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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.