The Llanilar Airflo Classic – Llyn Brenig 2017

Results for the 2017 competition are now in!!

Congratulations to the winner Malcolm Edwards! Malcom bagged an impressive 9 fish tally in order to take first spot – on what was an incredibly tough day.

Airflo Llanilar classic 2017 results

Airflo Llanilar classic 2017 results

Welsh fishing tackle company Airflo are sponsors of the ”Llanilar Airflo Classic” for the second year running.

Once known as the ‘‘Llanilar Ty Nant” this prestigious international fly fishing competition will be held at Llyn Brenig on Sunday 6th August 2017.

There are 96 anglers taking part at this years Llanilar Airflo Classic. With competitors from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England this is a truly international field of top quality fishermen for all over the UK – and beyond.

The match will be fished to international fly fishing rules from 10am to 5pm.

Prizes to the value of £3,500 are up for grabs, with a generous Airflo goodie bag being included for each angler – plus a meal at the end of the match.

Spaces are all taken at this time, with the possibility of additional boats or cancellation slots becoming available.

Watch this space for updates – including results and a full match report!!

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Llyn Brenig – The home of the Airflo Classic

 

Iain Barr World Bank Masters – 2017 Farmoor Fishery

Fancy your chances of winning a massive cash prize? Then enter the 2017 Iain Barr Bank Masters at Farmoor Fishery!

For 2017, a singles and pairs event will be hosted on Farmoor Reservoir Fishery with a prize fund of up to £15,000 available for the winners! We feel this is going to be THE event of the 2017 competitive fly fishing season – not only for the UK, but also Europe wide.

farmoor-promoWhat’s the deal?

There are no heats – the first 200 entries fish the finals, simple as that. Everyone has a great chance of taking a huge prize pot, and of catching tagged fish for additional cash and tackle prizes. 100% of entry fees make up the cash pot!

When is it?

The singles event will take place on Saturday 11th March 2017, and the pairs Sunday 12th March 2017.

How much?

Singles – Entry Fee £50, Fishing Fee £25. Limited to 200 anglers.
Pairs – Entry Fee £50 per pair, Fishing Fee £50 (covers two anglers). Limited to 100 pairs.

How to apply?

Click HERE to download an application form. Fill it in and send to the address on the bottom of the form with payment. If you have any trouble downloading, you can contact Iain by email: iain_barr2000@yahoo.co.uk

The rules?

This is a catch and release competition with points scoring on rotational pegs. No size limit on fly dressing, barbless or de-barbed hooks only. Any type of fly line allowed including shooting heads. Check out the rules in full HERE.

Sponsors

Leading UK fly line manufacturer Airflo will be supporting the event as the main sponsor for the sixth consecutive year!!

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For full details visit: www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk

The Llanilar Airflo Classic – The Results!!

The Llanilar Airflo Classic fly fishing competition took place on Sunday 7th August on Llyn Brenig. Conditions began well, but by 1pm the competitors were faced with very gusty winds and bright sunshine, extremely difficult conditions to say the least!!

At the jetty on Llyn Brenig

At the jetty on Llyn Brenig.

The Winner

Kevin McCabe took the no.1 spot, with a staggering 17 fish. We would like to congratulate Kevin on this amazing result, which given the conditions was a truly astonishing haul.

Kevin is pictured here with the Llanilar Airflo Classic trophy, together with an Airflo rocket Rod, Airflo switch pro reel & fly line prizes. Kevin we salute you!

The Llanilar Airflo Classic winner - Kevin Mcabe.

The Llanilar Airflo Classic winner – Kevin Mcabe.

2nd spot was taken by Gareth ‘Gazza’ Dixon with 11 fish, with his brother Aled coming in at 3rd position. A great performance from both.

Here are the full results:

Llanilar AIRFLO Classic 2016 Page 1

Llanilar Airflo Classic 2016 results Page 1

Llanilar Airflo Classic 2016 results Page 2

Llanilar Airflo Classic 2016 results Page 2

We would like to thank all who attended the competition. A more detailed match report and specifics of next year’s event to follow!

Two Titles One Champion – Iain Barr’s Winning Tactics

Unstoppable fishing machine Iain Barr keeps on winning UK fly fishing competitions! He recently bagged the Bank National Champion title and then followed up this mean feat by winning the Bob Church Classic – for the third year running! In this blog post Iain shares the tactics that won him these two prestigious titles. Enter the mind of a champion fly fisher…

Competition pro Iain Barr in action

Competition pro Iain Barr in action

English National Small Water Championship – Farmoor

Farmoor reservoir hosted the English National Small Water Championships with a field of 48 strong anglers hoping to make the 7 man squad.

