2019 Autumn Loch-style Home International
|Venue:||Lake of Menteith|
|Dates:||17th to 21st September (incl.)|
|Match date:||Friday 20th September|
|Accommodation:||Buchanan Arms Hotel, Drymen|
- Ireland 109 fish 251 lbs 2.8 ozs
- Wales 104 fish 242 lbs 14.1 ozs
- Scotland 94 fish 229 lbs 1.1 ozs
- 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.
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.
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.
2019 Spring Loch-style Home International
|Dates:||7th to 11th May (incl.)|
|Match date:||Friday 10th May|
|Accommodation:||Marriott Hotel, Huntingdon|
GOLD for Loch-style Team England!!
1. England 109 fish 229 lbs 2 ozs
2. Scotland 84 fish 184lbs 13 ozs
3. Wales 78 fish 163lbs 7 ozs
4. Ireland 70 fish 148lbs 15 ozs
Best Basket: Alan Banwell (Wales) 17 fish 33 lbs 10 ozs
Heaviest Trout: Kevin McCabe (Scotland) 5 lbs 3 ozs
AT Team England FF were represented by: Stephen Peart (manager), Brad Gifford (captain), Sean Brooks, Andy Campbell, Andy Cottam, Tony Curtis, John Hardy, Mark Harrison, John Horsey, Kim Green, Paul Jones, Tim Joyce, Dom Sherrate, Frank Sumnall & Paul Wild.
Well done guys – an absolutely brilliant result to be proud of !
Full Results: iffa2019spring
2018 Autumn Loch Style Home International
Venue: Llyn Brenig
Dates: 4th to 8th September (incl.)
Match date: Friday 7th September
Accommodation: Beaufort Park Hotel, Buckley
1. Scotland 79 fish 164 lbs 0 ozs
2. Wales 70 fish 144lbs 8 1/8 ozs
3. England 65 fish 134lbs 13 1/2 ozs
4. Ireland 51 fish 107lbs 10 3/8 ozs
Best Basket: Grant Osler (Scotland) 11 fish 22 lbs 14.125 ozs
Heaviest Trout: Terry Llewelyn (Wales) 3 lbs 7.750 ozs
AT Team England FF were represented by: Paul Angell (manager), John Horsey (captain), Rob Allan, Ashley Davis, Tom Davis, Paul Golding, John Hardy, Paul Haskey, Malcom Hunt, Mike Lightfoot, Eddie Mitchell, Stephen Peart, Leigh Pond, Ben Race & Paul Runec.
Congratulations to Scotland on their victory.
Full Results: iffa2018autumn
AT Team England FF manager Paul Angell reports: 3 days of practice in differing weather conditions showed that there were fish widely spread throughout the reservoir and that many of the fish were concentrated in the upper layers of the water. English rods found that boobies fished on intermediate lines would be the first line of attack with dries also working well when the wind decreased and temperatures rose.
The start of the International saw boats scatter with numbers starting around the cages, others heading to the Coves and the Hafoty Shore and some drifting across the middle of the lake. It quickly became obvious that the fishing was not going to be easy and boats started moving to alternative areas to try to find feeding fish. This was to continue throughout the match, with some anglers building good scores whilst others struggled to boat fish.
By the 6pm finish, the 56 competitors had caught a total of 265 fish giving a rod average of 4.7
As England Manager, I consider that the team worked together extremely well under the excellent leadership of experienced captain John Horsey, to produce a great team spirit. Practice had gone well but match day found us an average of a fish a man behind the winning Scottish team.
The England Team would like to thank their clothing sponsors Craghoppers and Snowbee for their support, also Guide Fly Fishing, Fulling Mill, Snowbee and Costa Sunglasses for their continued support with tackle and other essential equipment.
AT Match Report: AT Brenig Report
2018 Spring Loch Style Home International
Venue: Lough Mask
Dates: 8th to 12th May (incl.)
Match date: Friday 11th May
Accommodation: Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar
- Ireland 45 fish 1552.3 cms 2469 pts
- Wales 25 fish 905.8 cms 1415 pts
- England 23 fish 805.3 cms 1273 pts
- Scotland 20 fish 681.2 cms 1090 pts
Best Basket: Dave Egan (Ireland) 8 fish 273.2cms 438 pts
Biggest Fish: Andy Dunn (Scotland) 51.2 cms
Full Results: iffa2018spring
AT Team England FF were represented by: Stephen Peart (manager), Ron Gent (captain), Charlie Abrahams, Sam Bailey, Iain Barr, David Bromley, Martin Burgess, Martin Introna, Tim Joyce, Mark Mathieson, Mark Thomas, Phil Thompson, Robert Toptalo, Graham Willis & Mark Withyman
Congratulations to Ireland on their convincing victory.
