39th 2019 FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship, Tasmania

AT TEFF World Team Captain/Manager and newly crowned individual World Champion Howard Croston reports back on the 2019 World Fly Fishing Championships in Tasmania.

Howard Croston, World Champion, back on home turf with his winner’s shield

The team departed for Tasmania on Thursday 21st November for the long haul down to Tasmania – a small Island located off the coast of mainland Australia. The team consisting of Howard Croston (captain/manager), Lee Bartlett, Steve Cullen, Tony Baldwin, Mike Dixon and Bernie Maher (reserve/acting captain) arrived on Saturday 23rd November in Launceston to start the 2019 campaign.

Twenty-three countries, each with teams of five anglers competed for five days across five venues in gruelling conditions in the central highlands of Tasmania. Venues included both rivers and lakes where the target species were wild brown and rainbow trout. All the sessions were fished to full catch and release FIPS rules where scoring is based on the length of the eligible fish which are carefully measured and released. All fish over 20cms count towards the competition, with longer fish scoring more points. The winner of each section is placed first and receives one point, second two points etc. The ultimate winner is then the person with the lowest number of points after five days.

New World Champion Howard Croston with a superb river brown

Practice Days

The team were provided with detailed information covering all the venues including maps of drifts, prevailing winds, recognised hot spots and general background information for each of the lake venues along with more general information for the river sectors. Practice venues were chosen on the basis of similar altitude and characteristics to the actual comp venues and not on the easiest “fishing” venues.

The team had two river practice days and three boat practice days to again mimic the competition format and only practiced hard during actual competition hours to try and gain a good perspective of the fishing in difficult and changeable conditions, with “lighter” general practice either side of match hours.

Despite boats being hard to come by Team England secured three boats for three days of practice, thanks to the incredible generosity from some top local anglers who went above and beyond in offering assistance and time to help out.

AT TEFF World Team and Guides

The team was based out of the IFS Station close to the great lake that was both comfortable and local to the practice venues with a large communal area for fly tying etc. This was kindly provided by the IFS and proved to be the best training camp England have enjoyed in many years with six single bed rooms, two shower rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, log burner and drying room!

Practice went well with everyone catching on a number of methods however certain flies and tactics proved more reliable than others – the team moved into the competition hotel on 30th November ready for the start on December 2nd.

Home for the practice days

Session One

England made a good start to the championships, ending the first session in fourth place with 38 placing points, behind the Czech Republic in first with 16 points.  Finland were second with 29 points, and Slovakia third with 36 points. Howard Croston won his boat session on Penstock Lagoon with 11 fish, while Tony Baldwin finished sixth on Little Pine Lagoon, another boat sector, with four fish. Steve Cullen was twelfth on Woods Lake.  On the river sectors Lee Bartlett finished ninth on the Meander River with Mike Dixon eleventh on the Mersey River.

Session Two

England built on their good start to end the second session in second place with 61 placing points, just one behind the Czech Republic on 60 points, and ahead of Australia and Slovakia. Mike Dixon won his boat session on Little Pine Lagoon with seven fish, with Tony Baldwin seventh on Penstock Lagoon and Lee Bartlett ninth on Woods Lake. This was backed by a second place for Steve Cullen on the Mersey River, and a fourth for Howard Croston on the Meander River, putting him third in the overall Individual placings, behind Jonathan Stagg (Australia) and Pavel Chyba (Czech Republic).

Session Three

As the competition sectors came under increasing pressure, England slipped to fifth place with 127 placing points, behind Spain fourth with 123 points, France with 119 points, the Czech Republic second with 116 points and Australia first with 115 points. Howard Croston came seventh on the boat sector Woods Lake and was now lying in fourth place in the overall individual placings. Elsewhere on the lake sectors, Mike Dixon came ninth on Penstock Lagoon, while Steve Cullen was one of nine who failed to catch on Little Pine Lagoon. On the rivers, Tony Baldwin came eighth on the Meander River with Lee Bartlett 20th on the Mersey River.

