Recognizing that attracting young anglers to the joys and challenges of fly fishing would provide much-needed new lifeblood, in the late 1990s Jack Simpson introduced a proposal to establish the FIPS-Mouche Youth World Fly Fishing Championship and Conservation Symposium (YWFFC). The concept was accepted, and the first event was held in 1998 in Wales. It was deemed an outstanding success, with 60 youths ranging in age from 14 to 18 years representing eight countries. Competitions have since been held in Ireland, Norway and Portugal and will take place in Pennsylvania in 2007. With 26 member countries active in FIPS-Mouche, this event will again attract teams from around the globe. It is hoped that with the passage of time that YWFFCs will become an annual competition.
FFC believes that, like the Olympics, an important aspect of the YWFFCs is the fostering of friendships and understanding among people from around the world, through sport. As with other FIPS-Mouche events, this competition is based on the Olympic ideal of fair sport and understanding. Participants will compete for team gold, silver and bronze medals, as well as similar medals for the top three individuals. In addition to the strictly catch-and-release fly fishing competition, activities often include fly tying demonstrations and instruction, visits to conservation sites and habitat rehabilitation projects, and sightseeing trips to local points of interest. There are normally a few official practice days, three competition days, and a one-day Conservation Symposiums. The latter will teach participants about local fish species and their surroundings, entomology, conservation, habitat reclamation, and the importance of protecting wetlands and waterways.
The State College area in Pennsylvania will host the sixth annual FIPS-Mouche World Youth Fly Fishing Championship in August. It is the first time the championship will be held in the United States. The event will he held August 3rd-10th, with competition occurring August 7th-9th at four locations: Spring Creek, Little Juniata River, Fishing Creek and Lake Perez. Competitors aged 13 to 18 from around the world will compete, including a team from Canada. The event will include a processional and a conservation symposium and concludes with an Olympic-style awards ceremony.
Selection of the Canadian youth team is based on applications (including a resume and references) received by FFC.
A report on the FIPS Mouche 6th Youth World Fly Fishing Championship by Robert Lennox (15KB .rtf)
Youth World Fly Fishing Championships 2007 by John Bransfield (24KB .rtf)
Views of the 2007 Youth World Fly Fishing Championshiop by Mike Lennox (23kb .rtf)
Youth World Fly Fishing Championship and Conservation Symposium by David Nonomura (20KB .rtf)