2020 Rivers National & Qualifiers


The two re-scheduled River Dee qualifiers are now on sale on the booking site at: www.anglingtrustevents.net/game

Saturday January 18th 2020 – River Dee, Llangollen (LMAA Water)

Saturday June 20th 2020 – River Dee, Llangollen (LMAA Water)


The 2019-2020 Rivers Qualifiers sees the move to Online Entry via the AT TEFF Booking System.

Online Entry is now open!

Please read all details for your relevant qualifier entry for timings and admin requirements.

November 2019

Sunday 3rd November – South East FF Federation – Lower Itchen fishery (Official Practice: Saturday 2nd November) – Organiser: Tony Fox – Results: 1. Mike Heritage 2. Sean Brooks 3. Jim Dillon 4. Cameron Craigs 5. Mark Thomas 6. Jay Curry – Full Results: Lower Itchen qualifier results 3-11-19

January 2020

Saturday 18th January – R.Dee, Llangollen – Llangollen & Maelor AA water – Organiser: Carl Nixon – Matchmanflies@gmail.com – Final Practice: 11th January – Online Entry (closing date: 23:59pm 8th January): https://www.anglingtrustevents.net/e/327/river-dee-jan

February 2020

Sunday 2nd February – R.Test, Wherwell – Organiser: Baz Reece – bazreece@aol.com – Online Entry (closing date: 23:59pm 27th January): https://www.anglingtrustevents.net/e/295/qualifier-4-river-test-wherwell

April 2020

Sunday 26th April – R.Ure, Bolton Estates – Online Entry opens TBC – Organiser: Paul Page – ventonpage@gmail.com – Online Entry: https://www.anglingtrustevents.net/e/296/qualifier-5-river-ure-bolton-estate

June 2020

Saturday 20th June – R.Dee, Llangollen – Llangollen & Maelor AA water – Organiser: Carl Nixon – Matchmanflies@gmail.com – Final Practice: No date as coarse season is closed March 15th – Online Entry (closing date: 23:59pm 6th June): https://www.anglingtrustevents.net/e/328/river-dee-june

2020 Rivers National Final

River Ebbw – Saturday 8th-Sunday 9th August

All details for the National Final will be published once all the beats and timings are finalised.

Carl Nixon

AT TEFF Rivers National Co-ordinator

AT TEFF Rivers Qualifiers & National Final 2019-2020 document: Document (6)

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AT TEFF Lower Itchen Rivers Qualifier

AT TEFF River Qualifier Sunday 3rd November 2019, Lower Itchen Fishery

Twenty-four anglers fished the “first” river qualifier of the 2019/20 season on the Lower Itchen Fishery after heavy rain put paid to the original first qualifier on the Welsh Dee. Once again the recent rains affected this match as the river was both high and coloured on the day of the competition. Despite the tricky fishing conditions the fish were willing to feed and the twenty-four anglers caught 75 fish, with only one fish splitting the two fishing sessions with 37 fish caught in the morning and 38 in the afternoon.
It was the morning session where the overall winner came from with Mike Heritage catching 14 fish! Runner-up was Sean Brooks who won the afternoon session with seven fish just beating Jim Dillon who also had seven fish. Fourth place was taken by Cameron Craigs who took seven fish in the morning session.
Mike Heritage and John Bowen both caught fish of 46cm to take the longest fish prize!
AT TEFF would like to thank the Lower Itchen Fishery for hosting this qualifier and Tony Fox for running the day.
Results: 1. Mike Heritage 2. Sean Brooks 3. Jim Dillon 4. Cameron Craigs 5. Mark Thomas 6. Jay Curry.

Full Results: Lower Itchen qualifier results 3-11-19

The fourth river qualifier is on the River Test at Wherwell on the 2nd February 2020. To book onto this and any of the other game angling qualifiers then go to www.anglingtrustevents.net/game
The rain affected Dee qualifiers will be rearranged – dates to be confirmed.