Session Four

Howard Croston continued his excellent captain’s performance with a second place on the Mersey River and was top in the current Individual rankings with 14 placing points, one ahead of Federico Santi Amantini (Italy) in second. Despite this, England slipped to 8th overall with 185 points, as France moved into first place with 146, with Spain second on 147, and Italy third on 161. Lee Bartlett avoided a blank on Little Pine Lagoon (where nine anglers blanked), as did Steve Cullen on Penstock Lagoon, while Mike Dixon came tenth on the Meander River, and Tony Baldwin 13th on Woods Lake.

Session Five

Howard Croston is the 2019 World Individual Champion! After a fifth place in his final session on Little Pine Lagoon he finished with 19 placing points, the same total as David Garcia (Spain) but secured the gold thanks to a higher fish points total, with Kristian Sveda (Slovakia) getting bronze with 22 points, ahead of Sebastien Delcor (France).  On the other sectors Mike Dixon came fifth on Woods Lake, Lee Bartlett was ninth on Penstock Lagoon, with Tony Baldwin thirteenth on the Mersey River, and Steve Cullen sixteenth on the Meander River. In the team championships England hung on to eigth place, finishing with 233 placing points. It was close at the top. France were crowned the 2019 World Team Champions with 190 points, with the Czech Republic getting the silver with 191 points, and Spain winning the bronze with 192 points.

Preparing for a day afloat on one of the Tasmania Lakes

Close Contest in Tough Conditions

The conditions overall in the event were challenging to say the least with gale force winds affecting all of the venues and snow and heavy rain at times affecting the higher altitude lakes. This poor unseasonable weather affected the natural fly life and stalled some of the expected action on the hatch driven lakes to some degree levelling the field and removing much of the home teams’ advantage.

Team England as a whole fished well, and for a short while held on to second place overall before slowly slipping to the eventual finish place of eighth.  World championships are always closely contested, and Tasmania was an incredibly close competition with the results swinging wildly based on a number of rapidly changing factors – including river beat draws and wild weather conditions continually changing the prospects on the lakes – often within the same session.

Congratulations are due to the ever-consistent teams that made the podium despite this year’s boat fishing bias that should have seen England perform better. Ultimately despite fishing well the very close nature of the competition saw a relatively new England Team struggle to maintain the consistency needed to make the podium despite some good consistent results from anglers including Mike Dixon’s solid top 20 finish. Howard finished with 41 fish, the longest fish at 50.2cms and 19 place points.

Howard prepares for one of his fishing sessions

Howard Croston, World Team Captain and Manager and the 2019 World Champion said, “To compete against the best anglers in the world so far from home on unknown venues in some of the worse weather conditions imaginable was a very daunting task, however, the team practiced well and found solid methods that beat the conditions. To win a gold medal whilst captaining and managing my country was something, I never dreamed possible and, despite the conditions, the incredible fishing in Tasmania did not disappoint.”

Andy Taylor AT Competitions Support Officer said, “It’s been ten years since England last had an individual gold medal and Howard’s gold caps off a great performance in some tricky fishing conditions against the best anglers in the World. Howard has put in a considerable amount of time, hard work and effort over the years and to captain and manage a team over the other side of the World shows his commitment and desire to be competing at the highest level. To be World Champion and to lead a new team to eighth place in this year’s championships is a huge achievement and I know that he will bring even further success in Finland next year.”

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AT TEFF announce 2020 World & European team selections

Angling Trust’s Team England Fly Fishing announced today its World and European teams for the forthcoming 40th FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship and 26th FIPS Mouche European Fly Fishing Championship.

WORLD TEAM

The 40th FIPS Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship will be held in Kuusamo and Taivalkoski regions, Finland from August 11th to 18th, 2020.

The Championship will be held over 5 sessions fished at 5 venues; rivers Kitkajoki and Kuusinkijoki as well as lakes lmäluoma, Petäjälampi and Koverrusjärvi. The World squad are expected to fly out to Finland before the Championship for venue practices and tactical development.

