Angling enthusiasts were wowed by the support lent to the British Fly Casting Club (BFCC), organisers of the distance fly casting championship finals, held at The Game Fair, at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire last weekend.
Competitors cast in qualification rounds over the weekend in the hope they qualified for the Championship finals on the Sunday afternoon, whilst others competed in the daily competition events. Entrants were each provided with casting outfits for all events, except the Spey championship where they could cast using their own outfit. An allocated time of three minutes was permitted for casting in the single-handed trout distance and four minutes for all other competitions.
Judged by members of the BFCC, the judging panel included James Evans, Steve Parkes, Toby Merigan, Jonathan Tomlinson, Matt Tonkin, Mike Heritage, John Reynolds, Zhongxiang Zhu, Peter Watson and Tony King. Sponsors of the prizes included AtomSix, Barrio fly lines, Snowbee, Alan Riddell rods, Veniard and The Game Fair. With trophies donated by the BFCC, plus all prize winners were offered a free membership to the BFCC for a year.
Championship winners were as follows:
- Single-handed trout distance male: Eric Arbogast from Luxemburg, on a distance of 42m, winning an AtomSix #7 fly rod
- Single-handed trout distance female: Lisa Isles from Lancashire, on a distance of 31m, winning an Alan Riddell fly rod
- Single handed 27g shooting head outfit: Matt Tonkin from Cornwall, on a distance of 48m, winning an Okuma Helios H7/8 reel and a Veniard snip set
- Double handed 55g outfit male: Steve Parkes from Shropshire, on a distance of 56m, winning a Snowbee Spey line and Veniard snip set
- Double handed 55g outfit female: Tracy Thomas from Hampshire, on a distance of 45.5m, winning a Snowbee Spey line and fly box
- Double-handed Spey male: Jonathan Tomlinson from Berkshire, on a distance of 52m, winning a Rapala folding knife and Veniard snip set
- Double-handed Spey female: Marina Gibson from Yorkshire, on a distance of 39m, winning a Snowbee Spey line
Tracy Thomas committee member of the BFCC commented: “Over 100 participants took part in the fly casting competitions at The Game Fair, ranging from relative novices to world-class professionals. Qualifying was hard fought and some very impressive distances were recorded. Many congratulations to the eventual winners.”