2018 AT Team England Home International Loch-style teams
Spring Home International Loch-style team 2018, Lough Mask, Friday 11th May
Stephen Peart (manager), Ron Gent (captain), Charlie Abrahams, Rob Allan, Iain Barr, Sam Bailey, Martin Burgess, Martin Introna, Tim Joyce, Mark Mathieson, Mark Thomas, Phil Thompson, Robert Toptalo, Graham Willis & Mark Withyman
Autumn Home International Loch-style team 2018, Llyn Brenig, Friday 7th September
Paul Angell (manager), John Horsey (captain), David Bromley, Ashley Davis, Tom Davis, Paul Golding, John Hardy, Paul Haskey, Malcolm Hunt, Mike Lightfoot, Eddie Mitchell, Stephen Peart, Leigh Pond, Ben Race & Paul Runec
Congratulations and the best of luck to everyone involved.
England Loch Style teams 2018: England Loch Style teams 2018
2017 Autumn Loch Style Home International
Venue: Lake of Menteith
Dates: 12th to 16th September (incl.)
Match date: Friday 15th September
Accommodation: Buchanan Arms Hotel, Drymen
Another win for AT Team England FF! Following gold at the Spring Loch-style International at Chew, Team England FF achieved another convincing victory at the Lake of Menteith.
- England 101 fish 4214.2 pts
- Wales 65 fish 2757.3 pts
- Ireland 64 fish 2730.8 pts
- Scotland 63 fish 2711.0 pts
Best Basket & Top English Rod: Iain Barr (England) 17 fish 712.0 pts
AT Team England was represented by: Stephen Peart (manager), Iain Barr (captain), Craig Barr, Tom Bird, Martin Burgess, Mike Dixon, Tony Donnelly, Ed Foster, Tony Fox, Tom Gott, Mark Rooney, Phil Shaw-Browne, Tom Speak, Andy Taylor & Mark Tremain-Coker.
Congratulations to all AT TEFF members for another great performance.
Full Results: iffa2017autumn
Manager Stephen Peart reports: Following on from the convincing win for AT Team England at the Spring Loch Style International held at Chew Valley, the Autumn team were feeling the pressure to replicate a similar result in Scotland. The Autumn AT England team had a youthful appearance with five of the fourteen team members under the age of 30, adding a youthful vibrancy which was complemented with seasoned Internationals and three first-time caps. Iain Barr had been appointed captain due to his previous experience, energetic personality and ability to lead anglers in a match that historically has a highly charged competitive edge.
Three days of variable weather conditions, ranging from moderate winds and sun to perfect balmy overcast conditions, meant that each day of practice provided very different challenges for anglers from the four home nations. The teams identified that a lot of fish were to be found in Gateside Bay around to Stable Point, and from Stable Point down to the Mallings.
During practice the England team quickly identified these areas fished differently depending on the conditions. When it was sunny and windy Di3 and Di5 lines fished with a four fly cast consisting of either two Fabs or Boobies with Diawl Bachs sandwiched between caught consistently. The Fabs were either Biscuit or Tequila in sizes 10 to 14, while the Boobies used were either a Cat Booby or a Candy Booby. The Diawl Bachs were quite flashy, with pearl and red holographic ribbed flies the main patterns, which were fished very slowly and hung deep. When the winds dropped the England team fished the Snowbee 3ft Buzzer Tip line with the same combination of flies, fished washing line style.
Team England also identified the shallow water from Reedy Bay down to the Hotel Bay holding a large head of fish which responded well to floating line techniques. During practice Tony Fox and Andrew Taylor caught well on small Orange F Fly, Yellow Owl and Hare’s Ear Culs finding favour with the obliging trout. Otter Bay also responded well to dry fly tactics but as this area tended to hold residential trout, the area only fished for the England team when the conditions were favourable and the trout rising freely. Tom Bird enjoyed some fantastic sport during the Wednesday practice taking ten rainbows in a hectic two hour spell on Black Midas dries.
Lochend was the final area that held a good head of fish and again this area responded well to both the Snowbee 3ft Buzzer Tip and Booby/Fab combination with Diawl Bachs, and Dries when the conditions allowed.
As match day dawned the weather was cloudy and overcast. As is traditional in an England Squad, Iain Barr delivered the daily captain’s team meeting and briefing on match tactics and individual expectations. The match tactic was to get as many English rods into the area from Mallings to Gateside Bay and effectively block off the area from the other competing nations. To do this we would require luck in the toss of the coin for captaincy and control of the boat. As I talked to all of the team members prior to the match start it was apparent that the coin toss had been kind and at least 8 English boats had won control of the boat for the first two hours.
