RUN­NER-UP IAIN BARR

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Match Scene -

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.

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