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39th 2019 FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship, Tasmania

30th November – 8th December, State of Tasmania, Australia

The competition will be held over five days, one session per day, to enable sessions to be staged at the optimal fishing time for each day (e.g. to coincide with anticipated Mayfly hatches) and to enable a more relaxed programme.

There will be no official practice, instead the whole of Tasmania’s inland lakes and rivers (except those in use for the competition) will be available for practice, at no extra charge, for as long as is required.

Draft Programme

Saturday 30th November: Check-in, Team Captains event briefing, Opening Parade & Opening Dinner

Sunday 1st December: Team practice on any waters other than the competition sectors

Monday 2nd December: Competition Session 1 – Lake & River

Tuesday 3rd December: Competition Session 2 – Lake & River

Wednesday 4th December: Competition Session 3 – Lake & River

Thursday 5th December: Competition Session 4 – Lake & River

Friday 6th December: Competition Session 5 – Lake & River

Saturday 7th December: Conservation Symposium, Medal Presentation, Gala Dinner & Prizes Presentation

Competition Sectors

Sector 1: Penstock Lagoon – Lake Boat Fishing

Sector 2: Meander River – River Fishing (wading)

Sector 3: Woods Lake – Lake Boat Fishing

Sector 4: Mersey River – River Fishing (wading)

Sector 5: Little Pine Lagoon – Lake Boat Fishing

You can find out more about this event on the official website here>>, and on their Facebook page here>>

Howard Croston, Tony Baldwin, Lee Bartlett, Steve Cullen, Mike Dixon & Bernie Maher

AT TEFF will be represented by Howard Croston (captain), Tony Baldwin, Lee Bartlett, Steve Cullen, Mike Dixon & Bernie Maher (reserve)

Howard Croston commentedI have always been very proud to represent England as a competitor and am relishing the challenge of also taking on the role of fishing captain/manager for Tasmania, as with any WFFC it will be fiercely contested and down to the finest of margins. The host nation has made exceptional progress over the last few years in all aspects and will be favourites on their home waters along with the likely suspects of the top European teams and the constantly improving USA. That being said England’s strengths lie in boat fishing and this year’s format should suit our skill set well. We have a motivated team of skilled anglers, all bringing something different to the table that should hopefully let us push for a medal at this event.”

Ben Thompson of the Angling Trust said “Howard brings a wealth of experience and we have no doubt that the team are in the best possible hands. We have high hopes that under Howard’s leadership the team can head to Tasmania and compete for medals and we wish Howard, Lee and the squad the very best of luck.”

Veniard Support The AT TEFF World Fly Fishing Team

The AT TEFF team, who will be competing in the World Fly Fishing Championships in Tasmania later this year, have been given huge helping hand courtesy of Veniard.
The English company, one the oldest fly tying brands in the UK, have put together a massive box of fly tying materials in order to give the team all their fly tying supplies ready for the event.
Everything has been covered to ensure that the team has all the necessary materials to hand, from hooks to hair and everything in between. Veniard has supplied the lot and in big numbers so that the team don’t run low on all the essentials.
The bumper package has even been shipped over for the team with all documentation done and dusted by the fly tying wholesaler.
The World Fly Fishing Championships run from 30th November – 8th December in State of Tasmania, Australia. The competition will be held over five days, one session per day, to enable sessions to be staged at the optimal fishing time for each day.
AT TEFF will be represented by Howard Croston (captain/manager), Tony Baldwin, Lee Bartlett, Steve Cullen, Mike Dixon & Bernie Maher (reserve).

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AT TEFF Siblyback Bank Qualifier

AT-TEFF Bank Qualifier 3rd November 2019 at Siblyback Lake, Cornwall.