At the off, half of the field headed towards Gateside Bay, with an even split of boats heading towards Lochend and Otter Bay, with a further 6 boats heading into Hotel Bay. The tactics that had worked well in practice were still working on match day. Tom Speak, fishing his first International Loch Style match, had two fish from Reedy Bay on Dries in the first ten minutes, which quickly settled any pre-match nerves. As the match wore on it was becoming obvious that the England team were catching consistently, with information being filtered around the team on who was fishing where and the best methods. The English team managed to execute their plan perfectively with eight boats spread from Mallings to Gateside Bay catching constantly, and with no other teams around to challenge, accumulated a match wining total.
Iain Barr had 17 fish for the match to claim the Brown Bowl. He concentrated his efforts from Mallings down to Gateside Bay for the entire match. He fished a Snowbee Buzzer Tip line for the first two hours with the Fab/Diawl Bach combination accounting for eight of his 17 trout. As the wind got up and the sun came out he changed between Di3 and Di5 lines with the same cast of flies to continue catching a superb bag of trout. Second placed angler in the match was England’s Martin Burgess who also had 17 trout for the match, narrowly missing out on the top individual spot. Martin also fished Gateside around to the Mallings using an Airflo 6ft Slow Tip with a Cat Booby/Diawl Bach combination. A brilliant catch by both anglers. England then blocked out the three top individual spots with Tony Fox landing 10 fish. He caught two from Otter Bay on his Orange F-Fly in the first hour of the match before also moving into Gateside Bay where he took another fish on his Orange F-Fly dry. A move to the Mallings drifting towards Dog Isle resulted in a further 5 fish in one drift on a Pink-arsed Fab /Cruncher combination. The top three rods resulted in 44 trout towards the England final total of 101 and was the backbone of a fantastic team performance.
England weighed in first, and it was quickly obvious that they would be the team to beat, with all the team having fish to measure. Their total of 101 trout turned out to be a huge 36 trout ahead of second placed Wales. My favourite analogy from England vice-Captain Ed Foster was that we had won by 15 meters if you had laid out the 36 fish in a straight line and measured them!!! In a sprint finish that is a country mile. By the end of the weigh in, England had claimed 4 of the top 5 places with Iain Barr adding the largest fish trophy to go with his Brown Bowl. Phil Shaw Brown fishing his first senior International match finished in 5th place.
This was a real team effort, pre match knowledge sharing on flies and tactics, backed up by dedicated and well organised practice and record keeping. Communication on the water was the key element to our success, and each and every team member, from experienced captain Iain Barr to new caps Phil Shaw Browne, Tony Donnelly and Mark Tremain Coker, all contributing to a performance to be proud of.
AT Team England FF would like to thank our sponsors:
Craghoppers and Snowbee for their continued support with team clothing and Fulling Mill, Guide Flyfishing, Snowbee for tackle requirements and Costa for their help with sunglasses.
Menteith Fishery Manager Quint Glen and the staff for providing an exceptionally well stocked and run fishery. Over the two official practice days and match day, Team England caught and returned 280 trout.
The Buchanan Arms Hotel for accommodating the teams and hosting the Gala dinner and prize giving.
Report & pics: AT Lake of Menteith Report 2017
2017 Spring Loch Style Home International
|Venue:||Chew Valley Lake|
|Dates:||16th to 20th May (incl.)|
|Match date:||Friday 19th May|
|Accommodation:||Wookey Hole Hotel, Somerset
1.England 43 fish 112.85 lbs
2. Scotland 29 fish 84.110 lbs
3. Wales 21 fish 58.960 lbs
4. Ireland 15 fish 38.120 lbs
Best Basket: Andy Cottam (England) 8 fish 20.770 lbs
Heaviest Trout: Stuart McLean (Scotland) 5.550 lbs
Top English Rod: Andy Cottam 8 fish 20.770 lbs
AT TEFF was represented by: Paul Angell (manager), Nikki Long (captain), John Braithwaite, Dave Bromley, Andy Cottam, Nick Dunn, Ryan Feber, Mark Haycock, Alex Johnstone, Matt Kingdon, Mark Miles, Mark Rose, Steve Smalley, Dave Summers & Roger Truscott.
Congratulations to all AT TEFF members for a convincing victory.
Full Results: iffa2017spring
Manager Paul Angell reports: Three days of variable weather conditions ranging from strong winds to torrential rain meant that each day of practice provided very different challenges for anglers from the four home nations. The teams identified that a lot of fish were to be found behind Denny Island, in Herons Green Bay and smaller pods of fish spread around the lake. Nymphs fished static or dries were the methods of choice for most anglers as the fish were high in the water.
