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

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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

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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

Bob Church Classic at Rutland Water

Rutland hosted the 26th Bob Church Classic this month and produced a fishing bonanza! 100 Anglers took part with a rod average of 11.12 which is a record for the competition by some way!

You could have picked your method and almost every bank held fish. I was paired with Patrick De Schutter from Belgium. I hadn’t practiced so decided to start with the 3ft Airflo Mini Tip fly line a blob on the point and 3 new buzzers up the line. This is a great combination with many fish likely to take the blob whilst dropping through. We headed for Whitwell Front with a handful of other boats fishing there too.

Despite losing a fish first cast, Patrick soon raced into a 3 – 0 lead using a the sixth sense Di5 with the new hang markers a Blob and a Booby. This wasn’t just me against Patrick, this was a  Belgium World International versus an England World International so our country’s pride was at stake here!

My Di5 40+ emerged from my fishing tackle box. I prefer this line for pulling lures because of the angler which can be achieved by the intermediate running line. I put a Cats Whisker on the point due to the milky water colour, a size 12 Crisp Red Butt Buzzer just above it, a size 12 pearl goose cormorant just below a tequila blob on the top dropper. I took no chances with the leader material and opted for my tried and tested Airflo G3 in 10lb due to the low water clarity. In clearer water I would drop to 8 or even 6 when fishing nymphs.

I soon boated a fish to the blob and opted to move as the fish soon went off with boats turning in the shallow water where the fish were feeding. A quick move to Armley Wood up Rutlands North Arm saw one more fish come to the cats Whisker. A few drifts along the Finches produced no more fish so we moved to the end of Cardiac Hill where a boat had been sat anchored for some time.

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It wasn’t long before the Di5 40+ got in to full action but the retrieve and hang was crucial. A very long slow pull with the arm fully extended to the front and then to the back allowing maximum distance in one movement with a brief figure of 8 after each set of 3 pulls. More important was the long ‘sweep and hang’ well away from the boat as we were only in 6-8 foot of water. I lifted the flies about 8 yards from the boat and hung them there for about 10 seconds proceeded with a very slow FO8. When doing this I was watching the line simply lift as  the fish took before lifting in to them. This is where the intermediate running line and heavier sinking head came into play.

The Cat was taking most of the fish but within 30 or so minutes the takes to the cat dried up and switched to the buzzer and cormorant between the two attractor flies as they became wary. We had the short drift to ourselves and if we went a drift with out action we left it for 15 mins and returned only for them to start taking again. A good point to remember when fishing any spot! Fish soon become wary and will go off, if you don’t know for any more fish near by, move off and return after!

England romped to victory in this mini European Championships by 16 fish to 5 after I took 14 fish in a little under 2 hours. My partner decided to switch back to nymphs in a bid to claw back some Belgium pride. It is often thought that competition anglers keep things to themselves but I set up my partner with a leader and my own fly set up and attached it to the end of his line and he proceeded to take 12 more fish to finish with 15 with as many takes.

Winner was Leigh Pond with his boat partner Al Owen in 2nd. Both fished buzzers on indicators and mini tips and Lee’s 4 fished weighed 14lb 14oz on top of his 33lb time and fish bonus!! Despite a quick fire 14 fish to complete my 16 fish limit the 3rd time win eluded me as I finished 5th. The whole of Rutland fished superb and with the fish to almost solely turn to buzzers it is set to be a healthy June! Get your boats booked early!

IB Recommended Fly Packs for May/June :

Reservoir Buzzers | Black Buzzers | Crunchers | Diwal Bachs

Fishtec/PSM/Celtic League Match Final Results

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:

League Match Team Results 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

Overall-Individual celtic fishtec league match

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.

Fishtec/PSM/Celtic Individual results Comp 5

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

Individual league match 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.

 

Fishtec/PSM/Celtic League Match Team Results Round 5

The 5th Fishtec League match was fished 9th September. The fishing leading up until now was hit and miss, it was very ‘poddy’, you could be just 10 yards away from a pod and not get anything! The weather was perfect, high cloud and minimal sunshine with a comfortable 12mph wind. It was the sort of day you know the fish will be up, but where?

Team Results from comp 5 and overall position so far:

fishtec league match team results 5

Top team for the second time in as many comps was again Margan Fly Fishers. Margam used the hit and run tactic where sticking to one method and covering a lot of water to locate the fish. Once located they then sat on the fish building their bags consistently through the team to give them a good overall position. The top method for the day was pulling blobs and boobies on one of the Airflo Sweep fly lines. The di3 gave a great presentation in the water, letting the flies to be fished close to the surface until the weight of the head pulls the flies down. That sweeping motion seemed distributable to fish.

Written by Kieron Jenkins

Anglian Water Airflo International Final

A full list of results from the Anglian Water Airflo International which was held at Rutland water, 2nd and 3rd October.

