International Disabled Fly Fishing Championship 2009

On 4th and 5th July, the 30th International Disabled Fly Fishing Championship was held on Llyn Brenig in North Wales.

International Disabled Fly Fishing Championship – and a disappointing result for Wales.

2009 Welsh Disabled Team ready to go - Click to enlargeOn 4th and 5th July, the 30th International Disabled Fly Fishing Championship was held on Llyn Brenig in North Wales.

This two day event, though friendly, proved to be highly competitive with anglers from the four countries giving of their best in quite challenging conditions.

At the end of the first day the Scottish Team was in the lead with England second and Wales third but at the weigh-in on the second day it became apparent that the fortunes of England were on the up when it was reported that Bob Cooper had netted ten fish.

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The Welsh Team before the match on Llyn Brenig
Back row : Moc Morgan, Edwyn Lewis(Cpt), Mitch Atherton, Dai Evans, John Roberts (Coach) Front row: Alan Bunyan (Reserve), Alan Amber, Son Owen, Harry Wyn Owen (Coach)

The match was fished to a four fish catch limit and thereafter C&R – with one and a half pounds given for each released fish. The final results were as follows:

First England 59 fish 83lbs 4 ½ oz.
Second Scotland 56 fish 79lbs 0 ½ oz
Third Wales 44 fish 60lbs 3 ¾ oz
Fourth Ireland 35 fish 50lbs 7 ¼ oz

Dai Evans, Top Welsh Rod at the Disabled International, receiving the Trophy from Edwyn Lewis (WSTAA Chairman & Team Captain) - click to enlargeHeaviest Fish (Day 1) weighed 2lb 2oz – caught by Don West (England)
Heaviest Fish (Day 2) weighed 3lb 11½ oz – caught by Rab Clements (Ireland)
Heaviest Bag belonged to Bob Cooper of England, weighing in at 14lbs 7¼ oz.
Bob Cooper was the overall Top Rod with 13 fish weighing 18lbs 11¼ oz.

The Welsh Top Rod was Dai Evans, Tawe, with 10 fish weighing 13lbs 11¼ oz

A Word of Thanks – WSTAA and the Welsh Team are greatly indebted to a number of volunteers who helped make this year’s event a success.
A great ‘Thank You’ to all the Boatmen who gillied for the competitors during the two day event. Without their support the event could not have gone ahead.
Thanks also to Phyllis, Anne and Hughie for providing refreshments for competitors, officers and friends – thereby helping to make the Disabled International a memorable occasion for all.