River Fly Fishing International 2012

River Tay,  Scotland June 2012

Wales were convincing winners on a high and coloured River Tay.

The Tay catchment area had missed the worst of the rain that caused flooding in many parts of the UK but overnight on Thursday it rained constantly. By Friday morning the Tay was up 18 inches and had taken on a fair bit of colour. The rain continued through Friday but the level did not rise further.

Wales took the lead in session one and went on to win sessions two and three and were joint top in session four with Ireland.

The fishing was tough and proved to be a test for all anglers, the high and coloured water stopped all anglers getting to parts of the river which was previously fishable. Wading was tough when it was low due to the sheer force of the river, but with the extra few inches it was almost impossible with anglers wading close to the top of their chest waders to reach at least some fishy looking water.

They had 43 place points by the end of the day, well clear of England with 64. Scotland took third with 66 points and Ireland fourth with 67.

The top four individuals were only separated by one place point and the dominance of the Welsh team was shown here where they took first, third, fourth, fifth and eighth spots.

Top rod was Allen Hughes of Wales with 12 fish and seven place points, which included a haul of seven fish in session four. Phil Dixon of Englan was second with seven fish and either place points and Paul Jenkins of Wales was third with six fish and eight place points.

Pictured above, Allen Hughes, top rod and Kieron Jenkins Welsh team Captain.

The full results can be found here – www.iffa.net

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