Wales beat Angling Trust Team England by the narrowest of margins in the recently held International Fly Fishing Association River International. The event took place on the River Ure in Yorkshire, between the four home nations – England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
In a nail-biting finish to the four-session event, the Welsh team - with 61 fish, held off the English – with 63 fish, to finish on 2,694 points, thanks mainly to having landed larger fish, to 2,686, and take the Geoff Clarkson Trophy.
At the end of the four sessions England and Wales where equal on placing points, so the result went to “fish points” – based on the number and length of the fish, and after counting these, Wales edged the win by the smallest of margins.
“This turned out to be a real nail-biting match, especially for a manager on the bank, and it was fished in the very best spirit of the sport,” said Mike Tinnion, England Team Manager. “The England team fished their hearts out, and were unfortunate to be pipped at the post by the tiniest of margins.
“I’d also like to give special thanks to our reserve, Lee Bartlett for all his work throughout the competition.”
A shrunken River Ure produced an average of just under 10 fish per rod on what was one of the closest-fought home internationals of recent times. Small nymphs and dry fly was the order of the day in the clear low water.
Individual honour and the Moc Morgan Trophy went to England’s Andy Cliffe, with a great performance on his England debut, and the Mike Childs Trophy for the biggest fish – 42.3cm went to Scotland’s Derick Logan.
1st Wales (61 fish) – 2,694 points
2nd England (63 fish) – 2,686 points
3rd Scotland (39 fish) – 1,813 points
4th Ireland (35 fish) – 1,511 points