Hot sunny weather greeted us and this has a impact on the methods to use. This time of year sees plenty of warm weather and the fish behave differently. In these conditions you will often find two layers of fish and Farmoor was no exception. There was a layer in the top 3-4 feet and and another layer approx 12-15 foot down.

I deployed 3 rods, Airflo Di5 and new JELLY Blobs. Airflo Di3 with a mix of cats Blobs and damsels and a Super-dri floater with nymphs and buzzers.

I fished the Di3 first on each peg, switched to buzzers and nymphs before fishing the last 10 mins of the 45 minute pegs to search for bonus fish that were lying deeper.

The first peg yielded a cracking 6lb fish, the only 1 I landed. I had 2 off my next 2 and a blank off a tricky corner peg which didn’t produce all day although I did miss a take whilst applying more suncream!!

The afternoon saw more fish nearer the surface so I pulled the Di3 with a blob and a cat switching the cat to a damsel mid way through the 45 mins. The Airflo sixth sense Di3 is the perfect pulling line if the fish are high.  It cuts through quickly and can.be fished fast and high or slower and deeper if they drop.

I landed a 1, 2,2 off my first 3 afternoon session pegs with many coming on the ‘hang’ about 10 yards off on the infamous Farmoor ledge.

During the last peg a thunder storm circled in the distance and despite 2 quick fish high in the water they stopped taking. During this changes in air pressure many say the fish stop feeding when really all they tend to do is drop deeper to acclimatise to the change in pressure.

I let the Di3 and Tungsten beaded cat lure drop for 30 seconds before a slow retrieve and I landed my final 3 giving my maximum of 5 in a few casts.

Scores were calculated and the Bank National Champion title was mine.  The top 7 will not represent England at Garnffrwd Lake in Wales in November.

The national bank champion trophy being awarded - top angling!

The national bank champion trophy being awarded – top angling!

Bob Church Classic – Grafam water

June saw the 29th Bob Church Classic held at Grafham Water.  Having won it the previous 2 years the hatrick was on. I’d had a tough practice landing just 2 but that was above average! Grafham was sulking with high and low pressure dominating and mixing through the week. Late Saturday saw a steady change in pressure with some rain and wind which we hoped we would stir them and boy did it!!

I took an evening boat Friday just to motor round to see where fish were moving and this played a key part in my day. I tried a couple of areas briefly and went for a quick look to where I had seen a few moving late Friday before my plan to move to the open water.

I arrived at the dam with it to myself and the fish were there in droves almost smutting like on midge but I’m convinced they were gorging the clouds of daphnia.

I was using an original Airflo slow intermediate with a booby on the point,  2 nymphs and a cat on the top. With fish so high the booby pulled across the top will certainly draw the fish in and it did. Usually I’d catch more on the nymphs but they just kept engulfing the sparkler booby pulled across them on the top.

Soon I was spotted and the armada arrived which inevitably slowed the sport down. I stuck with the same method but just fished it almost static. The majority of my remaining fish took the nymphs. Many may have taken the booby off but it allows the flies to descend much slower and more naturally.

I soon had my 16 fish limit and it was now a waiting game to see if i had done enough to complete an incredible hatrick of wins. All anglers were still fishing around me but there was a splattering of boats dotted in other areas.

17:30 saw the competition end and I heard of 2 other limits and it proved incredibly close!!

With a slightly earlier finish then Gus Armor of Scotland I managed to complete an unbelievable hatrick in wins!  Next year sees a special 30th year of this prestigious event to be held at Rutland where I’ll be aiming to bring it home for a 6th time.

Iain Barr with Bob church classic cup

Iain Barr with Bob church classic cup.

This time of year you can be fishing the top with dry flies or deep with lures.  Try dries like Big Reds, Shipmans and CDC owls. For deep lures boobies on fast sinking Lines, or cats whiskers and blobs fished deep – these will always catch.

See Iain Barr Fly packs available from Fishtec, such as:

Essential Dries
Harry potters
Essential Boobies
Blobs
Damsels

Tight lines, Iain.

