Attention all Loch-Style Competitors
There are some significant changes that you should be aware of for 2020.
Full details are in the rules and Frequently asked questions document – see link below.
TEFF is funded from anglers entry fees only. All the money generated goes to support all the teams. To achieve this it has been necessary from 2020 to increase the entry fees to the loch-style by £5 per entry to £35.(The entry fee of £30 has remained unaltered for several years)
To some extend TEFF is bound by the catch rules imposed by the fisheries it uses. Competitors have request that there are set catch rules for all the heats. To this end 2020 will see the introduction of three sets of catch limits.
1. Three fish kill then catch and release a further 10 then time bonus (This will apply to all Anglian Water heats)
2. Measure the first 3 fish then C&R all day with returned fish being allocated an average length as determined by the fishery. (The will apply to Eyebrook and Draycote)
3. As 1 above but with the release of 33 fish (This will apply to all other venues)
With catch and release at all venues, many fisheries require that debarbed or barbless hooks are used. To this end ATTEFF has decided that from 2020 matches will be fished using debarded or barbless hooks throughout. This makes the daily administration (undertaking checks) simpler. At some future date, 1 to 2 years, the use of totally barbless hooks will be introduced. See rules re de-barbed flies.
Following issues raised at the 2019 National Final and some heats it has been decided to tighten up on the scoring system. From 2020 each boat will be issued with a dry wipe A4 size encapsulated match card. Each angler will score his boat partners catch. You will be required to purchase a fine point permanent marker pen (Sharpie or similar at about £1 each). Again see rules and FAQs for full details.
All heats are now on the match calendar along with other major fly fishing competitions (once dates are known)
Rules and FAQs
This document is updated regularly and includes full information on the points above – you must read this document in its entirety.
A full copy of the Risk Assessment is on the link below.
Stocks, Chew, Blagdon, Eyebrook, Grafham, Rutland, Blithfield, Carsington, Bewl.
Repechage at Draycote
Final at Draycote – on the day organiser is Peter Hartley with admin support from Ian Colclough
2021 International at Draycote – organiser is Derek Aunger
On Google Drive – Rules, FAQs and Risk Assessment is here
To match calendar is here
Questions by email only to firstname.lastname@example.org
AT TEFF Bank Qualifier 2nd February 2020 at Westlow Mere, Cheshire
Cheshire’s Westlow Mere Trout Fishery hosted the ninth AT TEFF Bank Qualifier on Sunday 2nd February. 10 anglers competed for six places in the southern final at Elinor in March. The shallows at Westlow were used for the match and the gin-clear water this venue is known for tested the skills of those competing.
The fishing was not easy and by lunch six anglers had caught. By the final whistle 20 fish were netted with many more lost to give a rod average of two fish per angler. Anthony Meadows took first place with five fish followed by Colin Fitzjohn with three fish with Iain Scott third with three fish.
White lures fished slowly on Di3 lines at distance accounted for the winning bag.
AT TEFF would like to thank Lee Cartmail for running the event and Westlow Mere for hosting the day.
There now only remains three bank qualifiers for the 2019/20 season. These are Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Thetford 16th Feb, Press Manor Trout Fishery, Derbyshire 23rd Feb and Woolaston Court Trout Lakes, Lydney on March 1st.
To book onto any of the remaining qualifiers then please visit the Angling Trust booking site at https://www.anglingtrustevents.net/game
Chatton Fly Fishery, 18th April 2020 – Session 1 8.30am – Session 2 1.30pm
Chatton Trout Fishery: To support the England World Fly Fishing team we will be hosting 2, four hour coaching sessions with Howard Croston and Davey Parker. Strictly limited to 15 anglers per session, booking only.
Howard Croston says: “Part of our effort to raise funds for the World Championships in 2020. Between us myself and Dave have dozens of England caps across all disciplines. Rivers, small still waters, reservoirs, European and World Championships, including myself and Dave winning team Gold in the 2009 World Championships and my individual Gold in Tasmania 2019. Dave is also a recognised expert at Chatton fishery – frequently out-fishing everyone (including me which frankly is quite worrying ). A golden opportunity to improve your own small Stillwater fishing and help Team England at a very low cost. Arranged and kindly supported by Chatton Trout Fishery. All enquires and for booking please contact the fishery.”
***UPDATE*** Our morning session is now full, we have still have availability for the afternoon starting at 13:30. Fantastic opportunity to brush up on existing skills or learn some new skills.
AT TEFF Bank Qualifier 19th January 2020 at Bank House Fly Fishery, Caton
Twelve anglers fished the eighth bank qualifier of the 2019/20 season Bank House Fly Fishery, Lancashire. Cold frosty conditions greeted the anglers as temperatures dipped to minus five degrees the night before, however the lake remained ice free for the competition to go ahead.