Match day dawned with bright sun and wind, conditions which traditionally mean that fishing at Chew would be challenging, and so it proved to be. At the off, the bulk of boats headed behind the island with most of the rest to Herons Green Bay. Anglers quickly found that tactics and flies which had worked well during practice might have to be rethought if they were to be successful. England had a code system which allowed team members to talk to one another and share successful flies and lines without making anglers from the other nations aware of what they were doing and this, together with key information found during practice meant that they were able to adapt to the conditions best, and it was noticeable form quite early in the match that English rods were bending with more regularity than those of the other nations. Key flies were Hares Ear and skinny Diawl Bach nymphs fished on a washing line set up on lines varying from full floaters to midge tips of various lengths.
As the match progressed most of the English team had managed to boat a fish or two with several doing much better. Captain and local angler Nikki Long was still fishless at 5 o’clock and decided that a move of area was needed. He and his boat partner headed to the top of Villice Bay where he had found fish earlier in the week, and where earlier in the match he had lost a fish, being smashed off. This move was to prove fortuitous as he picked up a rainbow trout before latching onto something much more substantial. After a prolonged fight he landed a brown trout of 15lb 3oz, the fish of a lifetime. Match rules stated that all Brown Trout were to be returned and would be counted as 2lb. Nikki spent a long time trying to revive the fish, but due to its extreme size and the prolonged length of the fight this proved impossible and, much to Nikki’s disappointment, the fish had to be dispatched and was brought in at the end of the match.
England weighed in first, and it was quickly obvious that they would be the team to beat, with all but one of the team having fish to weigh. By the end of the weigh in, England had claimed 4 of the top 5 places with West Country angler Andy Cottam as top rod and Brown Bowl Winner with 8 fish. Nick Dunn was not far behind on seven and first cap Matt Kingdon on six taking the top 3 spots.
Paul Angell, team manager, stated that this had been a real team effort, with a nucleus of local anglers providing detailed knowledge of the water, backed up by dedicated and well organised practice and record keeping. Communication on the water was the key element to our success, and each and every team member, from experienced captain Nikki Long to new caps David Bromley, Alex Johnstone, Matt Kingdon, and Dave Summers all contributing to a performance to be proud of.
The team would like to thank:
Craghoppers and Snowbee for their continued support with team clothing and Fulling Mill, Guide Flyfishing, Snowbee, and Seapower UK for their help with tackle and sunglasses.
Bristol Water Fishery Manager John Harris and the staff at Chew Valley lake with their help and support in hosting, organising and running these championships.
The Wookey Hole Hotel for accommodating the teams and hosting the Gala dinner and prizegiving.
Match Report: Website match report
(Images courtesy of the Angling Trust)
2017 Autumn Loch Style Home International
|Venue:||Lake of Menteith|
|Dates:||12th to 16th September (incl.)|
|Match date:||Friday 15th September|
|Accommodation:||Buchanan Arms Hotel, Drymen|
2016 Autumn Loch Style Home International
Venue: Llandegfedd Reservoir
Dates: 20th to 24th September (incl)
Match date: 23rd September
Accommodation: Holiday Inn, Newport
- Scotland 35 fish 59lbs 1.50ozs
- Ireland 37 fish 57lbs 15.00ozs
- England 30 fish 47lbs 4.00ozs
- Wales 26 fish 38lbs 13.00ozs
Best Basket: Andrew Duncan (Ireland) 7 fish 12lbs 9.500ozs
Heaviest Trout: Peter Aucterlonie (Scotland) 2lbs 1.500ozs
Top English Rod: Phil Thompson 7 fish 12lbs 5.500ozs
AT TEFF was represented by: Stephen Peart (manager), John Hardy (captain), Craig Barr, Dale Burgess, Ian Colclough, Peter Elliott, Harry Fox, Tom Gott, Gary Haskins, Mark Miles, John Pearn, Bill Rankin, Mark Rooney, Philip Thompson & Graham Willis.
Congratulations to Scotland on a tight victory.
Full Results: iffa2016autumn
2016 Spring Loch Style Home International
Dates:24th to 28th May (incl)
Match date:Friday 27th May
Accommodation:Randles Hotels, Killarney
- England 18 fish 4.111kg
- Wales 13 fish 3.302kg
- Scotland 13 fish 2.788kg
- Ireland 8 fish 1.780kg
Best Basket: Alan Steven (Scotland) 4 fish 0.907kg
Heaviest Trout: Marco Orsi (Wales) 0.430kg
Top English Rod: John Horsey 3 fish 0.711kg
AT TEFF was represented by: Paul Angell (manager), Nick Dunn (captain), Charlie Abrahams, Tony Curtis, Ben Dobson, Ian Donaldson, Tony Donnelly, Bob Fitzpatrick, Brad Gifford, John Horsey, Carl Nixon, Richard Slater, Gilliaum Vermeulen, Paul Wild & Mark Withyman.
Congratulations to all AT TEFF team members for a convincing victory.
