Airflo Anglian International Fly Fishing Final 2017

The Airflo Anglian International Fly Fishing final took place on Rutland Water on 3rd and 4th October.

After a total of 12 nationwide heats and finals, 144 anglers found themselves raring to go on match day.

Day one of the 2017 Airflo Anglian water international

Day one of the 2017 Airflo Anglian water international

The first day was hard fought – met with cold and windy conditions, anglers with the most adaptable tactics made headway after calm and obliging practice days.

Gateside Flycasters led the pack, followed closely by FlyFishing Costa A. Things were very tight between the teams from 3rd to mid table…. It was all to play for on day two!

Day one results

Day one results -Gateside Flycasters leading the way!

Day two was also windy – with some anglers comparing the main basin to the North Sea. However, some cracking fish were caught, including a superb double figure brownie by Cameron Neil.

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Cameron Neil’s double figure brown (Image: David Hoppe Fishing)

Results were finally in, with congratulations in order for Iain Barr’s Flyfishing Costa A team who emerged as the winners, followed by Team Airflo and Gateside Flycasters in third position.

Scott Graham of team Airflo claimed the heaviest bag, at a whopping 37lb 4 5/8 oz.

Results day two - the winner is.....

Results day two – the winner is confirmed!

Here are Iain’s post match statements from his Facebook pages:

”Iain Barr World Champion Choices Flies deliver another knock out punch by winning this years Airflo Anglian Water Championship at Rutland Water. Another victory using my Airlite rods from Airflo!!! Not a bad season with my new toys!! Thanks Airflo and Gareth Jones.”

Team Costa Flyfishing A

Victorious Team Costa Flyfishing A

”Well my luck continues after winning the Airflo Anglian International team championship yesterday with Iain Barr Fly Fishing Team Costa – Ben Race, Paul Runec, John Buchanan Graham Hayward and Rick Cooper. Proud to win this championship with a core of young anglers with a couple of older heads to pass on their experience. Sitting pretty in 2nd after day 1, we continued to catch steadily on day 2 to take the title. Teamed with Iain Barr World Champion Choices Flies fishing a fly line range from Di3, slow glass, fast glass and midge tip we fished mostly the basin, and the mouth of the north and south arms.”

”Combos of Iain Barr new Jelly Blobs, Fabs and Boobies tied with FNF FRITZ from Kevin Porteous and nymphs done the business. Well done to all other medalists and Airflo Gareth Jones for sponsoring the event and the great prizes, and all at Anglian Water for running a great team competition.”

We would like to offer our congratulations to all the anglers who took part, and especially to Cost Flyfishing A, on their superb performance Individually and as a team.

If you want to be part of it next year 2018 dates are set and entries are OPEN. Get your teams together and be part of the AWAI 2018.

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

Summer Catch Competition – The Results!

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The votes are in, and have been counted. With hundreds of votes cast, we’re very happy to announce our winners.

First prize of a £100 Fishtec voucher goes to Luke Thomas

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Luke Thomas with wild brown trout from the lower stretches of the Ebbw River, caught on a dark olive dry fly pattern.

We also have three runners-up in the coarse, fly and sea categories.

Coarse

Our coarse fishing runner-up, winning a £30 Fishtec voucher, is Scott Brown:

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Scott Brown with a 35lb 3oz mirror from Nuddock wood lakes

Sea

Our runner-up in the sea fishing category is Simon Unwin, who also takes home a £30 Fishtec voucher:

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Simon Unwin with three species of ray in a session from a North Wales mark

Fly

And last but not least, with another £30 Fishtec voucher, our fly fishing runner up is Ian Davies:

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Ian Davies with 15lb River Towy salmon caught at Llywch Gwyn beat on the Abercothi estate.

Congratulations to all of our winners. That’s it for our competition this summer. We hope you’ve had some great fishing – and keep taking those pictures, next time it could be you up here!  Until the next competition, tight lines!

Summer Catch Competition Shortlist

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Voting has now closed, and the winners will be announced in the coming days.

The winner will receive £100 in Fishtec vouchers, and there are three runner-up prizes of £30 vouchers for the best in the sea, fly and coarse categories.

