Martha crowned England’s best

Martha Thomson

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STAMFORD angler Martha Thomson has won the National Ladies Flyfishing Competition and secured a place in the England Ladies Fly Fishing Team.

Victory came after a closely fought national competition held at Rutland Water on August 28, which saw the country’s top female anglers pitching their wits against each other in extremely challenging conditions.

Martha, who is the fishing manager at the Orvis store in Stamford, took the title with seven fish and a total bag weight of 14lb 10oz, with the top 12 places securing a coveted place in the England team.

The England Ladies Flyfishing team, under the guidance of manager Paul Sissons, have enjoyed great success over the last two years, taking gold medals in the home internationals held at Bewl Water, England in May and at Llandegfedd, Wales during 2010.

Colombian born Martha originally trained as a ballet dancer before taking up flyfishing seven years ago and has been an integral part of the England team set up for the past four Internationals.

Richard Leeming of England Lady Flyfishers said: “While you wouldn’t naturally put ballet dancing and flyfishing together, both are considered a graceful art when performed well, and after Sunday’s result there’s no question that Martha is an accomplished angler at the top of her game. “

The England team will defend their crown at Menteith, Scotland, in May next year.