Graham makes national grade

Graham Haywood

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TEENAGE angler Graham Hayward from Empingham has been selected for the England Youth Fly Fishing team for 2013.

Graham, who attends Uppingham Community College, was among ten young anglers to qualify from more than 35 at a selection match at Pitsford Reservoir recently.

He said: “I came seventh with four fish for 10lb 10oz, which is quite a good weight for four fish, especially in the conditions.”

The 13-year-old will represent England at a major international event in Wales next summer as well at a series of events around the country.

Graham, who won the Rutland Water Fly Fishers awards for Best Brown Trout and Best Rainbow Trout (Junior section) in 2011, began fly-fishing when he was eight.

He said: “I grew up fishing. My dad (Darren) has always fished and he took me along.

“I’ll still have to qualify for the year after because the team is selected each year. After I am 17 it will become a lot harder to get into the senior team.”

Rutland Water

EIGHTY junior anglers are expected to take part at Rutland Water Fly Fishers Junior Day next Friday.

Ghillies are still needed to help out on the day when the youngsters will learn about fly fishing for trout with the help of experienced boat handlers.

The day is based at the Fishing Lodge at Normanton with activities including casting tuition, tying knots and fly-tying. Boats will return to the lodge for a barbecue at 6pm.

Anyone who can help should e-mail rulandwaterflyfishers@gmail.com.

l WEEK nine of the Tuesday Night Boat League was won by Will Penny with five fish weighing in at 13lb 7oz.

The best fish of the night was a 3lb 12¾oz rainbow caught by Toff Crowther.

Richard Cooper has extended his overall lead with 41 points ahead of Keith Jones with 35 points.

Results: 1st Will Penny 5 fish for 13lb 7oz; 2nd Rich Cooper 4 for 8lb 13oz; 3rd Hilary Tomlinson 3 for 7lb 14½oz.

Other competitions included the Group 2 Major Clubs match on July 4, which saw a resounding victory for the Soldier Palmers who netted 45 fish for 115lb 14oz. This match recorded an excellent rod average of 4.8 with Keith Lawrence of Tunbridge Wells Fly Fishers taking the best rainbow at 4lb 9oz.

Top three at an event held by English Disabled Fly Fishers were Den West (7 fish for 18lb), H Pitchett (5 for 11lb 12oz) and Bob Cooper (5 for 10lb 8oz).

The best rainbow of the week weighted 7lb 10oz and was taken by Charles Bowers of Spalding. Charles was boat fishing in shallow water near the Old Hall where he had come across a large number of fish on the previous day.

The best brown weighted 4lb 9½oz and was taken by Colan Bartram of Oakham.

Good numbers of fish in the 3-5lb range have been seen especially between the sailing club, New Zealand Point, and the top of the North Arm shallows. Bank anglers got most joy using a floating line with nymphs and dries, while boat anglers enjoyed success with sinking lines and a mixture of blobs, boobies, diawl bach, pheasant tails, hares ear, boobies and tube flies.

l SOUTH Luffenham’s Rob Edmunds recorded the biggest bag of the week at Rutland Water’s twin reservoir, Grafham Water. Rob caught eight trout for a tremendous 28lb 12oz while boat fishing.

Eyebrook Trout Fishery

EYEBROOK’S heats of the Lexus European Fly Fishing Championships took place this week.

Dixie Baxter won day one of the competition with 14 rainbows, including a fine 7lb 9oz specimen. Runner-up was Belgium’s Patrick De Schutter who caught 13 for 27lb 2oz. Other qualifiers on the first day of the competition included Jim Youngman, Mark Thomas and Andrew Esplin.

David Lang, who caught 10 rainbows for 21lb 2oz, won day two when runner-up was Bart Farmer, followed by Craig Barr. Other qualifiers on day two were Bill McIlroy, Merv Amos, Dave Franklin and Ray Malyon.

Many qualifying anglers in the heats did well using dry flies to return a rod average of 5.5, with an average size of 2lb 3oz.

Successful fly patterns at Eyebrook include Damsel Nymph, Black Holo Buzzers, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Diawl Bach, Gold Ribbed Hares Ear Nymph, Silver Invicta and Bloodworm imitations.

Best tactics for both bank and boat anglers at the moment are dry flies, which are taking plenty of top quality grown-on fish. Patterns such as Fiery Brown Bobs Bits, Orange Foam Back Daddies, and CDC Emergers are the order of the day.