2018 Boat Championships - Rutland Water
This years event was again fished at Rutland Water and attracted 53 competitors from every PSUK Region and included a number of new competitors from Lancashire. Wednesday practice day was bright and sunny with strong southerly winds making conditions a little difficult but at least it didn’t rain and most members found fish in the usual ‘hot spots’ around the reservoir using two distinct methods; straight line buzzer fishing on floating / midge tip lines or pulling blobs and boobies on DI 5/7 lines. These methods produced fish during the course of the day but many anglers struggled during the mid – late afternoon when the fish ‘switched off’.
Thursday match day was again bright and sunny but the wind had dropped and the entire reservoir was a flat calm mill pond. Temperatures at 9.30am had reached 20°c and they steadily rose to 23°c during the course of the day as did a very light breath of wind which provided a little bit of movement for the boats.
From the off, there was an even, three way split of boats heading for the two arms and main basin. The tackle set ups seen on the pontoon suggested that three different techniques were being deployed, the two previously tried and tested on the practice day and the third, buzzer fishing under the ‘bung’. I understand that most of those who were using the ‘bung’ eventually reverted back to one of the other methods after a very poor start to the day using that method.
After a delayed start and fishing alone, I made my way to Armley Woods in the north arm where I joined another boat straight line buzzer fishing. About 6 or 7 other boats were in or around the mouth of Barnsdale Creek opposite and in the distance, 3 or 4 boats could be seen around the mouth of Dickinsons and Road End.
Fishing a static team of 4, size 10 and 12 black buzzers (with a flash of red holographic) on an 18ft leader quickly resulted in 6 fish but this activity seemed to attract other boats to the bay and after a while the fish switched off like they did the previous day. By 1.25pm Richard Hood (Cheshire) had bagged up and this ultimately won him the event; his two fish weighing 2lb 7oz, with 12 c&r fish giving a bonus of 24lb and his finish time giving a bonus of 8lb; giving a total weight of 34lb 14oz.
Between 3pm and 3.45pm the only other three rods to bag-up finally got their last fish and patiently waited for their partners to finish. The bag limits and time bonus these anglers received ultimately provided the top 4 places. Well done to Phil Harding (Derbyshire), Mark Mathieson (Northamptonshire) & Gary Haskins (Avon & Somerset).
Perhaps if I had ventured further down to Dickinsons or across to Fantasy Island I may have increased my total but I chose otherwise and went elsewhere and missed out. Hey-Ho! Come 5.30pm, anglers returned to the dock, hot, tired and thirsty with the usual tales of joy and frustration. The weigh-in was a hive of activity with some good results being recorded but this was surpassed at the very end when Bob Sandford (Essex) quietly sneaked up to the scales and casually produced a bag and turned out a superb specimen, a Brown Trout which weighed-in at 6lb 12oz and a Rainbow giving a total weight of 8lb 6oz. This Brown Trout was, to my knowledge, the biggest fish ever brought to the scales for one of our Championship events. The top 16 rods (including 2 travelling reserves) will represent England Police in the Five Nations Championships and other organised events during the course of the year.
Thanks to everyone who supported and helped with the event including Anglian Water bailiffs, shop and restaurant staff, Greetham Valley Golf Club and of course all the members who attended. Please click here to view or download a PDF of the report or please click here to view or print a PDF copy of the results.
English Police vs English Fly Fishers Association
Match Report - The inaugural event was held on Tuesday 17th April 2018 at Rutland Water and like the earlier match against the Tri Services in March, we hope to have this event on an annual basis in years to come. The team was formed from the England team members who had attended the 5 Nations event in September and from some of those who, although had qualified as part of the England Team but could not attend that event and some last minute replacements from the membership. As with the Tri Services match, I hope that the future teams will consist primarily of members who have qualified for the England team at the National Championships the previous year.
The weather was cold with bright spells but the wind was very strong and not far short of the limits for the fishery to call off the event. Thankfully we were able to fish and everyone returned to the harbour at the close of play, safe and well. As expected, the methods were more or less the same as that of the Tri Services match the previous month, HiD lines pulling blobs and boobies at a fast rate of knots to keep up with them!
The boats headed off in every direction with 6 or 7 heading down to Dickensons and Road End. Drifting off Road End towards Dickenson, first cast – fish on, great feeling, right tactics, right position, everything spot on! The excitement was short live – in fact very short lived, within seconds fish off – snapped clean off! Meanwhile, boat partner Mark Searle on is first cast, double hook up but only one to the boat!
What a start!
During the course of the day the wind picked up and dropped off several times and unfortunately for Mark, he got a regular, good old fashioned lashing with my cast as the wind played havoc with my casting.Mark and myself hooked and lost more fish than we managed to land which was very frustrating and annoying, good solid takes and fighting fish were regularly throwing the hooks or spitting out the good old barbless hooks with some ease!!
