On Grafham Reservoir, Bedfordshire, on the last day of May 2007, the Welsh Ladies Fly Fishing team gave one of its finest performances in the International fly fishing arena
|The team comprising of lady anglers from all parts of Wales competed in the four nation’s international fly fishing championship of the U.K. and won handsomely. The team brilliantly led by its captain Nikki Clark, Hirwaun and coached by Russell Owen, Llanidloes caught sixteen more fish than did the runners up – Scotland.
The top rod at the event was Marian Davies from Penrhyndeudraeth with a bag of 7 fish weighing 15lbs 13.75ozs and in close second was Nikki Clark also with 7 fish but weighing 15lbs 8.75ozs. This time the English team despite having the ‘home’ advantage could not compete with the confident Welsh team that gave a perfect example of a great team effort – with every single member playing a pivotal role.
The Welsh Ladies last won the event in 1994 – in fact this was only their third victory in eighteen years of competing. But judging by the quality of this year’s team the future should be a golden one.
THE SPRING (SENIOR) INTERNATIONAL FLY FISHING MATCH. The Welsh (Spring) team did not do so well in their International match which was held a day after the Ladies match and was fished on Rutland Reservoir. Despite some very thorough preparation from Captain, Phil Thomas and George Barron, coach, the team was unable to match the catches made by the English and Scottish teams.
The English team with 84 fish weighing 172 lbs 7.375ozs had 19 more fish than Scotland the runners up with 65 fish. The Welsh team had 54 fish giving them the third spot and the Irish team collected the wooden spoon on this occasion. In the hot sunny conditions the English team excelled with their nymphs and buzzers approach and were far too effective for the other teams to match. The star performer and winner of the Brown Bowl was Rob Sosbe of England with 11fish weighing 22lbs 8.875ozs.
The Welsh top rod was Scott Graham, Pontardawe with 9 fish. Brian Morgan, Llandeilo was the runner up in the Welsh team with 6 fish. Malcolm Edwards, Ammanford also took 6 fish and Spencer Williams, Pontardawe took 5. This was a disappointing result for Wales as the team had gelled together really well and had achieved so much in preparation. Their homework had promised so much more.