Wednesday, 23 May 2012 14:47

First Big Final of 2012

The first of the big 2012 finals took place at Grafham Water on Saturday. The Anglian Water Airflo Individual Final pitched the winning individual anglers from last year’s AWA International events together for one match.

Most of the usual suspects were fishing, but it was Belgium angler Jos Peeters who stole the plaudits. Fishing with the esteemed editor of TFF the duo drifted their boat between ‘L’ Buoy and the Lodge Bank, Jos fishing a Di5 Sweep with a single Tequila Blob to take his eight fish and finish at 13.20. It was great to se the likeable Belgium angler continue his purple patch of form – Jos took second place in the Bob Church Classic a few weeks ago – and top the leader board.

Sunday saw the culmination of Iain Barr’s World Masters Bank Competition with a final held at Elinor Trout Fishery in Northamptonshire. Although the fishery was on fire for the Saturday practice session, match day saw conditions change. And, the competitors struggled to catch fish in the face of an awkward, cold easterly wind blowing straight down the lake with very few pegs offering any respite. Welsh angler Chris Jones coped best in the conditions taking nine fish from four pegs and walking away with the first prize of £2000.

The Vision Pairs was also run on Sunday at Rutland Water and by all accounts, sadly I couldn’t be in two places at the same time, fished very well. With Ashley Davies and Colin Bradley taking first place with 16 fish for 60lb 33/4oz whilst son Tom Davies and his partner Andy Everett took second place with 16 fish for 59lb 121/2oz not bad fishing by anyone’s standards.

There’s been a lot of chatter on the fly fishing forums this week regarding the posting of match results. I know from experience that some organisers are somewhat slow at posting their competition results, and, it does cause much irritation within the fly fishing competition community. I guess there are two points of view on the subject. Firstly organisers have a thankless task compiling results often in less than ideal conditions. And, many like to consolidate their results before posting them onto the Internet to avoid mistakes. Which, in my opinion, is totally justifiable. However, I can see no reason why results cannot be posted within 24 hours of a match finishing, all it takes is a little effort.

At Fishypics I try to get the result of competitions we cover onto the site within a couple of hours of the finish. And, in many instances by logging onto the site you are able to get a halftime report with pictures. It’s not easy, and after a long day at the event it’s possibly the last thing I really want to do. But I do it because I believe it’s important to get the information out there. And in this day and age with rapid communication people quite reasonably have come to expect it.

To be honest there’s no real excuse for excessive delay. A top ten intrim-result can be uploaded from a smartphone very quickly. It’s just a matter of application and will from the match organisers.

Cliff Waters

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