this year in Scotland, they're calling it the Homecoming”, Donald reminded us. “My grandfather - Grandpa Dick - left Scotland in 1901, and here I am, going back to Scotland for the Homecoming, and coming out with the silver medal.” On behalf of all of us at FFC, congratulations Donald, well done and well deserved!
Twenty-seven countries and 124 individual anglers competed in the event. England overcame a sizable French lead heading into day three to take team gold. France took silver and Scotland finished third. Team Canada placed ninth. England’s Iain Barr won individual gold and Belgium's Christian Jadouille came in third.
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