37th 2017 FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship, Slovakia

The 37th 2017 FIPS-Mouche World Fly Fishing Championship was held on the 5th-11th September in Slovakia. The event was fished on the rivers Váh, Belá, Poprad and Orava and on the water dam Palcmanska Maša „Dedinky“, situated in the Gemer, Liptov, Orava and Spis regions in the central and eastern part of Slovakia.


5th Sept – Team Registration, 1st Captains Meeting & Draw, Opening Ceremony & Welcome Dinner 

6th Sept – Official Practice Sessions 1 & 2

7th Sept – Competition Sessions 1 & 2

8th Sept – Competition Session 3 & Free time

9th Sept – Competition Sessions 4& 5

10th Sept – Conservation Symposium, Awards & Closing Ceremony, and Final Banquet

You will find more information at the official website here>> and on their Facebook page here>>

AT Team England FF was represented by: Howard Croston, Phil Dixon, Scott Nellins, Simon Robinson, Andrew Scott & Paul Page (captain/manager).

Session 1: Howard Croston had a good start, catching 32 fish to come 2nd in Sector V on the Vah river, with Scott Nellins coming 14th on the Poprad river, Andrew Scott 27th on the Bela, Phil Dixon 25th on the Orava, and Simon Robinson 19th on Dedinky Lake. After the first session England were in 19th place, with France 1st, Slovakia 2nd and Spain 3rd.

Session 2: Scott Nellins did well on Dedinky Lake, landing 6 fish for 5th place, with Simon Robinson coming 8th on the Vah river, Howard Croston 10th on the Orava, Phil Dixon 18th on the Bela and Andrew Scott 25th on the Poprad river. England moved up to 14th place, while France remained in 1st place with 60pts, ahead of Slovakia and Spain, both on 72pts, with the Czech Republic 4th with 82pts Teams-after-session-2 Individually, Jordi Oliveras of Spain currently leads with two 1st places, with two Czechs, Antonin Pesek and David Chlumsky in 2nd and 3rd with 3pts and 4pts Individual-after-session-2

Session 3: After a great performance in this session England moved up to 8th place overall, with 1st places for Andrew Scott with 11 fish on Dedinky Lake and Simon Robinson with 50 fish on the Orava River. Phil Dixon was 4th on the Poprad river, Howard Croston was 4th on Bela, with Scott Nellins 11th on the Vah river. France extended their lead overall with 80pts, ahead of the Czech Republic on 107pts, Spain on 117pts, and Slovakia on 123pts Teams-after-session-3 Individually, the Czech Antonin Pesek is in the lead with 5pts, with David Chlumsky, also Czech, 2nd with 7pts, and Gregoire Juglaret of France 3rd with 8pts. Out of the French team, four are currently in the top 7 places. Howard Croston is currently in 12th place. Individual-after-session-3

(The afternoon of the 8th September is designated as Free Time with the 4th and 5th Sessions to be fished on the 9th.)

Session 4: England remained in 8th place overall, with a 1st place for Phil Dixon with 16 fish on Dedinky Lake, Andrew Scott coming 6th on the Vah river, Howard Croston 7th on the Poprad river, Simon Robinson 19th on the Bela river, and Scott Nellins 28th on the Orava river. The Czech Republic drew level with France on 127pts each, with Spain 3rd on 141pts, and Slovakia 4th on 170pts session-4-teams-after-session

Session 5: England finished in 9th place overall, with Andrew Scott getting a 2nd place with 40 fish on the Orava river, Howard Croston coming 6th on Dedinky Lake, Simon Robinson 7th on the Poprad river, Scott Nellins 21st on the Bela river, and Phil Dixon 28th on the Vah river. With 124pts France drew clear of the Czech Republic on 168pts to become the 2017 World Champions, with Spain 3rd with 179pts and Slovakia 4th with 219pts session-5-teams-after-session Individually, Antonin Pesek of the Czech Republic was the 2017 World Champion, with Gregoire Juglaret, Sebastien Delcor and Julien Daguillanes of France in 2nd, 3rd and 4th place session-5-individuals-after-session