The squad will be led by the 2019 World Champion Howard Croston as Captain and Manager with Team Members, Michael Dixon, Scott Nellins, Terry Phillips, Harry Fox and Davey Parker. This will be Howard’s 12th world cap. The Team has 20 World Team and 14 European Team caps between them. Finland has been a challenge for both Team and Individuals in the past.

World Team Captain and Manager Howard Croston stated: –

“The team has been carefully selected to deliver the best chance of success in Finland, with a combination of new Talent but also a heavy bias towards experience. There are a number of unknowns in this championship including the use of whitefish lakes that we have little experience in fishing; however an early practice has already been completed on the Venues by an advance practice squad that has given us a good base to work on in the run up to the event”

EUROPEAN TEAM

The 26th Fips-Mouche European Fly Fishing Championship will be held in Stor-Elvdal and Rendalen in Norway 6th – 12th July 2020.

The Championship will be fished during 5 three hour fishing sessions, and fished on the Atna River, Upper and Lower Glomma River beats, Mistra River and Storsjøen lake. The European squad are expected to fly out to Norway before the Championship for venue practices and tactical development.

The squad will be led by Andy Croucher as Team Captain and Manager; along with Harry Fox; Tony Baldwin; Bernie Maher; Gilliaum Vermeulen and reserve Ben Bangham. Andy lives in Norway and has represented England previously at European Championships. The Team has 3 World Team and 9 European Team caps between them and Norway has been a favourable venue for both Team and Individual medals in the past.

European Team Captain and Manager Andy Croucher stated:

“I am very honoured to be the manager for Team England in the forthcoming European championships in Norway. The Competition Rivers and lake provide a good mix of fishing for both trout and grayling. The anglers will need the full arsenal of techniques, and I will be focusing all my efforts on preparing this team to challenge for the podium places.”

Press Release: 2020 World & European Team press release drs2 2020 World & European Team press release fin

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AT TEFF announce 2020 Loch-Style teams

 

The top 28 anglers from the 2019 National Final

The management team for the AT TEFF loch-style teams have announced the teams to participate in the 2020 Spring and Autumn Home Internationals. The Spring International will be held on Lough Melvin in Ireland on the 12th June, whilst the Autumn International will be in Wales at Llyn Trawsfynydd on the 11th September. The teams were selected from the top twenty-eight anglers from the National Final held at Chew Valley in September 2019.

England Manager Paul Angell said: “The two England Loch-Style teams for 2020 bring together individuals with a wealth of experience at international level, along with a number of new caps who have earned their place through their performance at the Loch-Style National Final in September 2019 at Chew Valley. Stephen Peart and I are looking forward to working with the Spring and Autumn Teams and have high hopes of a successful season in 2020”.

Andy Cottam, Captain of the Spring Team said: “It is a great honour and privilege to be able to represent your country and to be asked to be captain of an England team is without doubt one of my proudest moments and something that I’ll never forget. I’m really looking forward to working with the manager of the Spring Team, Paul Angell, and everyone else in the team to make sure that not only is it a successful competition on Lough Melvin for England as a team, but that also it is an enjoyable and memorable time for all. Fishing for wild brown trout on the renowned Lough Melvin will be a fantastic experience and I’m certain that with the experience and ability we have in the team, England will be strong contenders to bring a gold medal home”.

Craig Barr, Captain of the Autumn Team said: “It is an honour to be asked to captain my country, at a sport I have participated in since I was six years old. I am relishing the challenge ahead, and can’t wait for that moment, when I lead the team to the water’s edge on the big day.”

The England Loch-Style Teams for 2020 are as follows:

Spring International, Lough Melvin 12th June 2020                                  

Manager: Paul Angell. Captain: Andy Cottam. Team: Tony Baldwin, Martin Burgess,
Peter Crowe, Graham Currie, Ashley Davis, Kim Green, John Hood, Alex Johnstone,  Paddy Mounter, Mark Miles, Ben Race, Paul Sweatman and Tim Wellman.

