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 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).


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.


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.


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


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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2019 Autumn Loch-style Home International, Lake of Menteith


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


  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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2019 AT TEFF National Rivers Final

Day One – Carl Nixon briefs the 32 competitors

Sean Brooks tackles the River Dee

Beat C – ‘Dollies’

Chris Micallef nets a grayling at the top of Beat A, Llangollen

The weekend of the 20th & 21st July saw the top 32 anglers from the regional river qualifiers head to the River Dee at Llangollen to fish for a place in the rivers international team for 2020.

With no practice after the 7th July, the anglers who practiced up to the cut-off date found the fishing to be tricky; the resident brownies were willing to feed whilst the grayling were not as cooperative. Heavy rain the day before the match weekend also saw the river rise and colour slightly, forcing many of the competitors to have a late rethink on their tactics.

After the first day briefing the morning sessions were fished on Beat A, top of Llangollen, and Beat C “Dollies”. As predicted the fishing was challenging. Harry Fox won his section at Llangollen and Cameron Craigs his at “Dollies”. The afternoon session saw anglers fish Beat B, the Golf Course, and Beat D, the Country Park. With the river dropping and starting to clear, those fishing the afternoon found the fish willing to feed with James Atkinson taking top spot in the Country Park section, and current rivers champion Mark Lynch winning the Golf Course section. At the end of day one things were very close with at least half the field still in contention for a top six spot.

Day two saw the river drop further and clear. Hopes were high that dries might come into play as the river clarity improved. The first session saw anglers head to the Country Park and Golf Course. James Atkinson found fish again catching seven and one in his two 1.5hr sessions at the Golf Course, whilst at the Country Park there was a mixed bag of results with some anglers faring well whilst others struggled. The final sessions took place at Llangollen and Dollies. Dries were now starting to work as the grayling looked up for food. Chris Micallef took his final three fish on dries as he covered rising fish in the Fridge and Top Pools. As the anglers returned to the Hand Hotel in Llangollen with their score cards it looked like the match was going to be a close-run affair.

After a superb buffet at the hotel the results were announced. It was close with just four place points separating the top ten anglers. In first position was James Atkinson who caught 17 fish for 10 place points and was crowned the England National Rivers Champion for 2019. Second was Chris Micallef with 10 fish for 11 place points and third was Cameron Craigs with 12 fish for 12 place points. Harry Fox was fourth and Carl Nixon fifth with Mike Dixon finishing sixth taking the reserve spot. These six anglers will now form the England team for the Rivers International in June 2020.

2019 National Rivers Champion James Atkinson receiving his trophy
(Photo: From left to right; Carl Nixon, Andy Taylor & James Atkinson)

Runner up – Chris Micallef
(Photo: From left to right; Andy Taylor & Chris Micallef)

Third place – Cameron Craigs
(Photo: From left to right; Andy Taylor & Cameron Craigs)

2019 National Rivers Champion James Atkinson

Top six anglers along with AT Competition Support Officer Andy Taylor

 James Atkinson said, “This year’s national final was always going to be tough. The river was not giving up large numbers of fish in the weeks leading up to the competition and coupled with a field of strong anglers, it was going to be a tight finish. I had been practicing leading up to the final, fishing the river on several occasions locating the best pools and flies. It became clear that a lot of fish were held up in the fast water at the heads of the pools with a long French leader and two tungsten nymphs either black or hare’s ear working well for me.

I drew the Country Park in the first session and had preference three. From practice I knew there were a lot of fish below the Aqueduct and started there. Armed with my French leader I managed six fish quite quickly, knowing this would be enough fish to do well in the session I opted to stop fishing for 15 minutes to save the water for my second session. This paid off by allowing me to get another five out of the same water.

Session 2 on the Golf Course was going to be tough with only a few fish been caught the previous afternoon. With a low start number, I let the rest of angler’s head to their sections. With no angler’s going to the very top pool, so I opted to start there. Fishing the same way as the previous day with a long leader and two heavy but small nymphets (size 14 with 4mm and 3.5mm beads) I fished the head of the top pool for five fish. I then decided to leave the rest for later and head to the riffle above the sewage works. I quickly got another two and decided to leave what I thought was the best pool for the second session, so I again stopped fishing. Unfortunately, there seemed to be no more fish in this pool, much to my surprise, so I headed back to my starting position and managed one more fish. Thankfully this was enough for me!

