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SEV­EN­TEEN years af­ter watch­ing his fa­ther Scott win the Scot­tish Na­tional Trout Fly Fish­ing Cham­pi­onship from the other end of a boat, it’s Derek Pozzi’s turn to lift the cov­eted crown. He claimed the 2018 Cham­pi­onship at Lake of Men­teith in Septem­ber, and un­less some­one tells them dif­fer­ently, they are be­lieved to be the only fa­ther and son to lift the ti­tle in its 126-year his­tory. Derek, from Glen­rothes, was Scott’s boat­man when Pozzi se­nior got his hands on the tro­phy in 2001 and Derek’s own tri­umph com­pleted an im­pres­sive per­sonal ‘dou­ble’, as just days ear­lier, the 35-year-old had helped Scot­land win the Au­tumn Home Na­tions In­ter­na­tional at Llyn Brenig, in Wales. Squeez­ing in two days’ prac­tice at Men­teith be­tween the events, Derek over­came a night­mare stretch in the Na­tional that saw him lose eight fish, most of them al­most at the net. Three fish in the last 45 min­utes saved the day, how­ever, leav­ing his cu­mu­la­tive win­ning weight (17 fish for 35lb 9.5oz) over three pounds clear of run­ner-up Scott Aitken. But the na­tional news­pa­per re­porter who said the re­sult “could not have been tighter” clearly didn’t have ac­cess to the Na­tional re­sults of 17 years ago, when less than four ounces sep­a­rated Scott Pozzi from the run­ner-up, on an al­to­gether harder day at Loch Leven, that yielded just four fish for the 2001 cham­pion and 333 for the field, 107 fewer than this year. Graeme Lynch com­pleted the 2018 top three. The event was spon­sored

by Ridge­line UK, 7plus7 Con­struc­tion and R & E Hy­giene.

Left: Scott with the 2001 tro­phy and (above) fa­ther and son pose to­gether af­ter the 2018 tri­umph.

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