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Cortland commits to future of World Youth Fly Fishing Championship


The 20th Cortland-sponsored World Youth Fly Fishing Championship attracted anglers from 13 countries to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Fishermen came from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ireland, Montenegro, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain and the USA to fish the River Buna near Blagaj and the Mostar Lake.

Simon Jefferies, International Sales Director at Cortland, said: “The championships were a great success mainly due to the Bosnia and Herzegovina committee led by Danijel Kocacic and Ivica Tomicic and FIPS Mouche President Mario Podmanik.

“We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the competition and the future of our sport.” Cortland’s support has been confirmed for next year’s event in the Czech Republic and for 2025.

Mario Podmanik added:”Our federation is committed to run youth events that are crucial to the future of our sport. This year’s World Championship was a real showcase of the art of fly fishing on the unique and beautiful River Buna, which definitely deserves to be preserved for the next generation of young anglers.

“We are very pleased that our global partner, the Cortland Line Company, continues to support the FIPS Mouche Youth Championships, making participation for young competitors from across the world more accessible.”

Winner of the five-day team competition was the USA with countryman, Drew Bone taking the individual honours ahead of team-mate Kage Kossler (above).

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