Fishtec/PSM League Individual
It doesn’t seem like a minute ago when Paul Jenkins, Gareth Jones and Bob Mayers first started talking about setting up a League in South Wales to help develop anglers in the region to International level.
Well, seven years on and the league has just finished another very successful season, with 13 four man teams competing across four competitions on Chew Valley lake, sponsored by our fly fishing tackle supplier Fishtec, and PSM sportswear.
The fishing this year on Chew Valley has been phenomenal between 52 anglers over four competitions, a total number of 1542 fish caught and returned with a rod average of a staggering 7.43 per angler for the whole competition.
The numbers of anglers who have used the league as a springboard to the International scene has been specifically pleasing to see and long may it continue, with a lot of anglers gaining great experience and knowledge from some of the top anglers in the country, in what is a very friendly competition.
Some Match Stats from 2013
The league is fished catch and release, with results based on a points system, so consistency throughout the year is the key to success. When the fourth fish is recorded, the time is taken to the minute, in case of duplicate fish numbers.
Match 1 : 52 Anglers Caught 343 Fish – Rod Average 6.6
Match 1 : 52 Anglers Caught 273 Fish – Rod Average 5.25
Match 1 : 52 Anglers Caught 526 Fish – Rod Average 10.2
Match 1 : 52 Anglers Caught 400 Fish - Rod Average 7.7
Quickest 4 Fish – Nigel Evals - 20 Minutes
This years winners were team Airflo! Accumulating just 184 points between four anglers over four matches. Second, reigning champions, the Nymphomaniacs, who accumulated 303 and close on their tail, Cwmbran Drifters, with 321.
This year the Individual trophy went to the ever consistent Phil Cotton of Team Airflo with an impressive 27 points. The competition has been running for 7 years, Phil has won the individual trophy twice and finished second and two occasions. Second with 32 place points, another Team Airflo angler, Stuart Watkins, yet another former winner of the Fishtec League shield. Third saw Andrew Banner of the Cwmbran Drifters with 49 place points.
A huge thank you must go out to Bob Mayers for his organisational skills, without him none of this would happen! Full results here : http://www.llandegfedd-ffa.com/
21st October was the final Fishtec league match of 2012. As the boats were tackling up the sun was bright and the wind was low with the odd few fish rising outside of the jetty. Most anglers were setting up with di3′s and fast glass fly lines and brightly coloured blob and booby type flies. Word had got round that Llandegfedd double up on the amount of stockies so it was on with the bright and gory, fish provoking flies.
Team Results from comp 6 (highlighted) and overall Team positions for 2012:
Congratulations to the Nymphomaniacs on winning three out of the six matches to finish on a total of 304 place points! Margam were the closest in the running and beat third place by almost 200 points.
Individual positions – Top 15
For the Second time in 5 years, our Online Marketing Manager for Fishtec and Nymphomaniac. Kieron Jenkins took top individual rod. Winning the overall trophy, an Airflo Airlite Nantec fly rod and a gold medal. Fellow Nympho Dean Kibble took 2nd position, and was lucky enough to win the first league match of the year.
It’s clear to say that the League match is undoubtedly THE competition to fish in Wales and it’s been said for the last three years that the calibre of Welsh anglers has increased no end and most are praising the Fishtec league match for this.
Another congratulations goes to all our sponsors, Scott and PSM, Celtic Fly craft, Welsh Water and Fly Fishing Tackle Retailer, Fishtec. Without the continued help and support from all our sponsors there would be no incentive to fish competitions and the league wouldn’t be worth running.
After a tough 4th round anglers were expecting a much better 5th round of the Fishtec League. Weather was on our sides and the fishing leading up the the match as great to say the least. Fish close to the surface making targeting them more fun ‘getting the chase’… The fishing turned out to be tough despite these perfect conditions and the top rod won it with just 8 fish.
Individual results comp 5
Top individual on the day was Stewart Watkins, he managed 8 fish, all on the new Airflo Mini Tips – Slow glass 6ft tip with two pulling hoppers suspended by a cat booby on the point. His retrieve was slow and varied between figure of eight, slow strips and the roly-poly. Fishing out in open water drifting onto the osprey pole seemed to be the best areas with many boats doing the same thing. Well done Stewart.
The Fishtec League match was fished on Sunday 22nd July, It was tough to say the least! Most boats headed to the top of the lake to find the recently introduced stocked fish. After an hour or two the boats dispersed pretty rapidly as reports of only one fish was caught. Bright sunshine and High winds usually knocks the feeding habits of the fish and they become tough not only to locate, but catch. It seems to be a reoccurring theme with these league matching becoming harder, but this time the weather had an effect on everyone.
