Bristol Reservoir Fly Fishers Association (BRFFA) in conjunction with long-standing sponsors Orvis UK, hosted their annual floating line classic match at Bristol Waters Chew Valley Lake, 11th June.
As boat competitors departed from the jetties it was clear conditions preferred for the finesse of a floating line only match were absent. Changeable wind directions gusting to 20mph, scant cloud cover and periods of bright sunshine would keep the expectant field on their toes if they were to tame the fickle waters of Chew.
With local anglers reporting fish holding tight to the bank in and around East Shore, the entire field of 17 boats headed straight across the lake. Within the first ten minutes, rods started to bend as Chew’s recently stocked fish succumbed to the array of blobs, FAB’s and imitative patterns on offer. However, the combination of sustained boat pressure in relatively shallow water meant regular action quickly abated. With takes drying up, the field started to disburse to all corners of the lake seeking fresh drifts and takes from unpressured older fish.
Welsh International Mark Thomas (2nd) broke from the East Shore pack early venturing upwind to the softer water around Herriots Bridge. The softer conditions enabled Mark to present his flies and control his line properly and he quickly went on to complete the first 12 fish limit of the match. Nymph specialist, Andrew Wiles (3rd) proved he is equally proficient armed with a just floating line as his favoured Airflo 6ft Tip amassing his 12 fish limit by 5:30pm.
Effervescent local angler Paul Golding deployed his 30 years’ experience to great effect claiming 4th while Welsh International Marco Orsi making his BRFFA club debut secured a solid 5th place. Both Marco and Paul found a large head of fish in the shallows around North Shore securing their limits in the closing moments of the match.
However, it was Trowbridge Tornedo Dave Reynolds who managed an unassailable weight of 35lb 4oz beating Mark Thomas by a mere 2oz to claim the 2017 Orvis Classic title. Inform Reynolds with unprecedented back to back wins following his success in the Veals Spring Cup is making all the right moves to secure the coveted title of BRFFA Club Champion for 2017.
• 1st Dave Reynolds 1235-04
• 2nd Mark Thomas (Wales)12 35-02
• 3rd Andrew Wiles 1232-07
• 4th Paul Golding 1231-11
• 5th Marco Orsi 1229-10
The next BRFFA’s club competition will be the universally popular Hidden Teams held at Chew Valley Lake
23rd July 2017. For an entry form and further details please visit www.brffa.com or visit our Facebook page
For further information regarding Orvis UK and Fishing at Bristol Water, please visit www.orvis.co.uk and www.bristolwater.co.uk/fishing/ respectively.