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Scotland Win Gold in the Autumn Loch Style International


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The 2018 Autumn International Fly Fishing Association Loch Style International was held at Llyn Brenig on Friday 7th September and it was Scotland who turned in a stellar performance to win the gold medal, their first gold since 2016 which also happened to be in Wales on Llandegfedd Reservoir.

Scotland caught 79 fish weighing 164lb 15oz, 9 fish and 19lb 7oz ahead of host nation Wales. Team England finished in 3rd place landing 65 fish for a total weight of 134lb 13oz leaving Ireland in 4th place with 51 fish for 107lb 10oz. In addition to team gold, Scotland’s Grant Osler took to Brown Bowl with 11 fish, while team mates Stuart McLean’s 9 fish gave him a 2nd place, England’s Tom Davis finished 3rd also with 9 fish while Scotland’s Ronnie Gilbert’s 8 fish gave him 4th, 3 of the top 4 rods from Scotland was testament to their quality performance on the day. Terry Llewelyn from Wales won the H. Emyr Lewis Trophy catching the heaviest fish of the match.

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Team England were led by manager Paul Angell and captained by the vastly experienced John Horsey, while Rob Allan, Ashley Davis, Tom Davis, Paul Golding, John Hardy, Paul Haskey, Malcolm Hunt, Mike Lightfoot, Eddie Mitchell, Stephen Peart, Leigh Pond, Ben Race and Paul Runec made up the rest of the England team.

3 days of practice in differing weather conditions showed that there were fish widely spread throughout the reservoir and that many of the fish were concentrated in the upper layers of the water. English rods found that boobies fished on intermediate lines would be the first line of attack with dries also working well when the wind decreased and temperatures rose.

The start of the International saw boats scatter with numbers starting around the cages, others headed to the Coves and the Hafoty Shore while some opted to drift across the middle of the lake. It became obvious early in the match that the fishing was not going to be easy and boats started moving to alternative areas to try to find feeding fish. This pattern continued throughout the match. Some anglers managed to build good scores whilst others struggled to get a fish to the boat. By the 6pm finish 56 competitors had caught a total of 265 fish giving a rod average of 4.7 and it was Scotland who ran out as deserved winners.

Paul Angell, the England Autumn Loch-Style Manager said “the team had worked together extremely well under the excellent leadership of experienced captain John Horsey, to produce a great team spirit. Practice had gone well but match day found us an average of a fish a man behind the winning Scottish team and congratulations to them on their success.”

“On behalf of Team England Fly Fishing and all team members, I would like to thank everyone who has supported us. Clothing sponsors Craghoppers and Snowbee, Guide Fly Fishing, Fulling Mill and Costa Sunglasses for their support with tackle and other essential equipment, your continued support is very much appreciated and valued by all involved.”

Team England will now turn their attention to Grafham for the Spring International on Friday 10th May and then focus shifts to September as the team will travel to Scotland to compete on the Lake of Menteith, a venue England won gold on the last visit in 2017 and something they hope to repeat in the autumn of 2019.

Photos courtesy of Cambrian Photography and on Twitter @cambrianphoto

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