In 1996 the FFF-Europe Flycasting Instructor Certification programme (FFF-Europe FCICP) was founded in partnership with the FFF headquarter in the USA. The affiliation agreement declared that no exams according to the lower American standards could be held in Europe and vice versa. The European instructor certification programme should be able to act independently in every regard. Only a symbolic Dollar per member had to be paid to the FFF in order to use their trademarks. However, it was not possible for a common fly fisher to join FFF-Europe, because by the will of the American FFF only the in European instructor certification programme (FFF-Europe FCICP) should be affiliated with them. The FFF-Europe FCICP developed well during the following years. Meanwhile instructors from 12 European states had passed the probably world-wide most demanding fly casting instructor exam.