1 – Andy ‘Tetly’ Collicott

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Andy ‘Tetly’ Collicott with ‘Colin’ from St Ives lakes shallow pit. Lake record of 53lb 15oz. caught with a single tiger nut on a 360 rig fished under ads, baited with lots of particles and Mainline Hybrid.

2 – Chad Critchley

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Chad Critchley with his second barbel after targeting a double. One ounce shy of 17lb.

3 – Christopher Hughes

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Christopher Hughes with his 18lb Welsh reservoir pike.

4 – Craig Woodrow

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Craig Woodrow with his 9lb pollack caught off rocks on Tory Island – a small island in Donegal, Ireland.

5 – Dale Lander

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Dale Lander with a 2lb1oz roach from the River Severn at Bewdley.

6 – Daniel Stigg Graham

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Daniel Stigg Graham with a rainbow caught on the Unac river in Bosnia Herzegovina. Put up a hell of a scrap on a 5 weight in a fast-flowing river!

7 – Dean Kibble

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Dean Kibble’s 32lb fly caught pike. Landed with 10ft Airflo Nantec comp special, Switch pro reel and a Di 7 forty plus G3 fluoro with a cat booby.

8 – Ian Davies

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Ian Davies with 15lb River Towy salmon caught at Llywch Gwyn beat on the Abercothi estate.

9 – Jake Belgium

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Jake Belgium: “The best Chew brownie I’ve had to date”

10 – Jason Whatley

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Jason Whatley: “Totally drowned, but it doesn’t matter when they are as perfect as this! “

11 Joshua Thomas

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Joshua Tomas with an 88lb sturgeon. 79 inch length, 37inch girth – absolute beast!

12 – Luke Thomas

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Luke Thomas with wild brown trout from the lower stretches of the Ebbw River, caught on a dark olive dry fly pattern.

13 – Matthew Randall

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Matthew Randall’s catfish. New PB at 34lb 5oz: “Happy days!”

14 – MJ Bird

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MJ Bird with a specimen roach, estimated at 3lb plus

15 – Nathan King

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Nathan King’s 8lb bass, “caught at Magazine Lane Southampton in August 2016 using my rod and reel bought from Fishtec”

16 – Neil Pope

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Neil Pope’s 11lb 2oz Cheshire mere bream

17 – Paul Hunter

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Paul Hunter with: “Rainbow trout caught in Germany on my Grey’s fly rod I got from Fishtec.”

18 – Scott Brown

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Scott Brown with a 35lb 3oz mirror from Nuddock wood lakes

19 – Simon Unwin

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Simon Unwin with three species of ray in a session from a North Wales mark

Now, head to the top of the page vote for your favourites – you can vote for up to three different pictures. Remember to share this on Facebook, and get your friends to vote as well!

Closing date for votes: 10am Tuesday 30th August 2016.

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!

Summer Catch Competition – Win £100!

Fishtec Summer Catch Competition BlogSorry, the Summer Catch Competition is now closed for entries.

The best Summer Catch Competition photos will be available for you to view and vote on Thursday 18th August – Tuesday 30th August.

Prizes

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TOP PRIZE: £100 Fishtec voucher – awarded to the photo with the most overall votes.

RUNNERS UP: £30 Fishtec vouchers – awarded to 3 runners up.

What Next?

From your entries, we’ll post a shortlisted gallery of star quality photographs on our blog.

Readers, friends and family can then vote for their favourite summer catch photo.

The photo with the most votes wins the top prize of a £100 Fishtec voucher.

The ‘best in category’ coarse, fly and sea fishing photo with the most votes (excluding overall winner) will be awarded a £30 Fishtec voucher each.

Tight lines and happy snapping!

Terms and conditions

By entering into this competition, all entrants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

In the event that any entrant does not, or is unable to, comply with and meet these Terms and Conditions and the competition information, Fishtec shall be entitled at its sole discretion to disqualify such entrant, without any further liability to such entrant.

To enter this competition you must be: (a) a UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry.

This competition is free to enter and no purchase is necessary.

Fishtec reserves the right to cancel or amend the contest or the terms at any time without prior notice. Any changes will be posted on blog.fishtec.co.uk.

Entry requirements
1. Submitted photos should be no larger than 5mb in file size.
2. Entrants must be 18 or over to enter.
3. You must be the copyright owner of any photo submitted.
4. You must have the necessary permission from people who appear in the photo submitted.
5. Do not submit any photographs that are obscene, vulgar, pornographic, hateful, threatening, racist, sexist, discriminatory, or which otherwise violate any local or international laws.