2014 Rivers International Report

Welsh Rivers International Team with TrophyVenue: River Ure North Yorkshire – 27th June

With 2 gold medals from the last 2 Rivers Internationals, the Welsh Team was really hoping their winning run would continue there on the wild upland River Ure. In reality though this was never going to be an easy job! The English Team were on a real high after a Bronze World position, and a Silver in the Commonwealth. “Facebook” talk was all about England claiming the one colour missing! Making the task even more difficult was the fact that most of the English Team were local to the River Ure, with one Team member being a past Season ticket holder on the actual Competition beats! Did I have any doubts? Yes I did, I’ll be honest! This would be no walk in the park, this was going to be tough – Super tough.

We knew we would have to prepare like never before for this contest, and preparations began around Christmas Time, with Terry Bromwell (the Captain) calling the lads together for a number of training days on the Rivers Taff & later the Ebbw. The ultimate preparation we felt we needed was a visit to the actual Match venue. And so it was that over the late May Bank Holiday weekend all 6 of us travelled  North, to check out the River Ure. Dean Kibble, and I had both fished the River 12 years previously as our very first Rivers International, so we had some idea of what to expect. The commitment shown by all Team members, including the Reserve (Robert Bending) was magnificent to behold. This was the BIG one, the one we REALLY wanted to win, and even though I could see that the financial costs were soaring, no-one complained – we wanted it that bad!

Actual Match week started for us on Saturday June 21st, when we left Wales in the early hours, arriving around breakfast time ready for a full days practice. What we found when we arrived was that the River had shrunk ! it was now a fraction of the size it had been back in late May. Being low and clear, the fishing was now much more difficult, but throughout the next few days, we managed to find a few methods that would catch fish fairly consistently. We covered the entire Competition beats (more than once) and we often bumped into old friends from the other 3 Nations during our days on the River.

Eventually, Match day (Fri 27th) arrived. – We had fished, thought, fished some more, drunk a few beers, tied flies, and mulled things over among ourselves. But now this was the real thing, now was the time to finally put all our plans together. I could sense the optimism amongst the guys, they (and I) really believed we could pull this off!

And so it was that at 09:45 the first session started. The sweaty palms disappeared as soon as the first casts were made, and the guys settled into doing what they do best.

I knew I had had a fairly good morning, with a 1st and a 2nd  but how had the others done?

We met back at the 3 Horseshoes pub for lunch, and it became clear that we were right “up there”with the English. Scotland and Ireland had a few poor results and we felt must have been some way behind. We started the afternoon final 2 sessions with renewed energy, knowing that this was there for the taking! The Match ended at 17:45, and arriving back at the car, I was informed that after the morning sessions, Wales were 2 points ahead of England. This was great news indeed, but had we kept it going?

Normally, asking around, you would get a feel for how the Teams were doing before the results were calculated. This was different; this really appeared to be too close to call!

On arrival back at the teams Hotel, I was invited (with the other Managers) into the room where the final results were being computed. The Team (totally fished out) were at the bar biting their nails! The 3 rd session results were announced! Wales had slipped from being 2 points in front, to being 2 points behind! The doubts were back, had we blown it? We were so close! Then the last session results were announced ! After a good last session, we had come back and we had actually tied on points with England. This meant that now, to separate the 2 Teams, the total fish points would have to be added up. This took a little time, adding to the agony but finally we were announced the winners having beaten the “old enemy” by the smallest of margins (8 fish points) or 8 cms in other words!

In fairness the other 3 Nations warmly congratulated the Welsh Team on a fantastic performance, and we celebrated well into the early hours.

I would like to thank the Captain, Terry Bromwell, for the sterling work he did from late last year all the way through to the after dinner speech! Dean Kibble, Simon Barton, Kieron Jenkins and Robert Bending – Thanks Guys you were magnificent!

I would also like to thank the members and Committee of Islwyn & District A.C. for allowing the Welsh Team use of the River Ebbw for practice sessions – This has proved to be invaluable!

Written by Paul Jenkins – Welsh Team Manager.

Written by Kieron Jenkins

Fishtec/PSM League Match – Final Results 2013

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.

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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

Teams

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.

League Team

Individuals

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.

League Individual

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/

Anglian Water Airflo Fly Fishing International

SEIGHFORD SHARKS FIRST PLACE

Picture by http://fishypics.co.uk/

After a week of outstanding fly fishing at Rutland Water, The Seighford Sharks were the conquerors of the AWAI. The Anglin Water Airflo International is a two day event with 22 team competing from all over the UK along with 2 overseas teams. Two days fishing at Rutland water produced a great rod average of just over 5 fish per angler, with many bag ups being recorded.

