Fergus Kelly’s giant grass carp is the judges' pick for the 2014 ‘Fly for Coarse’ competition, where it narrowly beat a 30lb Grafham pike and a 4lb 2oz reservoir perch in a field of spectacular big-fish entries for the event.
All the fish were taken on flies with Fergus’ winning metre-long specimen falling to an Adams dry fly, which wins him a prize of over £100 worth of Turrall fly fishing goodies, including their complete range of ‘Flies for Coarse Fish’.
“It was another close-run thing, a very tough decision,” said competition organiser Dom Garnett. “There were three or four really special catches that could have been the outright winner, but we could only pick one in the end.”
2014 proved to be an exceptional year for predator fly fishing, and after careful consideration from the panel of judges, which included Matt Hayes and John Bailey, the second place vote was shared between Sam Edmonds’ 30 Grafham pike and a cracking reservoir perch of 4lb 2oz caught by Matt Roberts.
The event will run again in 2015, and all the details can be found on the Fly for Coarse website – www.flyforcoarse.com