The top England Police bag was John Comer (photograph below) who dispatched 2 fish and returned a further 6 for a total weight of 16lb 1oz.The top overall bag was Peter Hartley (EFFA) who had a total weight of 17lb 3oz.
Well Done chaps.
The team prize was won by The EFFA who caught 86 fish with a total weight of 174lb 1oz. The EPFFA had 82 fish for a total weight of 162lb 7oz. After the event we all retired to the lodge for a presentation dinner and chat.Although the wind caused some discomfort , the overall event was very enjoyable day and although the results didn’t go our way, the match was fished in a very friendly and sporting manner with new friendships being made on both sides.
Thanks to everyone who supported the event. Please click here to view or download a PDF of the report or please click here to view or print a PDF copy of the results.
John Comer (left) receiving his trophy for Top English Police Rod from Chris McLeod the EFFA President.
EPFFA Boat Championships - Rutland Water 2016
The EPFFA Boat Championships 2016 were again held at Rutland Water and once again the April weather was as consistent as ever with cold South Easterly winds blowing across the main basin and arms. Although the sun was bright and provided enough UV rays to burn one or two fair skinned and balding members, it was not warm enough to stir the natural insect life into action.
These conditions did not deter the enthusiasm of the 45 participating anglers and from the off, there was a flurry of activity as boats sped to all corners or the reservoir looking for the pods of fish that would be essential for an early bag limit and a chance of winning the title or even qualifying to represent the England Police team at the Five Nations match in September.
I started up at Fantasy Island where Gary Haskins and Dave Summers and one or two others were searching the banks without too much success. Most of these boats dispersed to other parts after a short time and went looking else where, me, I went across to Carrot Creek where Ian Wood and Bob Seeber were spotted playing fish very close to the shore.
Being single crewed, trying to fish short drifts into the bank in such windy conditions was somewhat difficult and I soon moved away and made my way up the North arm passing Tony Barclay (Northumbria) and Tony Smith (Nottinghamshire) on their way back to the Lodge with their respective bag limits having achieved great success down at Barnsdale Road end.
One short drift along Barnsdale Road end produced 4 brown trout in about 20 minutes, great you may think, but no, not so good for me because I didn't have the rainbows to allow me to count them! Great sport but wrong species and I couldn't tempt those elusive rainbows - even though I was using the same fly patterns as Tony Barclay - hey ho. (Black Buzzer, Black diawl back with red holo body and yellow blob fished on a Di7 line)
Bob Eaton, Simon Peck, Dave Allen, Richard Hood were also fishing in the same location (as well as a few others) and managed to achieve their bag limits however most were caught long before my arrival on the scene! Remarkably, only one person failed to catch that day, bad luck Mark Davies (North York's), better luck next time.
As you see from the results 17 anglers caught their 12 fish limit (including 8 fish catch & release) and scored time / bonus weight. (8oz per 15 minutes) but unfortunately only the top 16 qualify for the England Team. (A rather sickening result for Pete Solomon (North York's) who finished 17th position with his bag limit and time bonus weight)
The overall winner was Tony Barclay with a weight of 33 lb 7 oz. which included 8 lb 8 oz time bonus weight for finishing at 13:15 hrs. In second place, beaten by just 1 oz, was Tony Smith with a total weight of 33 lb 6 oz which included 9 lb 8 oz time bonus weight for finishing at 12:45 hrs. In third place as Dave Allen (Cheshire) with a total weight of 32 lb 15 oz which included 9 lb time bonus weight for finishing at 13:00 hrs. The biggest 4 fish bag was caught by Dave Farrar (North York's) who had a total weight of 9 lb 12 oz including the biggest rainbow on the day of 3 lb 2 oz. The biggest fish on the day was a brown trout of 3 lb 3 oz caught by Rory Noble. (Northumbria). 166 fish were brought to the scales and a further 200 were returned to fight another day. The full results are shown in the sheet shown.
The 2017 Championship will be held at Rutland on Thursday 20th April, so book your time off early to avoid disappointment. Malcolm Naylor, Secretary.
With reference to the Boat Championships held at Rutland Water on Thursday. Please click here to see the attached PDF file for the full results. Congratulations go to Tony BARCLAY, (Northumbria) who won the event with 12 fish and a total weight of 33lb 7oz. Tony Smith (Nottinghamshire) was a very close second with 12 fish for 33lb 6oz.
The biggest fish on the day was caught by Rory Noble (Northumbria) who caught a Brown Trout weighing 3lb 3oz. A total of 45 anglers competed in the event, catching 166 fish for 327lb 15oz and all but one competitor failed to catch. The top 16 rods including 2 reserves will attend Menteith in September to represent the England team. (Those highlighted in blue, below)
If any of those who have qualified are unable to attend or discover at a later date that they are unable to attend, it would be greatly appreciated if you could inform me as soon as possible to allow others to make arrangements for their participation.
Well done to those who qualified and lets hope for further success at Menteith. A full report and photos will be added to the website soon. Regards, Malcolm N.