The AMFC 2023 season kicked off with the Spring match at Rutland. The weather stayed calm, and the fish were mostly enthusiastic. Sixty-one competition anglers headed out at 10 a.m. heading, it seemed, to all areas of the reservoir. Myriads of small buzzers were in the air and buzzers proved to be the fly of the day. Small and black. I’m told that early on the fish were about three feet down so were being caught on the top dropper. I certainly had a fish that way. Later, I understand the fish dropped down to about nine feet so were caught on deeper flies. Straight-lining buzzers worked ok but fishing then under a bung was much more successful. Invicta’s Mark Mathieson started with this method and had caught his twelve fish by just after 12:15, so gaining 4lb 8oz in time bonus.
We had a change in our rules this year regarding Brown Trout – all must be returned unharmed, and only one is allowed in your bag weight as a two-pound bonus. This is not an issue on most fisheries as Brownies are not often stocked but they are at Rutland. Our rules are designed so that if you find yourself over a shoal of recently stocked baby Brownies, you simply move away as only the first one can count towards your bag weight. Only one angler claimed to have caught a Brownie.
The excellent meal of beef and ale pie, followed by Chocolate brownie and ice-cream, was provided by Sally Burton of the Waterside Café – many thanks to Sally and her team for excellent service.
After the results were announced, it was drawn to my attention that two angler’s results were totally incorrect. I checked back on the score cards, located the problem, and informed the organisers in Group 1 of the new results – it was due to a slight ambiguity on the wording on the score cards and overwork of the officials. It’s all sorted now, and advice will be provided for match organisers to try to prevent a recurrence.
Many thanks to all who participated – it was a great day’s fishing. Congratulations to Tunbridge Wells for being the outstanding team on the day. And to Phil Thomas, currently recovering from surgery, for grabbing the best bag.
The Spring meeting of the Association of Major Fishing Clubs took place at Bewl Water in Kent on a blustery spring day. The cold north-easterly wind did not make it easy for the 56 anglers from 14 teams who ventured onto the water. Reports of fish in Rosemary Lane and Dunsters meant that the majority of boats headed for Bewl Straight. A few anglers headed for the Bowl between the draw off tower and Chingley; a few went down Hook Straight to Bramble Bay and a couple of boats headed towards Ferry Point to fish the bank towards Monty’s Seat. Most anglers appeared to favour a floating or intermediate line or one of several different sink tip lines, but a few sinking lines were evident in the boats.Continue reading
The results for all of the groups round 2 matches have been posted and can be seen on the results page,
For a report of Group 3’s round 2 match go to : http://iflyfish.info/blog/17-18-may-2019-farmoor-amfc-grp-3. Many thanks to Lyndsay Simpson for this write up.
The highlight for my day at Farmoor was the catering, the restaurant was open for a full fisherman’s breakfast and after the match we had a really excellent Lasagne – which we needed after a very tough day!
Fishing was extremely tough at Graham on 7 July at Grafham for the fourth round of the Group 2 series of matches. Rod average was 0.47 and only 11 anglers caught any fish at all. The hot weather has finally turned the fish off at Grafham – a big change from the matches midweek. Hats off to the top rod on the day who was Frank Sumnall of Bewl who managed to take 3 fish on nymphs fished along the north shore. Mike Heritage caught the biggest fish on the day, a rainbow of 3lb 3oz