My name is Stanislav Mihaylov Mankov and I am a fly angler, guide and an online fly tackle shop owner.
I was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1988. Fishing is an inseparable part of my life for as long as I can remember. I started flyfishing when I was 15 and that is the only fishing I do since then. I fish mainly for salmonides but have fished for other species like pike, asp, chub ect…
I have graduated in 2011 and have Honorable Bachelor degree in Wildlife Biology in Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England. There I also learn a lot about fly fishing in still water and met great friends & person such as Charles.
In 2015 I finished my master`s degree in Alternative International Tourism in New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria. I am currently living in Bulgaria and on water all around, fresh & salt more than 150 days a year.
I am into fly tying as well and have been tying my own flies since the very beginning. I like to discover new flies and to experiment with new materials and techniques. When I have time I like to tie semi-realistic flies. I took part in a few fairs in Germany, England, Denmark, Finland, Holland, Ireland and of course Bulgaria. I have the desire to attend fairs and shows all around the globe.
Favorite flies – emergers and tiny grayling nymph patterns.
Casting with fly rod for me is also one of the things without fly fishing would not be the same and I take it very seriously. I think of it as something where you can strive for improvement all your life and I dedicate a lot towards that effort. Since October 2011 I am qualified as an Advance AAPGAI game angling instructor for single rod techniques. Since 27. October 2012 I am qualified for EFFA as a basic instructor after I passed an exam held in Hohenem- Austria.
As an AAPGAI full member I have passed an Emergency First Aid at Work Course.
I have competed for the Bulgarian fishing club “Old Otters” since 2005. I have been in the national team for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
I won the Republican Championship of Bulgaria Individually 5 times – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2013 & 2017. Came second with my team in 2005, 2006 and 2008. In 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2017 we were champions.
I have participated in four European and four World Championships – Slovenia `06; Norway `07; New Zealand `08; Scotland `09; Bosnia and Herzegovina- `10; Slovakia `13; Bosnia and Herzegovina 15 and Slovakia `17. Most of my international tournaments have been individual.
My best individual achievement so far has been at the World Championship in 2015 where I had a chance to win the first place but lost the fish that could have brought me the gold medal in the last session on the lake. Then I blanked and finished 15 in the world.
One of my dreams came true when we as Team Bulgaria represented the country for first time in the history of World Fly Fishing Chamoionships in 2017 and finished 7 th in the team Ranking out of 31 teams. I was proud to be the captain of the team.
I have taken part in other international challenges, like the International Grayling competition on river Dee in Wells, Orvis Cup in Prague, Hanak competition and other.
For 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 I organize the National Championship in Bulgaria. I am aiming to select a good team to represent the country internationally.
Fishing & guiding
I like to explore new and exciting places for fishing. I have fished in Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia, Romania, Slovenia, Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovakia, Greece, Bosnia, Norway, England, Wales, Scotland, Denmark, New Zealand and Seychelles.
I organize trips and fishing holidays in all Balkan countries and some hosted trips abroad.