Day one saw a fleet of 66 boats leave the harbour and just 6 of those headed to the North Arm. The rest headed South towards Gibbets and Manton, with not one boat venturing to the main basin. Most anglers wouldn’t remember a match on Rutland where not one boat went to the dam wall!

The first day on Rutland water saw the first boat heading back to the harbour at just 1.30pm! Both anglers, Airflo Consultant Iain Barr and boat partner Mike Dixon catching each of their limits in just over three hours! Other boats closely followed. Fish were high in the water and keeping your flies close to the surface proved effective. Slow glasses and fast intermediate fly lines seemed the way ahead, with a selection of boobies and blobs spaced around 12 feet apart.

Results Day 1

Seighford Sharks looked to be comfortably in the lead with a total of 45 fish for 129lb 6 3/8oz – nearly 20lb ahead of second placed Blagdon Fly Fishers Cortland with 42 fish for 110lb 6¼oz.  History shows that very few teams have led from the front to take victory on the final day…  Only a few pounds separated 3rd placed Hanningfield on 108lb 15¼oz, 4th Welsh Hawks 106lb 11½oz and 5th Menteith Ospreys on 104lb 15 3/8oz.

Highlights Day 1 

Graeme Steel, member of the Grizzle Cats, managed to land the best rainbow on day one, weighing 5lb 11oz. Tim Joyce of Hanningfield fly fishers took top bag with a staggering 26lb 13 3/8oz, along with the best brown trout of 5lb 15 7/8oz.

Statistics

Number of Anglers: 132
Fish Caught: 720
Rod Average: 5.45
Total Weight of Fish: 1847lb 85/8oz
Average Weight: 2lb 9oz
Average Bag Weight: 13lb 16oz

Results Day 2

Top rod of the entire match was Mike Dixon of Seighford Sharks with 16 fish for 48lb 13 ¾oz. 

Team Airflo had an excellent second day coming out top with 44 fish for 109lb 11 3/8oz with Seighford Sharks in second with 38 fish for 105lb 9 1/8oz and Blagdon Fly Fishers Cortland third with 35 fish for 99lb 12 1/8oz. Conditions were far from perfect at the start of the match and tested everyone’s fly fishing clothing!

Seighford Sharks performance was well and truly phenomenal, keeping their 1st place position with a great performance on both days.  Team members Craig Barr, Gary Owen, Mark Harrison, Phil Longstaff and Phil and Mike Dixon received gold medals along with the prestigious silver Salver.  Team Airflo’s second day performance was enough to bring them from 11th to 3rd position, with Blagdon fly fishers holding their place in second as well.

Highlights Day 2

Wullie Simpson fishing for Menteith Ospreys landed the best Brown of day two weighting 5lb 10 1/8oz. Unfortunately for Wullie, a one brown limit led to the return of an even bigger Brown estimated at around 9lb later on in the day. Nick Long fishing for Blagdon Fly Fishers Cortland slipped the netted under the best Rainbow at 6lb 7¼oz – Nick’s fish was the best fish of the match overall.

Mark Harrison of Seighford Sharks had the best bag on Day Two with 8 fish for 26lb 9 5/8oz. Mark put in an outstanding performance, managing to net his 8th fish at 10:38! It takes a good 10/15 minutes to motor to Manton where he was fishing, he must have only been fishing for 25 minutes! Good Angling Mark.

Day 2 Statistics

Number of Anglers: 132
Fish Caught: 693
Rod Average: 5.25
Total Weight of Fish: 1791lb 2oz
Average Weight: 2lb 91/2oz
Average Bag Weight: 13lb 9oz