I would like to thank Carl Nixon for organising the event and the Angling Trust for their continued work to allow these competitions to happen. Also, a massive well done to the other qualifiers and anglers. Bring on the River Don!”

Andy Taylor Competitions Support Officer, Angling Trust said, “This was a great two-day final on a superb piece of river. We would like to thank Llangollen and Maelor Angling Association for allowing us to use their waters. Congratulations to James Atkinson, the new National Rivers Champion, and to the other anglers who finished in the top six.  This was a great performance from James over the two days. We wish the team well in their search for gold in the 2020 International in Scotland.

The AT TEFF would also like to thank Carl Nixon for organising this year’s final and two qualifiers, Mike Dixon for compiling the results, the volunteers who organised and ran the river qualifiers, and Kirsty Marshall for her work behind the scenes at the Angling Trust. The Hand Hotel was the perfect base for the event. Finally, a big thank you to all those anglers who entered the rivers qualifiers this year and to the 32 who competed in the final. The camaraderie and banter make this event a must for any river angler. It really is a great competition where you can learn so much.”

Overall Results:

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2019 Loch-style Qualifiers

National Final: Chew Valley – 28th-29th September


Angling Trust dedicated entry site:


Risk Assessment for all venues:

ATTEFF – Risk Assessment – all venues 2019

Dates and Venues doc via Google Drive:


Guidance Notes / Rules / FAQs:


Match Calendar:


Please note that all dates are now confirmed.

Stocks – 21st April – Results: 1. Ben Race 2. Neil Hodgson 3. Andy Campbell 4. Mark Howard 5. Ian Gaskell 6. Derek Moore 7. Peter Crowe (through to National Final) 8. John Brown 9. Stan Moore 10. Matt Nuttall 11. Paul Runec 12. Ben Fox 13. Robert Shaw 14. Stephen Smalley (invited to Repechage) 28 competed 291 fish 10.39 average

Blagdon – 21st April – Results: 1. Gary Morris 2. Dave Reynolds 3. Mark Miles 4. Tony Baldwin 5. Mark Haycock 6. David Bromley 7. Niki Long 8. Nicholas Tompkins 9. Terry Phillips 10. John Pearn 11. Martin Barrett 12. Paul Sweatman (through to National Final) 13. Andrew Haskins 14. Gary Haskins 15. Mark Withyman 16. Paul Roach 17. Julian Curry 18. Malcom Hunt 19. Paddy Mounter 20. Mark Stevens 21. Yousef Dar 22. David Minall 23. Julian Weddle 24. Vince Howley (invited to Repechage)

Grafham – 3rd MayResults: 1. Mark Thomas 2. Kim Green 3. Pablo Mullings 4. Tony Curtis 5. Lloyd Thompson 6. Tim Joyce 7. Frank Sumnall 8. Peter Elliott 9. Edward Foster 10. Mark Rose 11. Anthony Meadows 12. Richard Slater 13. Sean Hanlon (through to National Final) 14. Eric Caisley 15. David Eames 16. Gary How 17. Thomas Davis 18. Paul Tweddle 19. Leigh Pond 20. Richard Denney 21. Ryan Feber 22. Sam Bailey 23. John Hardy 24. Graham Willis 25. John Hancock 26. Andrew Taylor (invited to Repechage)

Eyebrook – 19th MayResults: 1. Ed Smith 2. Steven Cullen 3. Martin Introna (through to National Final) 4. Charlie Abrahams 5. Jonathan Wood 6. Alexander Urquhart (invited to Repechage)

Chew – 19th MayResults: 1. John Horsey 2. Tim Wellman 3. Malcom Hunt 4. Paul Roach 5. Andrew Haskins 6. Gary Haskins 7. Rob Allen (through to National Final) 8. Graham Currie 9. Mark Withyman 10. Martin Burgess 11. Matt Kingdon 12. Alan Williams 13. Mark Stevens 14. John Gumbleton (invited to Repechage)

