10th Bank Home International, Laios Angling Centre, Co Laios, Ireland, 23rd October
Gold for AT Team England FF !!
- England 112 placing pts 40 fish 58cms longest fish 41100 fish pts
- Wales 149 placing pts 34 fish 51.3cms longest fish 33900 fish pts
- Ireland 155 placing pts 33 fish 54.1cms longest fish 33760 fish pts
- Scotland 185 placing pts 22 fish 57.0cms longest fish 22280 fish pts
- Andy Taylor, England 12 fish 4 place pts
- David Neilson, England 9 fish 9 place pts
- 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.
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
2018 Bank Home International, Chatton trout fishery, England
Date: Wednesday 24th October
Venue: Chatton Trout Fishery
Hotel: The White Swan Hotel
- Scotland 107 placing points 23 fish 56.7cms longest fish 22960 fish points
- England 148 placing points 16 fish 59.0cms longest fish 16340 fish points
- Wales 193 placing points 9 fish 55.0cms longest fish 9360 fish points
- Ireland 195 placing points 12 fish 57.0cms longest fish 11980 fish points
Congratulations to Scotland on winning the 2018 Fly Fishing Bank International on Wednesday 24th.
Congrats to England’s Gareth Tilley on individual 1st place, and Mark Harrison on 2nd and to Ireland’s Connor Cunningham for 3rd place.
Finally congrats to Andrew Taylor for catching the biggest fish, 59cm.
Big thanks to all the stewards who gave up their time to make it happen, to the organisers, hotel staff and the team Chatton Trout Fishery and sponsors Hunt’s Original
Representing AT Team England FF were (L-R): Brian Lillie (reserve), Andy (George) Taylor, Alec Harvey, Ed Upton, Gareth Tilley, Mark Harrison, Lee Cartmail (captain), and Alan Jenkins (manager).
The team would like to express their gratitude to their sponsors – West Side Design, Grantz custom fishing clothing, Snowbee fishing tackle, and Craghoppers world travel clothing, with special thanks to Tom Hunt of Hunts Original Products and the Angling Trust.
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2017 Bank Home International, Forbes of Kingennie, Scotland
The 2017 Bank Home International was held at Forbes of Kingennie country resort, near Dundee, Scotland, on Wednesday 25th October.
- England – 104 total placings – 65 fish – longest fish 57.6 – 67180 fish points
- Scotland – 144 total placings – 50 fish – longest fish 76.9 – 53460 fish points
- Wales – 154 total placings – 48 fish – longest fish 67.0 – 49900 fish points
- Ireland – 198 total placings – 37 fish – longest fish 66.8 – 38660 fish points
Individually, Glenn Appleby (England) was 1st, with Gareth Tilley (England) 2nd, and James Stephenson (England) 4th.
Full Results: 2017 Bank Inter Results
Representing AT Team England FF were: James Stephenson, Glenn Appleby (captain), Colin Harris, Gareth Tilley, Ed Upton, Ben Race, Lee Cartmail (reserve), and Alan Jenkins (manager). Congratulations on a great result!
The AT Team England FF Bank team would like to thank their sponsors:
Ed Upton of Ellerdine Lakes (fly-tying materials)
The best of luck to everyone involved.
2016 Bank Home International, Garnffrwd fishery, Wales
The 2016 Bank Home International was held at Garnffrwd fishery, Wales on Wednesday 2nd November, between teams from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
Hosted by the Welsh Salmon & Trout Angling Association (WSTAA), with accommodation provided by the Diplomat Hotel, Llanelli, the programme for this event was:
Monday 31st October: Official Practice Sessions (morning & afternoon)
Tuesday 1st November: Official Practice Session (morning). Followed by Photographs at Fishery, Managers & Captains’ Meeting & Match Draw
Wednesday 2nd October: Championship Day (morning & afternoon sessions). Followed by Formal Team Photographs, International Dinner & Presentations.
