by: Katka Švagrová

Just on my way home from Canada 2023 Masters and Ladies World Fly Fishing Championships FIPS-Mouche.It has been two weeks of intense training and competing against the best ones out there.

Despite some controversial and unfortunate situations during the championship, which should be definitely fixed for next time and never repeated again I think it has been a success, especially for our team.

MS Kanada 01The biggest thank you go to my team mates Tereza Rutová Markéta Procházková Štěpánka Šimůnková Marková Eliška Marková , our coach Jaromir Sram (Jája) for all the hard work you all put into it, I know you left your hearts in Canadian lakes and rivers and we made it yet again !!! Mainly our team spirit and hardcore fishing from all of you helped us again to repeat success from last year!

What more? A big dream of mine came true and I got an individual gold medal - of course if you are in this sport, you can imagine how much it means to me!

Congratulations to the teams of Canada and USA for taking second and third position in teams and of course big congratulations to my team mate Eliska Marková and Cathy Ruddick from Canada for individual silver and bronze medals!

Congratulations to all who attend such an event and represent their country with a honour!

Special shout out to our guides Josh Jelly Gelinas and Taylor Culver, it won’t be possible without you guys, your knowledge of local waters was spectacular and you helped us so much!

Surely I shouldn’t forget to mention Gerda Altena, thank you! It was a pleasure to fish with you on the boat and you right it’s important to “never regret things“.

Shout out to badass fly angler Tess Weigand who fished with me in the same group, pushed me hard with her skills and been a great fun!

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Thank you Virpi Lahdenperä as well to be kind boat partner who fish with fairness!

I would like to say thank you to our biggest team supporters and sponsors Český rybářský svaz, z.s.,BUSHMAN Česko, Hanák Competition and Karel Krivanec (Czech Nymphs).

Same as my personal sponsors

Patagonia Hardy Fly Fishing RIO PRODUCTS Costa Sunglasses , your gear surely helped me to succeed!

Last not least thanks to my closest ones- family, friends, Šedý Vlk and all the good people who helped me on my way

Hope to see you all again in 3rd Ladies World Flyfishing Championship. And guess what? Czech Republic and my homewaters will be hosting such an event in May 2024!

Btw just an advice for the organisers of future championships- let always the National Anthem play to the end as otherwise it’s a disrespect to the winners and their country!!!