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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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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AT TEFF: Statement Surrounding Issues Raised Prior to the 2019 Loch-style Final

Role of volunteers / organisers

Angling Trust Team England Fly Fishing (AT-TEFF) is empowered by Angling Trust in association with volunteers drawn from the competitive game fishing community, to administer the Team England Loch Style Qualification process. All volunteer roles were advertised and the persons appointed following an interview process. Vacancies are advertised on the AT website – there are currently several available. If you feel you can make a contribution to helping run our events please get in touch with the ATTEFF Secretary.

Venues

Venues for the final have rotated around the major fisheries that have the boat capacity. This rotation has varied based on the International venue for the following year. In 2019 Chew was the chosen venue for the final in order to support Bristol Water after their recent issues. Other venues have been Rutland, Grafham and Bewl. ATTEFF, in an effort to keep angler cost to a minimum, have been proactive in negotiating the best rates for its competitors at these venues. With this in mind ATTEFF will be using Draycote Water for its final in 2020 (with the international being held there in 2021). This venue offers a ‘no kill’ possibility with some fish being measured and recorded prior to release. This alternative has been trialled over the last 2 years and has proven to be popular and a success. Bewl Water has, for now, been discounted, simply because of its move to methods, other than fly fishing. This is under constant review. 

Entry fees

ATTEFF uses all its entry fees to support all its teams. There is no sponsorship and for 2020 the Competition budget is based solely on the revenue accrued from those fees. From this budget AT-TEFF have calculated how much each individual angler can receive in support of him / her representing England. Entry fees for loch style have remained at £30 per heat for several years. From 2020 this will have to rise to £35. Entry to the repechage will increase to £20.

Traditionally there has never been an entry fee for the final. This cost has been calculated based on fishing and boat costs plus an element to cover a meal on day 2 and any other overheads including covering for the attendance by the officials and any extra help required from fishery staff. This has for many years been a fixed fee of £99. In an effort to increase revenue to help our teams, ATTEFF negotiates with fisheries to obtain the best deal possible. This may result in part of the final fee going to the general fund to help our teams. For 2020 a fixed entry fee for the final of £35 plus Fishing/Admin/Subsistence costs is being considered. However, this will, depending on the negotiations with the fisheries, result in a total fishing fee above £99. Every penny raised from entry fees goes to support all the teams.

Catch and release and catch limits

ATTEFF is aware that images of large numbers of dead fish following some matches are no longer acceptable. There is a strong move away from totally kill in all matches to some sort of catch and release or total release. Fisheries are more inclined to offer better price ‘deals’ if less fish are killed. For the 2019 final at Chew negotiation on the catch rules was undertaken commencing around April. The fishery were in agreement that this could be an eight fish kill or C&R of some type. The price agreed for these two options was stated. This was discussed between the Qualifier and National Co-ordinator and the match organiser. He was of the opinion that an 8 fish kill would be better, in that it would be more difficult, though not impossible, for two like-minded anglers to collude and falsify their catch return cards (one of them having possibly caught 8 fish).

Survey

The final decision on catch limits was taken back to Angling Trust and they suggested angler involvement and issued a short survey. It was also felt that this would give a good indication, through the numbers making a reply, how many wished to make their input known. As it turned out around 77% replied which was a good result. AT undertook analysis of the results and declared that, by a majority, the favoured catch / kill was to be 3 fish killed then C&R all day. This opened up discussions, on social media only, around the possibility of some anglers colluding to falsify their catch cards.

Cheating

In reality it is thought the likelihood of any anglers cheating in this manner is very low, however, it is accepted that it is a possibility. The fact that the final is held over 2 days means that any anglers contemplating cheating will more than likely only be able to do this on one of the days anyway. Many options to make cheating impossible have been discussed but it is felt that the only method open to ATTEFF is to have boatmen in every boat. (Though other options will be investigated including the use of technology in future). The use of boatmen in future would add additional costs to the entry fees unless volunteers could be found from amongst unsuccessful anglers from earlier heats. Currently Boatmen in the Internationals are offered £25 per day so entry fees would probably have to rise significantly to cover this.

