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Tom Bilson Memorial Match 2012

02.11.12

Twenty six anglers took part in the 4th annual match at Pitsford Reservoir on 20th October 2012 in memory of the founder of England Youth Flyfishing, Mr Tom Bilson. There was an even mix of adults and youths for this very friendly match so each adult was paired in a boat with a youth angler. The match was fished to fishery rules with only two exceptions, no anchoring and fishing from the front of drifting boats only. The weather was kind with a light wind, everyone came back to the lodge for a BBQ lunch and a chat about the mornings tactics. All anglers caught fish with the flies of the day varying between minkies, cat whisker boobies & humungus's.

The overall top rod was Ryan Worker who caught 8 fish for a total weight of 21lb 13oz closely followed by Simon Lehane who had 8 fish for 21lb 12oz. The top youth was Kieran Bonas catching 7 fish for 20lb 15oz. The biggest fish of the day was a rainbow weiging 5lb 81/2 oz caught by Gary How.

The Angling Trust would like to offer their appreciate and thanks to Anglian Water for their support and the volunteers of the England Youth Flyfishing committee.

Photo: Match winner Ryan Worker being presented with the Tom Bilson Memorial Shield by England Youth Team Manager Phil Longstaff.

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