Individual results comp 4
Overall results so far from four matches:
Top rod of the day went to Welsh Hawk’s angler and former World Champion Russell Owen who took 7 fish by 3pm on an extremely tough day. It seems a couple of the Nymphomaniac boys where using the new sink tips lines from Airflo the ridge supple impact mini tips, a floating line with six feet of slow intermediate fly line on the end. Second place went to Matthew Griffiths who mentioned the new mini tips from Airflo helped him take five of his fish when others weren’t catching.
Best flies for the day seemed to be diawl bachs, in a range of sizes suspended by a cat booby, fished as the washing line technique.
Round three of the Fishtec League match was fished at Llandegfedd reservoir 17th June 2012. Another tough day saw many anglers struggle to make it above 6 fish, conditions early on in the day didn’t play in the favour of anglers with bright sunshine and strong winds making things difficult. Such conditions put older, feeding fish off and most anglers attention turn to stockies, fish which have recently been introduced into the lake and are not so sceptical to weather changes.
Individual results match 3
Overall results so far from three matches:
Top rod on the day was Airflo’s Online Marketing Manager, Kieron Jenkins, taking 22 fish using an Airflo Sixth Sense Intermediate lines. Kieron said “The slow intermediate line I was using helped me present the flies in the fishes favoured feeding zone. My long leader meant that I could keep the three flies below, but close to the surface with a slow retrieve, just where the fish were feeding. When the sun came out I switched to the 40+ fast intermediate fly line which in hindsight wasn’t the right way to go, I felt the flies still dropped below the fish. My best fly for the day was a tequila blob, tied with ‘Original Vampire fritz‘ to keep things colourful, but slim”.
Round two of the Fishtec League got under way 6th May at Llandegfedd reservoir. On a tough day 56 anglers managed to put over 300 fish in the net in some of the most perfect fishing conditions we’ve had for weeks.
Individual results match 2
Overall results so far:
Llandegfedd is still on form after hosting some of Wales’s most prestigious fly fishing competitions. Water clarity is the best that most have seen for years and nearly all fish fell for more imitative patterns. Top two anglers of the day fished with the new Airflo Supple Impact Mini Tip fly line and a team of black & olive buzzers. Most of the fish that were caught are ‘over wintered’ or early season stockies which have mended well, feeding on the lakes most prolific food source. Buzzers!
Written by Kieron Jenkins
The first Fishtec League match was held on llandegfedd reservoir, April 1st, and got off to a stormer. 56 anglers caught 780 fish making a very impressive rod average 13.928 , which was just beaten back in 2008 by a rod average over over 15!
Individual results match 1
As the first big competition of the season to hit Llandegfedd, anglers concentrated on hitting the stockies around the margins to bump up their catch numbers. Most of the best bags come from the North shore and the Gabiens wall. High density sinking fly lines such as the Airflo Sixth Sense Di 7 was Dean Kibble’s choice, top angler on the day.
Sunday 23rd October saw the last match of the year fished on Llandegfedd reservoir. This was the last of 6 matches fished throughout the year, usually two or three early season and the same nearer the end, missing out the busy competition schedule that a lot of Welsh anglers are involved with mid season.
The Fishec/PSM league is fished to a league scoring system where teams of four anglers participate for the best combined scores on the day. For example, if each members of one team come 1st, 3rd, 10th and 14th their combined total score (28) would give their team position and the same as individual over 5 matches (give or take between two for individual attendance).
Over the past 5 years the comp has been getting better and better with more and more teams participating, and the standard of Welsh anglers increasing ten fold. I guess this is due to anglers fishing more competitions and along side some of the best Welsh anglers.
This year the fishing on llandegfedd has been outstanding all year round with the competition this year producing its best results with the final comp rod average hitting 8.11 fish, and the lowest average of the whole comp being a respectable 5.05. Fourteen teams, 56 anglers took an overall rod average of 6.39 fish, which is a fantastic accolade for the fishery and anglers.
Full Team Results
Top 15 Individual Results
With the main Sponsors Fishtec and PSM sportswear give a total of £2500 worth of fishing tackle prizes, ranging from Caps to Fly rods and the hosts, Welsh water two free boats and permits to the first and second angler on the day. Cracking prizes, and great competition between teams, what more could you ask for? More information – www.llandegfed-ffa.com
Written by Kieron Jenkins