Full Results: iffa2016spring
The Team members representing England were; Nick Dunn (Captain) Charlie Abrahams, Tony Curtis, Ben Dobson, Ian Donaldson, Tony Donnelly, Bob Fitzpatrick, Brad Gifford, John Horsey, Carl Nixon, Richard Slater, Gillaum Vermeulen, Paul Wild, Mark Withyman, Paul Angell (Manager).
In practice the conditions had varied from light winds to strong breezes, but match day saw the teams take to the water in bright sunshine with very little wind. The bulk of the fleet headed for Victoria Bay or Gaureen Bay, both of which had been found to hold good numbers of “keepers”.
Lough Leane is a wild brown trout fishery with a large head of small fish. To count as a keeper the fish had to measure 10” from the nose to the fork of the tail. Fishing to local association rules, the first 4 fish of takable size were to be killed, with any over 10” after this released after being measured and agreed with boatman and their boat partner. Released fish were to count as 250g in the final weigh in.
The team fished sink or midge tipped lines with nymphs and hoppers. In calm hot conditions, a heavy buzzer was fished on the point to take the flies down to where the fish were. It was hard work, needing high levels of concentration to react to the fast taking, small brown trout. Many undersized fish were landed and returned, but the tally of takeable fish rose slowly during the day. Conditions improved in the last hour of the match, with the heavy, oppressive air lifting as a breeze filled in, and some who had been struggling all day managed to hook and land those elusive 10”+ fish.
At the weigh in, all fish taken were checked to make sure they reached a minimum of 10”. No-one wanted any penalties for weighing in an undersized fish. England went to the scales first and recorded 18 takeable trout, with the best bag being 3 from multi-capped John Horsey.
Ireland, on their home water weighed in 8 fish, with both Scotland and Wales recording 13 fish. When the weights were announced, England took the gold by a clear margin, with Wales piping Scotland for second place on weight of fish, and Ireland in 4th.
Best bag of the day and winner of the Brown Bowl was Alan Steven of Scotland who weighed in 4 fish, and heaviest fish went to Marco Orsi of Wales with a brown Trout of 430g.
Paul Angell, Autumn Loch-Style Team Manager stated “It had been a great team performance, based on the sharing of knowledge and ideas to develop a strategy that produced a Gold medal in difficult conditions. He also thanked the organisers for putting on a good competition in beautiful surroundings, and the boatmen who helped the team practice prior to the match.
Many thanks go to all the team sponsors, with a particular thank you to Wychwood for supplying the team with their new Hybrid Jacket, and to Angling Trust for all their help and support. Also to all team members who helped raise funds towards the cost of the week.”
2015 Autumn Loch Style Home International
|Venue:||Lake of Menteith|
|Dates:||15th to 19th September (incl.)|
|Match date:||Friday 18th September|
||Buchanan Arms Hotel, Drymen|
Scotland take Gold in a tight contest
1st Scotland (91 fish) 207lbs 9ozs
2nd England (92 fish) 201lbs 0.6ozs
3rd Ireland (84 fish) 182lbs 10ozs
4th Wales (63 fish) 139lbs 8.2ozs
Brown Bowl for biggest bag: Craig Smith (England) 14 fish for 30lbs 0.2ozs
Full Results: iffa2015autumn
AT TEFF Chairman Clive Collier commented, “We knew this was going to be a tight match, and as the day progressed it seemed as though the eventual result would be very difficult to call. Congratulations to Brown Bowl winner Craig Smith of England, and to Scotland for coming out top in a very close contest”.
AT Team England FF was represented by: Ian Colclough (capt), James Atkinson, Rob Barden, Chris Bobby, Martin Burgess, Mark Glass, Kim Green, Paul Golding, Gary Haskins, Mike Heritage, Carl Malpass, Craig Smith, Mark Stevens, Mark Withyman & Paul Angell (manager).
The Angling Trust reports: “After four days practice in a variety of conditions England knew that there were fish to be caught in most areas of the lake. Tactics and areas to be fished would be dependent on the weather conditions on match day. Friday saw bright sunshine with very light breezes which would make the fishing challenging. As expected the start saw the fleet split evenly with around half the boats turning left out of the harbour and heading towards Lochend, with the rest going to Gateside Bay. Tactics would be to use a washing line, with buzzers between various boobies and fabs, and to vary the line according to conditions. The retrieve would be either to fish static, or a figure of 8 retrieve, with dries becoming a major tactic during the afternoon, especially if cloud cover came in. The rules for the day were to kill your first 3 fish, then fish catch and release, with each subsequent fish counting as 2lb.
The warm and bright and almost still conditions meant that boats had to search out fish. Eventual Brown Bowl winner, Craig Smith, winning his first cap for England, fished Otter bay and Kate’s Brae for the first 5 hours, taking 8 fish, before moving to Gateside Bay where he took the remainder of his 14 fish final tally. A superb result when the rod average for the day was just under 6.