Copyright
6. The photographer must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of photos entered in to the competition. Fishtec respects photographer rights and does not claim copyright for images you submit to this competition, you will retain full copyright in each entry. Whenever your image is published by Fishtec you will be credited. Failure to publish a credit due to error or oversight shall not be deemed a breach of this condition.

Image Usage
7. By entering this competition you agree that any winning image or shortlisted images you submit may be used by Fishtec for purposes related to the Catch Competition.
8. You hereby grant Fishtec a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence in each entry for the uses described in 7. above for 1 year following the date of announcement of the winner, thereafter the image may be used for archival purposes by Fishtec.
9. You acknowledge your responsibility for protecting your entry against image misuse by third parties, by for example, but not limited to, the insertion of a watermark, retaining exif data. Fishtec can assume no responsibility and are not liable for any image misuse.
10. Should any image uses beyond those needed for the competition arise we will endeavour to contact you.

Judging
11. Our panel of judges will assess all entries and then select images for a shortlist. The shortlisted images will be voted on by the public. The image with the most votes by the closing date, will be the overall winner. Three runners up will be selected by choosing the fly, sea and coarse fishing photo with the most votes (excluding overall winner).
12. Once voting has closed the winners will be notified within 30 days.
13. The judges decision is final and they do not enter into communication relating to entries.

Voting
14. Only one vote per person is permitted.
15. Any votes registered after the voting close time, which will be stated online, will not be included in final count.
16. Fishtec reserves the right to disqualify votes or entries, or suspend voting if it has reasonable grounds to suspect that fraudulent voting has occurred, or if it considers there has been any attempt to unfairly influence the voting. Fishtec has the right to substitute an alternative selection method at its absolute discretion.
17. If, for any reason, the online voting system fails, the vote may be suspended or a contingency plan may be actioned.
18. Fishtec reserves the right to change, cancel or suspend this event at any time.
19. Fishtec does accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any on-line system, server, provider or otherwise which may result in any vote being lost or not properly registered or recorded.

Prizes
20. After the catch competition closes, the winner and runners up will be awarded the following prizes:
• £100 Fishtec voucher – Overall winner
• £30 Fishtec voucher – Fly fishing runner up
• £30 Fishtec voucher – Coarse fishing runner up
• £30 Fishtec voucher – Sea fishing runner up
21. No alternative products, credit or cash equivalents will be offered.
22. Prize details will be sent to the winner via email within 30 days of the winner being announced.

If you have any queries relating to our terms and conditions please contact: c.thomas@bvg-airflo.co.uk

The ‘Show us your flies’ competition gallery

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Here are the results for the ‘Show us your flies’ competition!
We had dozens of fantastic entries, the votes have been counted and the results are in! It was a close match, but our winner is Graeme Ferguson’s Quill Dun dry with the highest cumulative vote count! He wins a brilliant Airflo mesh vest worth £54.99!

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Graeme Ferguson’s quill dun dry

Our two runners-up are also worthy of honourable mentions – the CDC elk skater from Alex Titov and the detached body mayfly  from DJ Muss are also beautiful creations. Thanks to everyone that entered and voted – we love seeing your pictures!

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CDC elk skater

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Until next time, happy tying, and tight lines!

Show Us Your Flies Photo Competition

The competition is now closed. A gallery of the best entries will be open for voting on Thursday 2nd June.

Thank you to all who entered. We will contact the shortlisted entrants by email.

Over 60% of fly fishermen that took part in our Big Fishing Survey told us that they tie their own flies – so we want to see the fruits of your labour.

The closing date was Friday 27th May at 5pm. Our judges will create a shortlist of the best fly photos, and publish a gallery where readers can vote from Thursday 2nd June. We’ll inform all shortlisted entrants on that date. We can’t wait to see what you’ve tied!

The winner is the photo with the highest vote rating at the end of the competition.

You can win this brilliant Airflo mesh vest worth £54.99!

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Airflo mesh vest

The closing date for entries is Friday 27th May (at 5pm), and we’ll open the gallery for voting on Thursday 2nd June. If you’re in the shortlist, we’ll let you know so that you can get your friends, family and network to vote for your fly!

