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March Caption Competition
The winners of a fantastic Gordon 2 9ft 6in 7-wt rod are John Carnell, Ian Graham, Trevor Cousens, Kenneth Bruce, Dennis Lauder and Alex Reynolds. Alex came up with our favourite: “A tenner says I can s tand on one leg and balance half a pint on my shoulder for longer than you.”
Angling Even More Popular
THE Environment Agency (EA) has announced that £25 million from the sales of anglers’ rod licences will be ploughed back into improving fisheries this year.
Last year more rod licences were sold than ever before and similar sales are expected in 2010/2011.
All the money raised from the sale of your rod licence goes straight back into improving angling, allowing the EA to improve fish habitats,
monitor fish stocks, carry out restocking and fish rescues and help people take up fishing – all of which are vital as angling becomes more and more popular as a pastime.
All anglers in England and Wales (above the age of 12) must hold a valid rod licence and the new licence year started on April 1st.
You can purchase a licence for the 2010/11 season at Post Offices, online, over the phone or by direct debit.
The attractive credit-cardstyle licences feature pictures by celebrated wildlife artist David Miller, and this year show a barbel and a sea trout.
Prices are as follows: Coarse and non-migratory trout: Full £27; Concession £18; Junior £5 Salmon and migratory trout: Full £72; Concession £48; Junior £5
Free Tuition At Elinor Trout Fishery
ELINOR Trout Fishery in Aldwincle, Northamptonshire, is to give away free tuition to its anglers.
This year professional coach Allan Sefton is offering an hour’s free personal fly fishing tuition, and the offer is open to beginners and serious anglers alike.
Lessons will take place in small groups and everyone taking up the offer will be offered a free first year’s membership of the East Midlands Trout Fishing Association.
Membership will give access to trout fishing outings, competitions and tuition, as well as other incentives.
Tackle will be made available for anglers who want to try out fly fishing for the first time, free of charge.
For information on this and other activities please call Allan Sefton on 01480 384792 or e-mail: email@example.com.
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The Casting For Recovery charity has received a major boost.
Casting For Recovery
THE Casting For Recovery charity has received a boost after an auction at Forbes of Kingennie Country Resort raised £5,000.
Casting For Recovery is a fly fishing programme for women who have recovered or are recovering from cancer.
Tom Healy with his stunning 41lb 7oz World-Record brown trout.
THE brown trout World Record, which had been held for 17 years, has been beaten by 1lb 3oz.
The 41lb 7oz monster was caught in Michigan, USA, on the Manistee River by Tom Healy, who beat Howard Collins’ record. NEWS
One of last year’s winning pairs: Clive Morgan (right) and Darren Summer.
Vision International Competition
THE second annual Vision International Pairs Competition is to be held at Rutland Water – Europe’s premier trout fishery.
The event will take place on Sunday May 23rd and entry will cost £100 per pair; the good news is that the event coincides with the best nymph fishing of the season.
There will be an eight-fish limit per angler plus a time bonus for anglers who catch quickly. The winning pair will receive a Vision Pairs Trophy and tackle prizes, while anglers down to 10th place will also receive prizes.
The event has a limited entry so contact event coordinator Graham Pearson for an application form on: 0116 2412797 or 07967 396644 or e-mail: graham-pearson@ hotmail.co.uk. The closing date for entry is May 1st, 2010.
Visitors Flock To See Stars At Spring Show SOME of the top stars of fly fishing, including editor Steve Cullen, graced the Spring Flyfishing Show, which proved to be a great success and kicked off the season in style.
The main attraction was expert flyfisher and caster Charles Jardine, who gave amazing demonstrations on how to cast a fly into difficult areas.
Many people watched Dean Andrews, from the hit BBC series Life On Mars and Ashes To Ashes, talk with John Tyzak about fly fishing techniques on rivers. Iain Barr also enthralled his audience as he talked about his route to becoming the current World Fly Fishing Champion.
The whole weekend saw packed aisles as traders sold all the latest fly fishing tackle and visitors tested out the fly rods, lines and reels on the indoor ‘try-before-you-buy’ casting lake. Visit the website www.thesfshow.com for prize winners and photos.
The Spring Flyfishing Show was packed with enthusiastic visitors.
Airflo 2010 Heats And Fishery Dates The heats of the Airflo Classic 2010 bank competition have been announced. Check out where and when they will take place, plus all the information needed to enter, on www.ceff. org.uk.
£1,000 Raised For England Youth Flyfishing Association The Invicta Fly Fishing Club, i n Cambridge, has raised over £1,000 in aid of the England Youth Flyfishing Association through the ‘Invicta 150 Challenge’, a recent fundraising initiative in support of the EYFA.
The final amount raised was £1,034 and Bobbie Worker, secretary of the EYFA, received the cheque from Norman Shippey, president of Invicta.
Flash Attack Products Flash Attack Products is growing strong and not only has it launched a brand-new website, it has also decided to double its range of flies, which now stretches to over 500 patterns.
The company is growing so fast that it now has market positions in countries all over Europe.
Endurance Fly Fishing Marathon Robin Lambert, from Scottish Waters, along with his brother John is going to undertake a 48-hour, non-stop fly fishing marathon for charity.
Robin and John will be fishing the Lake of Menteith between July 29th and 31st and will be raising money for WaterAid and Macmillan Cancer Support.
To donate please contact Robin on 0131 445 6547.