What is FIPS-Mouche?
FIPS-Mouche is the abbreviation for Fédération Internationale de Peche Sportive Mouche, or in English the International Sport Flyfishing Federation. It is the flyfishing arm of CIPS, the World regulating body for competitive fishing in all disciplines. FIPS-Mouche was founded on April 23, 1989 in San Marino, as part of CIPS, was founded in Rome in 1952 and now consists of four International Sport Federations. FIPS-Mouche shall aim to encourage the practice of sport fly fishing throughout the world and shall do so in collaboration with all CIPS members. In order to achieve this purpose, the Federation shall also collaborate with National Organisations, which are not members of CIPS. FIPS-Mouche shall also aim, within the Olympic ideal, to foster friendship and understanding among all people, and peace in the world, through sport. In pursuing these goals FIPS-Mouche shall maintain friendly relationship with all other world organisations sharing this ideal and collaborate with them. Its members are the National Competitive Flyfishing Bodies of countries from around the World. Since sport and competitive angling encompasses such diversity, specifically in the areas of awards and techniques, the Olympic Ideal is used to carry out the mission of FIPS-Mouche. As defined by FIPS-Mouche, “Competition Sport Fly Fishing” is angling among competitors, who are observing a standard approved set of rules with a conventional fly rod, fly reel, fly line, leader, and artificial flies for no financial reward. Also, as with the Olympic Ideal, FIPS-Mouche Competition Sport Fly Fishing is a doping-free sport in order to promote health, fairness and equality for all competitors worldwide. The championships are designed to foster a spirit of good will and international friendship between all nations.
What Does FIPS-Mouche Do?
FIPS-Mouche helps to arrange World and Regional Flyfishing Championships. World Championships are held each year, and FIPS-Mouche demonstrates its commitment to Conservation by organizing a prestigious Conservation Symposium in conjunction with each. Recently, a European Regional Flyfishing Championship has been held annually and we intend to introduce further Regional Championships in the future. In August 1998, we held our first World Youth Flyfishing Festival, combining a Flyfishing Championship and a conservation-orientated educational program. Similar Youth events will be held annually in the future.
The International Angling Confederation CIPS is an Organization of universal nature which has the goal to promote, coordinate and improve all the activities in touch with the fishing on a sporting point of view. Its sporting, technical, scientific or cultural activities are opened to all regardless of race, social level, politics or religion, according to the principles of the Olympic ideal. The CIPS work stretches all around the world. It is the only organization which represents the great community of sport fishermen. Currently, 115 National Federations represent 50 million members from the different FIPS belonging to CIPS.