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.


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


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


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 :

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 Fly Fishing International

Now all the regional finals have been fished we have a full list of teams who have qualified for the Anglian Water Airflo International 2012. Teams from all around Europe have competed, all for the chance of being crowned AWAI Champions.

Blagdon FF Cortland
Hanningfield Rio Masters
Change Fly Fishers ‘A’
Iain Barr Fly Fishing
Sheltland Anglers
Change Fly Fishers ‘B’
Leslie & Glenrothes AC
Stocks Falcons
Margam Fly Fishers
Team Airflo
Flextec Emerald Islanders
Neilston Fly Fishers
Thalassa AC
Froggies Fly Fishers
Weardale Fly Fishers
G Loomis Team Belgium
OTFA (Kirkwall)
Welsh Crunchers
Greenwell Persuaders ‘A’ Peninsula Pirates

As the one and only sponsors of this competition, Fishtec are offering great fly fishing tackle prizes such as rods, reels and fly lines. We’d like to wish all the teams competing good luck and hope to see you and the prestigious Anglian Water Airflo International Final at Rutland Water.

Anglian Water Final 2011 Results

Fishtec/PSM/Celtic League Team results Round 4

The fourth Fishtec League match was again tough like the previous. High winds and bright sunshine put the fish off the feed and the fishing took anglers by surprise. With not much fly activity the fish were hard to locate and coming across a couple was like winning the lottery.

Team Results and overall position so far:

Top team of the day was Margam with an impressive overall total of just 32 points. The majority of the team used the original 3ft airflo supple impact mini tips, with a team of nymphs suspended by a small booby or blob. Fish fell early on to the booby but with both boat and angling pressure fish instantly became weary and the nymphs seemed to out fish anything.

Fishtec/PSM/Celtic Individual results Comp 4

The Fishtec League match was fished on Sunday 22nd July, It was tough to say the least! Most boats headed to the top of the lake to find the recently introduced stocked fish. After an hour or two the boats dispersed pretty rapidly as reports of only one fish was caught. Bright sunshine and High winds usually knocks the feeding habits of the fish and they become tough not only to locate, but catch. It seems to be a reoccurring theme with these league matching becoming harder, but this time the weather had an effect on everyone.

Individual results comp 4

Overall results so far from four matches:

Top rod of the day went to Welsh Hawk’s angler and former World Champion Russell Owen who took 7 fish by 3pm on an extremely tough day. It seems a couple of the Nymphomaniac boys where using the new sink tips lines from Airflo the ridge supple impact mini tips, a floating line with six feet of slow intermediate fly line on the end. Second place went to Matthew Griffiths who mentioned the new mini tips from Airflo helped him take five of his fish when others weren’t catching.

Best flies for the day seemed to be  diawl bachs, in a range of sizes suspended by a cat booby, fished as the washing line technique.

Fishtec/PSM/Celtic League Team results Round 3

The third Fishtec League match turned out to be tougher than expect, near perfect conditions from the off quickly deteriorated with bright sunshine and 15mph winds quickly setting in. Many anglers struggled from the off until the weather broke and cloud cover made its way in at around 3pm. Fish started to rise and flies in or on the surface were what most anglers fished.

Team Results and overall position so far:

Top team of the day, Snatchers, caught an impressive 60+ fish to secure 54 place points. (see column ‘comp 3‘). Fish are now more spread out on the lake and can be found further and further from the shore each day as fish travel across the lake in search of food. Top anglers on the day all fished Airflo Sixth Sense intermediate lines in a range of densities with many angler catching on the new Mid-Glass. Boobies and blobs seemed to provoke most action, with a few anglers taking fish on dry flies later on in the day.

Individual Final – Rutland Water

Over the last two years the top 10% of anglers from each Airflo Anglian water round have been invited to  participate in the Anglian Water Airflo Individual Final held at Grafham Water. Saturday 19th May saw forty anglers take to the water in what could only be described as perfect fishing conditions, overcast with some light rain.

The boats headed off into the usual haunts such as Hedge end, deep water point and the odd one which split from the pack to the south west corner of the lake.

Many anglers took their 8 fish impressively quick, with the quickest going to Rob Edmunds who landed his 8 before 11am!