The winner will be announced on Tuesday 7th June.

If you’re not a fly tyer but are interested in learning, check out the Fishtec Beginners guide to fly tying – get going quickly, and you can enter, too!

The competition is now closed. The gallery will be open for voting on Thursday 2nd June. If you’ve entered and have been shortlisted, we’ll let you know by email.

Show/Hide Terms & Conditions

Terms and conditions In the event that any entrant does not, or is unable to, comply with and meet these Terms and Conditions and the competition information, Fishtec shall be entitled at its sole discretion to disqualify such entrant, without any further liability to such entrant.

To enter this competition you must be: (a) a UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry.

This competition is free to enter and no purchase is necessary.

Fishtec reserves the right to cancel or amend the contest or the terms at any time without prior notice. Any changes will be posted on blog.fishtec.co.uk.

Entry requirements
1. Submitted images should be no larger than 5mb in file size.

2. Submitted images should be no larger than 1,000 x 1,000 pixels.

3. Do not submit any photographs that are obscene, vulgar, pornographic, hateful, threatening, racist, sexist, discriminatory, or which otherwise violate any local or international laws.

4. Entrants must be 18 or over to enter.

5. You must be the copyright owner of any works submitted and you also confirm you have the necessary permission from people who may appear in the photo.

6. Each entrant is invited to submit one entry. In the event of multiple entries being submitted, the moderators will select one of the images to be included in the competition.

Copyright
7. The photographer must be the sole author and owner of the copyright of photos entered in to the competition. Fishtec respects photographers rights and does not claim copyright for images you submit to this competition, you will retain full copyright in each entry. Whenever your image is published by Fishtec you will be credited. Failure to publish a credit due to error or oversight shall not be deemed a breach of this condition.

Image Usage
8. By entering this competition you agree that any winning image or shortlisted images you submit may be used by Fishtec for purposes related to the Classic Catch Competition.

9. You hereby grant Fishtec a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence in each entry for the uses described in 7. above for 1 year following the date of announcement of the winner, thereafter the image may be used for archival purposes by Fishtec.

10. You acknowledge your responsibility for protecting your entry against image misuse by third parties, by for example, but not limited to, the insertion of a watermark, retaining exif data. Fishtec can assume no responsibility and are not liable for any image misuse.

11. Should any image uses beyond those needed for the competition arise we will endeavour to contact you.

Judging
12. Images will be voted on by the public. The image with the higheset votes by the closing date, will be the winner. Only the winner will receive a prize unless otherwise stated, the shortlisted entries will gain free exposure on blog.fishtec.com.

13. Once voting has closed the winners will be notified within 30 days.

14. The judges decision is final and they do not enter in to communication relating to entries.

Voting
15. Only one vote per person per image is permitted.

16. Any votes registered after the voting close time, which will be stated online, will not be included in final count.

17. Fishtec reserves the right to disqualify votes or entries, or suspend voting if it has reasonable grounds to suspect that fraudulent voting has occurred, or if it considers there has been any attempt to unfairly influence the voting. Fishtec has the right to substitute an alternative selection method at its absolute discretion.

18. If, for any reason, the online voting system fails, the vote may be suspended or a contingency plan may be actioned.

19. Fishtec reserves the right to change, cancel or suspend this event at any time.

20. Fishtec does accept any responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any on-line system, server, provider or otherwise which may result in any vote being lost or not properly registered or recorded.

21. In the event of a large amount of entries (as determined by the judges), a shortlist will be produced, to include highest voted entries and (in the event of multiple entries from a single person) the best (as determined by the judges) of an individual’s entries.

Prizes
22. The prize for this competition is a Airflo mesh vest as shown above and on the page linked to here.

23. No alternative products, credit or cash equivalents will be offered.

24. Prize details will be sent to the winner via email within 30 days of the winner being announced.

Fishtec fishing photography competition – the pictures

Welcome to the Fishtec angling photography competition!

The competition’s now closed, and we’re going through the votes. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 10th February.

In the meantime, here’s a selection from the shortlist of pictures – happy viewing!

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If you want to learn more about how to get the best pictures out of your own fishing photography, check out our fishing photography guide, which has all you’ll need to get started or learn more about the art of snapping!