There were six newcomers to this heat along with anglers who had entered qualifiers over the last few years. Billy Thompson was first into action taking the first trout of the competition at just after 9.20am and by 9.30 half the field had caught fish. At lunch 11 of the anglers had caught with it all still to fish for in the afternoon.
After lunch Graeme Bell got off to a flyer catching four trout quickly with Terry Wood also into the fish taking three trout. These two anglers led the way to the final whistle taking first and second place respectively. In total 77 trout were caught giving a healthy rod average of 6.5 with no blanks! There were many fish in the six to 10lb bracket caught.
The successful methods were Cat’s Whiskers fished two foot down, Mop patterns under the bung and Hare’s Ears and Diawl Bachs fished static on the washing line on a Midge Tip.
1. Graeme Bell, 14 fish, 20 points
2. Terry Wood, 11fish, 16 points
3. Gwyneth Mooney, 9 fish, 14 points (PQ)
4. Stephen Pattinson, 7 fish, 12 points
5. Billy Thompson, 7 fish, 12 points
6. Richard Haines, 6 fish 10 points
7. Bruce Blackshaw 5 fish, 10 points
The AT TEFF would like to thank Ben Dobson at Bank House for hosting this qualifier and Lee Cartmail for running the event.
The next bank qualifier is Westlow Mere on Sunday 2nd February followed by Blackdyke Trout Fishery on Sunday 16th February. The last two opportunities to qualify for the semi-finals after these to qualifiers are at Press Manor Trout Fishery and Woolaston Court Trout Lakes. To book on to any of the last four bank qualifiers then please go to the Angling Trust Events website at www.anglingtrustevents.net/game
13th & 14th June at Draycote Water
The booking site is now open for the 2020 Loch-Style Team Championships at Draycote Water for Angling Trust team/club members. For non-members it’s Monday 3rd February! There has been a lot of interest in this match.
To book on follow the link below:
Will the 2018 & 2019 champions Nymphomaniacs make it three wins in a row???
The Angling Trust are pleased to announce the dates and venue for the 2020 Loch-Style Team Championships. This year’s competition will once again be held at Draycote Water in Warwickshire on the weekend of the 13th and 14th of June.
Now in its third year the Angling Trust Loch-Style Team Championships has become a firm favourite on the competition circuit with the number of teams competing increasing since it started in 2018. As a result, the organisers have decided to cap the number of teams which can participate in this year’s competition to 18. This year also sees Wychwood Game sponsor the event so participating teams now have the opportunity to win some great prizes from Wychwood along with the cash prizes, trophy and medals.
The Loch-Style Team Championships are open to teams of six anglers with the match run on a full catch, measure and release format. There will be three, 3-hour fishing sessions on each day where anglers within each team will fish two sessions and steward one session. The fish caught will be carefully measured with the length recorded by the boat steward. The team with the longest combined length of fish over the two days will be the overall winner. The match is fished to International Rules.
The FNF Nymphomaniacs are the current Angling Trust Loch Style team champions and will be aiming to make it three wins in a row. Teams of six anglers wishing to participate in this year’s competition can now enter online at the Angling Trust’s booking site https://www.anglingtrustevents.net/game
The rules and further information can be found on the Angling Trust’s Competitions page at https://www.anglingtrust.net/landing.asp?
Ifor Jones, Fishery Manager, Fly Fish Store said “Within two short years the Angling Trust Team Championships unique competition format has become a firm date with competition anglers, and we are pleased to be hosting the two-day event at Draycote again this year. If you haven’t yet as a team fished this event its unique format provides a great atmosphere over the two days.”
Pat MacInnes, Marketing Manager for Leeda said “Wychwood is proud to support both ends of the game fishing spectrum; the Loch-Style Champs is as high a profile event as you can get, and to be involved with a grass-roots project like the Junior Game Angling Talent Pathway is a huge privilege, knowing that it represents a vital part of growing game angling in the UK.”
Andy Taylor Angling Trust Competitions Support Officer said “Now in its third year the Angling Trust Loch-Style Team Championships has become a firm favourite on the competition circuit. I fished the first two years with my team, and I, like all the other anglers who have taken part, love the format and team spirit of this match.
We welcome entries from established teams of six anglers and new teams. This is a great opportunity to observe some of the best anglers in the country, win some great Wychwood gear, or take away the trophy, medals and cash prizes that are on offer. The Angling Trust would like to thank Ifor Jones and the staff at Draycote Water for hosting this competition again and Wychwood Game for sponsoring it. I look forward to seeing you at Draycote in June!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
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”
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.”
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.
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.
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
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
AT TEFF was represented by Howard Croston (captain), Tony Baldwin, Lee Bartlett, Steve Cullen, Mike Dixon & Bernie Maher (reserve)
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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 commented “I 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.”
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).