Results are as followed – (will upload the rest if interested asap)

1. Jos Peeters 8 fish for 25lb 7oz (inc bonus)
2. Martin Williams 8 fish 23lb 13oz
3. Rob Edmunds 8 fish for 22lb 10oz
4. Phil Longstaff 8 fish for 21lb 9oz
5. Graham Pearson 8 fish for 21lb 2oz
6. Tom Gott 8 fish for 21lb 2oz
7. Steve Cullen 8 fish for 21.0oz
8. Craig Smith 8 fish for 19lb 0oz
9. Craig Gimblett8 fish for 17lb 9oz
10. Peter Scholes 8 fish for 17lb 9oz

The top rod of the day went to Jos Peeters who took 8 fish for 25lb 7oz and the biggest fish went to Martin Williams – 5lb 2oz. Forty anglers took a very satisfying 211 fish to give a rod average of just over 5.5. Top angler, Jos, took his winning bag using an Airflo sweep di 5 fly line and a single tequila blob.

Average fish weight: 2lb 25/8oz
Average bag weight: 12lb 01/5oz

Late March/April Qualifiers

With the Airflo World Bank Masters Individual Competition off to a flyer, the number of qualifiers for the final is rising by the day. Following the previous 23 people, a further 24 have qualified in the past month, to secure place within the Final which is to be held at Elinor, 20th May. Well done to all and good luck in the final!

Aldin Grange – 18/03/12

This heat was fished with clear skies and crystal clear water. Lures took the early fish with small buzzers and even dries fished on fine tippet material taking fish in the later sessions. Former England International Andrew Scott took 1st place to qualify for the final with 9 fish

Woodford – 18/03/12

Darren Haggan romped away with the Woodford heat with 17 fish. Lures working well early on then a more imitative approach later saw Darren win by 11 clear fish. Harry McAteer (snr) came 2nd with 6 fish.

Selmuir Fishery – 18/03/12

Alec Bowler and Andy Dunn both caught 10 fish at Selmuir to qualify for the final with Alec pipping Andy on the points system. Slow deep lures was the approach here as fished stayed deep in the cold conditions. Several double figure fish were caught and safely returned.

Elinor – 25/03/12

46 people fished this heat making it the biggest in the competition. Bright sun and calm winds made it a difficult day as the fish moved to the deeper water. Elinor is prolific for buzzers and damsels and this proved the case on the day.

Harvey Mobbs in his first ever competition won it with 7 fish, taking most on buzzers fished static. His fishing partner, Adam West coming 2nd with 6 fish, also his first ever competition. My dad made an appearance and came in 5th ensuring a ‘Barr’ will be fishing the final, again buzzers and damsels taking his 6 fish haul. Top 9 qualifiers were

Harvey Mobbs, Adam West, Brad Gifford, Roy Swinfield, Bob Barr, Ian Pow, Tim Joyce, Matthew Tuck, Geoff Makin

Glen of Rothes – 01/04/12

Stuart Montgomery won this heat with 11 fish despite Paul Sharp also qualifying in 2nd with 12 fish. The fair scoring system ensured Stuart came out on top for a slightly better consistent catch rate across the pegs.

Markle Fishery –

 This was fished in bright and very cold conditions. Neil Barrett coming out on top with 5 fish and reaching the final.

Treetops – 15/04/12

Rob Allen, Chester had 3 fish all caught on cats whisker one from Loch pool and two from Badgers Sett pool.

Godfrey Hulse, Frodsham killed 3 fish totalling 7lbs 11ozs and returned 3 fish, his best 3lbs 9ozs caught on a damsel from twin islands pool.

Eric Croft, Bromborough, killed 3 fish weighing 7lbs 3ozs caught on cats whisker from the loch pool

David Hoppe, Walsall killed 3 fish weighing 6lbs 14ozs and returned 2 fish

David Chamberlain, Holywell killed 3 fish the best weighing 2lbs 4 ozs from twin islands pool on a damsel and returned 2 fish

All others caught fish, the eighth Phil Jones, Caergwrle, caught one fish and returned it.

Garnffrwd 22/04/12

Fishing on Garnfrwdd seemed to pick up throughout the day, with anglers who were struggling taking fish late on as the weather broke. Garry Cullen took 13 fish to land first place closely followed by Chris Jones, also taking 13 fish to net second. Most fish were caught using fast intermediate fly lines and lures. Trevor Davies took the best fish of the day, which was said to be over 6lb.