In it’s 31st years of running this competition has been held at many of the top fishing waters around the UK and has been sponsored by some of the largest fishing companies in the UK. Sponsored by fly fishing tackle supplier, Fishtec,  the prizes are always top quality and offer all anglers a great incentive to fish the qualifiers to hopefully compete at this prestigious final time and time again.

Day One

With a strong westerly wind Rutland water changed it’s face from the previous few days practice. With a wind forecast to get up to 15mph and gust almost double that things weren’t looking great.

Team practise sessions all seemed to throw up the same areas, methods and flies as most other teams, with the most prolific area being the Dam wall. As the boats headed out of the jetty the total tally of boats heading to the main basin was 40, a further 17 to the North arm and just 4 to the South Arm. It seemed obvious where the most recent stocked fish had ended up!

As the armada of boats dashed to the closest point of the Dam wall the odd few broke off and started their drifts a long way from the bank in open water, what we found in practice day was that with the big wind we’ve had over the last week or so the majority of the food had been washed close to the wall, just out of bounds for boat users. So the closer you can start to the wall the more chance, we thought, you’d have of catching.

The first drift was manic, rods bent all over the place from Fantasy to the far side of the wall at Sykes Lane. As the boats grew closer the wall the fishing hotted up with some anglers taking 3/4 fish in the first drift. This is usually short lived even with less boat pressure and it wasn’t any different now. The initial hit of 40 boats, 80 anglers and with most people using a three fly cast, that’s over 200 flies going through an area at any one point, the fish soon feel the angling pressure and push off or go down.

This was the same all over the lake, speaking to some of the anglers who came off the water early with their bags they mentioned the fishing died after the first drift. Then it was a scratch to finish off the bag limits.

Kieron Jenkins of the Nymphomaniacs took his 8 fish limit in an impressive 2 hours 15 minutes, him and his partner signing his card at just 12:15. It wasn’t long after that the next bag ups were recorded. Rob Edmunds of Team ACA  finished just after 13:00 and Steve Winstone 13:08 with a fish of over 5lb in his bag winning the day with over 20lb of fish.

Anglian Water Airflo International 2012

Image courtesy of Cliff @ www.fishypics.co.uk

Day One Result:
1. Hanningfield 39 fish for 92lb 111/2oz
2. Team Airflo 32 fish for 81lb 61/8oz
3. Thallassa AC 31 fish for 76lb 9oz
4. OFTA (Kirkwall) 30 fish for 75lb 67/8oz
5. Rio Masters 32 fish for 73lb 101/2oz
6. Flextec Emerald Islanders 35 fish for 73lb 91/4oz
7. Nymph-A-Maniacs 32 fish for 73lb 15/8oz
8. Margam Fly Fishers 29 fish for 66lb 1/4oz
9. Elinor 28 fish for 65lb 111/2oz
10. Blagdon FF Bristol Water 29 fish for 62lb 15oz
11. Change Fly Fishers ‘B’ 28 fish for 62lb 57/8oz
12. Welsh Crunchers 23 fish for 61lb 91/4oz
13. Bristol Reservoirs FFA 28 fish for 60lb 115/8oz
14. Weardale FF 26 fish for 59lb 5oz
15. Change Fly Fishers ‘A’ 24 fish for 54lb 21/2oz
16. Peninsula Pirates 22 fish for 47lb 11/4oz
17. Greenwell Persuaders ‘A’ 19 fish for 42lb 141/8oz
18. Iain Barr FF 15 fish for 39lb 77/8oz
19. G.Loomis Team Belgium 17 fish for 36lb 41/4oz
20. Shetland AA 17 fish for 36lb 13/4oz
21. Leslie & Glenrothes AC 16 fish for 35lb 143/4oz
22. Froggies FF 14 fish for 34lb 9oz
23. Neilston FF 13 fish for 30lb 85/8oz
24. Stocks Falcons 13 fish for 25lb 111/8oz

Best Rainbow: Richard Cooper, Iain Barr FF 5lb 71/2oz
Best Brown: Tony Donnelly, Bristol Reservoirs FFA 3lb 43/4oz
Best Bag: Steve Winstone, Team Airflo 25lb 63/4oz

Day Two

Day two started much the same as day one. The boat split was almost identical but with a few more boats heading to the south arm. The anglers, testing their leaders and knot strength headed towards the Dam in anticipation for another fish frenzy in almost the same conditions as the day before. The fishing, not so. Out of 40 boats which headed back to the main basin I don’t think 10 fish were netted within the first two hours which was strange after the performance of the day before.

After the first two hours was up the boats slowly started to dwindle away and move to the top of the ever increasing wind, leaving just a few boats on the dam wall. Most anglers headed up the South arm and few across to Belgrano and Barns-dale steep bank.

The winning bag of the day come from Nymphomaniac, Allen Hughes who managed to bag his 8 fish in tough conditions by 13:00. Only a handful of anglers managed to bag up the second day with many fish being caught right at the death, increasing anglers catches and making the results of the competition tighter than ever.

As the weigh in commenced there was talk of who’s ‘up there’ in the results. The rumours were that ACA and Nymphomaniacs were fighting for first position with some of the top teams from day one dropping down the rankings with just a few fish to the team on day two.