The South West Lakes Trust, Siblyback Lake hosted this weekend’s AT-TEFF Bank Qualifier. A light westerly wind and bright skies greeted the eight anglers competing for a place in the southern semi-final.
Burrator regular Nik Tompkins was first to catch just six minutes into the competition with three other anglers also taking their first fish within the first hour. However, as the morning progressed the action slowed down and after lunch the weather deteriorated with a strong north-westerly wind and torrential rain, making for very uncomfortable fishing conditions.
All eight anglers managed to catch with many fish lost during the match, however it was Nik Tompkins who continued his fine start who took first place. Nik caught six fish giving him 11 points. Second with five place points, catching three fish, was Mick Dodkins, a Siblyback regular. Ron Howard, travelling all the way from Chepstow to fish the qualifier, was rewarded with third position with four points with another local Siblyback regular, Ron Wilday, Chairman of Siblyback Fly Fishing, taking fourth position, also with four points. The timing of the first fish caught separated these two anglers.
It was a very bedraggled, wet and windswept bunch of anglers in the lecture room at the fishery for the results at the end of the match!
The AT-TEFF would like to thank Siblyback Lake for hosting this qualifier and Derek Aunger for running the event.

West House Trout Lakes (17th Nov) and Barnsfold Trout Fishery (24th Nov) are the next two qualifiers in November. To book on to these or any of the other bank qualifiers then go to the Angling Trust Events website at www.anglingtrustevents.net/game

1st Nik Tompkins 6 fish 11 points
2nd Michael Dodkins 3 fish 5points
3rd Ronald Howard 2 fish 4 points
4th Ronald Wilday 2 fish 4 points

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AT TEFF Fund Raising Auction


To help raise funds for the 2020 AT TEFF World Championship Squad

In August 2020 Angling Trust Team England Fly Fishers will travel to Kussamo in Finland to participate in the World Fly Fishing Championships. The team have arranged a number of fund-raising initiatives to help to meet the costs of competing in the championships. Attached are over 60 items with guide prices ranging from £2 > £500 that will be auctioned off on eBay.

Please have a look through the lots and support the team where you can, full details can be viewed online here: https://tinyurl.com/y5sotkp2

All auction lots will go live from Friday 1st November at 18:00
The lots will be listed on Terry Phillips eBay page here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/ukfishingchamp…

The team would also like to thank the following individuals, companies and organisations who have offered their support;

Upstream Dry Fly – www.upstreamdryfly.com
Famous Fishing – www.famousfishing.co.uk
Thames Water (Walthamstow & Farmoor Fisheries) – https://corporate.thameswater.co.uk/…/great-days-out/fishing
Anglian Water – www.anglianwaterparks.co.uk/fishing
Bristol Water – www.bristolwaterfisheries.com
Rockbourne Trout Fishery – www.rockbournetroutfishery.co.uk
Penrith Angling Association – www.penrithanglers.co.uk
Higham Lakes – www.highamlakes.com
Albury Estate Fishery – www.alburyestatefisheries.co.uk
Carsington Sport & Leisure Ltd. – www.carsingtonwater.com
Ryburn & Halifax Angling Society – www.ryburnandhalifax.com
Thrunton Long Crag Trout Fishery – http://www.thruntontroutfishery.co.uk
Sleningford Watermill – www.sleningfordwatermill.co.uk
Peter Cockwill – www.petercockwill.com
Fly Fish North – www.flyfishnorth.co.uk
The Anglers Lodge – www.anglers-lodge.co.uk
Fulling Mill – www.fullingmill.co.uk
Tungsten Beads Plus – www.tungsten-beads-plus.com
Airflo Fishing – www.airflofishing.com
Phillippa Hake Fly Fishing – www.phillippahakeflyfishing.wordpress.com
Dohiku – www.dohiku.eu
Chatton Trout Fishery – www.chattontroutfishery.co.uk
Ellerdine Lakes Trout Fishery – www.ellerdinelakes.com

Many thanks for your support!

