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14 anglers fished the Northern Federation’s River Ure qualifier on two Bolton Castle Estates beats at Wensley, North Yorkshire. Despite very heavy rainfall Saturday morning, the river condition was falling and clearing down.
Fred Bainbridge was the overall winner and became the Northern Federation’s River Ure Champion, 2nd Simon Robinson, 3rd Robbie Bell, 4th Dave Hudson, 5th Keith McAdam and 6th Pete Scholes.
Many thanks go to the Bolton Hall Estate for allowing us to fish their superb Wensley Dale river, and to Edd Greenwood for all the help he gave the anglers and myself (organiser Paul Page) to help make the qualifier a success.
Full report: 2013 River Ure Web site report
Full results: 2013 River URE River Qualifier results
Sunday 19th May
Alan Tonge reports that the Southern Fly Fishers enjoyed a fantastic day for fishing with the fish hard on the feed. A lot of overwintered, hard fighting fish were caught. This was the first time they tried a split Catch & Kill/Catch & Release format and it seemed to work well. Conditions were bright with a slight breeze which allowed a lot of floating line use. The majority of the fish were close in to the banks with Wick and Herons being the productive areas.
1st Dale Burgess (12 fish) 43-0-0
2nd Mark Withyman (12 fish) 42-5-0
3rd Mark Miles (12 fish) 42-1-0
4th Martin Burgess (12 fish) 41-15-0
5th Gary Haskins (12 fish) 41-5-0
Full Results: chewresultstestbw
1. Scotland (63 fish) 127-14-0
2. England (42 fish) 79-8-8
3. Wales (32 fish) 61-11-8
Best Basket: Peter Auchterlonie (Scotland) 9 fish for 20-5-0
Heaviest Trout: Richard Hooper (Wales) 3-3-0
Irish best basket: Francis McSharry 6 fish for 13-8-8
Scottish best basket: Peter Auchterlonie 9 fish for 20-5-0
Welsh best basket: Jason Heath 4 fish for 9-2-8
Full Results: iffa2013spring
Some practice days had seen strong winds, which did not help the fishing, but conditions improved with a moderate SSE the day before the match, which saw most teams do rather better. On match day, however, the wind swung round to a chilly NNE. Scotland nevertheless sealed a convincing victory, taking the top three individual spots. Overcast conditions saw the wind drop to a good nymphing speed, encouraging some competitors to take off the DI3 they went out on, to switch to the floater or midge-tip. Birds were active as a few areas saw heavy hatches of green midge, with fish holing up in tight pockets near the bank. Hook Straight saw the most boats, but Ferry Point and Monty’s Seat was also popular. The following represented Team England FF:
Richard Slater (captain), John Ball, Robert Barden, Paul Canning, Andy Croucher, Steve Cullen, Harry Fox, John Hardy, John Horsey, Simon Kidd, Paul Lee, Denis Symonds, Roger Truscott & John Tyzack, with Clive Collier (manager). Our congratulations to Scotland, and our thanks to Bewl Water management for providing such a fair venue, and to the Mercury Tunbridge Wells hotel, Pembury, for their hospitality.
(Images courtesy of Cliff Waters of Fishypics. Our thanks also go to photographer Alan Ward, and Andy Ford from Sky TV’s Tightlines, who also covered the event. Catch their online videos and podcasts here)
Following a number of recent issues which had been raised and considered by TEFFIC our Loch Style Manager Martin Introna has decided that for personal reasons and in the best interests of our Teams that the best option was to resign as Loch Style Manager.
I’m sure you will join me in thanking Martin for all his work to date and wish him all the best for the future.
Chairman Team England Fly Fishing
The Federation of Peninsular Flyfishers held their annual qualifier, sponsored by Snowbee UK, Plymouth, in the beautiful setting of Blagdon Lake, Somerset. This year’s event took place in near perfect conditions, with overcast conditions and fairly light winds, if a little cold. With the lightish winds most anglers went out with floating lines and imitative flies as the fish were feeding on buzzers. Dave Grove, who was determined to catch all his fish on dries, managed to get his limit but not until late in the afternoon. The top bag on the day went to Cornish angler Paul Jones, a former winner of this competition, with 8 fish for a total bag weight of 28lbs 14ozs, which included a rainbow of 4lbs 1oz. Paul caught his fish using sinking lines and pulling tactics, after finding that this was the better method in practice. He won the Snowbee perpetual trophy and tackle from Snowbee UK. The quality of fishing at Blagdon has to be experienced to be appreciated. The rod average for this event was an astounding 7.7 fish per angler, with an average weight of 2lbs 9ozs. The total catch included 8 over 4lbs and 28 over 3lbs, and all fit, fighting rainbow trout, and for this Bristol Water should be congratulated.
Full Results: Blagdon 2013 Results Summary
Phil Dixon (Captain); Glen Appleby; Howard Croston; Rob Frame; Tim Gilchrist (Reserve); Gordon Swain; Andy Taylor; and Alan Jenkins (Manager).
Westlow Mere, in conjunction with Coppenhall and Congleton Flyfishers, are holding a Charity Fishing Match on Sunday 19th May, in aid of Cancer Research UK. As well as the John Pass Cancer Research Trophy, there is a very generous prize list, including fly fishing tackle from Scierra worth £250, free fly fishing at a range of top class venues, plus vouchers for tackle, furniture, meals and accommodation from local hotels. Lunch break and refreshments available. Entrance Fee £25
Full Details: Westlow Mere Charity Event 2013
Tony Pawson was a much-loved sportsman. He had played football and cricket at the highest level, but it is for his contribution to fly-fishing for trout he was best known. In 1984 I qualified for England to fish in Spain along with Tony, he was elected captain. Tony was the perfect gentleman but also had a very competitive streak. It was clear to me England had the right captain in Tony. We were to fish the River Tormes in Salamanca. Going to Spain a week before the competition day gave us time to practise, the river was running high from flood. Instead of the usual dry fly method, Tony and the team opted to use slow sink lines and traditional English fly patterns such as the Black & Peacock Spider. Casting to the centre of the river and allowing the current to swing the flies into your downstream bank and slow figure-of-eight retrieve. We stuck to Tony’s decision and it worked. Tony won the whole event. Tony was the new World Fly Fishing individual champion and we as his team were a close runner up as second. So it was gold for Tony and silver for the team. Tony was presented with the largest cup trophy I had ever seen. It even had its own seat on the plane coming home. In 1987 he was the main organiser along with David Swatland in hosting the World Fly-fishing Championships in England. Results, England won gold on Grafham, Rutland and the River Test. Individuals, first, second, third, fourth, and sixth, missing one place only for a clean sweep. The best ever organised Championships. Finally Tony took the same team to Tasmania in 1988 where the terrain on the central plateau was tough. Tony’s team did it again managed by the late Geoff Clarkson. England won yet again. Tony also started the Commonwealth championships where it has grown from strength to strength with India hoping to compete next year. Tony brought joy to many people raising funds for charities and was always great to be around. A great legend and will be sadly missed.
It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Mike Childs, a great angler who gave so much of his life to representing his country and organising the international fly competitions for seniors and juniors. Mike was central to the England International and World squads for many years and became a very successful team manager. In particular he developed close relationships with other European angling organisations arranging many exchange trips for the senior and youth teams and served as President of the International Fly Fishing Association. Latterly he was the President of the England Youth Fly Fishing Association and gave many years to supporting the younger generation of anglers through national and international competitions. Mike will be sadly missed by so many anglers across the world and our thoughts are with his wife Valerie.