You may have seen that John Gummer and Geoffery Berntsen have recently been over in Colorado competing at the World Youth Fly Fishing Championships. Well it's all wrapped up now and here's an update and some photos we received from John's dad, Paul Gummer. Well done guys, bring on next year!
"Well, its all over now but the boys had an awesome time here in USA. We've learnt so much, made great friends and contacts and enjoyed the friendly people here.
Hunter Hoffler, USA first
Mason Sims, Second
Emilio from Spain, 3rd
John Gummer 31st
Geoffrey Berntsen 43rd
The boys fished well and learned heaps. Most of these other guys are on their second or third Youth Worlds so have lots of experience at this level.
John got 2nd on final session. Nice story....on final session Hunter Hoffler was on 10 fish and someone said the New Zealander (John) was on 12 fish. Hunter said "Wouldn't it be great if New Zealand won this session." .... nice sportsmanship, I thought. His family invited us up to stay but we have to get back.
Chatted with the Spanish lads and they gave us flies...next year in Spain the comp will be mainly dries, they said.
John's chatted to Canadians a lot...Alex lives in Quebec so knows Commonwealth venues, etc.
All exhausted now and packing to head off to airport in a couple of hours."