After a spectacular opening ceremony in Dundalk yesterday which saw hundreds of people turn out to support the event, today saw the official practice day for the ten teams on Emy Lough in Co Monaghan and the Kells Blackwater in Co Meath. Threatened overnight rain did arrive in some areas but there was little if any impact on water levels. Members of the Kells Anglers and Emy and District Anglers set about the efficient running of the practice day events at both venues and offered a warm welcome to the visitors many of whom had visited both venues already. Fish were caught at both venues and what worked and what didn’t has been filed away by the competitors for use over the coming three days. Today was the participating teams final chance to test techniques and make important decisions before the start of the FIPS Mouche,12th World Youth Fly Fishing Championship tomorrow morning. Fishing will be taking place on the Fane and Quiggery Rivers and at Loughmcrory, Easkragh and Woodford Fisheries.

This year the Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland (TAFI) is hosting the FIPS Mouche 12th World Youth Fly Fishing Championship from July 21st – 26th. This year’s Youth Championship has been jointly organized by the Ulster and Leinster Councils of TAFI and is being run on a cross border basis between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), the Loughs Agency and DCAL along with a number of businesses and individuals have sponsored the event which is also part of the “Gathering” 2013.

Lots of Boats on Emy Lough Today for the Official Parctice Day
Members of the WYFFC Organising Committee, FIPS Officials, Competitors and Emy Anglers Members and Friends at the end of the Practice Session Today on Emy Lough
This Young French Anglers Keeps a Low Profile to Avoid Spooking Fish in the Bright Conditions

Disinfectant Facilities Are Being Provided at All Venues During the Event