Autumn International, Llyn Trawsfynydd 11th September 2020

Manager: Stephen Peart. Captain: Craig Barr. Team: Sam Bailey, Paul Calvert, David Currie, Bart Farmer, Ryan Feber, Si Gaines, John Hardy, Neil Hodgson, John Horsey, Pablo Mullings, Terry Phillips, John and Mark Rose.

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39th 2019 FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship, Tasmania

30th November – 8th December, State of Tasmania, Australia

The competition was held over five days, one session per day, to enable sessions to be staged at the optimal fishing time for each day (e.g. to coincide with anticipated Mayfly hatches) and to enable a more relaxed programme.

There was no official practice, instead the whole of Tasmania’s inland lakes and rivers (except those in use for the competition) was available for practice, at no extra charge, for as long as required.

Draft Programme

Saturday 30th November: Check-in, Team Captains event briefing, Opening Parade & Opening Dinner

Sunday 1st December: Team practice on any waters other than the competition sectors

Monday 2nd December: Competition Session 1 – Lake & River

Tuesday 3rd December: Competition Session 2 – Lake & River

Wednesday 4th December: Competition Session 3 – Lake & River

Thursday 5th December: Competition Session 4 – Lake & River

Friday 6th December: Competition Session 5 – Lake & River

Saturday 7th December: Conservation Symposium, Medal Presentation, Gala Dinner & Prizes Presentation

Competition Sectors

Sector 1: Penstock Lagoon – Lake Boat Fishing

Sector 2: Meander River – River Fishing (wading)

Sector 3: Woods Lake – Lake Boat Fishing

Sector 4: Mersey River – River Fishing (wading)

Sector 5: Little Pine Lagoon – Lake Boat Fishing

You can find out more about this event on the official website here>>, and on their Facebook page here>>

Opening Ceremony

Draw

Howard Croston, Tony Baldwin, Lee Bartlett, Steve Cullen, Mike Dixon & Bernie Maher

AT TEFF was represented by Howard Croston (captain), Tony Baldwin, Lee Bartlett, Steve Cullen, Mike Dixon & Bernie Maher (reserve)

Session One

(Daily Update video – Day 1 – FlyLife Magazine – here>>)

England made a good start to the Championships, ending the first session in 4th place with 38 placing points, behind the Czech Republic 1st with 16 points, Finland 2nd with 29 points, and Slovakia 3rd with 36 points session 1 teams. Howard Croston won his boat session on Penstock Lagoon with 11 fish session 1 sector I, while Tony Baldwin finished 6th on Little Pine Lagoon, another boat sector, with 4 fish session 1 sector V, with Steve Cullen 12th on Woods Lake session 1 sector III. On the river sectors Lee Bartlett finished 9th on the Meander River session 1 sector II, with Mike Dixon 11th on the Mersey River session 1 sector IV.

Session Two

(Daily Update video – Day 2 – FlyLife Magazine – here>>)

England built on their good start to end the second session in second place with 61 placing points, just one behind the Czech Republic on 60 points, and ahead of Australia and Slovakia session 2 teams after session. Mike Dixon won his boat session on Little Pine Lagoon with 7 fish session 2 sector V, with Tony Baldwin 7th on Penstock Lagoon session 2 sector I and Lee Bartlett 9th on Woods Lake session 2 sector III. This was backed by a 2nd place for Steve Cullen on the Mersey River session 2 sector IV, and a 4th for Howard Croston on the Meander River session 2 sector II, putting him third in the overall Individual placings, behind Jonathan Stagg (Australia) and Pavel Chyba (Czech Republic) session 2 individuals after session.

