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Mauro & Nadica
WORLD TUSCANY OPEN                                                                                   PAGE 2

Centre,Giuliano, the world’s most dedicated River Warden 

Hans van Klinken, John Randolph & Steve Thornton getting ready for Bamboo Day

The following day was Bamboo Day.  We met at the club rooms and all of the guests were allotted a guide and given a 7’ 6”cane rod to use for the day, courtesy of the Italian Bamboo Rod-makers Association.  You know what the Italians are like with craftsmanship and that artistic flair they are so famous for; well that is reflected in their work.  These cane fly rods are amongst the best I have seen.  As you can imagine, they feature various styles and actions but it is the workmanship that got to me; simply superb. 
 
The club rooms are terrific, accommodation, café and bar restaurant, fly tying room, meeting rooms, outdoor barbecue area, swimming pool and it is close to the river, Tail Water Tevere, with around four or more kilometres of catch and release water under their management and supervision.   

The President Mauro Raspini dressed for the River Test?

Giuliano - River Warden
Bamboo Day

The fishing is hard, as the Browns, many of which are in the 18 to 20 inch mark, are very streetwise and often rise to your fly, only to turn away sharply at the last second.  Talk about survivors!  There is Grayling everywhere and if the trout are tough, well the freely rising grayling keep you on your toes.

That night another feast at the Borgo Palace and again, great food and wine that just kept on coming and coming until around midnight, when we joyfully retired to our rooms.
 
The Saturday was a big day.  The organisers had erected a number of marquees in the Piazza della Liberta (town square) up in an ancient walled town of Arezzo, about twenty minutes by coach from the Borgo Palace at Sansepolcro.  Invited fly tyers from all over Italy and various parts of Europe and USA were busy showing their skills and various tying styles.  It was a time to watch, meet these great tyers and just savour the environment.  There was an area set aside for the Judges to take turns tying a couple of flies and then let another in the chair to do his or her bit.

Working the river
Agostino Roncallo
Gregory Vervier
Herman Broers

Top left: Agostino Roncallo Italy, top right Antonio Rinaldi Italy
Bottom left: Gregory Vervier Belgium and Herman Broers Netherlands

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Maurizio, Giuliano, Luca
Clubroom - Neat as a Pin
Maurizio, Giuliano, Luca
Antonio Rinaldin
Part of Clubroom