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2017 Loch-style National

Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd September, Rutland Water


1st: Tom Davis – 9 total position points

  (2017 National Loch-Style Champion) 

2nd: Iain Barr – 17 total position points

3rd: John Horsey – 23 total position points

Other qualifiers:

4th: Malcom Hunt 28pts – 5th: John Hardy 31pts – 6th: Martin Burgess 35pts – 7th: Ron Gent 38pts – 8th: Ashley Davis 41pts – 9th: Philip Thompson 41pts – 10th: Edward Mitchell 41pts – 11th: Tim Joyce 42pts – 12th: Mark Thomas 42pts – 13th: Rob Allan 49pts – 14th: Ben Race 50pts – 15th: Leigh Pond 51pts – 16th: Paul Golding 52pts – 17th: Mike Lightfoot 52pts – 18th: Paul Runec 55pts – 19th: Martin Introna 55pts – 20th: Robert Toptalo 56pts – 21st: Mark Mathieson 57pts – 22nd: David Bromley 59pts – 23rd: Mark Withyman 59pts – 24th: Charlie Abrahams 60pts – 25th: Graham Willis 60pts – 26th: Paul Haskey 61pts – 27th: Samuel Bailey 64pts – 28th: Stephen Peart 64pts

Full Results: National Results 20176 temp day 1 final v1  ATTEFF ENGLISH NATIONAL FINAL RESULT FOR AG 2017

Congratulations to all the AT Team England qualifiers, especially the first-time caps. They will make up the two teams to fish next year’s Spring and Autumn Home Loch-style Internationals on Lough Mask, Ireland and Llyn Brenig, Wales.

AT Team England FF Loch-style Team Manager Paul Angell reports: On Saturday 2nd September, the 122 anglers who had qualified for this year’s National Championship to select the Loch-Style teams for 2018, congregated in front of the lodge at Rutland Water to hear the briefing by match organiser Peter Hartley.  The match was to be held over 2 days with the top 28 anglers being selected to represent England at Lough Mask in Ireland or Llyn Brenig in Wales.

Saturday’s weather was less than ideal with bright sunny spells and little wind for much of the day. The bulk of the fleet opted to fish the main basin and, to start with at least, few rods were to be seen bending. As the day progressed a light breeze developed and as the boats were able to cover more water the catch rate, for some at least, improved. By the end of the first day, six anglers had managed to catch their 8 fish limit, with a number of others on 6 or 7. Charlie Abrahams was also well up with the leading group despite having only landed two fish. A magnificent brown trout of over 7lb together with a rainbow of around 4lb saw him finish the day in 25th place. Overall the rod average on a very tough day was an impressive 3.64 – a testament to the quality of anglers afloat in these championships.

Sunday saw very different conditions with overcast skies and a steady breeze. Again the bulk of the boats headed for the main basin. Some got into fish early which proved important as boat pressure resulted in areas which had produced the previous day, becoming much harder as the morning progressed. In the search for fresh fish a small number of boats headed back towards the Normanton shore around W buoy and the blue pipes where they found a big shoal of stockies. Quickly these first boats bagged up and started to make their way back to the dock with the first boat back at around 3pm. This was noticed by others and boats started moving onto the fresh stockies with lots of rods bending as they made the most of the plethora of fish. By the end of the match at 6pm, 39 anglers had completed their 8 fish limit, with many having come from the Normanton side of the reservoir. This was to have a considerable impact on the results from the previous day with almost half those occupying to 30 placings after day one, dropping down the field.

After the weigh in, a computer glitch meant a lengthy delay before the results were announced. The Day 2 rod average was 5.6, giving an average over the whole 2 days of 6.5 fish per angler.  Finally Tom Davis was announced as National Champion, and making a family occasion to remember, father Ashley Davis was also announced as qualifying for his first international cap.  Past World Champion Iain Barr was runner up, with England’s most capped angler John Horsey in third. Congratulations to all those qualifying anglers and a special thank you to Anglian Water and the staff at Rutland for all their help and two days fishing to remember. Thanks also go to Ian Colclough for all his work in planning and organising the event.