Session 3

(Daily Update video – Day 3 – FlyLife Magazine – here>>)

As the competition sectors came under increasing pressure, England slipped to 5th place with 127 placing points, behind Spain 4th with 123 points, France 3rd with 119 points, the Czech Republic 2nd with 116 points and Australia 1st with 115 points session 3 teams after session. Howard Croston came 7th on the boat sector Woods Lake session 3 sector III, and is currently lying in 4th place in the overall Individual placings session 3 individuals after session. Elsewhere on the lake sectors, Mike Dixon came 9th on Penstock Lagoon session 3 sector I, while Steve Cullen was one of nine who failed to catch on Little Pine Lagoon session 3 sector V. On the rivers, Tony Baldwin came 8th on the Meander River session 3 sector II, with Lee Bartlett 20th on the Mersey River session 3 sector IV.

Session 4

(Daily Update video – Day 4 – FlyLife Magazine – here>>)

Howard Croston continued his excellent captain’s performance with a second place on the Mersey River session 4 sector IV and now lies top of the current Individual rankings with 14 placing points, one ahead of Federico Santi Amantini (Italy) in 2nd, with David Garcia (Spain) 3rd with 17 points session 4 individuals after session corrected. Despite this, England slipped to 8th overall with 185 points, as France moved into 1st place with 146, with Spain 2nd on 147, and Italy 3rd on 161 session 4 teams after session corrected. Lee Bartlett avoided a blank on Little Pine Lagoon (where nine anglers blanked) session 4 sector V, as did Steve Cullen on Penstock Lagoon session 4 sector I corrected, while Mike Dixon came 10th on the Meander River session 4 sector II, and Tony Baldwin 13th on Woods Lake session 4 sector III.

Session 5

(Daily Update video – Final Day 5 – FlyLife Magazine – here>>)

Howard Croston is now the 2019 World Individual Champion ! After a 5th place in his final session on Little Pine Lagoon session 5 sec V  he finished with 19 placing points, the same total as David Garcia (Spain) but secured the gold thanks to a higher fish points total, with Kristian Sveda (Slovakia) getting bronze with 22 points, ahead of Sebastien Delcor (France) session-5-individuals-after-session. Well done Howard and a real captain’s performance ! On the other sectors Mike Dixon came 5th on Woods Lake session 5 sec III, Lee Bartlett was 9th on Penstock Lagoon session 5 sec I, with Tony Baldwin 13th on the Mersey River session 5 sec IV, and Steve Cullen 16th on the Meander River session 5 sec II,   In the team championships England hung on to 8th place, finishing with 233 placing points. It was close at the top. France are the 2019 World Team Champions with 190 points, with the Czech Republic getting the silver with 191 points, and Spain winning the bronze with 192 points session-5-teams-after-session.

 

(Wrap-up video – Highlights of the Championship – FlyLife Magazine – see Howard Croston, Steve Cullen, Mike Dixon etc in action here>>)

Change at the top for Team England Fly Fishing ahead of the World Championships 

Howard Croston commentedI have always been very proud to represent England as a competitor and am relishing the challenge of also taking on the role of fishing captain/manager for Tasmania, as with any WFFC it will be fiercely contested and down to the finest of margins. The host nation has made exceptional progress over the last few years in all aspects and will be favourites on their home waters along with the likely suspects of the top European teams and the constantly improving USA. That being said England’s strengths lie in boat fishing and this year’s format should suit our skill set well. We have a motivated team of skilled anglers, all bringing something different to the table that should hopefully let us push for a medal at this event.”

Ben Thompson of the Angling Trust said “Howard brings a wealth of experience and we have no doubt that the team are in the best possible hands. We have high hopes that under Howard’s leadership the team can head to Tasmania and compete for medals and we wish Howard, Lee and the squad the very best of luck.”

Veniard Support The AT TEFF World Fly Fishing Team

The AT TEFF team, who will be competing in the World Fly Fishing Championships in Tasmania later this year, have been given huge helping hand courtesy of Veniard.
The English company, one the oldest fly tying brands in the UK, have put together a massive box of fly tying materials in order to give the team all their fly tying supplies ready for the event.
Everything has been covered to ensure that the team has all the necessary materials to hand, from hooks to hair and everything in between. Veniard has supplied the lot and in big numbers so that the team don’t run low on all the essentials.
The bumper package has even been shipped over for the team with all documentation done and dusted by the fly tying wholesaler.
The World Fly Fishing Championships run from 30th November – 8th December in State of Tasmania, Australia. The competition will be held over five days, one session per day, to enable sessions to be staged at the optimal fishing time for each day.
AT TEFF will be represented by Howard Croston (captain/manager), Tony Baldwin, Lee Bartlett, Steve Cullen, Mike Dixon & Bernie Maher (reserve).