Howard Croston, Harry Fox, Scott Nellins, Mike Dixon, Davey Parker and Terry Phillips (AT TEFF 2020 World Championship Squad)

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AT TEFF Chigborough Bank Qualifier

AT-TEFF Bank Qualifier 26th October 2019 Chigborough Fisheries, Essex.
Fifteen anglers fished the second bank qualifier of the 2019/20 season at Chigborough Fishery in Essex. Bright sunshine with a cold north easterly wind welcomed the anglers after 24 hours of heavy rain the previous day. Many anglers had practiced prior to the event and found the fish high in the water with floating lines and dries, or lures pulled subsurface, being the main line of attack.
The first fish was taken at 9:11 by Sean Brooks and during the course of the match 101 fish were caught for a healthy rod average of seven. Distance was the key on match day as the fish pushed out due to the angling pressure. Tactics varied from Apps Worms pulled on floating lines to the bung at distance.
Top rod on the day was local angler Tim Joyce with 25 fish for 33 points, runner-up was Charlie Abrahams with 15 fish for 21 points, third place was Dave Franklin with 11 fish for 17 points. Gary Morris was fourth with 11 fish for 17 points with Mark Haycock fifth catching 9 fish for 14 points and Ian Watts sixth taking 9 trout for 13 points. The top six now progress to the southern semi-final in March at Elinor Trout Fishery.
The AT-TEFF would like to thank Sam and Paul at Chigborough Fisheries for hosting this qualifier and Lee Cartmail for running the event.
The next bank qualifier is on 3rd November at Siblyback Lake. Entries for this qualifier are now closed.
West House Trout Lakes (17th Nov) and Barnsfold Trout Fishery (24th Nov) are the next two qualifiers in November. To book on to these or any of the other bank qualifiers then go to the Angling Trust Events website at www.anglingtrustevents.net/game

Tim Joyce 25 fish 33 points
Charlie Abrahams 15 fish 21 points
David Franklin 11 fish 17 points
Gary Morris 11 fish 17 points
Mark Haycock 9 fish 14 points
Ian Watts 9 fish 13 point

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2019 Bank Home International, Laios Angling Centre, Ireland

10th Bank Home International, Laios Angling Centre, Co Laios, Ireland, 23rd October

Gold for AT Team England FF !!

  1. England  112 placing pts  40 fish  58cms longest fish  41100 fish pts
  2. Wales  149 placing pts  34 fish  51.3cms longest fish  33900 fish pts
  3. Ireland  155 placing pts  33 fish  54.1cms longest fish  33760 fish pts
  4. Scotland  185 placing pts  22 fish 57.0cms longest fish  22280 fish pts

Individual Results

  1. Andy Taylor, England  12 fish  4 place pts
  2. David Neilson, England  9 fish  9 place pts
  3. Matthew Pate, Wales  7 fish  14 place pts 

Longest Fish: Andy Taylor & Philip Shaw-Browne – 58cms


The 2019 International Bank Fly Fishing Championship took place on Wednesday 23rd October at the Laois Angling Centre, County Laois, Ireland.

The four home nations fielded teams of six anglers, with a travelling reserve and manager to make up the squad of eight. Those representing England had come through the previous year’s qualifiers, semi-finals and final to make the team.
The AT-TEFF team, consisting of Gareth Tilley (Captain) Phil Shaw-Browne, David Neilson, Andy Taylor, Andrew Taylor, Graham Willis, Mark Harrison (Reserve) and manager Paul Page travelled out to Ireland on Saturday and managed to squeeze a few hours practice on the lakes prior to darkness. This short session proved to be a good starting point to the following three days of practice.

Tying and Guinness in the run-up to the event

Top Individual Andy Taylor takes a fish from the main lake in practice

Captain Gareth Tilley nets a fish in practice

David Neilson runner up on match day

The match was fished to full catch and release with barbless hooks to be used throughout. It was to be fished over two, three-hour sessions, AM/PM, with anglers fishing for forty minutes on a peg before moving five pegs, to ensure that they covered the two lakes to be used. Place points were to be used over each session with the overall winner decided by the team which had the lowest points score. The fish were measured by a controller and returned to the water with the length recorded on the angler’s scorecard.

During the practice sessions the teamed developed and refined their flies and techniques. It became clear that distance casting was going to be a major factor as the angling pressure moved the fish out into the middle of both lakes. This impacted on the choice of lines they used with 40+ floaters and slow glass lines being their preferred fly lines. The fish were keen to feed on the surface and just under and again this impacted on their fly choice and tactics. The team over the three days narrowed their tactics down to the slow glass lines and Zonkers, the bung with Shammies and Blobs fished at 3ft and dries with Shipman’s and small F-Flies catching those fish willing to feed late on in the day.