- Scotland – 43 fish – 98 place points – 40720 total points
- Ireland – 35 fish – 156 place points – 31580 total points
- England – 27 fish – 165 place points – 25200 total points
- Wales – 20 fish – 190 place points – 18520 total points
Congratulations to Scotland on a convincing victory.
Representing AT TEFF were: Iain Barr, Rob Frame, Dave Johns, Paul Runec, Andrew Scott, Jim Tuck (Captain), Charlie Abrahams (Reserve) and Alan Jenkins (Manager).
Match Booklet: 2016-ibffc-prog-3
2015 Bank Home International, Woodford, Carrickfergus, N. Ireland
Scotland win a close contest
- Scotland – 14 fish – 133 place pts – 15140 fish pts
- England – 13 fish – 152 place pts – 13180 fish pts
- Ireland – 12 fish – 163 place pts – 11760 fish pts
- Wales – 5 fish – 235 place pts – 5060 fish pts
Top Individual: James Stephenson (England) 4 fish – 5 place pts – 4400 fish pts
The 2015 Bank Home International was fished at Woodford Fly Fishery, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland between Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales on Wednesday 14th October.
This event was hosted by the Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland (TAFI), with support from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), Stena Line, and the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.
Sunday 11th October – Arrival and Registration of Teams at The Loughshore Hotel, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim
Monday 12th October – Official Morning & Afternoon Practice Sessions
Tuesday 13th October – Official Morning Practice Session
Wednesday 14th October – Morning Session (3 hours) + Afternoon Session (3 hours), followed by International Dinner & Presentations
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AT Team England FF was represented by Simon Robinson (Captain), Craig Barr, Phil Dixon, Conor Metcalf, James Stephenson, Richard Slater, Ed Foster (Reserve) & Alan Jenkins (Manager).
Manager Alan Jenkins reports: England got off to a fast start in the afternoon, with eventual individual winner James Stevenson, into 2 fish quickly. It was going to be tight with every fish so valuable. However Ireland had a better afternoon but the morning lead was enough to see Scotland home. The results were announced after what seemed a long wait and then it was official, Scotland first with 14 fish, England 13 fish, Ireland 12 fish and Wales 5 fish. John Brown had longest fish at 57.1 cms, top individual was James Stephenson followed by Alan Hill and Phil Dixon England. Fewer blanks and a superb size of fish helped Scotland achieve its 3rd Gold medal in 6 years at these Championships. Team plan of sticking to flies in the team box ensured all team members contributed to result. Next year we go back to Garnffrwd Fishery in South Wales.
Team England would like to thank our sponser John Grantz www. Grantz .co.uk for providing the team clothing.
Full Match Report by Alan Jenkins: Angling Trust Report template for Competitions
2014 Bank Home International, Chatton, Northumberland
Ireland won the recent 2014 Bank International fished on Ross and Dunnydeer Lakes at Chatton Trout Fishery, Alnwick, Northumberland, just nine placing points ahead of England. A good start by Ireland in the morning session was followed by England narrowing the gap in the afternoon. Top individual and captor of the largest fish at 63cms was AT Team England FF’s Ryan Matthews.
1. Ireland 111 placing pts 36 fish 58.0 longest fish 37340 fish pts
2. England 120 placing pts 39 fish 63.0 longest fish 39740 fish pts
3. Wales 176 placing pts 23 fish 56.4 longest fish 23540 fish pts
4. Scotland 193 placing pts 22 fish 59.0 longest fish 22500 fish pts
Full Results: 2014 Bank International Results
The AT Team England FF Bank Team was:
Chris Micallef (Captain); Rob Frame; Ryan Matthews, Bernie Maher; Mark Harrison; Steve Cochrane; and Alan Jenkins (Manager).
The team was supported by Team Clothing sponsor John Grant of Grantz Custom Fishing Clothing http://www.Grantz.co.uk
AT TEFF Manager Alan Jenkins reports:
Teams had been practising since the weekend at the superb Chatton fishery. Using Dunnydeer and Ross Lakes the fishing was very consistent and challenging. 120 fish were caught in total on competition day, rod average 5 fish per rod. Weather had been blustery during practice and the fishing challenging, until competition day and the wind dropped, temperatures rose and the teams targeted rising fish. After the morning session Ireland had a narrow lead over England with Scotland and Wales a little distance behind. A consistent team effort saw Ireland maintain their lead to secure the ‘Founding Nations Cup’.