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AT TEFF Ellerdine Bank Qualifier

AT TEFF Bank Qualifier 8th December 2019 at Ellerdine Lakes, Shropshire.

Sixteen anglers fished the sixth bank qualifier of the 2019/20 season at Ellerdine Lakes, Shropshire. With south-westerly winds forecast in excess of 40mph the competitors would be tested to their limits on match day. Many anglers had practiced prior to the event and found good numbers of fish in the two bays on Meadow Lake where the match was to be held. The fish responded well to a variety of methods from pulling dark coloured lures to fishing a range of bright patterns under the bung.
Come match day the weather forecast was right with the strong south-westerly making it difficult to stand let alone fish on one the banks! It was a quiet start with many anglers struggling to get the fish going, with the anticipated morning bonanza never really materialising. Fish came steady throughout the morning session with fish caught all round the lake. At lunch 31 trout were caught with Mark Harrison out in front with six fish closely followed by a chasing pack of anglers who had managed three or four fish.
The afternoon session saw an increase in the number of fish caught with 35 trout coming to the bank. The fish came on the feed and those anglers who caught well in the afternoon session found that fishing Diawl Bachs, Buzzers on Cormorants on floaters or tip lines to be the most successful method.
Top rod on the day was local angler Mark Harrison with 8 fish for 13 points, runner-up was Craig Barr with 7 fish for 11 points, third place was Andy Taylor with 7 fish for 11 points. Ed Upton was fourth with 7 fish for 10 points with Phil Burgess fifth catching 5 fish for 9 points and Graham Willis sixth taking 4 trout for 8 points. Sixty-six fish were caught giving a healthy rod average of just over four fish. The top six now progress to the southern semi-final in March at Elinor Trout Fishery.
The AT TEFF would like to thank Ed and Jayne Upton at Ellerdine Lakes for hosting this qualifier and Lee Cartmail for running the event.
The next bank qualifier is the re-arranged Bessy Beck heat on Sunday 12th January followed by Bank House Fishery on Sunday 19th January.
Westlow Mere, Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Woolaston Court Trout Lakes and Press Manor Trout Fishery are the remaining venues for qualifiers in 2020. To book on to these bank qualifiers then go to the Angling Trust Events website at www.anglingtrustevents.net/game

Results
Mark Harrison 8 fish 13 points
Craig Barr 7 fish 11 points
Andy Taylor 7 fish 11 points
Edward Upton 7 fish 10 points
Phil Burgess 5 fish 9 points
Graham Willis 4 fish 8 points

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AT TEFF Barnsfold Waters Bank Qualifier

AT TEFF Bank Qualifier 24th November 2019 at Barnsfold Waters Trout Fishery, Goosnargh, Chorley.


Eight anglers fished the fifth bank qualifier of the 2019/20 season at Barnsfold Waters Trout Fishery on Sunday 24th November. Overcast conditions and a soft easterly wind welcomed those anglers competing. There were many local anglers on the lakes who were catching steadily as the competitors set up. The fishing had been tricky of late and this was evident with the range of rods set up in the car park; floating lines with nymphs and FABs, the bung with a whole host of flies underneath, fast and slow glass lines with pulling tactics and DI3s with single lures.

