Cast­ing records smashed

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - First Cast -

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.

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