2018 Rivers National
We have been very fortunate to have been offered the Appleby Angling Association waters of the River Eden to hold a Qualifier and the National Final for 2018. It is our hope that we can use these waters for many years ahead, with Elite Performance Programme (EPP) sessions, Qualifiers and National Finals, and the possibility of the IFFA Rivers International in 2022. Rivers with such potential are extremely difficult to find in England, and to retain these, long term, has proved historically challenging. The experience we have in 2018 is crucial to keeping the Eden as one of our ATTEFF waters. The populations of trout and grayling are entirely wild.
Dates have been set as follows:
Qualifier: Friday, 20th April – R. Eden, Sandford – from Black Syke Bridge upstream to Warcop (trout only; from 12 to 20 competitors) STOP PRESS: Qualifier Cancelled. Due to insufficient applications by the closing date for entries, the Eden qualifier has been cancelled. Please note that the National Rivers Final will still go ahead on the Eden, as scheduled.
England River National Final: Thursday-Friday, 27th-28th September – R. Eden, Sandford – from Black Syke Bridge upstream to Warcop, plus Holme Farm/Crackenthorpe – from Colby Laithes (confluence of Hoff Beck with the Eden) upstream to Holme Farm Bridge (32 competitors)
In both these events (and in any practice days), IFFA rules will apply. Additionally, there will be a strictly enforced rule to preclude the use of the ‘bung’. Any form of foam or cork bodied indicator fly will not be allowed. Dry flies used in methods such as trio and duo, should be flies that can reasonably be expected to take a fish. Also, ‘shuffling’ is to be completely avoided. There are species of upwing fly in the Eden which are now nationally rare. Appleby Angling members will be observing from time to time, while ATTEFF organisers will also be present. We have to be seen to be fishing this river in an environmentally responsible way.
Details of practice day tickets and a map of the AAA waters will be published in due course.
Jeremy Lucas, Rivers Team Manager
2017 Rivers National
R.Ure, Bolton Estate, Wensley – Mon 31 Aug-Tues 1 Sept
- Fred Bainbridge – 26 fish – 1154 total fish points – 5 total place points (2017 National Rivers Champion)
- Gilliaum Vermeulen – 16 fish – 763 total fish points – 11 total place points
- Ben Bangham – 16 fish – 743 total fish points – 11 total place points
- Mark Harrison – 8 fish – 394 total fish points – 14 total place points
- Del Spry – 16 fish – 750 total fish points – 15 total place points
- Jonathan Barnes – 9 fish – 429 total fish points – 15 total place points (reserve)
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>>
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!”
– VP Marketing and Brand Development, NFC/EDGE Rods
– Managing Director, Master Nymph
– VP of Design and Product Development, Master Nymph
2016 Rivers National
This was fished on Llangollen/Maelor AA water of the River Dee, Llangollen.
1st. Andrew Scott – Total Fish 40 – Total Fish Points 1913 – Total Placing Points 4
(2016 National Rivers Champion)
2nd. Phil Dixon – Total Fish 29 – Total Fish Points 1416 – Total Placing Points 6
3rd. Steve Cullen – Total Fish 18 – Total Fish Points 901 – Total Placing Points 7
4th. Andy Ford – Total Fish 12 – Total Fish Points 643 – Total Placing Points 9
5th. Fred Bainbridge – Total Fish 26 – Total Fish Points 1267 – Total Placing Points 10
6th. Simon Robinson – Total Fish 25 – Total Fish Points 1193 – Total Placing Points 10
Full Results: RIVERS FINAL 2016
Report by Martin Dixon, Organiser:
With the river well rested and settled water conditions at last! I was confident that the Dee would fish well, and so it proved.
The Monday was dry and still, and from the off anglers were catching on a variety of methods. Beat A, above Llangollen, was expected to produce the most fish, and though grayling, browns and the odd sea trout were caught consistently, it was Beat B around the Golf Course which produced the most fish, with Andrew Scott taking two first placings in the afternoon.
Again large numbers of fish were caught on the Tuesday. Over the competition over 400 fish of 20cms+ were caught, measured and safely returned. By far the greatest numbers came off Beat D, the Country Park. In the morning Andrew Scott had another two firsts, so that Phil Dixon in the afternoon knew that his excellent, consistent performance could only be good enough for second place. Beat C, the dreaded Ddol Isaf was inconsistent, though large numbers were caught in the wood where Steve Cullen and Andy Ford enjoyed excellent returns.