The match was pegged on the causeway between Barns and Beacon lakes with anglers fishing both pools for the duration of the match. Darren Richardson got off to a flyer catching two fish off his first peg on a DI3 line and an Eggstacy Worm. Gwyneth Mooney, fishing her first qualifier, and the experienced small water angler Mark Harrison were soon into fish with Mark taking his first fish on a buzzer. By lunch all eight anglers had caught with Darren Richardson and Iain Scott out in front with five fish each.
After lunch Darren Richardson took a fish first cast to take his tally to six but it with was Mark Harrison, who had two fish at lunch, who found the right tactic to catch an amazing six fish in the afternoon session. Mark fished small eggs under the indicator along with FABs on a DI3 to finish with eight fish for 14 place points. This was an excellent session for Mark as the afternoons tend to see less fish caught than in the morning session in these matches.
Second place went to Darren Richardson who managed seven fish for 12 points, third was Iain Scott with seven fish for 12 points, being pipped by Darren who caught first. The fourth and final qualifying place went to Gwyneth Mooney, who caught three fish for six place points beating two other anglers who had the same score by catching early off her first peg. The top four now progress to the northern semi-final in March at Toft Newton Trout Fishery.
It was great to see a mix of new and experienced competition anglers at this heat.
The AT TEFF would like to thank Frank Casson at Barnsfold Waters Trout Fishery for hosting this qualifier and Lee Cartmail for running the event.
The next bank qualifier is on the 1st December at Bessy Beck Trout Fishery. Entries for this qualifier are now closed.
Ellerdine Lakes is the last qualifier of 2019 on the 8th December. There are five more qualifiers in 2020 at Blackdyke Trout Fly Fishery, Westlow Mere – Congleton & District Fly Fishers LTD, Woolaston Trout Fishery, Bank House Fly Fishery and Press Manor Bernie Maher. To book on to any of these bank qualifiers then go to the Angling Trust Events website at www.anglingtrustevents.net/game

Results
Mark Harrison 8 fish 14 points
Darren Richardson 7 fish 12 points
Iain Scott 7 fish 12 points
Gwyneth Mooney 3 fish 6 points

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2020 Angling Trust Loch Style Team Championships

The 2020 Angling Trust Loch Style Team Championships will be held on the 13/14th June 2020 at Draycote Water.
Entry details will follow soon!
To find out more about the event go to www.anglingtrust.net/landing.asp…
To express an interest in this Six Angler Team event please email Andy Taylor at andy.taylor@anglingtrust.net

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AT TEFF Lower Itchen Rivers Qualifier

AT TEFF River Qualifier Sunday 3rd November 2019, Lower Itchen Fishery

Twenty-four anglers fished the “first” river qualifier of the 2019/20 season on the Lower Itchen Fishery after heavy rain put paid to the original first qualifier on the Welsh Dee. Once again the recent rains affected this match as the river was both high and coloured on the day of the competition. Despite the tricky fishing conditions the fish were willing to feed and the twenty-four anglers caught 75 fish, with only one fish splitting the two fishing sessions with 37 fish caught in the morning and 38 in the afternoon.
It was the morning session where the overall winner came from with Mike Heritage catching 14 fish! Runner-up was Sean Brooks who won the afternoon session with seven fish just beating Jim Dillon who also had seven fish. Fourth place was taken by Cameron Craigs who took seven fish in the morning session.
Mike Heritage and John Bowen both caught fish of 46cm to take the longest fish prize!
AT TEFF would like to thank the Lower Itchen Fishery for hosting this qualifier and Tony Fox for running the day.
Results: 1. Mike Heritage 2. Sean Brooks 3. Jim Dillon 4. Cameron Craigs 5. Mark Thomas 6. Jay Curry.

Full Results: Lower Itchen qualifier results 3-11-19


The fourth river qualifier is on the River Test at Wherwell on the 2nd February 2020. To book onto this and any of the other game angling qualifiers then go to www.anglingtrustevents.net/game
The rain affected Dee qualifiers will be rearranged – dates to be confirmed.

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AT TEFF Siblyback Bank Qualifier

AT-TEFF Bank Qualifier 3rd November 2019 at Siblyback Lake, Cornwall.