On match day the teams were piped in for a 10am start. As expected, the first two sessions were going to be critical and getting off to a good start was essential. Plenty of fish were taken in the first two moves with only a handful of fish caught in the final two. At the end of morning session England were slightly ahead of the other home nations by just seven place points. A superb lunch was provided by the staff at the Laois Angling Centre before the second session. The afternoon session also got off to a good start with rods bending across both lakes. However, the action soon slowed down, and it was the red hats of England who were now catching consistently as the match drew to its conclusion. The second session score cards were handed in and the results were announced.

In first place with 112 place points were England, Wales were runners-up with 149 place points with Ireland third with 155 place points. Scotland were fourth with 185 place points. England also had three anglers in the top five with Andy Taylor crowned International Bank Champion with 12 fish, with David Neilson runner-up with nine fish and Andrew Taylor fifth with eight fish. Andy Taylor and Phil Shaw-Browne shared the longest fish with both anglers catching a fish of 58cm.
In total 129 fish were caught for a rod average of just over five.

The AT-TEFF bank team would like to thank the Trout Federation of Ireland (TAFI) for organising and running this years international, John and Enda Phelan of the Laois Angling Centre for hosting the competition – the venue and hospitality were first class, the controllers who gave up their day to control the match, the staff and management of the Abbeyleix Hotel which was the base for all the teams, Lee Cartmail and those anglers who supported bonus ball raffles to raise funds for the team and Greys Fly Fishing for the shirts.

Paul Page, England Bank Manager said: “The team started well in practice and kept up the performance in all eight peg rotations, winning by a healthy 37 placing points. This was a tremendous performance and the first ever clean sweep of all trophies.”

Gareth Tilley, England Bank Captain said: “We had a great time representing England, we had a great set of lads in the team and we enjoyed our time as a team in Ireland. The fishing and hospitality at the Laois Angling Centre was first class. I would like to thank Ireland the hosts of the competition who made us feel very welcome. The week was complete when we won gold and took full honours with Andy Taylor as top rod and Andy and Phil Shaw-Browne with the longest fish.”

AT TEFF 2019 Bank International Team


Angling Trust Team England Fly Fishing today wishes success to its Team for the forthcoming 10th Bank International which will be held at the Laios Angling Centre, Coolrain, Co. Laios, Ireland next week.

Team Captain, Gareth Tilley has represented England at the Bank International for the last 2 years and having come 1st and 2nd individually, his track record makes him an excellent choice to captain the team.

The Championship match day will be held on the 23rd October when teams of 6 anglers from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland will compete for the Bank International’s Founders Trophy. This will be the third time that Ireland has hosted the Bank International and the first time at the Laios fishery.

The squad will be led by Manager Paul Page, along with Captain Gareth Tilley; Andy Taylor; Andrew Taylor; Graham Willis; Phil Shaw – Browne; David Neilson and Reserve Mark Harrison.

Manager Paul Page said “I’m looking forward to taking the Team to a new venue in Ireland in October and we have a good mix of skills and experience within the team to understand and develop the tactics and techniques that will be required”

The Bank International squad leave for Holyhead in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Press Release: 2019 Bank International Team press release

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AT TEFF Maran Lakes Bank Qualifier

Sunday 13th October at Maran Lakes trout fishery (Marston Wyse Trout Farm).

Fourteen anglers fished the first bank qualifier of the 2019/20 season at Maran Lakes Trout Fishery. Heavy rain greeted the anglers, and this stayed with them for the duration of the match. On practice days dries and nymphs featured, however the relentless rain soon ruled out any chances of catching fish off the surface.

The first fish was taken at 9:02 by Simon Lee and during the course of the match 100 fish were caught for a healthy rod average of just under 8. Tactics varied from pulling Cat’s Whiskers on intermediate lines, to the bung and twiddling small nymphs.

