Leinster T.A.F.I recently played host for the first time to the International Bank Flyfishing Competition. The venue was the superb Laois Angling Centre in County Laois. The competition delivered a welcome boost to the local community and will leave
a legacy for angling in this area of outstanding natural beauty which is set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains.
Teams from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales competed in this annual Home International event. The four home nations fielded teams
of six anglers with a travelling reserve and manager to make up the squad of eight.
In first place with 112 place points were England, Wales were runners-up with 149 place points with Ireland third with 155 place points. Scotland were fourth with 185
place points. England also had three anglers in the top five with Andy Taylor crowned International Bank Champion with 12 fish, David Neilson runner-up with nine fish and Andrew Taylor fifth with eight fish. Andy Taylor and Phil Shaw-Browne shared the longest
fish with both anglers catching fish of 58cm. In total 129 fish were caught for a rod average of just over five.
The Irish team was made up of top class anglers, led by Manager Campbell Baird and Captain Brian Kerr. They put in a lot of time training and preparing for the event, a superb effort was put in but it wasn’t to be their day.
Thanks to the stewards and referees, Hubert Smith, Denis Cronin (Fips Mouche representative for Ireland) and Pat Noonan.
1st Andy Taylor, England, 12 fish, 4 place points.
2nd David Neilson, England, 9 fish, 9 place points.
3rd Matthew Pate, Wales, 7 fish, 14 place points.
Andy Taylor and Phil Shaw-Browne – 58cm.
Leinster T.A.F.I would like to express their thanks to all parties involved, stewards on the day for their time, referees, sponsors. Also ‘The Abbeyleix Manor Hotel’ and ‘Laois Angling Centre’ for being wonderful hosts
for the event.
It was a great privilege for me to be involved as Chairman of the Organising Committee. A dedicated group of people gave their time so generously, the competition ran smoothly and I would like to thank all teams involved for their outstanding
It was a pleasure to host this event in Ireland and we all look forward to next year’s International Bank Flyfishing Championship which will be held in Wales.
19.05 | 05:47
Hi Denis Good meeting last night, and enjoyed reading your blog. Felt I was on the lake with you. Great work
02.05 | 20:42
Hi Dennis loved the article straight to the point .just wondered will the trout feed on the small buzzers all year ?
06.04 | 11:57
Cant wait to read this
01.03 | 03:03
glad u enjoy, ty, will be back when the fishing returns
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Lough Owel Trout Preservation Association Club run a great fishery , i would encourage all anglers fishing the lake to join the club, if the local clubs do not get the support , Lakes like Lough Owel will no longer exist .
You also need a IFI permit to fish the lake and the bag limit is 2 trout.
Lough Owel will fish all year round and is fast becoming a go to destination for anglers all over Ireland. Waters like Rutland , Grafham and Chew produce exactly the same browns Lough Owel does. Fish to double figures are not unheard of on these waters in the UK and they attract anglers from all over the UK, International Anglers and Irish Anglers and we have Lough Owel on our doorstep,. It just makes you think. Triploids are really doing great in the lake, it makes you think what the future holds and yes there are grown on Double Figured Trout in Lough Owel. I personally will be fishing aLough Owel a lot more next year.