Blithfield – 24th May Results: 1. Craig Barr 2. Jay Curry 3. Andy G Taylor 4. David Currie 5. Alexander Johnstone 6. David Johns 7. Robert Wheeldon 8. Paul Angell 9. John Piper (through to National Final) 10. Gary Wright 11. Tony Smith 12. Simon Caddy 13. Tim Gilchrist 14. Sam Bailey 15. Ian Colclough 16. Bill Rankin 17. Nicholas Tompkins 18. John Hood (invited to Repechage)

Bewl – 9th June Results: 1. John Hancock 2. Philip Thompson 3. Ian Watts 4. Joel Beeney (through to National Final) 5. Baz Reece 6. Michael Heritage 7. Paul Canning 8. Simon Bosher (invited to Repechage)

Carsington – 23rd June Results: 1. Dom Sheratte 2. Sam Bailey 3. Iain Barr 4. Andy Axon 5. Phil Shaw-Browne 6. Martin Burgess 7. Martin Griffiths 8. Leigh Pond (through to National Final) 9. Paul Runec 10. Andrew Esplin 11. Richard Hood 12. Chris Guthrie 13. Gareth Tilley 14. John Humphrey 15. Nick Donald 16. Tim Gilchrist (invited to Repechage) Full Results: IMG_20190624_121233 Match Report: Carsington Qualifier Report

Stocks – 30th June – Results: 1. Ryan Feber 2. Ben Dobson 3. Shaun Gaskell 4. Simon Gaines (through to National Final) 5. Warren Langridge 6. Bruce Blackshaw 7. Stephen Griffith 8. Neil Heath (invited to Repechage) 18 competed 114 fish 6.33 average Full Results: 64304013_905056739848454_9040567688887271424_n Match Report: Stocks Qualifier Report

Rutland – 7th July – Results: 1. John Humphry 2. Ashley Davies 3. Eamonn Mounter 4. Andy Cottam 5. Ben Watson 6. Michael Heritage 7. Thomas Finney 8. Charlie Abrahams 9. Yousef Dar 10. Graham Willis (through to National Final) 11. Norman Rushton 12. Dave Porter 13. David Newing 14. Lee Patten 15. Mark Macleod 16. Paul Calvert 17. Daniel Tranter 18. Tez Livin 19. Bart Farmer 20. Eric Caisley  (invited to Repechage) 42 competed 175 fish 4.2 average Full Results: TEFF Loch Style 2019 – Rutland Heat Results Match Report: Rutland Qualifier Report

Draycote (repechage) – 21st July – Results: 1. Gary Wright 2. John Hardy 3. Gareth Tilley 4. Paul Calvert 5. John Brown 6. John Hood 7. Antony Smith 8. Paul Runec 9. Bill Rankin 10. Dave Porter 11. Graham Currie 12. Baz Reece 13. Richard Denney 14. Dave Eames 15. Alan Williams 16. Paul Canning 17. Robert Shaw 18. Lee Patten 19. Alex Urquhart 20. Bruce Blackshaw 21. Norman Rushton 22. Daniel Tranter 23. David Newing (through to National Final) Match Report: Repechage Report

National Final: Chew Valley – 28th-29th September

Any queries contact Ian Colclough on 07751603031




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2018/19 Rivers National Final Invitation

Invitations for the 2018/19 Rivers National, Sat 20th – Sun 21st July, on the R.Dee, Llangollen, have been sent out to those who qualified:

Congratulations on securing a place in this year’s Rivers National Final.

Please read the content of this letter very carefully – you need to take action from 24th June.

The Final has 8 fishing/scoring sessions.

Day 1: Sessions 1 & 2. 09.45-11.15-12.45. Sessions 3 & 4.15.00-16.30-18.00.

Day 2: Sessions 5 & 6. 09.45-11.15-12.45. Sessions 7 & 8.15.00-16.30-18.00.

The draw splits the 32 Finalists into 4 groups A,B,C,D. These groups then fish or control as per the draw done Thursday evening.


