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We’re back and pleased to say that as our fly-fishing calendar began again this spring, the section got off to a cracking start despite the challenges of cold and windy weather.
The section first fished Ravensthorpe in Northamptonshire at the end of March, where we had a rod average of 9 fish each and within that there was a good handful of fish weighing over 6lbs, this was followed by a visit to Eyebrook in Rutland in early April where some excellent action fishing ‘buzzers’ was enjoyed by all. Then, as fishing is returning to normal again, the West Mids reinstated the ‘Inter-Force Friendly’, an annual competition which engenders good relationships and camaraderie between neighbouring forces in the Midlands, something we will develop further as time goes on. This year it took place at our old favourite Draycote Water with anglers from Staffordshire, West Mercia, Derbyshire, and the West Midlands taking part. This was a catch and release competition with Phil Harding from Derby, showing us all how it should be done! The results were as follows:
1st: Phil Harding, Derbyshire – 24 Fish
2nd: Tim Strachan, Staffordshire – 20 Fish
3rd: Chris Howkins, West Mids – 19 Fish
The trip that followed was the England Police Boat Championships at Rutland water. This is now the qualifier for the England Police National Team. With over 60 competitors fighting to be in the top 14 places. The weather turning cold once again, the fishing was not easy. Steve Owen from West Mids, managed to hold his own, coming 14th and securing his place in the England Team. He will now fish the ‘5 Nations Finals’ at Llyn-Brenig, Wales in September.
The day after the EPFFA Boat Championships, saw a challenge from the England Fly Fishing Association (a community team). This was also held at Rutland Water. Again, another tough day but the police team, which included our own Secretary; Steve Owen, had a convincing win. All in all, a very successful start to the season for the WMP Fly Fishing Section.
We have other days planned throughout the year, some are competitions, but some are what we call ‘development days’ where our members can fish socially and hone their skills and we are always looking to introduce new members to the section. So, if you would like to come along to any of our section days, you will be made most welcome, whether you are an experienced angler or a beginner… just come along and share a day with us!
If you want to find out more about the section, please contact our secretary Steve Owen on his mobile 07974 417855 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you on the water…
WMP Fly Fishing Section