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2013 Rivers qualifier
Saturday 25th May - River Teign, Fingle Bridge
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2013 Loch-style qualifier
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
2012 Rivers qualifier
Saturday 12th May
The regional qualifying round of the rivers competition that ultimately decides who will represent England in International events was held on the 12th May at Fingle Bridge on the River Teign. The Peninsula Federation organizes this annual event and it was attended by anglers from all over the country.
The winner of the Snowbee Perpetual trophy was local angler Alex Bobba from Cullompton, who caught 18 trout in only 31/2 hours of fishing in the morning session. The top anglers will now go on to the National Final to be held on The River Dart in July where the top 5 anglers will represent England. The overall winner of the morning and afternoon sessions was John Tyzack from Stockport.
2012 Loch-style qualifier
Sunday 29th April, Blagdon
The majority of the competitors came from around this region. The second & third placed anglers are local and the winner of the from the region was Simon Kidd from Plymouth and is pictured with the hand carved perpetual trophy donated by Snowbee UK from Plymouth. Heaviest bag on the day John Tyzack with his 7lb 7oz rainbow
Perpetual trophy winner Simon Kidd from Plymouth
Peninsula National Loch Style Qualifier 2011
The annual qualifier that decides who goes on to the National Final and is Sponsored by Snowbee UK from Plymouth, was held in the beautiful setting of Blagdon Lake in Somerset on Sunday 1st May. Loch Style fishing is in boats that have 2 anglers and drift freely with the wind, which in this case was a strong easterly blowing right down the lake and made a lot of the lake unfishable by boat.
The field this year was particularly strong and included 2 World Team members, 2 Commonwealth Team members, 3 European Team members and 9 International Team members, 1 of which is the ‘Brown Bowl’ winner. This is the trophy presented to the top angler in the Home Countries International events.
The fishing has been outstanding at Blagdon of late but has become increasingly difficult. This was made more difficult by the strong wind on the day. There were several areas of the lake that were holding good numbers of fish but the key area was Home Bay and this held most of the boats all day. Even with the strong wind the most successful method was with a floating line and a team of ‘buzzers’. The winner, Denis Symonds from Launceston in Cornwall, used this to catch most of his fish and later in the day switched to a sinking line and 2 lures to catch 2 more of his 7 fish bag. In second place was Roger Truscott from Liskeard Cornwall, Roger and Denis were boat partners and shared information during the day to catch 13 fish in very difficult circumstances, where the rod average was only 1.9 fish per angler.
The top anglers will now go on to fish the National Final to be held at Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire in September.
Denis Symonds Launceston 7fish for 15lbs 12ozs
Roger Truscott Liskeard 6 fish for 12lbs 0zs
Peter Kempton Exeter 6 fish for 11lbs 12ozs
Rivers 14th May River Teign, this heat is also full
Results of the 2011 Rivers Qualifier
The regional qualifying round of the Rivers competition that ultimately decides who will represent England in International events was held on the 14th May at Fingle Bridge on the River Teign. The Peninsula Federation organizes this annual event and was open to anglers from all over the country.
The conditions were very similar to last year and the anglers found the fishing quite difficult, due again to the low water condition, however there was some exceptionally skilled anglers competing. Two anglers in particular, John Tyzack from Stockport in Cheshire who has won the National Championship 5 times and local angler Lewis Hendrie. Lewis is a former Youth International who has recently been competing at senior level both showed why they are so good by catching double the amount of fish of their nearest rivals.
The quality of fishing on the River Teign, which is a part of the Upper Teign Association water, is outstanding with 135 measurable fish in difficult circumstances, up to 32cm, being caught; each fish is measured and then returned carefully to the water. The details of the size of the fish are then recorded by an independent controller, points being awarded for each fish and the overall length of the fish, these points are then totaled up at the end of the competition.
The winner of the Snowbee Perpetual trophy was local angler Lewis Hendrie, who caught 19 trout in only 31/2 hours of fishing. The top anglers will now go on to the National Final to be held at Llangollen on the Dee in August where the top 5 anglers will represent England.
Snowbee UK Ltd again provided sponsorship for the competition with prizes and the perpetual trophy and the Sales and Marketing Manager Simon Kidd competed and caught the longest fish, a 32cm beautifully conditioned Brown Trout also finishing 2nd postion in the afternoon session.
Below: Winner Lewis Hendrie from Exford, near Tiverton, with the Snowbee Perpetual Trophy and the prizes presented by Snowbee UK. Lewis caught his fish by using 2 small ‘nymphs’ and letting the current drift them along, he also used a single dry fly when the fish were particularly difficult.
All of the qualifiers.