Medi out to fin­ish on a high

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THE cap­tain of Wales’s youth fly-fish­ing team is rel­ish­ing the honour of lead­ing her coun­try in in­ter­na­tional competitio­n — and sad to be in her fi­nal year at youth level after hav­ing made many friends from across Wales.

Seven­teen-year-old Medi Tre­harne comes from Llan­gen­nech, near Llanelli, and started fly-fish­ing five years ago un­der the tu­ition of her dad Craig at Garnf­frwd Fish­ery, near Drefach, Cross Hands, where he has fished since it opened back in 1984.

“This is where I learned all my craft of fly-fish­ing,” she re­calls, “find­ing it ex­tremely chal­leng­ing to be­gin with, but my fa­ther was great at teach­ing me and he taught me very quickly how to get the knack of it.

“I caught some very big browns and rain­bow trout, the big­gest one be­ing 15lb from Garnf­frwd Lake, and this is where it all started as I was asked to fill in for the Welsh youth team up in Scot­land in 2015.”

Hav­ing thor­oughly en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence of win­ning her first Welsh cap, Medi was de­ter­mined to con­tinue to fish for Wales, and she has al­ways been suc­cess­ful at the an­nual Welsh youth trial held on Llyn Cly­we­dog in Mid Wales ev­ery Septem­ber.

“I’ve been very lucky to have made it through each trial to fish for Wales, gain­ing five Welsh caps in to­tal, but I was ab­so­lutely thrilled to bits back in Novem­ber up in Bala to dis­cover that I was se­lected by our team man­ager Ch­eryl Bull­man to be cap­tain of the Welsh youth team for 2019, which will be my fi­nal year as a youth in­ter­na­tional.

“This is a mas­sive priv­i­lege, such an honour to be cap­tain for Wales, and it took me a while for it all to sink in.

“As sad as I am that this will me my last year in youth, I will be finishing ex­actly where I won my first Welsh cap in 2015, in Scot­land, and I am hugely look­ing for­ward to it all in July.

“My fa­ther also taught me fly-ty­ing, which took a while, but I man­aged to win nu­mer­ous com­pe­ti­tions through fly-fish­ing mag­a­zines and have also have been ex­tremely lucky to have done many ar­ti­cles in a few mag­a­zines too.

“I also en­joy river fish­ing and my favourite place is on the banks of the Towy and this is where my fa­ther (again!) taught me all his tac­tics on how to fish and catch sewin (sea trout) at night here.

“I caught one on my very first time of try­ing. It was a dif­fer­ent style of fish­ing but what a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence it is catch­ing one of th­ese fish, that are mostly fished at night. It’s great fun!

“The best ex­pe­ri­ence for me fly­fish­ing is the an­glers. I have made so many friends over the years, it’s a won­der­ful fam­ily-like sport.

“My am­bi­tion is to help get as many young­sters as pos­si­ble out in na­ture’s space, teach them fish­ing or to get their par­ents, un­cles, broth­ers or friends to teach them fish­ing. I want oth­ers to ex­pe­ri­ence what I have.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to my fa­ther for in­tro­duc­ing me to fly-fish­ing and for teach­ing me all his se­crets.

“Hope­fully we can do Wales very proud in July and I am able to get the team to go one bet­ter than we did back in 2015 when I fished Lake of Men­teith for that very first time when com­ing sec­ond over­all, win­ning sil­ver for Wales.”

Medi Tre­harne, cap­tain of the Welsh Youth fly-fish­ing team.

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