Thanks to the Hand Hotel who always look after anglers very well, especially in our qualifiers and this final. Many thanks to the Llangollen/Maelor club for the use of their excellent waters.
Final Rivers Qualifier Results & Allocations: 2015-2016 Rivers Qualifiers Entries Results (j)
NB: There were seven cases of Pre-Qualifying, where entrants who had already qualified, finished in a qualifying position a second or third time. When this happened, their qualifying place was given to the next highest finishing entrant in that Qualifier. These were: 1. Cameron Craigs: Having already qualified on the 24th Oct 2015, his reserve place on the 8th Nov 2015 went to Andrew Green, and his qualifying place on the 6th Feb 2016 went to Martin Burgess – 2. Martin Dixon: Having already qualified on the 24th Jan 2016, his qualifying place on the 3rd April 2016 went to Mark Withyman – 3. Phil Dixon: Having already qualified on the 24th Jan 2016, his qualifying place on the 13th Mar 2016 went to Tom Speak – 4. Andy Cliffe: Having already qualified on the 13th Mar 2016, his qualifying place on the 3rd April 2016 went to Chris Richardson – 5. Tom Gott: Having already qualified on the 13th Mar 2016, his qualifying place on the 3rd April 2016 went to Ian Greenwood – 6. Chris Richardson: Having qualified on the 3rd April 2016, his reserve place on the 13th Mar 2016 went to Carl Nixon – 7. Ian Greenwood: Having already qualified on the 3rd April 2016, his qualifying place on the 24th April 2016 went to Stan Moore.
Finalists Pack – for all Rivers National Final Qualifiers:
AT TEFF River Rules ATTEFFRIVERULES 2016
Llangollen/Maelor AA Map Maelor Angling WHOLE STRETCH
Rivers National Beat Rotation NATFINBEATROTATION2016
Rivers National Event Timetable NATFINEVENTTIMETABLE2016
Rivers National Risk Assessment NATFINRISKASSESSMENT2016
Organiser – Martin Dixon
2015 Rivers National
1st. Andrew Scott – Total Fish 24 – Total Fish Points 1125 – Total Placing Points 4
(2015 National Rivers Champion)
2nd. Simon Robinson – Total Fish 20 – Total Fish Points 945 – Total Placing Points 5
3rd. Phil Dixon – Total Fish 25 – Total Fish Points 1228 – Total Placing Points 10
4th. Chris Richardson – Total Fish 15 – Total Fish Points 748 – Total Placing Points 10
5th. Lewis Hendrie – Total Fish 21 – Total Fish Points 956 – Total Placing Points 11
6th. Andy Cliffe – Total Fish 20 – Total Fish Points 930 – Total Placing Points 12
Final Rivers Qualifier Results & Allocations: 2014-2015 Rivers Qualifiers Entries Results (j)
NB: There were four cases of Pre-qualifying, where entrants who had already qualified, finished in a qualifying position a second time. When this happened, their qualifying place was given to the next highest finishing entrant in that Qualifier. These were: 1. Robert Brown: Having already qualified on the 25th Oct 2014, his qualifying place on the 7th Feb 2015 went to Martin Burgess – 2. Krysztof Ragin: Having already qualified on the 1st Feb 2015, his qualifying place on the 22nd Feb 2015 went to Mark Harrison – 3. Sylwester Mantyrwicz: Having already qualified on the 7th Feb 2015, his qualifying place on the 7th Mar 2015 went to T Evans – 4. Mark Harrison: Having already qualified on the 22nd Feb 2015, his qualifying place on the 7th Mar 2015 went to Gilliam Vermeulen.
Finalists Pack – for all Rivers National Final Qualifiers:
AT TEFF River Rules ATTEFFRIVERULES
Llangollen/Maelor AA Map Maelor Angling WHOLE STRETCH
Rivers National Beat Rotation NATFINBEATROTATION
Rivers National Event Timetable NATFINEVENTTIMETABLE
Rivers National Risk Assessment NATFINRISKASSESSMENT
Organiser – Martin Dixon
2014 Rivers National – Report & Results
R. Dee – Llangollen/Maelor waters
1. Mike Heritage 22 fish 1038 fish pts 7 place pts
2. Howard Croston 35 fish 1588 fish pts 8 place pts
3. Andrew Scott 23 fish 1050 fish pts 8 place pts
4. Mike Dixon 19 fish 904 fish pts 11 place pts
5. Simon Robinson 27 fish 1265 fish pts 12 place pts
6. Lewis Hendrie 20 fish 931 fish pts 12 place pts
Organiser Martin Dixon reports: The final was fished in settled conditions after a very dry month. The nature of the Dee meant that the river level was held up, and after a two week close down hopes were high for a good competition.
