Straight from the Pros - Mischa Berndtsson's Three Hot Tips

Mischa Berndtsson has been selected to represent Australia as team Manager at three World Fly Fishing Championships. He was Team Manager for the 2016 WFFC held in Vail USA, 2019 WFFC held here in Tasmania and also for next year’s WFFC to be held in Finland. He is an active member of Fly Fish Australia and is currently the FFA Director of Competitions.

Mischa’s tips on competition fly fishing are;

1. Why get into competition fly fishing? Competition fly fishing is one of the best ways to increase your fly fishing knowledge. Through sharing skills, tips and tricks with some of the best fly fishers in the country and the world, your fly fishing skills and knowledge will increase dramatically which will no doubt make you become a far more effective fly angler on all waters and in all situations.

2. How to get into competition fly fishing? Fly Fish Australia is the governing body for sports fly fishing within Australia. Each Australian state runs a series of competitions each year both on rivers and lakes. These state based competitions gives the angler the opportunity to qualify for the National Championships, typically held in November of each year. With a good result in a few of these competitions, you could find yourself representing your country at an Oceania, Commonwealth or World Championships!. To find out about future FFA competitions and for further information about competition fly fishing within Australia, please visit

3. Aussie Aussie Aussie. Get behind your team by sending them messages of support. Every message of support will be greatly appreciated and lift the team when they need to dig deep when the fishing gets tough. To follow all the action, FlyLife will be capturing daily video footage of the competition and publishing daily updates, interviews and insights on The aim is to bring competitive fly fishing to a wider audience, educating the broader fly fishing community on the ins and outs of competitive fly fishing and adding excitement and colour to the World Championship event.

On behalf on Christopher Bassano, Jonothan Stagg, Tom Jarman, Josh Flowers, Mark Bulley, David Hemphill and Captain Craig Carey, I would sincerely like to thank Manic Tackle for their support of this year’s Australian WFFC team and for their previous and ongoing support to Fly Fish Australia.

The team is in great form and great spirts and we look forward to doing the Australian fly fishing community proud at the 2019 World Fly Fishing Championships.