Report: National report 2017


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2017 Rivers National, R.Ure

R.Ure, Bolton Estate, Wensley – Mon 31 Aug-Tues 1 Sept


  1. Fred Bainbridge – 26 fish – 1154 total fish points – 5 total place points (2017 National Rivers Champion) 

    Fred Bainbridge, 2017 National Rivers Champion, with Manager Jeremy Lucas. Won a 10ft #2 Bellator fly rod by sponsors Master Nymph (see certificate below).

  2. Gilliaum Vermeulen – 16 fish – 763 total fish points – 11 total place points
  3. Ben Bangham – 16 fish – 743 total fish points – 11 total place points
  4. Mark Harrison – 8 fish – 394 total fish points – 14 total place points
  5. Del Spry – 16 fish – 750 total fish points – 15 total place points
  6. Jonathan Barnes – 9 fish – 429 total fish points – 15 total place points (reserve) 

    L-R: 2018 Home International Rivers Team: Jonathan Barnes (reserve), Fred Bainbridge (2017 National Rivers Champion), Jeremy Lucas (manager), Ban Bangham, Mark Harrison, Del Spry, Gilliaum Vermeulen

Biggest Fish: Robbie Bell – 50.4cms Brown Trout. Won a 9ft #5 Gamma Alpha fly rod by sponsors Edge Rods (see certificate below).

Biggest Fish – Robbie Bell – 50.4cms Brown Trout

Total fish Caught: 284

Rod Average: 8.88

Full Results: 2017 River National Final Results

Jeremy Lucas also covers this event here>> and here>>

AT TEFF would like to thank our 2017 Rivers National Sponsors – Master Nymph, North Fork Composites and EDGE Rods:







“Master Nymph, North Fork Composites, and EDGE Rods and are delighted to be the first companies in this Championship’s recent history, to sponsor the English National Rivers Final.  It makes sense to pair the finest anglers in the Country with the finest, Made in USA, fishing products on the market.  Thank you for letting us share our innovations, steeped in decades of experience, with such a stellar collection of athletes. Congratulations to all the winners on their achievements!”

Nicole Darland 

– VP Marketing and Brand Development, NFC/EDGE Rods

– Managing Director, Master Nymph


Jason Lieverst

– VP of Design and Product Development, Master Nymph


2017 Rivers Champion Fred Bainbridge with the 10ft #2 Master Nymph Bellator

Largest Fish captor Robbie Bell with the 9ft #5 Edge Gamma Alpha



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5 Nations Championships, 16th-21st July


  1. France – 57 Total Placings – 30 Fish – Longest Fish 499.0 – 207500 Fish Points
  2. England Red – 65 Total Placings – 25 Fish – Longest Fish 474.0 – 167520 Fish Points
  3. Ireland A – 69 Total Placings – 21 Fish – Longest Fish 477.0 – 150020 Fish Points
  4. England Blue – 74 Total Placings – 28 Fish – Longest Fish 515.0 – 203040 Fish Points
  5. Scotland A – 83 Total Placings – 15 Fish – Longest Fish 480.0 – 110720 Fish Points
  6. Ireland B – 91 Total Placings – 16 Fish – Longest Fish 490.0 – 107360 Fish Points
  7. Ireland C – 106 Total Placings – 9 Fish – Longest Fish 490.0 – 62680 Fish Points
  8. Scotland B – 106 Total Placings – 7 Fish – Longest Fish 485.0 – 58480 Fish Points

Top Individual: Campbell Baird (Ireland A) – 7 Fish – Longest Fish 469.0 – 54200 Fish Points – 8 Placing Points

Full Results: 2017 5N Fly Fishing Championship Results

Jeremy Lucas also covers this event here>> and here>>

A 21-minute video courtesy of Troutwatch

AT TEFF would like thank the IV Five Nations Championships sponsor – Cortland Line Co


The Angling Trust reports: Angling Trust Team England Fly Fishing has announced the squad for the IV 5 Nations competition, sponsored by Cortland, which will be held in England from 16th – 21st July 2017.

