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Siris Director Chris set to scale new waters in World Fly Fishing Championship

Chris Richardson, Director at SIRIS, has been selected to represent England at the World Fly Fishing Championship (WFFC) in France this June.

Taking place in the heart of the Occitanie region at the Pyrenees mountains, the event runs from 22nd to 30th of June and will see Chris go head-to-head across five different fishing locations in intense daily competition of four hours across 2-4 beats.


Now in its 43rd year, the Championship hosts some 30 teams from across the world, including France, Belgium, Sweden, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Canada, USA, South Africa, Norway and the Czech Republic. Chris will need to bring all of his experience as the Championship incorporates heats across both lake and river terrains, including the Vicdessos River, the Carlits lakes, the Tet River, the Camporells lakes and the Aude River.


Chris was selected to take part in the Elite Performance Programme for competitive fly fishing, which aims to develop elite anglers and provide a framework for selection teams to represent England in international competition. In order to be selected he has had to train and compete to a rigorous programme and was selected after coming 5th in selection competition.


“It is exciting to be representing my country – especially in such a beautiful location. I have been practising in waters that I think will relate to those in the actual Championships, though it is hard to second guess what you will see on the day. The competition will be fierce and the rest of the team will be giving it our best and hoping for some great results.”


The whole SIRIS team is behind him and has even sponsored him to take part, along with team sponsors Hardy Fishing, Hanák Competition, A1 Firestop, Fulling Mill, Smart Design, Fly Fish North, S Brooks Brickwork & Paving.


Chris’ brother and fellow SIRIS Director Simon said, “We are beyond proud of Chris and his selection to the England team. We know he will give it all he can and he has worked hard to get to this point. Now it’s just time to go and enjoy it. Sadly, he’s not permitted to use any flumes or weirs to catch the fish otherwise we could have helped him out!”


The championship programme will run for seven days including time for medals and closing ceremonies and coverage can be followed online through Fly Fishing publications, sponsors and organisers.