Date: Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July 2019

Venue: River Dee, Llangollen Maelor AA Water

Rods: 32

SUNDAY 7th July
Final Practice day. No further fishing on Championship beats by Finalists

19.00 draw for Groups and Priority Number at Hand Hotel, Llangollen – all welcome

Anglers free to walk the beats


07.30-07.45: registration at the Hand Hotel, Bridge Street, Llangollen. LL20 8PL

07.45: briefing

08.00: depart for am sessions

09.45-12.45: fishing sessions 1 & 2

13.00-13.30: return to Hand Hotel. Submit score cards & Change over

13.30: depart for pm sessions

15.00-18.00: fishing sessions 3 & 4

18.30-19.30: return to Hand Hotel. Submit score cards

19.45- : Day 1 results available Hand Hotel


07.30-07.45: registration at the Hand Hotel, Bridge Street, Llangollen. LL20 8PL

07.45: briefing

08.00: depart for am sessions

09.45-12.45: fishing sessions 5 & 6

13.00-13.30: return to Hand Hotel. Submit score cards & Change over

13.30: depart for pm sessions

15.00-18.00: fishing sessions 7 & 8

18.30-19.30: return to Hand Hotel. Submit score cards

19.45- : Supper at Hand Hotel

19.45- : Day 2 & Final Results

Qualification: top 5 to gain place in team for 2020 & 6th place reserve

Tickets Open: 10.00 on 24th June

Tickets Close: 16:00 on 4th July

Cost: Entry fee £91.00 non-members of LMAA / £55.00 members of LMAA (you will be asked to present your card to Andy Taylor before the match)

Practice: Final day is Sunday 7th July (inclusive)
Permits for Practice can be purchased at Watkins & Williams, Llangollen. L&M AA members are not required to purchase permits for practice.
Address is Watkins & Williams. 6 Berwyn Street, Llangollen, LL20 8ND. Practice Tickets can also be purchased in advance online direct. https://www.llangollen-maelor-angling.com/tariff-booking.html

Notes: 1. entries after the closing date will not be accepted and your place will be allocated to a reserve

2. You must be an individual member of AT you will not be allowed to compete

All entries via the Angling Trust Booking System


Booking Process: You must be a valid, in date member of the AT to receive an invite & purchase a ticket.

  1. Log into the system before you try to purchase your ticket*
  2. Select purchase ticket
  3. Complete purchase

*If you have not logged into the system before or cannot remember your password, you can reset your password via the log in screen and you will be sent an email with instructions on how to reset your password. Please check your spam or junk folder as it may go there rather than direct to your inbox.

If you have any issues please contact Kirsty on kirsty.marshall@anglingtrust.net or 0115 822 4532.

Rules: Fishing will be to ATTEFF International Competition Rules and those Rule Modifications listed below. Copies of the Rules are available on the TEFF web site https://te-ff.org/team-england/competition-rules/ but the main points will be briefed on the day. You should also familiarise yourself with all the fishery rules: https://www.llangollen-maelor-angling.com/rules.html

Beat map: http://bit.ly/2FhIQcG

Rule Modifications

1. Trout, Grayling & Sea Trout 2. Size limit – minimum 20cm


Register at the hotel between 07:30-07:45 on the day on the 20th July. If you miss the registration, then you will miss the match. Any no show places on the 20th July will be taken by a Reserve who presents themselves at registration. If more than 1 reserve is present, then reserves will draw lots for the Final place(s). You must contact the organiser asap if you are going to be late.

Be a valid member of the Angling Trust to fish the National Final and agree to abide by the competition rules of AT-TEFF & fishery rules.

Attend the briefing that will be given at 07:45 on both days. At the conclusion of the calculation of the results on day 2, the final result will be finalised and announced shortly afterwards.

Food will be available from approx. 19:45 on Sunday 21st at the Hand Hotel.

We look forward to seeing you all in Llangollen for the final. This event will be run and administered by Andy Taylor (details on email) & Carl Nixon.

Best Wishes and Tight Lines.

