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England Lady Fly Fishers

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Welcome to the England Lady Fly Fishers (ELFF)

ELFF is the English organising body for competitive loch style fly fishing by ladies and operates under the umbrella organisation of the Angling Trust. ELFF was formerly known as the England Ladies Fly-fishing Association (ELFA) which was founded in 1989.

ELFF is devoted to promoting, encouraging, and developing English women to fish in loch style fly fishing events. It runs the England Ladies loch style fly fishing team and organises the English Ladies National Fly-Fishing Championship which is part of the selection process for the England Ladies team. The top 8 ladies in the National automatically qualify to represent England the next year. They are joined by four more ladies and a reserve (selected by the Manager) to form the team which competes in the annual Ladies International against Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Ladies in the team meet several times a year for coaching and development, including competing in national competitions. Recently we have competed in the Anglian Water Airflo competition, the Snowbee Floating Lines match at Grafham and the Angling Trust Team Championships.

The ELFF committee also arranges team fund raising events such as the annual Mixed Pairs competition.

We would like to hear from you if:

• you are a lady who is interested in competitive fly fishing

• you would like to know more about supporting or sponsoring our team


Louise Callow (Chair): 07711 531624

Jane Robinson (Secretary): 07812 107439

Chris Bobby (Manager): 07554 667 221

Latest News

2019 Mixed Pairs – Grafham Water, Sunday 13th October

The annual England Lades Mixed Pairs match will be held at Grafham on Sunday 13th October 2019.

The all-day match will be fished to International Rules and pairs must consist of a male and female angler. The match is a fun day out with prizes for those who do well. After the match there will be a presentation meal in the Fishing Lodge. Costs TBC.

For further information and to enter, please contact Lianne Frost or Chris Bobby 07554 667 221 by Saturday 5th October.


2020 England Ladies Team Announced

The England Ladies team to compete in the 2020 International at Carron Valley in Scotland on 28th May was announced after the Ladies National:

Louise Callow, Eileen Chatwin, Maggie Curtis, Sam Edmunds, Lianne Frost, Sheena Goode, Rosemary Gunn, Heather Lamacraft, Sue Kidby, Gwyneth Mooney, Sue Potts, Hilary Tomlinson, Jessica Tweddle (reserve).

Congratulations to all, especially Sue Potts who wins her first cap.


Sam Edmunds wins the 2019 England Ladies Fly Fishing Championship at Rutland Water.

Sam Edmunds 2019 Fly Fishing

Samantha Edmunds has retained her title as England Ladies Loch Style Fly Fishing Champion at the Ladies National Championship which was held on Rutland Water on Sunday 1st September.

In blowy but sunny conditions Sam pulled hard all day to take her five fish. Experienced cap Sheena Goode took second with four fish and newcomer Sue Potts put in a fine performance at her first National to finish third, also with four fish.

During official practice the day before, the anglers had found fish in open water in the South Arm and on match day they used a variety of tactics in tricky conditions to land their fish. 

England are hoping to defend their International Gold when ladies from the four nations compete on 28th May at Carron Valley in Scotland for the 2020 International. 

The team for that match will be:

Louise Callow, Eileen Chatwin, Maggie Curtis, Sam Edmunds, Lianne Frost, Sheena Goode, Rosemary Gunn, Heather Lamacraft, Sue Kidby, Gwyneth Mooney, Sue Potts (new cap), Hilary Tomlinson and Jessica Tweddle (reserve).


England Win Gold in the 2019 Ladies International on Draycote Water

2019 Ladies International Trophy photo copyright Paul Baker

On Thursday 6th June the 31st Ladies Loch Style Fly Fishing International was held for the first time at Draycote Water, one of England’s top competition venues.

2019 Ladies International boat -copyright Paul Baker

England were convincing winners with 54 fish. A fine team performance saw them take Gold with nearly twice as many fish as Ireland who were second with 28 fish. In tricky conditions Scotland had 18 fish and Wales, the winners of last year’s Ladies International held at Llyn Clywedog, took the wooden spoon with 17 fish.

2019 Ladies International boat photo - copyright Paul Baker

The ladies had found strong fighting rainbows all over Draycote during the two days of official practice, but conditions changed on match day and a hailstorm battered the Warwickshire reservoir so the fishing during the match was trickier.

2019 Ladies International copyright Paul Baker

The overall top rod and Brown Bowl went to Gwyneth Mooney of England who used the bung method to land eight fish in often choppy conditions. The match was fished fully to catch and release with the length of all fish measured by the boatmen. Lianne Frost of England took the Longest Fish trophy with a fine rainbow of 58cm. England Captain Louise Callow received the trophy and said how proud she was of the team performance, especially the sharing of information during the match. Anglers from all teams commented on the high quality of the fishery.

2019 Ladies International presentation photo - copyright Paul Baker

England will be hoping to defend their title when the Ladies meet again in Scotland for the 2020 International.

Photos courtesy of - Paul Baker Photography: email;

Please note: these photos have been granted to Andy Taylor, Angling Trust who has permission to use these images and are copyright, these images are not for resale in any form.

For further information on the England Ladies Fly Fishers contact Gwyneth Mooney at

Team for 2019 International - 6th June at Draycote Water

ELFF Team 2019

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2018 National Championships – Eyebrook Reservoir

ELFF Samantha Edmunds

Congratulations to Samantha Edmunds who was crowned National Champion. She took 1 hour 25 mins to catch her bag of 8 fish.

1st - Samantha Edmunds

2nd - Jess Tweddle

3rd - Sheena Goode

The following have also automatically qualified for the 2019 England Ladies team:

Heather Lamacraft, Louise Callow, Lianne Frost, Lisa Isles, Maggie Curtis.

15 of the 16 competitors bagged up with 8 fish before the end of the match.

International Silver at Clywedog 2018

England finished 2nd in the Ladies International held at Llyn Clywedog which was won by the home team Wales, with Ireland 3rd place and Scotland 4th place.

Maggie Curtis was the England top rod and won the Brown Bowl for top individual angler with 11 Fish. Lianne Frost and new cap Sam Edmunds finished in individual 3rd and 4th places, both with 8 fish.

ELFF Ladies 2018

 Back row (l to r): Mark Macleod (Fly Tyer), Eileen Chatwin, Louise Callow, Sue Kidby, Lianne Frost, Jess Tweddle (new cap), Sheena Goode, Chris Bobby (Manager)

Front row: Gwyneth Mooney, Sam Edmunds (new cap), Rosemary Gunn (Vice Capt), Jane Robinson (Capt), Maggie Curtis, Hilary Tomlinson

2017 National Championships – Pitsford Reservoir

Congratulations to Lianne Frost who was crowned National Champion.

Here are the full results:

ELFF 2017 Results

International Gold at Lough Melvin 2017

England took Gold in a tight finish at the 2017 Ladies International held on Lough Melvin and new cap Andrea Smith was the England Top Rod with 3 fish.

1. England 15 Fish 436 cm

2. Ireland 14 Fish 409 cm

3. Scotland 9 Fish 265 cm

4. Wales 5 Fish

Gwyneth Mooney caught the last fish of the match in her final drift to the jetty:

ELFF 2017 Team Lough Melvin

The team was:

ELFF 2017 International Team

Back Row (l to r): Jane Robinson, Andrea Smith (new cap), Gwyneth Mooney (new cap), Hilary Tomlinson, Sue Irons, Chris Bobby (Manager), Heather Lamacraft, Mairi McFarlane (Reserve), Sheena Goode

Front Row: Louise Callow, Maggie Curtis (Vice Capt), Lianne Frost (Capt), Mary Miller, Sue Kidby

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