England will have two teams competing in the event which will be held at Stocks Reservoir and the River Ribble. Teams from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Belgium have also been invited to participate.

Following England’s recent review of their approach to the 5 Nations event, the England teams will contain a blend of anglers with experience of World or European FIPS-Mouche events, anglers with experience of IFFA Home Internationals and younger anglers who are showing potential to succeed in the international arena.

England Blue will be captained by three-time former European team member Tony Baldwin, who will be joined by Mark Withyman and youngsters Tom Gott and Tom Speak.

England Red will be led by the vastly experienced World and European team member Simon Kidd and supported by Carl Nixon, Harry Fox and Tom Bird. Mark Harrison will complete the squad as the official reserve.

England manager Paul Davison  image-8060-452-auto-both-both-85-5said: “I’m delighted with the squad we have chosen for my first competition as manager. We have a great blend of experienced and up and coming anglers and the 5 Nations event provides us with the opportunity to develop our skill sets in a FIPS-Mouche style competition. The planning and preparation has already begun, Stocks is a venue the team and myself know well and we will be going all out to win the event.”

2017 will be the first time England have hosted this event, Ireland played host in 2015 and 2016 while Scotland hosted the inaugural event in 2013, an event where Team England swept the board claiming team gold and silver while individual honours followed for Robert Brown and Paul Lee as they took gold and bronze respectively. England will be looking to repeat that feat when the nations descend upon Waddow Hall in July.

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Controllers required for Five Nations Championship

AT Team England Fly Fishing are inviting volunteers to support the forthcoming 5 Nations Fly Fishing Championships

Stocks Fishery & River Ribble – 19th & 20th July 2017

Boatmen and controllers are required between 08.00-19.00 to control, measure and record fish during boat, bank and river sessions.

£35 per day is payable to cover expenses and lunch is included.

Accommodation is available at Waddow Hall at discounted rates and tickets are available for the gala dinner.

This is an ideal opportunity to watch international fly fishers on our home waters.

To get involved or find out more information please context Paul Page on 07768854849 or email william@wpage.fslife.co.uk or give your details to Ben Dobson at Stocks

Poster: Boatman poster v1

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Elite Performance Programme

For the last 12 months AT TEFF have been considering a new approach  to help Team England achieve its goal of becoming the number one fly fishing nation in the world. We have developed the following proposal that would see significant changes to the current competition structure.

The Elite Performance Programme would cover the three principle disciplines of Fips-Mouche Championships; River, Boat and Bank. Fips-Mouche rules and scoring system will be adopted and placing points will be aggregated to build a league table. Our intention is to hold heats at suitable venues throughout England between November and July each year for selection into the following year’s teams.

The conclusion of the 2017/18 programme will provide AT TEFF with teams for the 2019 World Championship in Tasmania and the European Championship in Montenegro.

The proposal has been published on the website to provide anglers with an insight to the current thinking, it is for information purposes only, at this stage it is only a proposal and AT TEFF will make a final decision in due course



Ben Thompson, Senior Competitions & Performance Manager, Angling Trust

AT TEFF Elite Performance Programme explained: Elite Perforemance Programme explained FINAL

AT TEFF Elite Performance Programme fact sheet: AT TEFF Elite Performance Programme Fact Sheet FINAL

AT TEFF International Committee (AT TEFFIC) Selection Policy: AT TEFFIC Selection Policy FINAL

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2017 Rivers Home International, R.Ebbw, Wales


Country: WALES

Venue: River Ebbw

Dates: 21st to 24th June (incl.)