At this year’s final all efforts will / were made to make constant checks on anglers and their bags throughout the two days.

Hooks

With a move to C&R it is even more important to use de barbed or barbless flies. Anglers were concerned that they would not have enough time to buy or tie a selection of flies on barbless hooks. It is accepted that this is not an option so the organiser will accept flies that have been de barbed or had their barbs flattened. In future it may be worth building up a stock of flies that are tied on barbless hooks. However, we are surprised by the response on this as there are other Competitions that are fished to C&R rules and require barbless or de-barred hooks!

Social Media

ATTEFF are aware that some anglers engage with social media on a regular basis, however these anglers are in the minority but do hold huge influence in the community. ATTEFF as an organisation does not normally reply to social media posts. This does not mean it is not aware of these posts and does take on board what is being said. If anglers have specific concerns, ATTEFF would like to hear from you through normal channels ie email direct to the ATTEFF secretary. Through this channel you will receive a formal reply.

Ideas for 2020

Many suggestions as to how ATTEFF can run heats / nationals in future have been put forward through social media. These range from anglers taking images of fish caught using their mobile phones to the use of boatmen. There are difficulties with both these ideas. The use of boatmen would have to be funded unless 50 volunteers can be found for the final. It would also mean a one day final as it would be totally out of the question to expect boatmen to be around for 2 days. If ATTEFF pay the boatmen then that charge would have to be added to the entry costs and shared by all entrants. Another option would be to make it a condition of entry that those not getting to the final have to become boatmen (a draw being undertaken with a threat that if they do not turn up then they would be prevented from entering the following year). Not something that ATTEFF would wish to do. The use of technology is one option that may be worth pursuing. However, looking at the practicalities – for example it is a wet windy day and the angler has to get his phone out, take a picture of a fish with time stamp using wet slimy hands and then put fish back and phone away. ATTEFF does not see this being a favoured option and not everyone will have a phone with a camera. The images then have to be seen by the officials and analysed  at the weigh-in before the results are made know. This will take more time and delay the results being announced.

If you feel you wish to contribute to any discussions around the points above please email or write to the ATTEFF Secretary – details on the TEFF website.

Sept 2019    

Document: Statement – National final issues

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2019 AT TEFF Loch-style National – Final Results

Full Results: TEFF National Loch Style 2019 – checked and corrected (1)

(NB: These results have now been checked and ratified, and some minor place changes have occurred, but these do not affect the the top 28 places.) 

Pablo Mullings, 2019 National Loch-style Champion

Congratulations to Pablo Mullings the 2019 National Loch-style Champion.

The two day national final was held this weekend at Chew Valley Lake. 100 anglers competed for their place in either the spring or autumn international teams in 2020.
Despite the weather Chew fished well with a rod average of over 8 fish per angler on the Saturday and 3.7 fish per angler on the Sunday.

The top 28 anglers over the two days who now form the teams for next year are:

Pablo Mullings, John Horsey, John Hardy, Paddy Mounter, Tony Baldwin, Graham Currie, Martin Burgess, Paul Calvert, John Pearn, Neil Hodgson, Ben Race, Andy Cottam, Mark Miles, Si Gaines, Peter Crowe, Mark Rose, Tim Wellman, Craig Barr, Sam Bailey, Kim Green, John Hood, Ashley Davis, David Currie, Alex Johnstone, Bart Farmer, Ryan Feber, Paul Sweatman and Terry Phillips.

2nd: John Horsey

Congratulations!

Many thanks to the staff at Chew Valley, Peter Hartley and Chris Bobby for running the two days and undertaking the results and all those anglers who competed.

The Angling Trust reports: The weekend of the 28th/29th September saw 100 anglers take part in the two-day AT TEFF National Loch-Style final at Chew Valley Lake. The anglers were fishing to be part of the two England teams for 2020 having qualified from regional heats and the repêchage earlier in the season. The match was fished over two days on a three fish kill and unlimited catch and release with anglers marking returned fish on their score cards. The final results were based on place points from both days to find the most consistent anglers to form the teams for the Spring and Autumn Internationals in 2020. Therefore, the angler with the lowest place points over the two days would be the National Champion. Those in the top 28 would form the two teams of fourteen anglers for 2020 Internationals.

