Never were so many fish caught by so few.
Being a TOPS event the festivities are a given and as I always maintain at the opening night, ‘This event has very little to do with fishing’. It’s one of the main reasons that all the great prizes are awarded for antics off the field.
But if one is to make a ‘fishing weekend’ excuse to the better half, then it’s important that you at least return having put your fly in the water………a few merry anglers were guilty of precisely that in the 1st leg. Wind was touted as an excuse, as was severe tennis elbow and agoraphobia, but I think it had more to do with the Growler beer on tap and the comforts of the legendary Notties.
Those that made it to the water certainly impressed the scorers though. The average size was what stood out, being 38cm, with every dam recording fish in excess of 45cm, and plenty of 50cm plus specimens. The 285 fish caught was topped with beauty of 58cm from a brand new water in the WildFly stable.
The flies that delivered the results were a hot topic of debate, the common denominator being the colour olive and minnow patterns in particular. That said flies thrown at the problem were varied and everything from buggers and boobies to nymphs and even dries saw some action. If anglers are to be believed a further 56 Trout were lost at the net and naturally these were fish of unbelievable proportions that will grow exponentially in the pub.
The talents of the Afriguide Logistics team stole top spot from Sasfin Securities, with The Fingerlings, Spanish Fly and IDM Build It all making it through to the final.
The next leg sees quite a serious bunch of fly fishers test their mettle on the WildFly waters, with the weather no doubt having a say in proceedings.