Trout­mas­ters

This month’s badge winners plus your lat­est catch pho­to­graphs

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Contents -

HOW TO EN­TER

There are many spe­cial­ly­des­ig­nated Trout­mas­ters wa­ters in the UK where you can en­ter, and the num­ber of fish­eries join­ing is grow­ing. If you catch a fish at any of these wa­ters you can reg­is­ter it us­ing the of­fi­cial forms, which must be sent to our of­fices within five days of cap­ture. Forms are avail­able at the fish­eries. Se­nior and ju­nior en­try forms are avail­able. Ju­niors must be un­der 14, se­niors aged 14 and over. New this year: An­glers can en­ter fish caught on any-method. How­ever, the Se­nior and Ju­nior fi­nals re­main FLY only. Cap­tors of the three big­gest fish win an ex­clu­sive Trout­mas­ters badge. You could also win an ex­clu­sive Gold Badge if you win five Trout­mas­ters badges each from five dif­fer­ent fish­eries dur­ing the course of the com­pe­ti­tion. At the end of the year all badge winners will be in­vited to en­ter a fish-off at the wa­ter where they won the badge to de­cide who will get an in­vi­ta­tion to the Fi­nal. Each fish-off will be run by the fish­ery con­cerned to lo­cal rules, and can in­volve around 36 an­glers. One an­gler from each wa­ter will qual­ify for the Fi­nal. Each com­pe­ti­tion runs from the 21st of the month to the 20th of the next. Judg­ing takes place on the 25th. An award will be made to the most con­sis­tent an­gler of the year.

GOLD BADGE WINNERS

TWO an­glers have been awarded their sec­ond se­nior Gold Badges of the sea­son. They are John Davies, from Mont­gomery, for suc­cess at Graiglwyd Springs, Blith­field, King­fisher Trout Lakes, Tree Tops Fly Fish­ery and Llyn Brenig, and Matthew Devine, from Mor­peth, for badges won at Aldin Grange, Bessy Beck, Lan­g­ley Dam, Marston Wyse and West House Trout Lakes. Two an­glers also win their first se­nior Gold Badges. Colin McDon­ald, from Aberdeen, earns his at Art­loch Fish­ery, Forbes of Kin­gen­nie, Lochter Fish­ery, Mid­mar and Rae­moir, while Daniel Vine, from Lanch­ester, gets a Gold Badge fol­low­ing suc­cesses at Aldin Grange, Higham Lake, Lan­g­ley Dam, Leighton Reser­voir and West House Trout Lakes. The cov­et­ed­veted Trout­mas­ter Trout­mas­ters Gold Badge is awarded to an­glers who win five badges each from five dif­fer­ent fish­eries dur­ing the Trout­mas­ters sea­son. The more fish­eries you visit, the more chance you have of win­ning a Trout­mas­ters Gold Badge.

THIS fan­tas­tic-look­ing rain­bow trout weighed in at 12lb 4oz and was caught from the Al­bury Es­tate complex by Joe Jack­son from Ewell in Sur­rey. Joe, who is a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to the venue, caught his fish at the Vale End lake us­ing a dry Mayfly on a float­ing line and a 5lb leader. He also caught a 2lb 8oz brown trout that same day, also on a Mayfly.

Martin Corr, from Cox­hoe, Co Durham, caught this per­sonal best 19lb 4oz rain­bow from Pen­nine fish­ery us­ing a Blood­worm on a float­ing line.

Colts­ford Mill fish­ery pro­duced this stun­ning 9lb 7oz rain­bow for New Ad­ding­ton, South London an­gler Mike Snell. Suc­cess­ful fly was a Di­awl Bach.

High­bridge, Som­er­set an­gler Ja­son McPhee used a Hu­mun­gus lure on a Di-3 line to tempt this 11lb 8oz rain­bow from Hawkridge Reser­voir.

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