||The World Fly Fishing Championship is an amateur competition
in which enthusiasts from around the world compete in a catch and release
tournament, hosted by one of the member countries. At the 2003 championship
in Spain, Jeff Currier won the Bronze Medal for individual performance.
In 2004, Team USA finished in ninth place among 23 international teams gathered
In August 2005, Fly Fishing Team USA will send to Sweden a hand picked crew of fly fishing specialists to attend the 25th FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships. This prestigious event will be held in Lycksele, Swedish Lapland.
This year's lineup includes Ryan Barnes, Keith Bean, Jay Buchner, Pete
Erickson, Jim Hickey, Sam Paul Maverakis, and Loren Williams. Fly Fishing
Team USA leadership will be provided by Jack Dennis, Walter Ungermann,
Jay Buchner, Ed Opler and Anthony Naranja.
The current team is comprised of Norman Maktima from New Mexico, Keith
Bean from Tennessee, Jeff Currier and Pete Erickson from Idaho, Jay
Buchner and Sam Paul Mavrakis from Wyoming and Walter Ungermann from
Massachusetts. The team is led by Captain Ed Opler and Coach Jack Dennis,
both of whom reside in Wyoming.