Fly For Coarse Winner 2013
The 2013 ‘Fly for Coarse’ competition threw up a real variety of entries, but it was the brilliant and unorthodox capture of a river bream which really fired the imaginations of the panel, which included Matt Hayes and John Bailey. It weighed four pounds and was caught by Geoff Hadley and came from the River Sow.
“We had the devil's own job ranking the catches" remarked panel member Dom Garnett. "It just shows what is possible, and it was the stories that captured the imagination, rather than just the size of the fish."
Entries included two staggering 30lb-plus pike, carp caught on everything from daddy longlegs to floating snails, as well as chub to over 5lb on dry flies. Few species were out of bounds, with even a tench and a grass carp featuring.
Geoff was using a 9ft 5wt setup with floating line and 5lb leader. He wins a leather bound, collector’s edition of ‘Flyfishing for Coarse Fish’, while the rest of the field get a copy of the DVD and a Turrall split-cane fly box.
“It’s been a wonderful advert for trying something different,” said Dom. “I’d also like to hope it encourages an ethos where fun, skill and adventure are more important than mere pounds and ounces.”
"The competition has been really inspiring" added panelist John Bailey. "The boundaries between coarse and game fishing have to come down at some point – and this contest is a great way of doing it."
A new competition is already underway for 2014, with more exclusive prizes including a deadly new range of “Flies for Coarse Fish” produced by fly fishing company Turrall.
For a gallery of catches, plus fishing tips and competition details, visit www.flyforcoarse.com