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Popular ‘Pairs’ a winner once more

.Popular ‘Pairs’ a winner once more
This September, the ever popular ‘pairs’ competition was held once again at Eyebrook reservoir in Leicestershire and continued to attract anglers from all over the country.  This competition, which was once simply a Midlands event involving our local forces, but now we have anglers coming from as far afield as Greater Manchester, Lincolnshire and the Met even!
This year our own Steve Owen excelled himself, putting out 26 boats with 52 anglers to compete in pairs for the coveted shield. This is a lot of work for Steve, booking boats, organising the anglers, a raffle and booking accommodation for people.  His hard work has really paid off though and put West Mids on the map as one of the foremost police forces in terms of organising and hosting fly-fishing competitions across the country.
As for the contest itself, this year we were lucky with two days of good weather; the threatened rain never really arriving other than a few showers on competition day. We enjoyed some really good fishing, but very challenging at times even so. Some might call Eyebrook a ‘Marmite’ venue, you either love it or hate it, but there isn’t really anything to hate! It’s a beautiful place with lot of wonderful wildlife and very scenic, but it’s one of those places where in terms of the fishing, you do need to learn how it behaves with changes in weather, temperature and conditions to get the best out of it.  If you do, then you can get fantastic catches, but some anglers might come every year and still not quite get their heads around what works best and when … but that’s fishing!
The competition was won by an excellent performance from Staffordshire colleagues Tim Strachan and Phil Sadler who ‘bagged up’ quickly, weighing in their fish early and earning a time bonus.  It was down to ‘dry fly’ fishing techniques at which they were very adept and won the day for them, so well done!
The results were followed by the customary presentations to winners and runners-up, then a raffle and a vote of thanks to Steve Owen for organising the event, before everyone dispersed to various parts of the country.  Some though, went to the local pub to sociably round off the competition with a drink and a bite to eat to ensure that we all kept in touch until the next time.
All in all, another excellent ‘pairs’ competition with the West Midlands Police fly-fishing section!
Kevin Pearson
WMP Fly-Fishing section
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