Match date: Friday 23rd June

Accommodation: Holiday Inn, Newport


  1. Wales   91 fish  4331 fish pts   35 placing pts
  2. England   48 fish   2255 fish pts   54 placing pts
  3. Scotland   57 fish   2841 fish pts   55 placing pts
  4. Ireland   55 fish   2640 fish pts   56 placing pts

‘Moc Morgan’ Trophy: Alan Hill (Scotland) – Top Individual – 29 fish/5 placing pts

‘Mike Childs’ Trophy: Eamon Conway (Ireland) – Biggest Fish – 53.6cms

Congratulations to Wales on a convincing victory.

AT Team England was represented by:

Fred Bainbridge, Jonathan Barnes, Steve Cullen, Andy Ford, Andrew Scott, Harry Fox (reserve), and Jeremy Lucas (manager).

Full Results: iffarivers2017

Manager Jeremy Lucas reports on this event for Fish&Fly here>> and here>>

He also covered Team England’s practice for the event here>>

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2017 Loch-style National Qualifiers – Results

April 2017

Sunday 23rd April – Northern Federation – Stocks – Organiser: Paul Page – Results: 1st Craig Barr 2nd Michael Laycock 3rd Steve Smalley 4th Dermot Speight 5th Mark Tyndall 6th Samuel Bailey 7th Peter Scholes 8th Neil Hodgson 9th Paul Runec 10th Ben Dobson – Full Results: 2017 Stocks 1 Qualifier Results 230417 2017 Stocks 1 Qualifier Results 230417

Sunday 23rd April – South East FF Federation – Bewl – Organiser: John Pearn – Results: 1st Harry Fox 2nd Andrew Green 3rd Ian Watts 4th Tony Fox 5th Joel Beeney 6th Robert Toptalo 7th Paul Canning 8th Sean Brooks 9th John Pearn 10th Gilliaum Vermeulen – Full Results: 170423 ATTEFF Results (2) Report & pics on South East Federation page

Sunday 23rd April – Peninsula Federation – Blagdon – Organiser: Denis Symonds – Results: 1st Dave Johns 2nd Tony Baldwin 3rd Paul Golding 4th Gary Morris 5th Mark Rooney 6th Martin Burgess 7th Matt Kingdon 8th David Bromley 9th Ben Bangham 10th Lee Ratcliffe 11th Paddy Mounter 12th Mark Thomas 13th Nick Hart 14th Tony George 15th Roger Truscott 16th John Horsey 17th Vince Howley – Full Results: Blagdon 2017 – TEFF Results Blagdon 2017 – TEFF Results

Friday 28th April – Grafham – Organiser: Peter Hartley – Results: 1st Tom Davis 2nd John Hancock 3rd Neil Cohen 4th Craig Smith 5th Norman Rushton 6th Pablo Mullings 7th Bradley Gifford 8th Neil Hodgson 9th Chris McLeod 10th David Franklin 11th John Hardy 12th Phil Thompson 13th Vince Brooks 14th Charlie Abrahams 15th Frank Sumnall 16th Lee Patten 17th Mark Haycock 18th Tim Joyce 19th Ian Whiteside 20th Peter Elliott 21st Ron Gent 22nd Leigh Pond 23rd Graham Willis 24th Lloyd Pallett 25th Ashley Davis – Full Results: TEFF 2017 Grafham Heat 28 April Results

May 2017

Sunday 7th May – Carsington – Organiser: Ian Colclough – Results: 1st Iain Barr 2nd Chris Guthrie 3rd John Hood 4th Frank Sumnall 5th Mike Laycock 6th David Currie 7th Ian Colclough 8th Martin Griffiths 9th Neil Thomas 10th Michael Dixon – Full Results: Carsington result

Sunday 21st May – Chew – Results: 1st Nigel Evans 2nd Andrew Haskins 3rd Dave Summers 4th Andy Cottam 5th Jem Dunn 6th John Horsey 7th Alex Johnstone 8th Mark Weaver 9th Nick Dunn 10th Lee Bartlett 11th Ryan Feber 12th Kevin Sellar 13th Dale Burgess 14th Lee Williams 15th=Mark Glass 15th=Stephen Peart – Full Results: ATTEFFCHEWVALLEYQUALIFIERRESULTS.docx

[Sunday 21st May – Kielder – CANCELLED]