At the weigh in, it was obvious that the result would be a closely run thing. Scotland with 90 fish just eased ahead of England, who caught 91, on the weight of a couple of large fish. Ireland finished with the bronze, with Wales in fourth place.
Paul Angell, Autumn Loch-Style Team Manager stated “It was a great team performance, based on the sharing of knowledge and ideas to develop a strategy that very nearly produced another gold medal and an outstanding performance to take the individual top position by new cap Craig Smith. The team wish to thank all the sponsors of Team England Fly Fishing for their help and support, and particularly Craghoppers for supplying the team clothing for the event and we look forward to 2016.”
2015 Spring Loch Style Home International
|Dates:||26th to 30th May (incl.)|
|Match date:||Friday 29th May|
||Marriott Hotel, Peterborough|
Congratulations to Scotland, who beat AT Team England by 5 fish and just over 6lbs
1. Scotland (66 fish) 125-1-2
2. England (61 fish) 118-11-0
3. Ireland (45 fish) 87-6-6
4. Wales (43 fish) 84-10-6
Brown Bowl: Derek Purvis, Scotland – (12 fish)
AT Team England FF were represented by: Tony Baldwin (capt), Lee Bartlett, Joel Beeney, Steve Cullen, Paul Davison, Brad Gifford, John Hardy, John Horsey, Pete Kempton, Gary Morris, Lloyd Pallett, Richard Slater, Frank Sumnall & Richard Wood
2014 Autumn Loch Style Home International
|Dates:||9th to 13th September (incl.)|
|Match date:||Friday 12th September|
||Hand Hotel, Llangollen|
Another convincing victory for AT Team England FF!!
1. England (94 fish) 175-9-2
2. Scotland (84 fish) 155-5-12
3. Wales (65 fish) 118-10-8
4. Ireland (51 fish) 90-2-0
Brown Bowl: Phil Dixon, England – (19 fish)
Full Results: iffa2014autumn
Phil Dixon (captain), Lee Bartlett, Paul Bebb, John Bowen, David Currie, Peter Elliott, Ryan Feber, André Gysler, John Hood, Tim Joyce, Michael Laycock, Gary Owen, Simon Robinson, Mark Rose & Paul Angell (manager).
Paul, our new Loch Style Manager for the Autumn International team reports: “After three days practice in light wind and often bright sunshine, the teams from the four home nations took to the water on match day, in overcast conditions with a slightly stronger breeze and a wind shift to a steady Southerly. The boats scattered to various parts of the lake, with many heading to the Northern end of the lake which had been producing fish all week. However, the change in conditions had obviously affected the fish, and soon boats were seen moving to other areas to try to locate fish that were willing to take, with varying degrees of success.
The England team tactics were to use Boobies, Dabblers, and foam-bodied Daddies on a variety of lines, according to the depth at which the fish were found on the day, popping the flies through the surface to start with, and holding on the hang at the end of the retrieve. Team captain Phil Dixon led by example, putting together a Brown Bowl winning score of 19 fish, eight more than his nearest rival, and was well supported by his team members who came in with a total of 94 fish, ten ahead of Scotland in second place, Wales with 64 in third, and Ireland with 51 in fourth.
I regard this as a great team performance, based on the sharing of knowledge and ideas to develop a winning strategy, and an outstanding captain’s performance to comfortably take the individual top position by Phil Dixon.
The team wish to thank all the sponsors of Team England Fly Fishing for their help and support, and particularly Craghoppers for supplying the team clothing for the event.”
Paul’s Bio: Age 59, a retired schoolteacher from the West Midlands with almost 40 years experience of fly fishing. I have represented England at Loch-Style 3 times between 2011-13, including captaining the side at the Lake of Menteith in 2013. In addition I am Chairman of “The Nomads” Flyfishing Club and act as an education advisor for the Countryside Alliance Fishing 4 Schools project
2014 Spring Loch Style Home International
|Dates:||27th to 31st May (incl.)|
|Match date:||Friday 30th May|
||Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar|
AT Team England FF in convincing victory!!
1. England (59 fish) 75-11-0
2. Ireland (32 fish) 41-9-4
3. Wales (33 fish) 41-2-2
4. Scotland (29 fish) 37-11-0
Brown Bowl: Phil Longstaff, England – (10 fish) 11-12-8
Biggest Fish: James Atkinson, England – 3-3-0
Official’s Trophy: Stephen Peart, England – (4 fish) 5-2-8
Full Results: IFFA 2014 Spring Results
Well done to all of the Team England FF team:
Stephen Peart (Manager), Mark Withyman (Captain), James Atkinson, Tony Baldwin, Joel Beeney, Vince Brooks, Tony Curtis, John Humphry, Dave Johns, Phil Longstaff, Gary Morris, John Pearn, Clive Perkins, Leigh Pond & Bill Rankin.
