Bristol Reservoir Fly Fishers Association (BRFFA) in conjunction with Veals Fishing Tackle hosted their annual Spring Cup match on Chew Valley Lake 15th May.
As the match commenced, conditions looked to be fairly challenging with bright sunshine, just the occasional wisp of cloud, and barely a breeze. The majority of the field headed towards the Dam basin which over recent weeks has consistently produced good bags of fish. Despite the conditions being less than ideal, competitors found that Chew’s hard fighting Brown and Rainbow Trout fed fairly well throughout the day and were on their typical sensational form.
Successful tactics for the majority of the field were buzzers and nymphs fished on floating lines. With just a few anglers opting to pull blobs and boobies on intermediate or sinking lines. However, eventual winner and BRFFA Emerger’s Team Captain Graham Currie showed he was equally accomplished fishing both methods. Graham took six fish on Buzzers before switching to pulling tactics as he vanquished the field on his way to the only 12 fish limit of the match by 2pm.
Graham’s total winning weight (including time bonus) was 37lbs 4oz which was a notable 15lb 2oz ahead of the in form Dave Gregory who took 2nd place with nine fish for 22lb 2oz.
1st Graham Currie 37lbs 4oz
2nd Dave Gregory 22lbs 2oz
3rd Mark Miles 22lbs 0oz
4th John Braithwaite 21lbs 4oz
5th Tim Wellman 18lbs 12oz
The biggest fish of the match was a fin perfect specimen Rainbow of 3lbs 15oz caught by John Wingrove.
The BRFFA’s next competition is The Orvis Floating Line Classic which will be held at Chew Valley Lake - 12th June 2016. For an entry form, and further details please visit www.brffa.com For further information about Veals or Fly Fishing at Bristol Water fisheries, please visit.