I think you guys who think there shouldn't be any FF'ing competition need to get out of the stone age.
It won't turn into Nascarp, or end up like the bass fishing did.
There's not enough fly fishers out there to make a dent and most bubba's wouldn't even be interested in ff'ing competetion.
As far as ego, if you've met any of the guys on the team, you'd be suprised at the lack of ego's.
I've known Lance Egan and Ryan Barnes for quite a while and I'll tell you as will fshfanatic, how cool and down to earth those two are. I met Jay Buchner and Vladi this past spring and they have less of an ego than Frank does.
The competition is not what you would call a "competition" as we know it. It's not sticking your Simms guide boots in blocks and when the gun goes off you race to your favorite part of the river before anyone else gets there.
It's timed, it's in different sections of the river/stream, it's how well you fish and can fish water you've never even seen before etc. etc. etc.
Click on the "Case for competitive fly fishing" (under 'Information')
In my conversations with both Lance and Ryan, the comraderie that exists between the members of different countries is amazing. The different techniques of fishing around the world are shared openly.
Remember, we (America) didn't invent fly fishing, the dry fly was not created until the early 20th century and nymphing has been around since Christ.
How they did in Finland NFFC
Click on the turquoise colored "Team USA Finishes 6th"
I know some of you will never change your mind. I know fly fishing is a solitude thing right?
Anyway, congratulation to the USA Flyfishing team.