Spring Loch Style Manager Stephen Peart: Age 40, currently employed as a Manufacturing Production Manager for Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics, a global medical devices company. I have over thirty years fly fishing experience with twenty years dedicated to competitive fly fishing. Represented England at Loch Style 4 times winning three Gold medals and captaining the side in 2002 at Loch Leven to Gold. In addition I am a member of the Ospreys Fly Fishing Team and over the years have been fortunate to fish with and learn from some of the finest anglers the UK has to offer.
2013 Autumn International, Lake of Menteith, 20th September
Fourteen of the top English loch-style anglers will be travelling to the Lake of Menteith, Scotland, in mid-September for the Autumn Home International against the host nation, Wales and Ireland.
The England team comprises the top anglers from the National final fished last year at Bewl Water in Kent. The team is captained by Stafford angler Paul Angell, who had this to say about the team’s prospects in Scotland.
“With just over a month to go until the Autumn International at the Lake of Menteith, the anticipation and excitement are really starting to build. The England team has a good mix of new caps and experienced internationals, and a great team spirit is emerging. We are all looking forward to pitting ourselves against the other home nations and believe we have the talent and the qualities needed to produce a winning result.
“All the teams are strong, but the Scots, on their home water, and with their excellent organization and recent record, will certainly start, on paper, as the favourites. Having said that, we are going to be fishing for stocked rainbow trout, which is something most of the teams will be very used to. Who will emerge as the winning team on the 20th September will be largely down to who has prepared best and who has been best able to adapt to the conditions on the day. Of course a little bit of luck is always important, but at this level, luck only plays a minor role.
“The Lake of Menteith is a top quality fishery, with clear water, and hard fighting fish. What more could you ask for in an International venue? At 700 acres it is big enough to provide a real challenge, but not so large as to make fish location a major problem on the practice days leading up to the competition.
‘Team England will be going flat out to go one better than in the Spring International where the Scots were victorious, beating us convincingly into second place, but no-one should forget that there are four teams of dedicated anglers, all at the top of their sport, all of whom will be giving their all in pursuit of victory. May the best team on the day win. All I know is that I am immensely proud to be leading a great bunch of guys, and captaining my country at the sport which I love.”
The full England team will comprise: Paul Angell (Captain), Glenn Appleby, Tom Bird, Martin Burgess, Howard Croston, Tom Davies, Paul Davison, Anthony Fox, Martin Griffiths, Gary Hedges, John Hood, Paul Kitchen, Mark Macleod, and Steve Smalley
Good luck to them all!
Courtesy of the Angling Trust
1st: Scotland (135 fish) 299-14-8
2nd: Ireland (107 fish) 247-4-7
3rd: Wales (106 fish) 243-4-0
4th: England (99 fish) 234-1-4
Best Basket (Brown Bowl): Ray Anderson (Scotland) 18 fish for 37-10-2
Heaviest Trout: Colin MacDonald (Scotland) 7-4-0
Congratulations to Scotland for another convincing victory.
Full Results: iffa2013autumn
2013 Spring International, Bewl Water, 17th May
1. Scotland (63 fish) 127-14-0
2. England (42 fish) 79-8-8
3. Wales (32 fish) 61-11-8
Best Basket: Peter Auchterlonie (Scotland) 9 fish for 20-5-0
Heaviest Trout: Richard Hooper (Wales) 3-3-0
Irish best basket: Francis McSharry 6 fish for 13-8-8
Scottish best basket: Peter Auchterlonie 9 fish for 20-5-0
Welsh best basket: Jason Heath 4 fish for 9-2-8
Full Results: iffa2013spring
Some practice days had seen strong winds, which did not help the fishing, but conditions improved with a moderate SSE the day before the match, which saw most teams do rather better. On match day, however, the wind swung round to a chilly NNE. Scotland nevertheless sealed a convincing victory, taking the top three individual spots. Overcast conditions saw the wind drop to a good nymphing speed, encouraging some competitors to take off the DI3 they went out on, to switch to the floater or midge-tip. Birds were active as a few areas saw heavy hatches of green midge, with fish holing up in tight pockets near the bank. Hook Straight saw the most boats, but Ferry Point and Monty’s Seat was also popular. The following represented Team England FF:
Richard Slater (captain), John Ball, Robert Barden, Paul Canning, Andy Croucher, Steve Cullen, Harry Fox, John Hardy, John Horsey, Simon Kidd, Paul Lee, Denis Symonds, Roger Truscott & John Tyzack, with Clive Collier (manager).