The South West Lakes Trust, Siblyback Lake hosted this weekend’s AT-TEFF Bank Qualifier. A light westerly wind and bright skies greeted the eight anglers competing for a place in the southern semi-final.
Burrator regular Nik Tompkins was first to catch just six minutes into the competition with three other anglers also taking their first fish within the first hour. However, as the morning progressed the action slowed down and after lunch the weather deteriorated with a strong north-westerly wind and torrential rain, making for very uncomfortable fishing conditions.
All eight anglers managed to catch with many fish lost during the match, however it was Nik Tompkins who continued his fine start who took first place. Nik caught six fish giving him 11 points. Second with five place points, catching three fish, was Mick Dodkins, a Siblyback regular. Ron Howard, travelling all the way from Chepstow to fish the qualifier, was rewarded with third position with four points with another local Siblyback regular, Ron Wilday, Chairman of Siblyback Fly Fishing, taking fourth position, also with four points. The timing of the first fish caught separated these two anglers.
It was a very bedraggled, wet and windswept bunch of anglers in the lecture room at the fishery for the results at the end of the match!
The AT-TEFF would like to thank Siblyback Lake for hosting this qualifier and Derek Aunger for running the event.

West House Trout Lakes (17th Nov) and Barnsfold Trout Fishery (24th Nov) are the next two qualifiers in November. To book on to these or any of the other bank qualifiers then go to the Angling Trust Events website at www.anglingtrustevents.net/game

Results
1st Nik Tompkins 6 fish 11 points
2nd Michael Dodkins 3 fish 5points
3rd Ronald Howard 2 fish 4 points
4th Ronald Wilday 2 fish 4 points

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AT TEFF Fund Raising Auction

ALL AUCTION LOTS ARE LIVE NOW!!

To help raise funds for the 2020 AT TEFF World Championship Squad

In August 2020 Angling Trust Team England Fly Fishers will travel to Kussamo in Finland to participate in the World Fly Fishing Championships. The team have arranged a number of fund-raising initiatives to help to meet the costs of competing in the championships. Attached are over 60 items with guide prices ranging from £2 > £500 that will be auctioned off on eBay.

Please have a look through the lots and support the team where you can, full details can be viewed online here: https://tinyurl.com/y5sotkp2

All auction lots will go live from Friday 1st November at 18:00
The lots will be listed on Terry Phillips eBay page here: https://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/ukfishingchamp…

The team would also like to thank the following individuals, companies and organisations who have offered their support;

Upstream Dry Fly – www.upstreamdryfly.com
Famous Fishing – www.famousfishing.co.uk
Thames Water (Walthamstow & Farmoor Fisheries) – https://corporate.thameswater.co.uk/…/great-days-out/fishing
Anglian Water – www.anglianwaterparks.co.uk/fishing
Bristol Water – www.bristolwaterfisheries.com
Rockbourne Trout Fishery – www.rockbournetroutfishery.co.uk
Penrith Angling Association – www.penrithanglers.co.uk
Higham Lakes – www.highamlakes.com
Albury Estate Fishery – www.alburyestatefisheries.co.uk
Carsington Sport & Leisure Ltd. – www.carsingtonwater.com
Ryburn & Halifax Angling Society – www.ryburnandhalifax.com
Thrunton Long Crag Trout Fishery – http://www.thruntontroutfishery.co.uk
Sleningford Watermill – www.sleningfordwatermill.co.uk
Peter Cockwill – www.petercockwill.com
Fly Fish North – www.flyfishnorth.co.uk
The Anglers Lodge – www.anglers-lodge.co.uk
Fulling Mill – www.fullingmill.co.uk
Tungsten Beads Plus – www.tungsten-beads-plus.com
Airflo Fishing – www.airflofishing.com
Phillippa Hake Fly Fishing – www.phillippahakeflyfishing.wordpress.com
Dohiku – www.dohiku.eu
Chatton Trout Fishery – www.chattontroutfishery.co.uk
Ellerdine Lakes Trout Fishery – www.ellerdinelakes.com

Many thanks for your support!

Howard Croston, Harry Fox, Scott Nellins, Mike Dixon, Davey Parker and Terry Phillips (AT TEFF 2020 World Championship Squad)

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