Overall Results

1. Seighford Sharks – 83 fish – 234lb 151/2oz
2. Blagdon Fly Fishers Cortland – 77 fish – 210lb 23/8oz
3. Team Airflo – 77 fish – 192lb 141/2oz
4. Fish Hawks – 75 fish – 189lb 35/8oz
5. Welsh Hawks – 72 fish – 186lb 103/4oz
6. Menteith Ospreys – 71 fish – 185lb 91/8oz
7. Hanningfield – 66 fish – 177lb 137/8oz
8. Change Flyfishers ‘A’ – 67 fish – 174lb 137/8oz
9. G.Loomis Team Belgium – 63 fish – 170lb 131/4oz
10. Harvey Angling Margam – 66 fish – 164lb 137/8oz
11. Thalassa AC – 65 fish – 163lb 7oz
12. Nymph-A-Maniacs – 63 fish – 162lb 135/8oz
13. Rio Masters – 65 fish – 162lb 17/8oz
14. The Renegades – 66 fish – 160lb 27/8oz
15. The Corrib Hoppers – 66 fish – 159lb 31/4oz
16. OTFA Kirkwall – 60 fish – 149lb 23/8oz
17. Shetland Anglers – 59 fish – 144lb 121/4oz
18. Grizzle Cats – 57 fish – 142lb 93/8oz
19. Froggies Fly Fishers – 56 fish – 142lb 87/8oz
20. Saltire Flyfishers – 51 fish – 135lb 47/8oz
21. Stock Barracudas – 45 fish – 114lb 131/8oz
22. Bewl Chingly Chompers – 43 fish – 113lb 123/8oz

Czech Win the World Fly Fishing Championships!

Czech World Fly Fishing Team

Czech World Fly Fishing Team

The Czech fly fishing team put in a sterling performance at the World Fly Fishing Championships this year in Norway, taking first Team position with the aid of Airflo fly fishing lines.

Lubos Roza – Current Czech team member said – “A big part of our success was down to Airflo fly lines. The most important technique was fishing with a long line across the river with small streamer patterns. We used only Airflo clear lines and it helps us very much. Most of the sessions in Norway were about getting just one fish and we are sure that we caught because we didn’t scare the fish. Thank you for your perfect lines and for help to Czech team!!!”

View Full Team Results here

Wales take Gold at Rivers International 2013

Back in 1991, there was a proposal from Geoff Clarkson that the International Fly Fishing Association (IFFA) hosted a ‘Rivers International’ which would be held once a year and rotate around the four countries, with a team of five competitors from each country. The proposal was accepted at the AGM and the first rivers international was decided to be fish on the River Dee, here in Wales in 1992.

How does the Rivers International work?

The match venue is divided into five beats with a competitor from each team competing on each section. Prior to each match a draw takes place to dictating where an angler starts and what sections they are fishing throughout the day.  The match itself consists of four hour and a half sessions throughout the day with the angler changing sections dinner time. The day before the actually competition day the rivers are usually angler free to give the water a rest, but anglers are allowed to walk the river to see what sections they’re fishing once the draw is out.

11 years after the first Rivers International the international came back to Wales, this time down south on the River Taff. Four years previous the competition was fished on the same stretch of the river Taff where Wales took Gold! So there was much pressure on the current Welsh team to follow up with the results.

The Welsh team consisted of three previously capped river international anglers and two new caps, a strong team with a number of great results from all competitors in different competitions.

Rivers International Team Wales

Welsh Team – Paul, Allen, Sean, Neil, Terry, Sion, Kieron

The competition officially started Wednesday 26th June, but being so close to home for the Welsh boys we fished almost every weekend leading up to the competition to give us more of a feel for the river and learn what methods fish best on each section of the river. Most of the teams turned up the Saturday before to get the most out of the weekend and practice on the river. Most other teams wouldn’t have fished here before unless they were in the 2009 team.

Personally I use my practice sessions to refresh my mind of the competition system, taking a controller along with me on pleasure days to measure the fish and record on a score sheet. It’s also a great way of locating the head of fish and learning what sort of numbers you’ll need in each session from each area. The problem is there’s only a handful or river comps throughout the year and it’s difficult to get your head around the system without doing it a few times previous to refresh the mind.

Monday and Tuesday of the competition week was spent strung up in our chest waders walking the whole section of the river, chatting among us describing where each of us has caught fish and on what method. It’s a great way of creating a plan between us all just in case one of us is drawn on a section of river we haven’t recently fished or struggled on previously.

The draw for the beats takes place two days before the competition, giving the anglers time to think about their draw and also walk their beats the day before, usually at the same time they’ll be fishing that section. Terry and I both drew section B1, I was following him onto that section after the interval so we traveled to that beat early Thursday morning for a look. Unfortunately it was a tough section of the river and we failed to see any activity the time we were there. But we were confident to get fish there from the information we’d gathered from our practice days. My other section was the lowest section of river, right at the bottom of the competition water, a couple of pools which in previous comps proved successful.