Team Ireland Campbell Baird (Captain) Brian Kerr, Harry McAteer, Joe Quinn, Conor Cunningham, Hubert Smith and Manager Darren Wallace. Individual Winner Ryan Matthews England – 10 fish – 5 Place Points – 10,640 Fish Points Longest Fish: Ryan Matthews England with a fish of 63cms
Chatton fishery proved to be excellent hosts with superb facilities complimenting the close competition, and my sincere thanks to Roger and his wife Ali.
2014 Bank International Team
Terry Phillips (Captain); Rob Frame; Ryan Matthews, Bernie Maher; Mark Harrison, Chris Micallef; Steve Cochrane; and Alan Jenkins (Manager).
They will represent AT Team England FF at the Bank International in October at Chatton Trout Fishery, Alnwick, Northumberland.
In preparation for the International a squad day was held at Chatton on Saturday 29th March. Roger Brown, owner and host of Chatton Fishery, and his wife Ali, hosted the day and kept us supplied with bacon & egg sandwiches, team & coffee. The Team fished Ross lake and Dunnydeer lake, with all the team catching. The biggest fish was caught by Graham Robinson, who accompanied the team and supplied the photographs.
2013 Bank Home International
23rd October, Lochter fishery, Inveruie, Aberdeenshire
1st Scotland – 100 total placings – 56 fish – 64.0 longest fish – 53740 fish points
2nd England – 111 total placings – 51 fish – 68.8 longest fish – 48460 fish points
3rd Ireland – 193 total placings – 24 fish – 51.5 longest fish – 23180 fish points
4th Wales – 199 total placings – 24 fish – 46.1 longest fish – 21840 fish points
Top rod: Steve Corsar (Scotland) 12 fish – 10920 fish points
Team England FF were represented by: Phil Dixon (Captain); Glen Appleby; Howard Croston; Rob Frame; Tim Gilchrist (Reserve); Gordon Swain; Andy Taylor; and Alan Jenkins (Manager).
Team outfits were supplied by clothing sponsor John Grant of Grantz Clothing.
Congratulations once again to Scotland for another Home International victory.
Report by Manager Alan Jenkins: Stillwater Bank International 23rd October 2013
Full Results: 2013 International Bank Results
The Team England FF Bank Team for 2013 will be (right):
They will represent Team England FF at the Bank International in October at Lochter fishery, Inveruie, Aberdeenshire. Here they are (below) at a recent team squad day at Seighford Lakes, along with Jim Tuck, Bank Organiser, and Clothing Sponsor John Grant from Grantz Clothing, who supplied the team outfits.
England win 2012 Bank International in Wales
England convincingly won the Bank International at Garnffrwd fishery in South Wales by a record margin with a tremendously consistent team performance over two sessions. The team consisted of Simon Robinson as captain with team members Terry Phillips, Dean Appleby, Phil Dixon, Jim Tuck and Mark Harrison, with Andy Taylor as reserve and Alan Jenkins as team manager.
Full report: Bank International 2012
Full results: 2012 Bank International Results
1st England total placings – 88 (76 fish)
2nd Scotland total placings – 158 (51 fish)
3rd Wales total placings – 163 (50 fish)
4th Ireland total placings – 194 (41 fish)
1st Terry Phillips (England) – total placings – 3 (19 fish)
2nd Dean Appleby (England) – total placings – 3 (17 fish)
3rd Stephen Corsar (Scotland) – total placings – 9 (13 fish)
4th Brian Kerr (Ireland) – total placings – 10 (14 fish)
5th Matthew Jones (Wales) – total placings – 12 (13 fish)
6th Simon Robinson (England) – total placings – 12 (12 fish)
7th Phil Dixon (England) – total placings – 14 (12 fish)
8th Jim Tuck (England) – total placings – 14 (11 fish)
2012 Bank International Team
Alan Jenkins (Manager); Simon Robinson (Captain) from Whickham, Tyne & Wear; Dean Appleby, Peterlee, Co Durham; Terry Phillips, Bursclough, Lancashire; Jim Tuck, Ashington, Northumberland; Phil Dixon, Seighford, Staffordshire; Mark Harrison, Walsall, West Midlands; and Andy Taylor (Reserve), Stafford, Staffordshire.