AT TEFF 2018/19 Rivers National Final Invitation: AT TEFF Rivers National 2018-19 Final Info


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2019 Rivers Home International, R.Agivey, Ireland

Country: IRELAND

Venue: River Agivey

Dates: 3rd to 6th July (incl.)

Match date: Friday 5th July

Accommodation: The Bushtown Hotel, Coleraine



The Rivers International team flew and drove to Northern Ireland on Sunday to fish the River Agivey, in the IFFA Rivers Home International against Scotland, Wales & Ireland from 3rd – 6th July.

With a mix of overall international experience and fresh faces to the Rivers Team, the lads have put in hours of homework and time on the water – two team weekends which included an advance 3-day trip to Ireland to ensure the best possible start and outcome to their trip.

The host nation will be hard to beat on home water, but the team have given everything so far to ensure they can get the best possible result! Best of luck guys!

The Rivers team: Carl Nixon (Manager & Reserve), Del Spry (Captain), Simon Clarke, Cameron Craigs, Paul Fairhurst, Mark Lynch.


















  1. Ireland – 87 fish – 3882 fish pts – 34 placing pts
  2. Scotland – 49 fish – 2119 fish pts – 50 placing pts
  3. England – 41 fish – 1795 fish pts – 54 placing pts
  4. Wales – 32 fish – 1403 fish pts – 63 placing pts

Individual Winner (winner of the ‘Moc Morgan’ Trophy): Donal Monaghan (Ireland) – 5 placing pts

Largest Fish (winner of the ‘Mike Childs’ Trophy):  Glen McCrave – 35.1cms

Congratulations to Ireland. With all five of their team in the top six, this was certainly a convincing victory by the home side.

Full Results: 2019 IFA River International Results

AT TEFF England Rivers Team 2019

AT Team England – Bronze Medallists in the 2019 River Home International

River Agivey, Ireland

A trout about to be measured on match day

Wychwood Game supplied softshell jackets

Pure Fishing, Hunt’s Original & Albury Estates supported Team England

The Angling Trust reports: The ATTEFF Rivers Team consisting of Del Spry (Captain), Cameron Craigs, Mark Lynch, Simon Clarke, Paul Fairhurst and Carl Nixon (Manager/Reserve) headed out to the River Agivey in Ireland to compete in the recent Home International, 1st-5th July. England had several new caps in its team of six and beating the home team, and the experienced Welsh and Scottish teams, was always going to be a difficult task. Three of the team went out for a three-day trip in June to practice on the river and this proved valuable as the team prepared on the official practice days before the match.

As the week and practice progressed the team worked well to come up with working methods and to identify fish holding areas and access points. However, the big numbers and sizable fish soon made themselves scarce as match day approached. The team settled on a few successful methods, these being; the Duo, Double Nymph, a Single Plume Tip for the rising fish, and a larger Parker’s Dry in dead water slowly twitched back to get a response. The river conditions all week were ideal, however, agricultural machinery, capable of raising and dropping the level 2-4 inches in a matter of an hour or so, made the fish a little skittish at times.

On match day the Scottish and Welsh teams picked up blanks in the morning session and the Irish and English all caught. Things were close heading into the afternoon session. The afternoon sessions proved difficult and again the Scottish and Welsh teams picked up more blanks, unfortunately so too did the England team. The final scores saw Ireland win on home turf, with Scotland taking silver and England bronze.

Del Spry, Team Captain, said, “On the whole the week went very smoothly; the Irish did a fantastic job at organising everything. The team worked well together and worked hard on the water, both during practice and match day. We had an inexperienced team, but they were not lacking in effort and this showed in the results as we were only a few points behind a very experienced and disciplined Scottish team. This was a great England team and with more experience at this level I am sure we can improve on the results next year.”

Carl Nixon, Manager, said, “For an inexperienced team, we pushed a very experienced, circa 50 capped Scottish team hard for Silver. It was not the result we had hoped for but one we are all proud of considering the experience of the other teams. We would like to thank our sponsors Wychwood Game, Pure Fishing, Hunt’s Original and the Duke of Northumberland and Albury Estates for their support.”

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