Our congratulations to Scotland, and our thanks to Bewl Water management for providing such a fair venue, and to the Mercury Tunbridge Wells hotel, Pembury, for their hospitality.
(Images courtesy of Cliff Waters of Fishypics. Our thanks also go to photographer Alan Ward, Fieldsports Britain YouTube channel, and Andy Ford from Sky TV’s Tightlines, who also covered the event. Catch the Fieldsports Britain coverage here – from 16.13 onwards. You can catch the Tightlines broadcast as a podcast here)
Autumn Loch-style team, Lake of Menteith 20th September
Paul Angell (Capt), Glenn Appleby, Tom Bird, Martin Burgess, Howard Croston, Tom Davies, Paul Davison, Anthony Fox, Martin Griffiths, Gary Hedges, John Hood, Paul Kitchen, Mark Macleod, Steve Smalley, Reserve – Andrew Taylor
TEFF Boat Manager: to be advised
2012 Spring Loch Style Home International
|Dates:||15th to 19th May (incl.)|
|Match date:||Friday 18th May|
||Crover House Hotel|
For more information visit the The Lough Sheelin Boatmen site.
The Team England FF team for this year’s Spring Loch-style Home International on Lough Sheelin consisted of:
Martin Introna (Manager), Bill Rankin (Captain), Paul Angell, Sean Brooks, Steve Collins, Ian Donaldson, David Drake, Stephen Ellerbeck, Martin Greatbach, Kim Green, Mark Howard, Mark MacLeod, Colin Martin, John Stevenson and Mark Withyman.
Ireland won Gold with Keiron Thomas of Wales taking the Brown Bowl with 7 fish.
1st Ireland 34 fish 2076 points
2nd Wales 32 fish 2004 points
3rd Scotland 27 fish 1692 points
4th England 13 fish 788 points
Brown Bowl: Kieron Thomas (Wales)
H. Emyr Lewis Trophy: Frank Kelly (Ireland)
Full Results: iffa2012spring
Video featuring the victorious Irish side
TEFF Boat Manager Martin Introna comments, “Fantastic week despite our result but hey! Well done to all the medal winners! The England team with Captain Bill Rankin worked their socks off and the new caps (all 7 of them) including our reserve performed like seasoned internationals! We knew we needed to average 2 fish per man and were around that figure during our practice days…we did our best but were beaten by some great teams! Well done to home nation Ireland who closely won from a strong Welsh team effort followed by Scotland and England who absolutely worked like troopers and were a credit to TEFF. I’m sure some will rejoice in our position but let me tell you this, once you have sampled this type of fishing in the wonderful country of Ireland, please take time to consider how massively different it is to our heavily stocked reservoirs where in some cases you would bag up using bunch of keys tied to a hook…Ireland is all about the fishing…not the ‘catching’! We all made many new friends and will hopefully keep in touch. Stan Headley and I had a terrific time as newbie managers and learned a lot through our experience. Our guys took a good look at our spoon…I insisted…as it should be a long time before we have the opportunity again…we shall return!
Thanks to Crover Hotel for their fantastic service to our party and to Micheal Callaghan for all the organising and lastly to Lawrence Finney for the framed flies given to the managers, a complete star of a man!
PS, I would like to thank all my mates who are sending all the joke ‘spoon’ texts to me…as expected they are all English apart from one who shall remain nameless (Boo)…Love the banter! I give it so I have to take it ha ha! One thing is for sure, and I am positive I speak for the whole English squad, if we could do it all again knowing we would still come back with the ‘Spoon’…we would swim over!”
Martin adds “Massive thanks John Ball for all his guidance and help for me personally in making this a trip to remember”.
Manager Martin Introna recently confirmed that Stena Line are sponsoring the Spring Home International loch-style team by offering reduced ferry rates. Martin added, “We appreciate Stena Line’s help and can fully endorse them as ferry operators”. The Spring Loch-style International will take place in May at Lough Sheelin, so the cost of travel and logistics to Ireland is a major consideration.
2012 Autumn Loch Style Home International
|Dates:||4th to 8th September (incl.)|
|Match date:||7th September|
|Accommodation:||Hands Hotel Llangollen|
Martin Introna (manager)
|Rob Sosbe (captain)|
1. Scotland 52 fish 72lbs 3ozs
2. England 38 fish 52lbs 2ozs
3. Ireland 32 fish 45lbs 10ozs
4. Wales 17 fish 23lbs 9ozs
Brown Bowl: John Buchanan (Scotland) 9 fish 12lbs 7.25ozs
Full Results: iffa2012autumn
England team boat manager Martin Introna commented, “Just a huge thanks to all involved at the Autumn International, especially Wynnora Thomas who worked tirelessly organising this event. I wish to thank my team for winning silver on my second international as manager and being the only team not to record a blank. Rest assured we shall be stronger next year you have my word on that!”