Summer Catch Competition Shortlist

Fishtec Summer Catch Competition - Top prize blog

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

Fishtec Summer Catch Competition - Top prize blog

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!

Enter The Fishtec Fishing Photography Competition

Many anglers spend time on the bank taking photographs while they’re waiting for action. We want to see your pictures! Landscapes, birds, insects or other animals – or even brilliant shots of your mates while they’re waiting with you.

We love catch photography, but this isn’t a ‘grip and grin’ competition; we’re interested in what you snap before you land your catch!

Submit your best pictures taken from the waterside to be in with a chance of winning a TF Gear Hardcore all-rounder bag – the ideal bag for holding your camera gear as well as your fishing tackle! The picture with the best rating by February 8th will win.

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The TFG HC Allrounder bag – ideal for tackle and cameras!

The competition is now closed!

You can see the shortlisted entries in the competition gallery

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 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.

Copyright
6. 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
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 Classic 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. 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.

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

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

Voting
14. Only one vote per person per image 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.

20. 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
21. The prize for this competition is a TFG HC Allrounder bag as shown at the page here

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

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

WIN £100 To Spend With Fishtec

Fishtec survey Oct 2015
Want to win £100 worth of new fishing tackle? Simply complete our survey below to enter our free prize draw.

We’re doing a lot of work at the moment, on understanding what is happening in the world of fishing. The only way we can do this is with your help!

This survey will take less than 5 minutes, and your answers will help us create more interesting fishing articles, blogs and news headlines, plus help us identify what anglers really want.

Closing date: Midnight, 1st November 2015

Reading on a mobile? Take the survey here.

Terms and Conditions

By entering this free prize draw, 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 prize draw information, Fishtec shall be entitled at its sole discretion to disqualify such entrant, without any further liability to such entrant.

The closing date for this competition is Midnight, 1st November 2015.

The winner will be notified by email, within 30 days of the closing date.

The entrant must complete the survey by answering all of the questions and provide a valid email address to enter the prize draw.

The survey data provided will be used to create Fishtec content.

Email addresses will be used to notify the winner, and may occasionally be used for notifying the entrant of future promotions by BVG Airflo Group Limited.

Your details will not be shared with or sold to any third party companies.

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 may exercise its sole discretion to use the winner’s name for future promotional, marketing and publicity purposes in any media worldwide without notice or without any fee being paid.

This competition is not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of Fishtec.

The prize is comprised of up to £100 worth of products from Fishtec.co.uk.

No cash alternative for the prizes stated is offered.

Only one entry per person is permitted.

The winner will be chosen at random by Fishtec.

The judges’ decision will be final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

Winners will be notified by email. If winners fail to reply within 48 hours, Fishtec reserves the right to pick another winner.

Best of the worst catch competition pictures

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Image source: Minerva Studio/ Shutterstock
Fishing that fails

You’ve been sending in some fantastic entries to the Classic Catch competition, and we’ve given you loads of hints and tips for taking the best picture of your prize catch.

Even though some of the pictures entered aren’t quite what we’d call pro-quality, they’ve given us at Fishtec a laugh, so we wanted to share our favourites with you.

Which do you like best? Make your vote, and the picture with the most votes will win a small prize (think of it as an angler’s wooden spoon…).

Look at these four delights, then choose your favourite at the bottom of the page.

Dan Dice's Bewl Water blue trout

Ian Swindlehurst with his catch!

Dan Dice's Bewl Water blue trout

Richard James’ 10 1/2 pound sturgeon at Kingsnordley Farm Quatt, Shropshire

Dan Dice's Bewl Water blue trout

Dan Dice’s Bewl Water blue trout

Dan Dice's Bewl Water blue trout

Rob Bending’s wild river Tawe brownie / Klink & dink in low water.

Make your choice…

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Winning The 2015 Bob Church Classic – Iain Barr

Anglian water’s Grafham hosted the 28th Bob Church Champion of Champions competition on 27th September. A strong field of 96 anglers from the UK, Norway, Belgium and for the first time Poland, were invited to compete for this FA Cup of Fly Fishing.

Iain with a cracking king Grafham rainbow.

Iain with a cracking king Grafham rainbow.

Conditions were near perfect albeit a little bright but that hasn’t affected the fish on Grafham this year as they remain high in the water.

My game plan was to target bigger fish feeding on shrimp in the margins and stay away from the fleet of boats that were targeting smaller fish in the open water near the Dam and Willows.

Having practiced 2 days before I had taken some belting fish to 5lb in just 3 foot of water in the sailing club bay to sludge point near Gaynes Cove.I couldn’t believe my luck when all boats went racing by leaving the whole shoreline to myself! Surely people had found these fish but I felt the good head of fish at the dam had sucked them in. These big fish were by no means easy but I felt with less boat pressure and the sheer average size would give me the advantage over the 8 hour match.

The killer shrimp fly pattern

The killer shrimp fly pattern

It wasn’t long before my partner, Andy Axon was into a 3lb 8oz rainbow as it tore in to a shrimp pattern I had given him in the sailing club bay. He’s relatively new to this game but mad keen so I recommended he change his set up and switch to a floating line and a Candy Blob and Shrimps which I duly gave him. I have got him on 8lb G3 fluorocarbon and it didn’t let us down! He was also using the new Airflo Blitz fly fishing rod which I had recommended him. We were like twins! Same rods, lines, tippet and flies!

It was a slow start but after 11 o’clock they started to come steadily to the shrimp and blob. As we were in shallow water the trick was to short line as if we were dry fishing so we didn’t disturb too much water and ‘line’ the fish.

By 1230 we had our 4 better fish, Andy actually taking a 5-2 lead at one point! He executed the hang perfectly and this was the trick as most come close to the boat. This included over 6.5lb of fish in a crazy double up that saw the boat beached in the reeds and me reaching over Andy to net his 2nd fish on the point! Great angling Andy!

A candy blob fly

A candy blob fly

A move to open water saw me take another 6, fishing two Candys and Crunchers in the middle, still on the floating line, all but 1 taking the blobs and a coral booby as I was targeting Daphnia feeders.

A fine Grafham brownie

Cracking brown caught on the Airflo blitz rod and a shrimp at the bob church classic

With just 20 mins fishing time left and sat on 10 fish we had one last drift near sludge going in to Gaynes Cove. In a crazy spell I took 6 all over 3lb in the last 20 minutes short lining the floating line with 3 shrimps and the candy blob. Andy took a 6th on a claret bits. The perfect day was complete!

Was 16 enough…. as I had heard of 9s and 10’s when I was sat on 4 fish? The weigh in soon revealed that 16 was the winning margin and with 4 fish for near 14lb I had the best fish too of 4lb 10 with a 14lb clear margin to 2nd place which went to Ray Maylon with 12.

It's great when a plan comes together...Result!

It’s great when a plan comes together…Result!

It’s good when a plan comes together but teamed with the right flies and the right kit for the job, it makes a tough task a little easier.

Tightlines, Iain Barr.