Experience the World of Flyfishing 2008
- the unique specialty event for fly-fishers in the German-speaking world and other countries!
Many visitors from Germany and surrounding countries, the 2008 EWF, on the weekend of the 19th and 20th of April, achieved a record level of attendance. The spirit and feeling in the halls, rooms and corridors of the Marstall building, the Zehentenstadel, and the Pertenstein castle were extraordinary.
At the 2008 EWF, 48 international exhibitors displayed around 110 brands. Such variety underscores the leading position of the EWF among events for fly-fishers in German-speaking countries. With every exhibitor concentrating solely on their own products, there was once again a wealth of information available concerning the individual brands and products, as befits the concept of the EWF.
A total of 36 lectures touched upon interestingly varied subjects and were attended by around 850 people. The 24 speakers contributed greatly to the informative character of the EWF with the high quality of their talks.
Fifteen internationally-acknowledged casters from Europe and overseas demonstrated casting techniques and explained the underlying principles in addition to the practical application of the various styles. This was a visual feast for the audience!
Particular attention was paid to the fundamentals of casting one- and two-handed-rods.
Two casting pools were available for the well-attended demonstrations. The instructors, Robert Gillespie from Ireland and Gary Scott from Scotland, were greeted at the pool with pipe and drum music played by Allen Grace and Jörg Umpfenbach (Claymore Pipes & Drums, Munich), to the general surprise of all. Relaxed and happy faces on the casters and the many attendees vouched for the successful demonstrations and the pleasant atmosphere.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank especially Karl-Heinz Kaulig for his coordination of the complete casting program.
In addition to the casting demonstrations, the casting course by Uwe Kaptein, with his artificial "fish-obstacles," brought plenty of surprises. The casting clinic by Roman Moser offered every visitor the opportunity to ask specific questions and to improve their casting style. In parallel to the EWF, examinations for casting instructors were conducted by the Federation of Fly-Fishers (FFF), with participants from several countries.
The special casting-program for ladies is representative of how the EWF has become a meeting-point for female fly-fishers, and indeed it was plain to see that the number of women at the EWF increased again this year.
Fourteen unusual and well-known fly tyers showed their special knowledge. They presented a broad spectrum of tying techniques and the latest developments in fly tying. A number of the artistic results stimulated wonder and admiration. At this EWF, we were able to have as fly tyers, for the first time, Roman Moser from Austria and Jackton Maremwa from Kenya. The exchanges of ideas and information was the most important thing for visitors and fly tyers alike.
The kids' fly-tying was a big hit among the younger visitors. Under the leadership of Theo Atanassov, with assistance from other enthusiastic fly-tyers of the EWF, the kids put in a lot of work and had a lot of fun.
To promote interest in fly-fishing prior to the EWF, a total of 25 places in beginners' courses in two-hand casting and 100 places in one-hand casting were raffled in coordination with the magazine FliegenFischen and their partners Blinker. The casting demonstrators showed the winners first steps and tips and tricks, and the well-known author Herr Lorenz told the beginners about the many possibilities for further development in fly fishing.
First open German Championship in Fly-Tying, 2008
With roughly 160 entries from 7 nations, the first open German Championship in Fly-Tying was a complete success. Unusual patterns, in part with new and innovative tying techniques, were submitted and judged. The jury, consisting of Nadica and Igor Stancev, Roman Moser and Hans Jürgen Baum, worked at their fullest prior to the EWF and found deciding anything but easy.
The event was co-ordinated by Gerd-Peter Wieditz, assisted by Jörg Schuft and we are very grateful for their efforts!
The organisers of EWF would, once again, like to give heartfelt thanks to all visitors, exhibitors, casting demonstrators, fly-tyers, the editorial team of FliegenFischen as patrons of EWF, all helpers, and sponsors for their participation and support!
We hope you have had a successful 2008 fishing season wherever you have fished and look forward to seeing you again at the fourth “Experience the World of Flyfishing.”
Robert and Michaela Stroh & Armin and Nicole Pijawetz
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