Top rod on the day was Rob Frame with 15 fish for 22 points, runner-up was Peter Davidson with 12 fish for 18 points, third place was Jim Burtle with 11 fish for 18 points. Colin Fitzjohn was fourth with 9 fish for 14 points with James Stephenson fifth catching 8 fish for 12 points and Brian Davis sixth taking 8 trout for 12 points. The top six now progress to the northern semi- final in March.

The next bank qualifier is on Sunday 27th October at Chigboro Fisheries. To book on to this or any of other bank qualifiers then go to the Angling Trust Events website at www.anglingtrustevents.net/game

Many thanks to Maran Lakes for hosting this qualifier and to Lee Cartmail and the controllers for giving their time to run the day.

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AT TEFF 2019-20 Bank National Qualifiers

The AT TEFF 2019-20 Bank National Qualifiers are live now!

12 qualifying events will be held around the country between October and March. A maximum of 24 rods are available for each event and a minimum of 8 rods are required to constitute a heat.

Fishing fees for each heat will be £17 and are additional to your entry fee. Fishing fees are payable direct to the fishery on the day of the event.

See each individual event on the booking site for event specific details: www.anglingtrustevents.net/game
Rules, briefing & maps available on each event page.

Bank National Coordinator is Lee Cartmail, so please contact Lee for any queries about matches & the AT office for any queries about booking your ticket.

13th Oct 2019 – Maran Lakes (North)
27th Oct 2019 – Chigborough Fishery (South)

3rd Nov 2019 – Siblyback (South)
17th Nov 2019 – West House (North)
24th Nov 2019 – Barnsfold Fishery (North)

1st Dec 2019 – Bessy Beck (North)
8th Dec 2019 – Ellerdine Lakes (South)

19th Jan 2020 – Bank House (North)

2nd Feb 2020 – Westlow Mere (South)
16th Feb 2020 – Blackdyke (South)
23rd Feb 2020 – Press Manor (North)

1st March 2020 – Woolaston Trout Fishery (South)

15th March 2020 – Toft Newton (North Eliminator)
29th March 2020 – Elinor (South Eliminator)

National Final
3rd May 2020 – Chigborough Fishery

36 anglers will compete for the title of National Bank Champion and a place in the 2020 Team England Bank squad.

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2019 AT TEFF Loch-style National Final

Chew Valley Lake, Saturday 28th-Sunday 29th September 2019

(Official Practice Days: Thursday 26th-Friday 27th September)

Day 1 Results (provisional)

100 anglers returned a rod average of 8.3 in overcast & blustery conditions. Great angling!

The top 28 anglers will be selected to represent England in the 2020 Loch-style Home Internationals, with the Spring event being held on Lough Melvin, Ireland, and the Autumn event taking place at Llyn Trawsfynydd, Wales.

2 day Event – 100 rods – Entry by Qualification & Invitation Only
Registration from: 08:30 & Closes 09:00
Briefing Day 1 only: 09.15
Match: 10:00 – 18:00
Organiser: Peter Hartley

Peter Hartley & Bristol Water staff will hold the draw for both days in the lodge at Chew at 6.15pm on Friday. All competitors are welcome to attend.

Ticket price: £99.00, to include hog roast after Day 2.

It is the responsibility of the competitor to ensure they are familiar with the rules of the competition and fishery. Any questions should be raised at the briefing.

  • First 3 fish to be killed (to include one brown trout) and then catch & release with each fish released counting as 2lbs.
  • Any extra brown trout caught in the first 3 will be counted as catch & release fish to be recorded on the scorecard.
  • Barbless or debarbed flies to be used throughout the match. Boobies and FABs allowed.
  • Once on catch & release any bleeding fish to be dispatched, kept in a separate bag, and handed to fishery staff at the weigh-in.
  • Your boat partner will be responsible for monitoring your catch return, and they must sign your match card prior to the weigh-in.
  • You must weigh in with your boat partner – no exceptions.

Event Information: https://www.anglingtrustevents.net/e/185/2019-national-final

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