3rd: John Hardy

Chew had been in exceptional form in the week leading up to the national with both the recent stock fish and the fin-perfect residents Chew is famous for willing to feed. The trout were high in the water and fast and slow glass intermediates, floaters and tips being the preferred choice of lines during practice. Denny Island, the North Shore and the mouth of Herons Green were the hot spots.

On day one of the final the boats split at the start with half the fleet heading to Denny Island the other half to Moreton Bank and Herons Green. It soon became clear that Denny Island and the North Shore were the place to be with anglers catching good numbers of fish in these areas. Fast and slow glass lines along with the Di3 and pulling tactics with Blobs and Cormorants were the most successful tactics. In total 811 fish were caught for a superb rod average of just over eight with the biggest fish to the scales a superb 5lb 3oz fish. Pablo Mullings took first spot with 23 trout followed by local anglers Mark Miles and Tim Wellman with 22 and 19 fish respectively. It was all to fish for on day two.

There were some exceptional fish caught on practice and during the match day

With winds of 40mph forecast for the afternoon of day two anglers were briefed before setting out that restrictions may be put in place for health and safety reasons. At the 10am start the majority of the boats headed to Denny Island and the North Shore which had been so productive on day one. It soon became clear that these fish had switched off and anglers started to search the water for fresh fish. The wind picked up and a restriction was put in place keeping the boats on the south side of the lake. The overnight rain had also affected the fishing and many anglers struggled to catch. However, there were anglers who managed to find catchable fish with some taking eight or nine fish. The rod average on day two was 3.7 showing how tricky the fishing had been in comparison to day one.

The windy conditions forced closure of some parts of the lake on Day two

The 2019 National Champion was Pablo Mullings who caught 32 fish over the two days finishing first on day one and second on day two giving him three place points. Runner-up was local angler John Horsey who again displayed why he is one of the best loch-style anglers in England. John had 23 fish for 16 place points. Third place was taken by John Hardy who caught 21 fish for 19 place points.

The top twenty eight anglers who will now represent England in the Spring or Autumn Home Internationals are: Pablo Mullings, John Horsey, John Hardy, Paddy Mounter, Tony Baldwin, Graham Currie, Martin Burgess, Paul Calvert, John Pearn, Neil Hodgson, Ben Race, Andy Cottam, Mark Miles, Si Gaines, Peter Crowe, Mark Rose, Tim Wellman, Craig Barr, Sam Bailey, Kim Green, John Hood, Ashley Davis, David Currie, Alex Johnstone, Bart Farmer, Ryan Feber, Paul Sweatman and Terry Phillips.

Pablo Mullings, 2019 National Loch Style Champion said: “I am surprised, and also delighted, to have won this year’s national, especially due to the last-minute rule change which nearly impacted on my participation in the competition. Nevertheless, it is a great honour to be fishing for England in next year’s international. This result was made possible by the hard and unconditional work of my team mates, John Hardy, Mark Rose and honorary team member Sean Hanlon. A kind word to Bristol Water for producing a great few days fishing. Tight lines to all, see you next year!”

John Harris, Recreations & Fisheries Manager Bristol Water said: “It was a privilege to be able to host the English National at Chew Valley Lake recently, highlighting the national importance of this water to the competition loch-style fishing scene. Despite challenging conditions, the fishing was superb with some rather special fish being caught over the two days. We are incredibly proud of the quality of the fish we produce and strongly believe they are the best fish in the country. Famous for top of the water sport, seeing fish caught on dries and a number of other methods was fantastic! Reports of fish being caught in a variety of areas also goes to demonstrate just how well spread the fish have been this season. We wish the qualifiers the best of luck when representing England in 2020 and look forward to welcoming anglers back in coming seasons.”

Andy Taylor, Competitions Support Officer said: “Chew Valley was on fine form over the two day National with some superb fishing for quality resident and recently stocked fish. The rod average of over eight fish on day one shows how well the lake fished. The AT TEFF would like to thank John Harris and staff at Chew Valley for hosting the event, Peter Hartley for running the final on behalf of AT TEFF, Chris and Lianne Bobby for collating the results and all the volunteers and fisheries who have helped run the qualifiers over the last 12 months. Well done to all those who took part and good luck to the top 28 who will represent England in the Home International next year.”

