The 2017 Troutmasters Fish Off will be remembered for young Harry Seward, who won the Junior competition with two fish weighing in at 14lbs 15oz. As you can see from the picture (top right) one of them was a whopping 11lbs 12oz. If he had been competing in the Senior competition, that would have placed him fourth overall.
Even then, young Harry's fish wasn't the biggest of the day. That accolade went to Mark Roberts (centre) for his stonking 12lb 12oz rainbow that saw his combined bag come in at 24lb 15oz including time bonus. Runners up include Troutmasters debutant Jules Myerscough (19lb 7oz) and Adrian Edwards (18lb 13oz).
Thanks to all those who took part (top left) and made it yet another fantastic day.
MEON SPRINGS 2017 TROUTMASTER FISH OFF
Rules and Regulations
1/ No catch and release allowed, all fish caught must be counted towards the 4 fish bag. All standard fishery rules apply
2/ The winner will be the person with the heaviest 4 fish bag plus time bonuses
3/ All competitors will be given a peg number to start the fish off. Once you have caught a fish you will move to the next free peg available to your right, or every 30 minutes which will be sounded by a whistle.
4/ Fishing will start at 10.00 hrs, and finish at 16.00 hrs. All competitors must sign in prior to fishing.
5/ Bonuses will be issued for every 1 hour not used once you have caught your 4 fish and have reported to the fishing lodge for the weigh in. For every 1 hour not used, 1lb in weight will be added to you actual 4 fish weight.
6/ Single fly/point only and maximum size 10 hook.
Thank you for coming to Meon Springs, and we hope you enjoy this Troutmasters Fish Off.
Here's one for the photo album. Roger and Peter doing the next best thing to going fishing - and that's talking about fishing!
It's one of the last entries in this year's Fesive Fly Competeition - a magnificent snowman tied by Allan Thompson.
Hats off to Bob Hickman for his Ginsters-inspired Xmas fly. You can tell he's really pushed the boat out not with one fly - but two. And each one is subtly different.
If you look carefully, you'll see the patteren on the left is designed to catch rainbows (can you see the distinctive pink flash along the pastie's flank?)
While his second creation (bottom right) is clearly aimed at a brown trout. Just look at those markings!
Christmas hats off to Martin Bedford for submitting this year's first entry in the Festive Fly Competition. In case you hadn't guessed, it's a red-breasted robin sat on a piece of holly above a red bauble. Unbelieveable!
You couldn't make it up! Last year we held the inaugural Meon Springs Festive Fly Tying Challenge. The aim is to to tie a festive-themed fly ideally with Xmas-themed stuff. Anyway, last year's comp was won by Martin Bedford and Ron Wilder who even caught fish using thier festive flies. Can anyone do better?
You don't need to know many knots when fishing but if there's one, it would have to be the half-blood. Tying it is simple. Slide the line through the eye of the hook, wrap the end five times around the line and then tuck it back though the loop between the hook eye and first of the wraps. But to make it even more secure, before you tighten the knot continue the end of the of the line through the large loop and then pull though. (see diagram below).
This effectively locks the knot so that it cannot slip. If nothing else this tucked or locked half blood should give you greater confidence when you're banged into a hard-fighting fish. More importantly, it's a must if you're using a tapered leader.