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.
Round 5 of the AMFC League has now completed.
Matches were fished with four fish taken then a further 8 fish catch and release, final bag weights were calculated by adding 2lb for each released fish.
Group 3 and Group 1 both fished Draycote Water on 21st and 22nd of September respectively. Draycote produced some excellent sport with fish on or near the surface taking dry flies, boobies and nymphs. Hoopers proved a good choicer of dry pattern – but something scruffy seemed to work. Washing lines were effective with fish taking the booby or nymphs, although chasing when flies were pulled the takes came once the flies were stopped and sinking.
Group 1 achieved a rod average of 8.5 and Tunbridge Wells took the top spot with total weight of 158lbs 6oz. This included a 4lb 5oz fish caught by Tom Davis and the best bag of 27lbs 13ozs for Mark Tremain-Coker
Group 3. had a rod average of 5.5 and the day was won by EPFA (English Police) with a totaL Weight of 89lbs 4oz. Best fish went to Steve Owen with 5lb 3oz rainbow and best bag was taken by Rich Watkins who had 25lb 15ozs, both fished for EPFA
Group 2 fished their round 5 match at Pitsford which had been a very different day exemplified by the 1.2 fish rod average. The day was won by the Greylags who managed to catch 12 of the 37 fish caught on the day weighing in at 23lbs 15ozs. Dave Ogg of the Greylags had the best bag at 11lbs 15ozs but the best fish was caught by Stu Capes of RNRMAA (Royal Navy and Marines) who hooked a 3lb 4oz rainbow.
The group 3 match was held and Rutland water on the 9th July and it was a very tough day
With a rod average of 0.6 those who caught did very well.
The Group 2 round four was held at Draycote Water on the 13th of July.
With a rod average of 4.1 Gary Howes from Invicta A bag of 12 was outstanding.