The Win­ner

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Tactics -

Lianne Frost skip­pereds a vic­to­ri­ous EnglishEn team that was pow­ered by finefin per­for­mance s from debu­tantes An­drea Smith and Gwyneth Mooney, who ac­counted for a third of the team’s catch be­tween them, and by some mas­terly im­pro­vi­sa­tion by fly-ty­ers Mark McLeod and Chris Bobby. Pro­vid­ing an object les­son for all of us in fish­ing the day’s final cast just as care­fully as you did the first, Gwyneth took the de­ci­sive fish in the match’s last five min­utes, in the shadow of the lodge. As they say in women’s sport ev­ery­where, it ain’t over ‘til the fat bloke sings… “Two of our team are based in Ire­land and Mag­gie Cur­tis, my vice-cap­tain, was one of those who fished this com­pe­ti­tion when Melvin last hosted it, so we weren’ t com­ing into it com­pletely‘ cold ’. My first im­pres­sions were how beau­ti­ful it is but we knew match day con­di­tions would be rough, so we fo­cused one very one be­ing com­fort­able, hav­ing faith in their flies and short-line fish­ing in windy con­di­tions. The dif­fer­ence in ap­proaches sur­prised me–one minute you’ re fish­ing deep wa­ter and the next fish­ing the shal­lows. On the day, we got every­one to spread out rather than try and iden­tify a hotspot and it paid off be­cause we had fish across dif­fer­ent ar­eas. The wind made it a pulling day, so we went with tra­di­tional lo­cal flies, al­though we hadn’ t got the ma­te­ri­als to pro­duce ex­act copies, so Mark and Chris did a great job ty­ing some deriva­tions which they chris­tened the Ba­boon[ Dab­bler] and the Wood­pecker[ May fly ]… The team coped well with the con­di­tions. While the waves over there area bit big­ger than we’ re used to, so are the boats and en­gines, so we felt very com­fort­able. Abid­ing mem­ory apart from the win, was the joy of fish­ing for wild rather than stocked fish. They are SO fast …”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.