2011 Bank International, Barfinnihy Lake, Kenmare, Ireland
Final results are:
1. Scotland 146 placing points
2. Ireland 179
3. England 190
4. Wales 203
Total Fish caught: 45
Top Individual: Terry Kelly (Ireland) 8 place points
Best Fish: Lee Patten (Wales) 50cms
Top England rod: Davey Parker 6th (25 placing points)
Team England Bank Squad Day
Ed Foster, a late replacement to the team, was unable to join us, as was Dave Parker who was representing England in the Czech Republic.
Soon we all set out to try for the hard-fighting brown trout stocked in the reservoirs. First to find a good fish of a pound and a half was Mike Dixon, who had travelled up from Crewe that morning.
At lunch time we all headed off to the Moorcock Inn, where we were greeted by the welcome sight of juicy bacon rolls and thick homemade chips. After the excellent lunch a brief team talk as given by Team Manager Alan Jenkins, followed by a presentation of Team England shirts and badges to the new Internationals Bart Farmer and Rob Frame.
Smiddyshaw Reservoir was our afternoon venue, when we were again greeted with strong sunshine and even stronger winds. However, we persevered for a few hours longer before deciding to call it a day.
Preparations are now well in hand for the second Bank International, which will be held on the 19th October 2011 in Ireland. The organisers are the Trout Anglers Federation Ireland (TAFI), who will be our hosts for this event.
22 years old, from Peterlee in the North East of England, Glen’s interest in fly fishing began when he was 10, and he has always received encouragement from his father Peter. He qualified for the England bank team last year for the first Bank International, and is back in the side again for 2011. “I love all types of fly-fishing methods and my tip is to try to find the depth the fish are at, and to adapt.”
Since he started fishing in 2000, Mike has belonged to the same 6-man team, qualifying for the finals of every competition bar three! He’s also represented England in Loch Style Internationals 5 times, and made it to two Rivers Nationals. “As you know, we won the Airflo Team final last year, and I finished as the top individual. I’ve also won the Hanningfield Masters.”
Ed is well known for owning and operating Elinor Trout Fishery, voted in Trout Fisherman as the best medium-sized water in the UK, and a regular venue for the Airflo Classic Final. He has represented his country four times in Loch-style Internationals (at Lough Owel, Trawsfyndd – twice – and Loch Leven), and will be captaining the side in the Autumn International at Grafham.
In Bart’s own words, he “Never stops fishing”. Despite only starting in 2004, he’s put the hours in, getting out at least twice a week, on the small waters through the winter and the reservoirs the rest of the time. A member of the Rib Valley and Hanningfield clubs, he is usually well placed in most of their competitions. As for international experience, “From 1988 to 1998 I competed at the highest level in the sport of pro paintball”.
An electrical estimator from Newcastle upon Tyne, Rob has 41 years’ experience to call on, and is currently a member of the 3-man North East Fly Fishers Team. His ambition has always been to fish for England with some of the top anglers in the country, to learn and become a better angler. “My favourite style of fishing? Top of the water with dries or straight lining a team of buzzers or nymphs.”
Dave started competition fishing in 1991, winning lots of local events before landing the team gold in the 2001 Airflo Classic. In the same year he won team gold in the European and team silver at Loch Leven. He’s since followed this by winning the Rivers National, along with more appearances in Rivers Internationals, Europeans, and his first World Championships in Finland 2007. “I started with my Dad and Uncle, at the age of 6, fishing my local rivers – Tweed, Till, Teviot, Coquet and Pont.”
(Images supplied courtesy of Graham Robinson of GRP)