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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.

Qualifiers
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)

Eliminators
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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2020 Rivers National & Qualifiers

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.

October 2019

Saturday 19th October – R.Dee, Llangollen – Llangollen & Maelor AA water – Organiser: Carl Nixon – Matchmanflies@gmail.com – Final Practice: 12th October – Online Entry (closing date: 23:59pm 5th October): https://www.anglingtrustevents.net/e/292/qualifier-1-river-dee

November 2019

Sunday 3rd November – South East FF Federation – Lower Itchen fishery (Official Practice: Saturday 2nd November) – Organiser: Tony Fox (mob: 07885 411654 – email: tony7fox@aol.com – 17 St Johns Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RZ) – Invitation Letter: RiversQualifierLetter2019 Briefing Letter: 2014BriefingLetter Online Entry (closing date: 23:59pm 20th October): https://www.anglingtrustevents.net/e/293/qualifier-2-lower-itchen

Saturday 9th November – R.Dee, Llangollen – Llangollen & Maelor AA water – Organiser: Carl Nixon – Matchmanflies@gmail.com – Final Practice: 1st November – Online Entry (closing date: 23:59pm 5th November): https://www.anglingtrustevents.net/e/294/qualifier-3-river-dee

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

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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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.”

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2019 Autumn Loch-style Home International, Lake of Menteith

Country: SCOTLAND

Venue: Lake of Menteith

Dates: 17th to 21st September (incl.)

Match date: Friday 20th September

Accommodation: Buchanan Arms Hotel, Drymen

photo credit: menteith-fisheries.co.uk

Results:

  1. Ireland    109 fish    251 lbs 2.8 ozs
  2. Wales    104 fish    242 lbs 14.1 ozs
  3. Scotland    94 fish    229 lbs 1.1 ozs
  4. England    92 fish    221 lbs 9.5 ozs 

Best Basket: Arden Pollock (Ireland)    15 fish    32 lbs 7.0 ozs

Heaviest Trout: Neill Barrett (Scotland) 4lbs 9.4 ozs

Full Results: iffa2019autumn

Congratulations to Ireland on their victory.

AT Team England FF was represented by: Mark Miles (captain), Tony Baldwin, John Bowen, Martin Burgess, Phil Burgess, Lee Cartmail, David Eames, Martin Griffiths, Mike Laycock, Mike Lightfoot, Paddy Mounter, Paul Roach, Michael Walker, Jonathan Wood & Paul Angell (manager).

The Angling Trust reports: The 2019 Autumn Loch-Style Home International took place at the Lake of Menteith between the 17th and 21st September. The England team spent four days prior to the match on the 20thSeptember practicing to find the most productive spots and to fine-tune their tactics. The fish were widely spread around the lake, with large concentrations evident in certain areas. The quality and size of the fish the team caught were first class and a credit to the fishery.

Preparing for practice

England captain Mark Miles with fellow England team mates

Steady winds from the south west coupled with dappled cloud cover meant that fishing dries and washing line tactics in the top foot of the water were most successful tactics during practice however, all options were trialled to make sure that the team built up as complete a picture of what to expect on the match day.

The march to the boat dock

Match day dawned to a different weather pattern with dense mist covering the lake which soon burnt off to bright sun and little or no wind. After the traditional march down to the lake by the teams accompanied by a piper, the anglers from the four teams set off at 10am. The boats split with some heading towards International Bay and Lochend, some to Otter Bay, others to Hotel Bay and the rest towards Gateside Bay.  It quickly became obvious that some areas that had previously produced good bags of fish were not going to perform as well in these difficult conditions. Dries were not an option for most and static washing line tactics on lines from Midge Tip’s down to Di3 were producing most fish, especially from the deeper water of Gateside Bay.

