FLY FISH­ING FIRST

Daily News - - METRO - INSET: Richard Gor­lei | AN­DREW HENN

DUR­BAN’S Richard Gor­lei won the Fips-Mouche World Mas­ters Fly Fish­ing Cham­pi­onship re­cently held in Dull­stroom, Mpumalanga. It was one of the fish­ing events in the World An­gling Games which South Africa has suc­cess­fully hosted at var­i­ous venues across the coun­try. Thirty-one fly an­glers from seven coun­tries par­tic­i­pated in the cham­pi­onship in the 50-an­dover age cat­e­gory. The for­mat in­cluded lake and river fish­ing over two days. Gor­lei won all four of his group ses­sions, held on four dif­fer­ent sec­tors of wa­ter, se­cur­ing the in­di­vid­ual gold medal. The gold medal is a first in South African fly fish­ing. The cham­pi­onship was the first in­ter­na­tional one to be held in South Africa. The team medal re­sult saw Spain tak­ing top hon­ours, fol­lowed by the US and Italy, with South African Men plac­ing fourth. A South African Women’s team also par­tic­i­pated in this Mas­ters event, which saw Beth Grobbe­laar from Gaut­eng North plac­ing fifth over­all in the fi­nal stand­ings. | FLYBRU

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