Over the two days all the four beats produced around 100 measurable fish (over 20 cms). The successful anglers employees a full range of tactics: dries, nymphs, wets, duo and mini-lures were all successful for both trout and grayling.
New National Champion Mike Heritage fished the Golf Course area on Day 1 and the Bathers Beat on Day 2. On the first day he targeted mostly browns, and grayling on the second day.
The team to represent England in the 2015 Home International in Ireland is: Mike Heritage, Howard Croston, Andrew Scott, Mike Dixon, Simon Robinson and Lewis Hendrie.
I am most grateful for the host club, Llangollen Maelor Angling, who welcomed us to their superb waters, and to my main assistance, Mike Mason and Roger Johnson.
Full Results: Results
The National Rivers Final fished on the East Dart and West Dart on Dartmoor was a supercharged event with competitors competing not just between themselves and the fish, but also with the extreme heat and low water!
The length of the beats were considerable and involved long distance walking which in waders was no joke in 27 degrees.
Pre match banter was about it being a very tough match with possibly few fish caught, the actual day proved that wrong and highlighted the quality of the anglers involved, the rod average was 12 which was stunning.
The organisation of the event was superb and my congratulations go to Penisula Federation and all the people involved in organising the event and big thanks to all of the controllers.
My congratulations to the qualifiers, well deserved in such tough conditions.
My excuse was that I fished like a real Plonker!
Report: 2013 Press Release
Full Results: 2013 Rivers National results
More Pictures: Rivers National 2013 Gallery
2013 Rivers National Allocation
The 2013 Rivers National will be held on the River Dart, on the weekend of 13th-14th July 2013. Federation of Peninsular Flyfishers.
Rivers National Organiser Denis Symonds (Peninsular Federation) has announced the allocated number of qualifiers from each federation qualifier.
Numbers of qualifiers from each federation are based on a percentage of their entry as regards the overall entry numbers (98), calculated against the total number of National participants (32). As an example, the North 1 qualifier was fished by 7 anglers. 98 (overall entry numbers) divided by 7 = 14 (7.14%). 32 (number in National) divided by 14, or 7.14%, = 2.29, so 2 anglers qualify for the National from the North 1 qualifier. (Note: Half+ fractions are rounded up.)
2012 Rivers National
Venue: River Dart, 15th July 2012
The Rivers National took place on the upper beats of the East and West Dart (courtesy of the Duchy of Cornwall and the West Country Rivers Trust). Heavy rain and unseasonally low temperatures made practice sessions testing, but on the day the sun shone and the fishing excelled, with a total of 540 measurable fish caught.
The winner, Andy Croucher (Southern Fly Fishers) won each of the four sessions, scoring an unbeatable 4 points. In 2nd and 3rd places were Lewis Hendrie and Alex Bobba (Peninsula Federation), 4th was Andrew Scott (Northern Federation) and 5th Paul Lee (Southern Fly Fishers). The top five go on to represent England in next year’s Home Rivers International against Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Full report 2012 National Rivers Final
2011 Rivers National
Venue: River Dee Wales (Maelor AA Water)
Date: 15th & 16th August.
Vist Maelor AA website
Report by Martin Dixon, Organiser.
The river had taken severe pressure in practice, so that despite a week’s closure and good water conditions the fishing was bound to be more difficult than last year.
This situation seemed likely to favour the local anglers, and this is what happened, with some notable exceptions.
Over the two days a total of 162 fish over 20cms were landed, a rod average of 5+, with grayling, brown trout and sea trout caught and returned unharmed. The largest fish were a 45cms grayling to Tom Gott and a 41cms brown trout by Andy Cliffe.
The results were very close with only 1cm of fish length separating first and second. The qualifiers were:
1st Terry Phillips 11 fish 10 place points
2nd Phil Dixon 9 fish 10 place points
3rd John Tyzack 11 fish 11 place points
4th Tony Baldwin 8 fish 12 place points
5th Mike Dixon 6 fish 12 place points
6th Scott Nellins 6 fish 16 place points (Reserve)
The qualifiers employed a range of tactics. The winner fished nymphs and dries, whereas the Dixon brothers caught all their fish on weighted nymphs. Messrs Tyzack and Baldwin, however, used dry flies throughout.
Many thanks to the Maelor and Llangollen clubs for the use of their excellent waters.