Stirling, Scotland, 8th-9th August
Top 3 Teams:
1.England B 58 fish 47700 fish pts 79 place pts
2. England A 59 fish 46580 fish pts 79 place pts
3. Scotland A 53 fish 45180 fish pts 80 place pts
This competition took place on Friday-Saturday 8th-9th August, and was fished under FIPS-Mouche rules. Programme: 5N Provisional Programme – FINAL The two boat venues were Lake of Menteith and Loch Carron, with the two rivers the Carron and the Devon. Practice waters were the River Clyde and the Endrick Water. The eight anglers representing AT TEFF were: Terry Phillips, Robert Brown, Graham Lumsdon, Tony Fox, Ben Bangham, Paul Lee, Steve Cullen & Harry Fox.
Alan Jenkins, AT TEFF Manager reports: The first ever 5 Nations Fly Fishing Competition proved a great success as part of the Stirling International Angling Festival. The Competition attracted multiple teams from France, Ireland, England, Scotland and one team with competitors from both Belgium and Luxembourg. The event was fished at four venues – the River Carron, the River Devon, Carron Valley Fishery and the Lake of Menteith.
Team England B took Gold with Team England A taking Silver and Team Scotland A collecting a very creditable bronze. The medal team results are here 5N Top 3 Teams 2014
The Individual Gold was won by Robert Brown – England A, with Silver going to Kenny Riddell – Scotland A, and Bronze to Paul Lee – England B. The full individual results are here 5N Leader Board 2014
The success of the event was only made possible by the support from local clubs and fisheries who allowed the use of their waters for both competition and practice. Thanks must also go to the large number of volunteer controllers, officials and sector supervisors, who gave up their time to help make this event such a success. The feedback from the competitors was full of praise for the venues and the enthusiasm and helpfulness of the volunteers.
It has been some time since England Fly Fishing entered two teams A & B to compete in Internationals. A decision to decide who fished in which team wasn’t that difficult as all eight anglers have equal angling abilities. Both teams all agreed from the beginning the only way was to ensure they all shared flies methods and tactics, both teams worked as one with the results showing AT TEFF winning the Gold and Silver medals and Individual Gold and Bronze.
I must say it was an honour and privilege to act as team manager to a great team of anglers, with such talent it bodes well for AT TEFF for future Internationals both at home and World and European championships.
My sincere thanks to SANA and Gillies Breckenridge and all those involved for their assistance in this inaugural International competition.
The event next year will be held in Ireland.