This is a very belated report about the Spring International at Lough Sheelin in Ireland

Wales came a very creditable 2nd taking the silver against a very strong international effort. The top 56 anglers in the home countries contained 4 Welshmen in the top 10 including Kieron Thomas the overall winner. It is most would say the ultimate honour to represent your country but to gain the Brown Bowl by doing so must be very special  








Kieron Thomas from Dinas Powys won the coveted Brown Bowl trophy at Lough Sheelin, in Ireland. Kieron was a member of the 14 strong Welsh Fly Fishing Team that competed against the best of the Irish, Scottish and English Teams. Lough Sheelin is a prolific wild trout fishery where the average trout is about 3lbs.


Seven was a lucky number for Kieron as this was his 7th  International cap for Wales. He was fishing in boat number 7 and caught 7 of the Welsh Team’s 32 trout winning the Brown Bowl trophy for the heaviest individual catch of the day. Even though there was a good hatch of Mayfly the cold North Easterly winds meant the trout were not feeding well. The 56 top International anglers managed a total of 106 trout – all of which were measured then returned to the Lough. Unfortunately the Welsh Team just missed out for Gold by the favoured Irish Team which caught 34 trout.  Scotland were  3rd with 27 and England picked up the wooden spoon with 13 trout.


Pictures attached are:


1.      Kieron receiving the Brown Bowl from Michael Callaghan, President of the International Fly Fishing Association.

2.      Kieron with a one of the 7 brown trout (about 4 ½ lbs) he caught.