Anglers descend on Prague for the first ever fly fishing competition in the city centre
Preparations are in full swing for the first-ever international fly fishing competition which is to be held on the Vltava River in Prague this weekend. On Tuesday the Czech Anglers' Association released 10,000 rainbow trout and American brook trout into the river and some 200 anglers are expected to descend on Prague for the big event, which is held under the auspices of the Prague Town Hall and is expected to attract hundreds of tourists. Martin Grun is one of the organizers of Orvis Cup 2006:
I understand that the Czech Republic has some significant achievements in the field of fly fishing?
It is an international event so there will be anglers from other countries - how many do you expect?
This is the first competition of its kind to take place on the Vltava River in Prague. Why is that? Why has nothing similar been organized in the past?
"Most likely because it is in the city centre. But we think it is a good place to hold it, because tourists can come and watch and see that fly fishing is not only about the fish - but about the sport in nice surroundings and about the unity of people and Nature."
The international fly fishing competition will take place on Saturday and Sunday between Manes and Novotneho lavka.