A consistent team performance over two competitive sessions was the key, as Ireland won the recent 5th International Bank Competition held at Chatton Flyfishery in Northumberland.
Using the venue’s Dunnydeer and Ross Lakes, teams from the four home nations had to deal with a complete change in fishing conditions, as after practicing in blustery conditions prior to the competition day, the temperature rose and wind dropped.
The morning session saw Ireland finish with a slender lead over England, with Scotland and Wales not far behind in the points, but a consistent performance by the Irish in the afternoon session ensured they held off the strong challenge from the English to hold on to top spot for the Team Gold.
Individually: England’s Ryan Mathews finished first with five place points, with Ireland’s Brian Kerr in second place with six points. Alan Hill of Scotland was third with 13 points.
Ryan Matthews also picked up the prize for the longest fish taken in the event with a 63cm rainbow.
Team Ireland: Campbell Baird (Captain) Brian Kerr, Harry McAteer, Joe Quinn, Conor Cunningham, Hubert Smith and Manager Darren Wallace.
Results: No Fish Placing score Total Fish Points
1st Ireland 36 111 37340
2nd England 39 120 39740
3rd Wales 23 176 23540
4th Scotland 22 193 22500
(images and report - courtesy of Graham Robinson)