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Results from the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships
« on: February 17, 2012, 11:17:15 PM »
Results from Day One of the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships
16-02-2012

Australia’s Gold Team is leading the way after day one of the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships being held in Tasmania, followed by Australia Green and Northern Ireland. But with three more sessions still to go before the competition ends at noon on Saturday, anyone could still win and the Tasmanian trout fishery is not making it easy.


Danny Spelic, Australia lands a 40.5 cm brown trout on the South Esk River


The first day was tough fishing on the lakes at Arthurs Lake, Woods Lake and Little Pine Lagoon with many of the competitors unable to land a fish during the two three hour sessions. Those who had drawn the river beats on the Meander and South Esk rivers fared better with most anglers catching fish. Small dry flies were most productive on the rivers in the morning when the conditions were calm and warm. The wind picked up considerably by the afternoon and grasshopper patterns dominated on the South Esk while nymphs were more effective in the Meander. Amongst the lakes, Little Pine Lagoon sorted the field out with only a handful of competitors catching fish during the two sessions. Arthurs Lake also tested the international competitors and the sunny conditions made fishing at Woods Lake difficult.

The top ten anglers yesterday were Christopher Bassano (Aus Gold), Tim McClew (NZ Silver), Campbell Baird (N.Ire), Brian Hughes (Aus Green), Nigel Juby (NZ Silver), Craig Carey (Aus Gold), Vern Barby (Aus Green), Lubin Pfeiffer (Aus Green), David Chalmers (Scot) and Adrian Leite (S. Africa).

Despite the fact that the competitors take the Championships very seriously when fishing, there is much more to the event than winning a medal. The Commonwealths are known as the ‘friendly competition’ and many lifelong friendships are formed over the duration of the event. For instance, renowned expert English angler John Horsey met Malcolm Crosse, chief organiser of the Tasmanian Commonwealths when Malcolm was the controller on a beat fished by John in the 1980’s. An immediate bond was formed between the two and they have been great friends ever since.

The Commonwealth Championships will continue at the same five venues today and tomorrow morning, and results will be announced at the Closing Ceremony at the Country Club Casino Banquet Hall. There is also a celebrity fly fishing competition in the morning and a fly fishing expo in the afternoon in the grounds of the Country Club Tasmania, which is a major sponsor of the event. The expo is open to all.



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Re: Results from Day One of the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2012, 10:35:35 AM »
Just out of interest how has the team fielded from the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati fairing ? I believe this team is made up out of bonefishing guides all locals to the islands ever expanding bonefishing tourism scene and have been accompanied by Nial Logan who along with Andy Vockler (another SE QLD fly fisher) have help set up and foster this fledgling interest. Moneys were raised by forum members and other interests to send the team over and I reckon they would be a sight to behold in their grass hats and beaming smiles. Cheers Pat.

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Results from Day Two of the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012, 09:45:36 AM »
Results from Day Two of the Tasmanian 2012 Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships
17-02-2012

Australia’s Gold Team is still in the lead after day two of the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships being held in Tasmania, followed by Northern Ireland and England. With one morning’s fishing left on the final day of the Championships, Australia has a very good chance of a medal.


Emilio Caggiano, Australia expresses the relief felt by many competitorsfishing at Little Pine Lagoon, when in the final moments of the session he landed a fish. Looking on is Emelio's controller, Michael Gleason, a local Tasmanian angler
Australia’s Gold Team is still in the lead after day two of the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships being held in Tasmania, followed by Northern Ireland and England. With one morning’s fishing left on the final day of the Championships, Australia has a very good chance of a medal
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Cooler weather on the second day suited the competitors on the lakes at Arthurs Lake, Woods Lake and Little Pine Lagoon. Overcast skies and drizzling rain on the Central Plateau saw more fish caught than on the previous day but Little Pine Lagoon remained a challenge.

The top ten anglers yesterday were Christopher Bassano (Aus Gold), Craig Carey (Aus Gold), John Tyzack (Eng), Campbell Baird (N. Ire), Brian Hughes (Aus Green), Nigel Juby (NZ Silver), Geoff Thomas (IOM), Emelio Caggiano (Aus Go), Lubin Pfeiffer (Aus Green) and James Litster (Sco - M).

The Commonwealth Championships will continue at the same five venues this morning, and results will be announced at the Closing Ceremony at the Country Club Casino Banquet Hall. A number of activities are being held on the final day of the Championships, including a celebrity fly fishing competition in the morning and a fly fishing expo in the afternoon in the grounds of the Country Club Tasmania, which is a major sponsor of the event.

The expo includes the final competitive event of the Championships which is a fly tying competition with a representative from each team aiming to tie the best fly. The expo, which is open to the public, will showcase fly fishing equipment and information as well as demonstrations of casting, fly tying and cane rod building. Amongst other well known local identities fishing in the celebrity competition will be the Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser and his wife Tammy. Apart from being Australia’s 22nd Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser was the previous patron of Fly Fish Australia.


 

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