Thursday night was coming to a close, as a team we were called into the captains room for a final team meeting and a small presentation to the manager and captain for all their hard work. Allen the team captain, presented the team with a set of TF Gear fishing tops to fish in during the international. As a team we were also lucky enough to be sponsored with fly lines from Airflo at trade price and Atom Six fly rods.

Competition day come and we were all set, everyone had their fishing tackle set up and waders on, raring to hit the river for the first session. Each session is an hour and a half long, one of the quickest hour and a half sessions of a competitive anglers lives, not much is remembered as all most are interested in is getting the next fish in the net.

As we approached the interval at dinner time, I couldn’t wait to get back to see how the rest of the team had fared. Personally my sessions went very well. I managed to land 5 fish in both of the morning sessions which put me in 1st position for each session. Turning up at the car park it was clear that Wales were the leaders so far, clear of England by 8 place points. Welsh Team member Terry Bromwell was said to have taken a 64cm Brown Trout which looked almost certain to be biggest fish of the competition!

Terry measuring the biggest fish

Terry measuring the biggest fish

The team was doing well, with the fishing only set to get better in the next few sessions as the fly usually come on and the fish look to the surface for food. After lunch we all set off back to the river ready for the last two sessions.

Terry managed to take 2 in the first session and 3 in the second session from section B1, so I was in for a tough last couple of hours. The fishing was certainly tough, and I managed to take a respectable 2/2 in each session. Coming 3rd in the third session and 1st in the last.

Throughout the competition my best method was certainly dry flies, delicately presenting small flies in calm water using the Airflo SuperDri Elite. For the past few weeks my best fly had been the baby sun fly, a cracking pattern which works well in fast and slow water, along with a red spinner pattern for the tricky fish.

Me and my controller headed back to the hotel in earnest of hearing the rest of the boys results. I was hoping that we’d all taken first or second positions to keep us ahead of the other teams. As each angler came in the results seemed to be getting better and better with talks of 1st’s and 2nd’s in each session. Last to come back was Terry, we’d heard rumors that he had a 2nd and a 1st in the last two sessions, but couldn’t count on it until we’d spoken to him. Terry was certainly in line for top individual rod.

As Terry arrived back he confirmed his positions and it seemed we had climbed the table, keeping us in 1st position taking the Gold! The team was over the moon with the result, along with Terry taking both Top Rod with 5 individual placings and largest fish. Well Done Terry and The Team!

Quick overview of the results:

1. Wales        43 fish  2010 points  36 placings

2. England    25 fish  1249 points  55 placings

3. Ireland     20 fish  1031 points  60 placings

4. Scotland   19 fish   907 points  61 placings

Top Individual: Terry Bromwell (Wales) 5 placings

Largest Fish: Terry Bromwell (Wales) 63.4cms

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL RESULTS

At the presentation the teams and trophy winners were all presented with their medals and trophies. Terry taking most of them!!

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Top Team Wales

Terry Collecting Trophies

Terry Collecting Trophies

Fishtec League Match Results – Round 2

Second Fishtec League Match Results

Overall team results after 2nd round

The second round of the Fishtec League match on Chew Valley was sent to be a tough day, bright sun and high winds meant that conditions were far from ideal. More or less a full fleet of boats launched from the jetty at 10am, with a mixture of floating, intermediate and sinking fly lines gracing the anglers fly reels. The usual Tequilla blob was most anglers top dropper or point fly with nymphs sitting between.

With winds forecast to reach a maximum of 18mph – most boats headed towards the dam to look for shelter and a few headed off to behind the Denny Island looking to intercept good fish nymphing in the shallow water.

Before the sun came up high the fishing was particularly good, with a few anglers taking their four fish in just 45 minutes. By around 11:30 the sun was high and seemed to knock the fish off the feed. Anglers who fished blobs found to get more follows than lock ups as the fish become weary of most larger flies in the gin clear water. Nymphing throughout the rest of the day produced the best bags.

Top anglers of the day, Stuart Watkins took the majority of his fish using the washing line method which consisted of three nymphs and a FAB on the point, fished close to the surface on one of the new Airflo Super-Dri Xceed fly lines.

Overall individual results show that Gareth Jones, Airflo’s Sales Director is leading the pack, hopefully he can keep up his great performances in the next two matches!

2-13-INDLEague Match Chew Individual results

Overall points after 2nd round