WALES WINS SILVER ON LOUGH LEIN
Spring International 2016
ANDREW LEWIS CAPT
ALAN BANWELL travelled with the team and helped with the practice, Much appreciated by all the team.
Last week the spring team fished their 2016 international on Lough Lein, County Kerry Ireland
The lads arrived early and had a few extra days practicing on the Lough.
I travelled out with Paul Sharman and Peter Thermal and those of you that know me knows that I am an excellent navigator, not, I can never go anywhere without losing my way. This trip was no different and with the car playing up we arrive late but safe.
Lough Lein is a fantastic place to fish,5,000acres situated in the beautiful surroundings within the National Park it is full of small wild Brown trout so it is very difficult to catch a keeper, a fish over 10in. 10in being the size limit set by the local angling club and the National Park.
By match day the team were confident that they had identified the areas the flies and the method they needed to fish in the flat conditions they would have to fish in on match day.
There was great camaraderie amongst the team and they all helped each other – and me
I would like to thank them all for their support and effort.
Match day weather was as forecast calm and bright in the morning with cloud arriving in the afternoon and the wind starting to blow in the last hour.
The captain Andrew Lewis gave the team a final pep talk and at 10am all the boats mustered out onto the Lough
At 6pm when everyone returned their faces told the story of everyone’s day
England won Gold with 18 fish 4.111kg Wales Silver with 13 fish 3.302kg Scotland 13 fish Bronze 2.788kg Ireland Wooden spoon 8 fish 1.780kg.
Total blanks were 23 not good for the Senior international Anglers to post such a result and not a good result for Lough Lein. Rod average 0.928.for 56 International anglers?
The overall heaviest fish 0.430kg Trophy went to Marco Orsi Wales.
Top welsh rod winner of the Gilly Farr Trophy with 2 fish weighing 0.607kg was Peter Thurnall
Many congratulations to the whole team and to Marco and Peter
Thanks also to Andrew Lewis for his contribution to the success of the team, Great Captain.
Finally thanks for the flowers from the team