Sunday 28th May – Pitsford – Results: 1st Del Spry 2nd Clive Collier 3rd Rob Allan 4th Peter Hartley 5th Jim Wright 6th Mark Matheson 7th Jamie Thomas 8th David Moore 9th Phil Shaw-Browne 10th Alexander Urquhart – Full Results: Pitsford result 

Sunday 28th May – Draycote – Results: 1st Vince Howley 2nd Mick McLintic 3rd Martin Introna 4th Stephen Peart 5th Paul Runec 6th Gareth Tilley 7th Dave Newing 8th Bart Farmer 9th Terry Phillips 10th Mark Harrison 11th Richard J Hood 12th Edward Mitchell 13th Paul Davison 14th Malcom Hunt 15th Andy Axon 16th Tony Curtis – Full Results: draycote Results sheet draycote Results sheet

June 2017

Friday 9th June – Blithfield – Results: 1st Mark Withyman 2nd Steve Cullen 3rd Mark Miles 4th Yousef Dar 5th Paul Davison 6th Ben Race 7th Andy Taylor 8th Julian Curry 9th Mark Harrison 10th Mark Rose 11th Mike Lightfoot 12th Thomas Robson 13th John Humphrey 14th Paul Haskey 15th Peter Crowe – Full Results: filename-1 Blithfield Qualifier Result

Saturday 17th-Sunday 18th June – Stocks – Overall Results: 1st Ian Gaskell 2nd Ben Dobson 3rd Peter Scholes 4th Bob Fitzpatrick 5th Derek Moore 6th Lee Cartmail 7th Christopher Micallef 8th Stephen Bland 9th Darren Bland 10th Nick Donald

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2017 Loch-style National Qualifiers

The ATTEFF loch-style qualifiers for 2017 will be open for entries on 1st March at 7pm. This year entries will be taken by Angling Trust through a newly developed web site where you can pay securely using a debit or credit card.


The usual documents (rules, guidance notes, FAQs) are available for you to download below. Please do so and read them in their entirety as changes have been made from last year. Risk Assessments are also available.

Names of those entered at each venue will be available via the usual on-line spreadsheet along with results. However, this spreadsheet will only be updated once a week after AT have reported the names of entrants to the Q&NC.

You can, as last year, enter up to 3 heats but please manage your entries carefully as NO REFUNDS will be made.

Please also note special rules for those entering at Blagdon.

Use the link below to enter.

Qualifier and National Coordinator

Dates, Venues & Entry Fees

(Word) dates-venues-and-entry-fees-2017

(pdf) dates-venues-and-entry-fees-2017

Link to Entry System: http://www.anglingtrustevents.net/

(Note: Entries will be taken through this new web site link from 7.00pm on 1st March)

List of Entrants

Click here to see a list of entrants so far (Note: This is updated roughly once a week). Google Drive required.


Guidance Notes

(Word) atteff-guidance-notes-for-loch-style-qualifier-entrants-2017

(pdf) atteff-guidance-notes-for-loch-style-qualifier-entrants-2017


(Word) atteff-rules-for-loch-style-qualifier-entrants-2017

(pdf) atteff-rules-for-loch-style-qualifier-entrants-2017


(Word) at-teff-loch-style-entrants-faqs-2017

(pdf) at-teff-loch-style-entrants-faqs-2017

Risk Assessments

Bewl: risks-bewl Blagdon: risks-blagdon Blithfield: risks-blithfield Carsington: risks-carsington Chew: risks-chew Grafham: risks-grafham Kielder: risks-keider Pitsford: risks-pitsford Stocks: risks-stocks

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2017 Spring Loch Style Home International, Chew Valley

Country: ENGLAND
Venue: Chew Valley Lake
Dates: 16th to 20th May (incl.)
Match date: Friday 19th May
Accommodation: Wookey Hole Hotel, Somerset



1.England  43 fish  112.85 lbs

2. Scotland  29 fish  84.110 lbs

3. Wales  21 fish  58.960 lbs

4. Ireland  15 fish  38.120 lbs

Best Basket: Andy Cottam (England) 8 fish 20.770 lbs

Top Rod Andy Cottam receiving the Brown Bowl from International President Wynnora Thomas.

