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Team Finland is World Fly Fishing Champion 2021
40th FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship was arranged in Kuusamo and Taivalkoski regions last week. The final results were announced yesterday. Team Finland won the gold medal. Also in individuals the host country was succesfull. Heikki Kurtti won the gold medal and Jari Heikkinen ensured the double victory. Spanish David Arcay got the bronze medal.
Rivers Kitkajoki and Kuusinkijoki as well as lakes Kylmäluoma and Koverrusjärvi were selected as the venues for the championship. There were 13 European teams and over 100 anglers in attendance. Championship postponed for one year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the summer of 2007 Finland was the host country last time, when World Fly Fishing Championship was held on River Simojoki. It was year 1989 when Championship was held last time in Kuusamo.
Photo on the top: A fly angler on river fishing sector. (Photo: Janne Rautanen)
Photo: Janne Rautanen
Team Finland on the podium.
A wide variety of fishing-related events are organised in different parts of Finland, allowing you to take part in exciting competitions, sample fish delicacies and check out the latest tackle innovations.
Photo: Jari Tuiskunen
Helsinki Angling Marathon, ‘Stadionki’.
Exciting fishing competitions
Finns are a competitive race and fishing competitions have long traditions. Competitions are organised around the themes of ice-fishing, angling, trolling, spinning and crayfishing. Ice-fishing competitions attract the highest number of people; numbers of participants in the largest competitions run into thousands.
Especially popular summer events are the hundreds of trolling competitions, the largest and most well-known of which is the 24-hour rowing marathon, the Puruvesi Salmon Championships, organised in Kesälahti. The River Teno Salmon Championship is resolved by trolling a big salmon from this majestic stream of Upper Lapland.
Photo: Lentokuva Vallas
Ice-fishing enthusiasts spread out on the ice like ants during the Lake Kallavesi Finnish Championships.
The European Championships in salmon trolling, held on the Gulf of Finland, bring plenty of participants and spectators to Helsinki. Every year, Lake Oulujärvi hosts the European Championships in pike trolling, while the World Championships in zander trolling, known as Rönnin Veto, take place on Lake Längelmävesi. The solemn names of events, such as ‘World Championships', demonstrate Finnish anglers' ardent zeal – and sometimes quite considerable fanaticism – about their pastime. Many competitions are open to all interested participants.
Photo: Petteri Kontila
A trolling competition on Lake Rahajärvi, Inari.
Delicacies at fish fairs
About 50 fish fair events are organised every year, offering a diverse range of delicious fish dishes to be enjoyed on the spot, fresh fish and various preserved fish products, accompanied by plenty of additional entertainment. The largest events are the Helsinki and Turku Baltic Herring Fairs organised every autumn and the Tampere Fish Fair, held every spring and autumn.
Fish fair calendar (in Finnish)
Photo: Veli-Pekka Räty
Fish fairs offer fried vendace and many other fish delicacies. Tampere Fish Fair.
Brand new tackle at hunting and fishing fairs
Fishing and nature enthusiasts gather at hunting and fishing fairs, a few of which are organised every year. The most well-known events are the Riihimäki International Sportsmen's Fair, the Northern Finland Outdoor Life Fair in Oulu and the Savo Wilderness Fair in Kuopio. The fairs present a diverse range of tackle, clothing and travel offering and, naturally, the latest product innovations.
Photo: Petteri Kontila
Kuopio hosts the Savo Wilderness Fair every other year.