Casting records smashed
EIGHT WORLD records were broken at the 2018 Fly Casting World Championships at Port Haverigg Marina in Cumbria on August 17-19. Think you put out a good line? The winner of the men’s 18ft rod spey class, Norwegian Geir Hansen, broke the world record with a mighty 76m (83-yard) cast. Some 114 competitors from 20 nations took part in the bi-annual event. Sadly, several Russians were unable to compete because of current visa restrictions. Among those attending were wellknown fishers Ally Bremner, Marina Gibson, Andrew Toft, Gerard Downey, James Chalmers and the multiple world casting champion American Steve Rajeff. Swede Bernt Johansson won the men’s trout distance (9ft rod, 5wt line) with a cast of 44m. Anna Hedman, also from Sweden, won the women’s event with a 40m cast. The women’s 16ft spey was won by Norwegian Anita Strand with 46m. This year’s competition was organised by Lee Cummings, a UK record-holder. He said, “It was potentially the largest-ever flycasting competition. Thirty-one people achieved personal best casts and we had a stable wind, which made it a fair tournament.” Lee is keen to grow the sport in the UK. To find out more and view a list of results, visit: ukflycastingsport.com
Brilliant technique: 14-year-old American Maxine Mccormick won the trout accuracy and salmon distance contests.
Runner-up Tommy Aarkvisla, left, and winner Geir Hansen in the 18ft spey class.