Friday 8th & Saturday 9th of June

On Friday most anglers kept their cards close to their chests as they were practicing for the Anglian Airflo six man team heat that was to be held the following day on Saturday.
However we did get a few returns handed in. The best catch went to Elliot and Ken Horrocks who landed sixteen trout between them. Elliot and Ken fished a team of hoppers of varying colours on a floating line. They started in Cook’s Creek and moved around spots at the Northern end of the reservoir.
Chris Robinson also had a great day on Friday. He took nine rainbows up to the 3lb mark fishing around Gull Island with daddies on a floating line.
Saturday was the northern heat of the Anglian Airflo. Five teams took part, all fishing for one of three places in the northern final, which will be held on Rutland water on July 16th.
The best catch to an individual boat on the day came to the Harriers Neil Hodgson and Marlins Ben Bayliss. They had nineteen trout to their boat. They found that two blobs pulled on an intermediate linewas the most efficient way of catching and they fished their way all along the Northern Shallows and Bouy Line. Ben was top individual with ten fish and Neil was 2nd with nine. Good Anling.
Also with nine trout was team Ospreys member Stevie Peart. Stevie fished a team of black hoppers over Hollins Bay, Blackhouse Bay and Grindy’s Lawn. Stevie had two double hook ups on dries and landed both fish on both occasions.
I was also out on the water fishing for my team the Stocks Falcons and I shared a boat with Gary Martin from the Stocks Merlins. Gary and I spent our entire day in the Causeway area where May flies were hatching off the water along with some large black buzzers, alder flies and the occasional daddy.
The morning was over cast and Gary’s method of three dries got far more attention from the trout than my method of washing lined diawl bachs. So I switched to dries too. Curiously, Gary had found that the trout were picking out an orange foam daddy, a fly I haven’t used much before, and large olive dries were also getting a good amount of attention. We both got off to a frustrating start losing fish at the net, missing them or getting broken. However we managed to land a few and soon settled into the match.
At lunchtime the sun came out and, although the may flies continued to emerge, the trout stopped rising to them. So we switched methods to straight lining damsels and buzzers and this proved fruitful too. We ended with twelve trout to the boat and we could’ve had a fair few more. Thanks for a great day Gary I really enjoyed it.
However this match was not about individuals but about how the teams got on as a whole. Congratulations to the Ospreys who came out on top once again, and congratulations to the Falcons and Harriers for qualifying for the next round. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.
The full results and rod averages etc are listed below. Tight Lines Ben

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