Welsh Open Bank Championship 2012 – Elan Valley

Report and results

 Report on WELSH OPEN – ELAN VALLEY on Sunday 12th August 2012
The Welsh Open Bank Fly Fishing competition – sponsored by Gareth Harvey and Elan Valley Fisheries – was well supported this year with a record number of entries – and it was good to see such a good response from young fishermen – many being members of the Welsh Youth FF team.
Whether it was as a result of this year’s dire summer weather – but the fish on the day proved to be very dour and even anglers of the calibre of Dennis Bayham said he’d had to work hard for his few fish. However it was extremely gratifying to see so many of the keen competitors of yesteryears present – with their fishing effort proveing they are as keen as they ever were!
In this competition the fishing is for wild brown trout and therefore can be very challenging.
The fishing venue included all Elan Valley waters except Claerwen – although anglers will be pleased to know that Claerwen is currently being managed by the Elan Valley Committee and as was verified on the day it represents a good day’s fishing at reasonable cost.
The top rod on the day was Jeff Holcombe of Mountain Ash Angling Club who had 6 fish. His successful fly was the Bibbio and as with many other successful angler the Intermediate line served him very well. Local angler Lynn Evans was second and his fish weighed a mere half ounce less than Jeff’s. In third place was the angler that has dominated the results in recent years – Paul Harvey also with six fish.
Winners of the Luron Shield for a team of three came from Cwmdeuddwr Anglers with Roger Lewis, Henry Angel and Lynn Evans being the team members.
A number of young anglers also took fish with Alex McGlynn from Swansea being the top rod. Runners-up were Dylan Harvey Merthyr and Tristan Davies Llandysul.
Moc Morgan,President of WSTAA, thanked the Sponsors Gareth Harvey and also the Elan Valley Fisheries – especially David Davies and Mrs Evans who did the scores in the absence of the usual Elan Valley officer – the ever faithful and helpful Alan Lewis.