Hidden pairs match held on Blagdon Lake

PUBLISHED: 14:58 07 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:58 07 October 2015

Fly fishing winners.

Fly fishing winners.

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Bristol Reservoir Fly Fishers Association (BRFFA), in conjunction with match sponsors Wychwood, hosted their annual hidden pairs competition at Blagdon Lake.

Bristol Reservoir Fly Fishers Association (BRFFA), in conjunction with match sponsors Wychwood, hosted their annual hidden pairs competition at Blagdon Lake.

With light winds and generous cloud cover forecast for the duration of the match, conditions could not have been much better. The quality field of more than 50 anglers quickly managed to locate Blagdon’s hard-fighting rainbow and brown trout throughout Green Lawn, Wood Bay and across the Top End.

The lunchtime break gave competitors an opportunity to recount events from the morning session, where it quickly became apparent many anglers had enjoyed a successful first half.

But it was lure pulling specialist Tony Donnelly that set the early pace with six quick fire fish coming to his Fast Glass set up.

The afternoon session started strongly for many competitors, but a change in wind conditions coupled with sustained boat pressure was enough to slow the catch rate notably throughout the afternoon.

However, eventual winners Paul Jones and John McMullen managed to consolidate their morning session and lead the field home to a convincing victory, beating Steve Ebdon and Colin Ramsden into second place by 4lb 6oz.

Results: Paul Jones and John McMullen; Steve Ebdon and Colin Ramsden; Tony Donnelly and Adge Tulip.

The next match in the BRFFA competition calendar will be the rescheduled trout watch hidden teams at Chew Valley on October 25. To book a place, contact Martin Cottis on 07747 843548 or complete and return the competition entry form on the website www.brffa.com

The BRFFA is a long-established and friendly fly fishing club with an ethos centred upon developing angling skills. The club has a number of members that have represented England and Wales at national and international level who are keen to share their knowledge, skills and experience. For details about joining the BRRFA, please visit the website.


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