Heaviest Trout: Stuart McLean (Scotland) 5.550 lbs

Top English Rod: Andy Cottam 8 fish 20.770 lbs

AT TEFF was represented by: Paul Angell (manager), Nikki Long (captain), John Braithwaite, Dave Bromley, Andy Cottam, Nick Dunn, Ryan Feber, Mark Haycock, Alex Johnstone, Matt Kingdon, Mark Miles, Mark Rose, Steve Smalley, Dave Summers & Roger Truscott.

Captain Nikki Long receiving the Graham Munro Hall Memorial Trophy (held by the winning team) from IFFA International President Wynnora Thomas.

Congratulations to all AT TEFF members for a convincing victory.

Full Results: iffa2017spring

Manager Paul Angell reports: Three days of variable weather conditions ranging from strong winds to torrential rain meant that each day of practice provided very different challenges for anglers from the four home nations. The teams identified that a lot of fish were to be found behind Denny Island, in Herons Green Bay and smaller pods of fish spread around the lake. Nymphs fished static or dries were the methods of choice for most anglers as the fish were high in the water.  

Match day dawned with bright sun and wind, conditions which traditionally mean that fishing at Chew would be challenging, and so it proved to be. At the off, the bulk of boats headed behind the island with most of the rest to Herons Green Bay. Anglers quickly found that tactics and flies which had worked well during practice might have to be rethought if they were to be successful. England had a code system which allowed team members to talk to one another and share successful flies and lines without making anglers from the other nations aware of what they were doing and this, together with key information found during practice meant that they were able to adapt to the conditions best, and it was noticeable form quite early in the match that English rods were bending with more regularity than those of the other nations. Key flies were Hares Ear and skinny Diawl Bach nymphs fished on a washing line set up on lines varying from full floaters to midge tips of various lengths.

As the match progressed most of the English team had managed to boat a fish or two with several doing much better. Captain and local angler Nikki Long was still fishless at 5 o’clock and decided that a move of area was needed. He and his boat partner headed to the top of Villice Bay where he had found fish earlier in the week, and where earlier in the match he had lost a fish, being smashed off. This move was to prove fortuitous as he picked up a rainbow trout before latching onto something much more substantial. After a prolonged fight he landed a brown trout of 15lb 3oz, the fish of a lifetime. Match rules stated that all Brown Trout were to be returned and would be counted as 2lb. Nikki spent a long time trying to revive the fish, but due to its extreme size and the prolonged length of the fight this proved impossible and, much to Nikki’s disappointment, the fish had to be dispatched and was brought in at the end of the match.

England weighed in first, and it was quickly obvious that they would be the team to beat, with all but one of the team having fish to weigh. By the end of the weigh in, England had claimed 4 of the top 5 places with West Country angler Andy Cottam as top rod and Brown Bowl Winner with 8 fish. Nick Dunn was not far behind on seven and first cap Matt Kingdon on six taking the top 3 spots.

 Paul Angell, team manager, stated that this had been a real team effort, with a nucleus of local anglers providing detailed knowledge of the water, backed up by dedicated and well organised practice and record keeping. Communication on the water was the key element to our success, and each and every team member, from experienced captain Nikki Long to new caps David Bromley, Alex Johnstone, Matt Kingdon, and Dave Summers all contributing to a performance to be proud of.

The team would like to thank:

Craghoppers and Snowbee for their continued support with team clothing and Fulling Mill, Guide Flyfishing, Snowbee, and Seapower UK  for their help with tackle and sunglasses.

Bristol Water Fishery Manager John Harris and the staff at Chew Valley lake with their help and support in hosting, organising and running these championships.

The Wookey Hole Hotel for accommodating the teams and hosting the Gala dinner and prizegiving.

Match report : Website match report

(Images courtesy of the Angling Trust)

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