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2011 The season so far ! – Rio Masters

Rio Masters 2011The long anticipated new season is finally here; and our lads have been out in force since the opening weekend; continuing their impressive form from last season that culminated in a Silver Medal in the Lexus European Fly-Fishing Championships.

April 1st saw the team descend en-mass to Rutland for the opening day extravaganza. Favourable conditions saw the lads target the Sailing Club, Normanton and Whitwell area’s of the reservoir. Light winds meant that rather than the usual approach with fast sinking lines and boobies the lads could adopt a more subtle approach; in an attempt to target some overwintered resident fish – The ultimate prize for any Stillwater angler.

Tackled up with Midge Tip Lines; 8 lb Rio Fluroflex and a selection of nymphs the lads were soon into fish with Rob Sosbe the first to catch a limit for just over 18lb from the Sailing Club. He was closely followed by Rob Edmunds who weighed in 8 fish for 23 lb that included 4 overwintered fish in the 3.5 lb class.

April 8th saw the team fish as individuals in the first match of the season.  The converted Alan West Memorial Match. Leading the way was Graham Pearson who made an estimated gamble on match day and chose to target overwintered fish at the top of Rutland’s North Arm. Once again his Midge tip coupled with 2 buzzers and a cruncher on 8 lb Rio Fluroflex proved deadly and he quickly bagged by  12:30pm….when all around struggled. His fish were all overwintered and averaged over 3 lb; giving him a bag weight of 24 lb 11oz and a convincing victory in a field of over 100 competitors.

April 9th saw Rob Edmunds fish a qualifying heat on his favoured Grafham water; when all struggled to catch Rob successfully conquered the conditions to bank 7 fish and a place in the converted Troutmasters Final on May 9th. Tactics were simple a black leadhead and with 2 black buzzers on the droppers fished with a slow figure of 8 retrieve on a Rio Gold Floating Line This set up enabled Rob to fish  a variety of depths with multiple flies and so increase the chances of catching.

The team are now looking forward to competing in the Lexus and Airflo team events so have begun practicing hard.

Photo Credits

Graham Pearson  – Holding The Alan West Memorial Trophy
Cruncher – successful nymph pattern as used by the team
Quill Buzzer – successful nymph pattern as used by the team
Rob Edmunds with a 5lb 8oz overwintered Brown

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