As the match progressed, a light breeze developed from the north east, allowing some movement of the drifting boats which improved the chances of anglers covering fish. Later on, during the last couple of hours, some anglers were even catching on dries, but this was never the dominant tactic it had been earlier in the week.

As the match finished, and the anglers returned to the lodge for the weigh in, it was obvious that despite the tough conditions, some anglers had recorded excellent bags. Unfortunately, from an England point of view, they were around a fish a man light off where they had hoped to be.

Paul Angell, England Autumn Loch-Style Manager said, “Despite our fourth place in the match I cannot fault the commitment and efforts of the team in practice or on match day. They worked together, shared ideas, and supported one-another well, ably led by their captain Mark Miles.”

The England team would like to thank Craghoppers for providing team clothing, and Fulling Mill, Guide Fly Fishing, Seapower and Snowbee for their continued support for the team.

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Carl Nixon Appointed as England Fly Fishing Rivers National Co-ordinator

Experienced England International angler Carl Nixon has joined Team England Fly Fishing Committee and will take the lead role in co-ordinating the English Rivers National Championship.

Carl will take up the role with immediate effect and his first task will be to plan and co-ordinate the Qualifiers and Final for the 2019/20 Rivers National Championship.

Carl Nixon said “I’m passionate about competitive river angling and I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead on such a prestigious competition. The National is close to my heart and as a regular competitor over a number of years and more recently organiser of qualifying events, I believe the experience and knowledge I have gained will allow me to make a positive contribution, I can’t wait to get started.”

Ben Thompson, Angling Trust said “We are delighted to have Carl on board, as a current competitor he has his finger on the pulse and his knowledge of the circuit, experience as an organiser and angler at national and international level is invaluable. We are confident Carl will bring fresh ideas and solutions that will enable to us to achieve our goal of improving the experience for participants and increasing participation in the Rivers National.”

Planning for the 2019/20 competition is underway and full details are expected to be published around 20th September on the Angling Trust online booking system at www.anglingtrustevents.net.  The process for entering the Rivers National qualifiers will change for 2019/20, entry will be through the online booking system. A change that means the same process is used for entry to all AT TEFF events.

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Paul Page Stands Down from Team England Fly Fishing Managerial Hot Seat

After 15 years of leading Team England Fly Fishing into FIPS Mouche competitions, AT TEFF has announced that Paul Page will stand down from his role as Team Manager with immediate effect.

Paul’s role as Manager began in 2004 at the 24th FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championships in Slovenia and he has overseen Team England’s participation in FIPS Mouche competitions in the years that have followed. His most notable successes came in 2007 at the European Championship in Norway and in 2017 at the World Championship in Czech Republic where he led England to a Silver and Bronze medal respectively.

Paul Page said “I have been an England Fly Fishing Team Manager for the past 26 years, with the last 15 years as European and World Team Manager. It took a number of years to develop and build a stable England squad, exposing them to the differences and pressures of competing at European and World competition level, whilst also developing and improving their abilities so that we could expect to be challenging the top European and World Teams in an ever evolving environment where all teams were seriously upping their game.”

“I have enjoyed my time as European and World Team Manager but feel the time is now right for me to stand down and for others to take the teams forward. I wish my successors and future England European and World Team members the best of luck.”

“For myself, I’m now looking forward to continuing my Team Manager role by taking over the Management of the England Bank International Team, who are already preparing to compete in Ireland in October this year.”

Ben Thompson, Senior Competitions and Performance Manager at Angling Trust said “Paul’s contribution to competitive fly fishing and Team England Fly Fishing in particular, is nothing short of remarkable. His commitment, dedication and passion for the role has afforded many anglers with the opportunity to compete at the highest level.”

“We are delighted that Paul will remain on the AT TEFF committee and that his vast knowledge and experience will be used to benefit competitive fly fishing at the elite level. On behalf of Angling Trust, AT TEFF and everyone who has benefitted from his endeavours, I would like to thank him for his immense contribution, and I look forward to working with him in the years to come.”

AT TEFF will begin the search for a new European Team Manager immediately, anyone interested in getting involved or finding out further information should contact Andy Taylor, Angling Trust’s Competitions Support Officer at andy.taylor@anglingtrust.net

 

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