Day Two Result:

1. Nymph-A-Maniacs 23 fish for 59lb 33/4oz
2. Iain Barr FF 25 fish for 58lb 33/4oz
3. Rio Masters 23 fish for 50lb 4oz
4. Elinor 20 fish for 46lb 73/8oz
5. G.Loomis Team Belgium 18 fish for 45lb 5oz
6. Team Airflo 17 fish for 39lb 31/2oz
7. Welsh Crunchers 17 fish for 35lb 101/8oz
8. Bristol Reservoirs FFA 15 fish for 35lb 33/8oz
9. Margam Fly Fishers 15 fish for 31lb 153/4oz
10. Change Fly Fishers ‘A’ 14 fish for 31lb 11oz
11. Shetland AA 13 fish for 30lb 83/8oz
12. Peninsula Pirates 12 fish for 30lb 7/8oz
13. Thallassa AC 13 fish for 28lb 153/4oz
14. Neilston FF 12 fish for 26lb 11/2oz
15. Leslie & Glenrothes AC 11 fish for 25lb 135/8oz
16. Froggies FF 12 fish for 25lb 75/8oz
17. Change Fly Fishers ‘B’ 11 fish for 23lb 21/8oz
18. Hanningfield 9 fish for 19lb 11oz
19. Greenwell Persuaders ‘A’ 8 fish for 19lb 73/4oz
20. Blagdon FF Bristol Water 8 fish for 18lb 43/4oz
21. OFTA (Kirkwall) 7 fish for 16lb 67/8oz
22. Stocks Falcons 7 fish for 15lb 65/8oz
23. Weardale FF 6 fish for 13lb 14oz
24. Flextec Emerald Islanders 4 fish for 9lb 11/8oz

Best Rainbow: Tony Perin, G.Loomis Team Belgium 5lb 33/4oz
Best Brown: Brian McKenzie, Neilston FF 3lb 45/8oz
Best Bag: Allen Hughes, Nymph-A-Maniacs 22lb 143/4oz

As the results emerged after great food and hospitality by the Greetham Valley golf club it came to light that the Nymphomaniacs had beaten ACA by exactly 9lbs in weight. The bag up on day two by Allen Hughes brought the Nymph’s up the table also with some good luck better fish were landed on day two by the whole team, all of which make a huge difference when the final positions come close. Well done Nymphos!!

Overall Results

1. Nymph-A-Maniacs 55 fish for 132lb 53/8oz
2. Rio Masters 55 fish for 123lb 141/2oz
3. Team Airflo 49 fish for 120lb 95/8oz
4. Hanningfield 48 fish for 112lb 61/2oz
5. Elinor 48 fish for 112lb 27/8oz
6. Thallassa AC 44 fish for 105lb 83/4oz
7. Margam Fly Fishers 44 fish for 98lb 0oz
8. Iain Barr FF 40 fish for 97lb 115/8oz
9. Welsh Crunchers 40 fish for 97lb 33/8oz
10. Bristol Reservoirs FFA 43 fish for 93lb 15oz
11. OFTA (Kirkwall) 37 fish for 91lb 133/4oz
12. Change Fly Fishers ‘B’ 39 fish for 86lb 21/8oz
13. Change Fly Fishers ‘A’ 38 fish for 85lb 131/2oz
14. Flextec Emerald Islanders 39 fish for 82lb 103/8oz
15. G.Loomis Team Belgium 35 fish for 81lb 91/4oz
16. Blagdon FF Bristol Water 37 fish for 81lb 33/4oz
17. Peninsula Pirates 34 fish for 77lb 21/8oz
18. Weardale FF 32 fish for 73lb 3oz
19. Shetland AA 30 fish for 66lb 101/8oz
20. Greenwell Persuaders ‘A’ 27 fish for 62lb 57/8oz
21. Leslie & Glenrothes AC 27 fish for 61lb 23/8oz
22. Froggies FF 26 fish for 60lb 9oz
23. Neilston FF 25 fish for 56lb 101/8oz
24. Stocks Falcons 20 fish for 41lb 13/4oz

Top Bag: Allen Hughes, Nymph-A-Maniacs 14 fish for 36lb 151/4oz

Statistics:
Number of Anglers: 144
Number of Fish Caught: 912
Rod Average: 3.17
Total Weight of Fish: 2102lb 3/8oz
Average Weight of Fish: 2lb 5oz
Average Bag Weight: 7lb 5oz

The method over the two days seemed to be pulling blobs and boobies on heavy sinking lines. All of the top three teams took the majority of their fish using Airflo 40+ fly lines, in di5 and di7 sinking densities. The wind caused many problems with casting so a line such as the 40+, which easily loads the rod on the back cast, was the ideal tool for the job. Orange, Tequila and Black blobs and boobies seemed to pull most of the fish with very little seeming to come out on nymphs.

Anglian Water Airflo Nymphos

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anglian water airflo winner

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