2014 Rivers National – Report & Results
R. Dee – Llangollen/Maelor waters
1. Mike Heritage 22 fish 1038 fish pts 7 place pts
2. Howard Croston 35 fish 1588 fish pts 8 place pts
3. Andrew Scott 23 fish 1050 fish pts 8 place pts
4. Mike Dixon 19 fish 904 fish pts 11 place pts
5. Simon Robinson 27 fish 1265 fish pts 12 place pts
6. Lewis Hendrie 20 fish 931 fish pts 12 place pts
Organiser Martin Dixon reports: The final was fished in settled conditions after a very dry month. The nature of the Dee meant that the river level was held up, and after a two week close down hopes were high for a good competition.
Over the two days all the four beats produced around 100 measurable fish (over 20 cms). The successful anglers employees a full range of tactics: dries, nymphs, wets, duo and mini-lures were all successful for both trout and grayling.
New National Champion Mike Heritage fished the Golf Course area on Day 1 and the Bathers Beat on Day 2. On the first day he targeted mostly browns, and grayling on the second day.
The team to represent England in the 2015 Home International in Ireland is: Mike Heritage, Howard Croston, Andrew Scott, Mike Dixon, Simon Robinson and Lewis Hendrie.
I am most grateful for the host club, Llangollen Maelor Angling, who welcomed us to their superb waters, and to my main assistance, Mike Mason and Roger Johnson.
Full Results: Results
The National Rivers Final fished on the East Dart and West Dart on Dartmoor was a supercharged event with competitors competing not just between themselves and the fish, but also with the extreme heat and low water!
The length of the beats were considerable and involved long distance walking which in waders was no joke in 27 degrees.
Pre match banter was about it being a very tough match with possibly few fish caught, the actual day proved that wrong and highlighted the quality of the anglers involved, the rod average was 12 which was stunning.
The organisation of the event was superb and my congratulations go to Penisula Federation and all the people involved in organising the event and big thanks to all of the controllers.
My congratulations to the qualifiers, well deserved in such tough conditions.
My excuse was that I fished like a real Plonker!
Report: 2013 Press Release
Full Results: 2013 Rivers National results
More Pictures: Rivers National 2013 Gallery
2013 Rivers National Allocation
The 2013 Rivers National will be held on the River Dart, on the weekend of 13th-14th July 2013. Federation of Peninsular Flyfishers.
Rivers National Organiser Denis Symonds (Peninsular Federation) has announced the allocated number of qualifiers from each federation qualifier.
Numbers of qualifiers from each federation are based on a percentage of their entry as regards the overall entry numbers (98), calculated against the total number of National participants (32). As an example, the North 1 qualifier was fished by 7 anglers. 98 (overall entry numbers) divided by 7 = 14 (7.14%). 32 (number in National) divided by 14, or 7.14%, = 2.29, so 2 anglers qualify for the National from the North 1 qualifier. (Note: Half+ fractions are rounded up.)
2012 Rivers National
Venue: River Dart, 15th July 2012
The Rivers National took place on the upper beats of the East and West Dart (courtesy of the Duchy of Cornwall and the West Country Rivers Trust). Heavy rain and unseasonally low temperatures made practice sessions testing, but on the day the sun shone and the fishing excelled, with a total of 540 measurable fish caught.
The winner, Andy Croucher (Southern Fly Fishers) won each of the four sessions, scoring an unbeatable 4 points. In 2nd and 3rd places were Lewis Hendrie and Alex Bobba (Peninsula Federation), 4th was Andrew Scott (Northern Federation) and 5th Paul Lee (Southern Fly Fishers). The top five go on to represent England in next year’s Home Rivers International against Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Full report 2012 National Rivers Final
2011 Rivers National
Venue: River Dee Wales (Maelor AA Water)
Date: 15th & 16th August.
Vist Maelor AA website
Report by Martin Dixon, Organiser.
The river had taken severe pressure in practice, so that despite a week’s closure and good water conditions the fishing was bound to be more difficult than last year.
This situation seemed likely to favour the local anglers, and this is what happened, with some notable exceptions.
Over the two days a total of 162 fish over 20cms were landed, a rod average of 5+, with grayling, brown trout and sea trout caught and returned unharmed. The largest fish were a 45cms grayling to Tom Gott and a 41cms brown trout by Andy Cliffe.
The results were very close with only 1cm of fish length separating first and second. The qualifiers were:
1st Terry Phillips 11 fish 10 place points
2nd Phil Dixon 9 fish 10 place points
3rd John Tyzack 11 fish 11 place points
4th Tony Baldwin 8 fish 12 place points
5th Mike Dixon 6 fish 12 place points
6th Scott Nellins 6 fish 16 place points (Reserve)
The qualifiers employed a range of tactics. The winner fished nymphs and dries, whereas the Dixon brothers caught all their fish on weighted nymphs. Messrs Tyzack and Baldwin, however, used dry flies throughout.
Many thanks to the Maelor and Llangollen clubs for the use of their excellent waters.