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