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Fly fishing challenge reels in cash for WaterAid

Blithfield Reservoir at Abbots Bromley saw seasoned and novice anglers compete for honours on Friday in the annual WaterAid Fly Fishing Challenge.

This is the second year for the competition, organised by South Staffs Water, to raise funds for the charity, with nearly 30 boats taking to the water in what turned out to be favourable conditions. Those new to the pleasures of fly fishing were accompanied by a gillie, provided by Blithfield Anglers, to assist them in netting potential winners. The day proved highly successful for novice Steve Brown, who walked away with the honours for not only the largest fish caught by a novice, but the largest fish overall and the novice runner-up awards.

Tales of the one that got away included what is thought to have been a pike of around 27lbs, caught by Kevin Miller, who won the novice award.

England fly fishing team member, Ian Colclough, presented awards to:

  • Winning Team - IWS Hookers with 39lbs 12 oz
  • Team runner up - M & A Dooceys Civil Engineering with 35lbs 9 oz
  • Individual winner - Chris Evans with 21lbs
  • Runner up - Graham Wood with 16lbs 2 oz
  • Winning novice - Kevin Miller 12lbs 11oz
  • Novice runner up - Steve Brown 10lbs 9 oz
  • Largest fish - Steve Brown 3lbs 3 oz
  • Largest novice fish - Steve Brown 3lbs 3 oz
  • Top gillie - Paul Ryder 19lbs 6oz

The day also proved to be a huge success for WaterAid. After the initial count (yet to be confirmed) the target of £7,000 was smashed for the second year running with an estimated £8,500 raised. Many thanks to all the sponsors, especially Platinum Partners, Integrated Water Service and Gold Partners, Imtech Processes.

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