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2015 RIVER TEST ONE FLY
The River Test One Fly will be back for a seventh year on Friday April 24th hosted by kind invitation of The Peat Spade, Hampshire's leading sporting inn.
The One Fly is open to all-comers as teams of three or individuals. The fishing day runs from 10am-4pm, with a welcome breakfast and beat draw taking place at The Peat Spade at 8.15am with the prizes handed out over tea at 5.30pm. All fish are released and all competitors are accompanied by a Fishing Guide who acts as guide, scorer and confidante.
It is a tremendous day – I hope you can make it. Click here for the entry form.
The idea for the River Test One Fly was conceived by Fishing Breaks founder Simon Cooper having competed in the American equivalent since 2005. Though he has never come close to winning, every year Simon makes the 5,000 mile trek to Wyoming with ever increasing excitement. For this is a contest that pits man against man and fish against fly – it is an unequal contest as the trout always win, but you can share the passion of one of the world’s truly great fly fishing events which is now held in England, the home of fly fishing.
But the clue to the difference to other fly fishing tournaments is in the name - the One Fly is exactly that – at 10am every competitor selects and ties on the fly that must last all day – lose it and you’re out! Points are awarded on a sliding scale according to the number and length of fish caught. There are no cash prizes – just the glory and kudos of winning.
There are a handful of days in the chalkstream season when it rains from dawn to dusk and yesterday just happened to be one of those. After five straight years of great River Test One Fly weather the gods scowled on us effectively blowing out many of the beats lower down the river and making it tough just about everywhere.
But to confound everyone, in the worst conditions ever, a dry fly won the competition, ending five straight years of a nymph. All credit to Grant Harrower for choosing a Daddy Long Legs and sticking with it, leading his team the Minley Manor Moustaches to collect the winning team trophy preventing the Dream Team making it three years on the trot.
The Estate prize went to The Boathouse which is just downstream of Wherwell Priory on the River Test. But it was a close run thing just shading Compton Chamberlayne on the Nadder by two points, which made it a second year of being second. A special mention to newcomer Avon Springs on the Avon who were third.
First time One Fly entrant Michael Jacobsen, who has travelled from Scandinavia to compete, shared the Big Fish award with Grant Harrower who both caught a 23” trout raising £500 for our chosen cause this year Fishing for Forces.
This year 154 fish trout were caught, including two sea trout, all of which were released unharmed. We owe a huge thank you to all our river owners for kindly giving their fishing up for the day, The Peat Spade for being such wonderful hosts and to everyone for fishing the day in the spirit of what makes our chalkstreams so very special.
See you in 2015!
TOP ANGLER & GUIDE
FISHING FOR FORCES
Date of competition: Friday April 24th
Entries close: 31st January 2015
Individual entries will be allocated a team by the organiser. Any special requests will be fulfilled if possible. For team entries names may be changed/left open until 28 days prior to the competition. The cost of entry is £295/person. (£250 for RTOF Founder Members). The organiser will contact you for payment.
The River Test One Fly could not happen without the help of a great many people - apologies to anyone accidentally omitted.
The Peat Spade Inn
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River Test One Fly HQ
Fishing Breaks Ltd, The Mill, Heathman Street, Nether Wallop