RUNNER-UP IAIN BARR
HE’S finished third, first and second in the last three Troutmasters Finals, but Iain Barr already has the next one mapped out. “Should I qualif y, I’m wearing a disguise and using an anchor,” he joked, as he ref lected on a 2018 Final in which he never quite got into top gear. A star-struck competitor insisted on following the 2009 World Champion’s boat wherever it went, early in the afternoon session, and while Barr says he’d have normally just felt f lattered, his ‘shadow’ had an unfortunate tendency to announce his arrival… “My boat partner and I are round the corner from the Sailing Club and after I’ve picked t wo ‘daf t’ f ish off f irst drif t, with a Blob and a Snake, I’m looking to get some bigger f ish on dries,” he recalled. “We’re in just a few feet of water and the last thing you do is disturb somewhere like that by chucking a drogue in – you just k ill it. “So this bloke shows up, again, and what does he do? Throws his drogue in...” The reigning Troutmasters champion, representing Toft New ton, headed off to find solace at Lambcot shoal in the middle, only to miss four on his ‘daft f ish’ set-up and four more when he switched back to dries. Karma having forced his pursuer onto the oars (“He’d been so keen to stay close to me he’d blown his motor…”) Barr took another fish on the Blob, before rounding out the afternoon with four f ish in 35 minutes along the buoy line at Toft Shallows, despite an anchored boat just happening to be in the way of his ideal dr if t. “I’ll remember that tactic myself next year…” Iain grinned. His morning session, on the bank, had felt like a river stint, as a stiff wind in his face saw him kneeling in two feet of water to reduce the length of line needed and casting diagonally to f ish dries just f ive yards off the shore. He was rewarded with seven fish, and four more on Bloodworm and Diawl Bachs.
Iain Barr receives his runner up prize from Peter Cockwill.