Lexus Fly Fishing Championships

Czech anglers dominate Lexus Heats

Six anglers from the Czech Republic came across to Eyebrook and Pitsford last weekend and ALL SIX qualified for the Grand Final at Chew in August!
But these were no ordinary anglers - Tomas Starychfujtu, Antonin Pesek and Pavel Chyba have all be individual World Champions.  Chyba in fact was European Champion in Ireland 2 years ago (I know him well, as he beat me into 2nd place)!!!

At a true multi International Heat at Eyebrook on Day 1, the winner was Christian Bazan from Belgium, with 3 Czech anglers also qualifying and Ton Waslander from Holland making it 5 of the 7 top places.

Day 2 saw Tomas Adam win the day for the visiting Czech anglers and he also won the heat at Pitsford the following day!

With the World Championships looming fast in Italy during late August and September, these guys will once again take a fair bit of beating - but I think our Hardy Greys Team England are up to the challenge!

Litton on top form

I recently ran a small corporate day on Litton for 4 anglers with myself and Andy Haskins as guides.  What a couple of days.  They all has plenty of rainbows, plus a few bonus brown trout and the biggest at 4lbs was caught from Upper Litton by Mark Thompson on a Damsel Nymph.

Although Upper Litton is very low, the fishing is still fantastic and Lower Litton is now bang on form following the recent green algae bloom - thankfully both lakes are now very clear.

Pike fishing still good on Chew

I had some decent pike this week - biggest at 27lbs 8ozs - and with all the wind and rain, the water is full of oxygen and the pike are chasing the roach.
Am out tomorrow and hopeful of some more good fish.

Lou Reed

Went to see Lou Reed at the Hammersmith Apollo on Monday - what a performer!  At 69 years old, he can still bang out some songs and Venus in Furs was amazing.
I know I'm showing my age, but on the same night Take That were appearing at Wembley Stadium - I would rather blank on Chew than go to watch that shower ........


My Biggest this year - 27lbs 8ozs
Mark Thomnpson's 4lb rainbow from Litton

First Lexus Heat of the new season

Well, the first Lexus Heat of the 2011 season took place today at Llyn Llandegfedd in South Wales.
The weather for mid March started cold, but by midday, it was sunny, warm and very little wind chill - pretty much perfect for an early season match.
We had anglers travel from the Midlands as well as locally to take part and they were rewarded with some excellent fishing.

Deep and slow

The Llandegfedd trout were lying deep and fast sinking lines with Boobies and nymphs proved to be the best tactics.
Top Welsh International angler Craig Gimblett told me "If you used a figure-of-eight retrieve, you got lots of nips - when I felt this, I sped up my retrieve and they slammed it"!
And Craig should know, as he was the first person to catch his 6 fish limit, but on the day he finished as runner-up and with it a Greys GX500 Reel.  Reigning Lexus Champion Dean Kibble opened his account with a limit bag just 15 minutes after Craig and qualified in 3rd place to win a Greys GX300 Reel.
But the honours on the day went to Mark Thomas, whose 6 fish limit and time bonus totalled 15lbs 15ozs.  Mark won the top prize of a Hardy Prizewinners Shirt and a £50 Sportfish Voucher.
All but 1 competitor completed their 6 fish limit bags and there were no blanks recorded.

Wild Card

The Wild card qualification place for the biggest fish went to Tim Llewellyn, with a 2lb rainbow.  Tim's fish was actually the 4th largest fish on the day, as the top 3 placings all had bigger fish in their bags!  Tim would have finished 2nd from last and this just goes to show that the Wild Card place actually means you are in with a chance of qualifying right down to the last few minutes and regardless of where you finish in the match.

John Horsey Fly Fishing

The New Lexus Fly Fishing Championships Website is Officially Live!

Today marks the launch of the new supporting website for the Lexus Fly Fishing Championships, sporting a fresh new look and feel. The UK-based fly fishing competitions, organised by myself, are now in their 8th year. Both competitions feature heats across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The events are known for drawing a Global audience, with regular participants from the whole of Europe, as well as Canada, the US and even as far as Australia. It's safe to say both fly fishing championships hold a firm place on the calendar of any fly fisherman who is passionate about their sport.

Whether a beginner or experienced fly fisherman there's an awful lot to gain from entering either of the events.. hints and tips on improving your game, fishing with like minded people, great prizes throughout, along with a brilliant atmostphere at each heat. For more details on the competition head on over to the Lexus Championships website... the site will be updated with results and photos soon after every match heat.

Lexus Individual Fly Fishing Championships

The Lexus Individual is for individual fly fishermen of all skill-levels. 20 heats will be held this year on 16 waters throughout the UK.  Each heat qualifies a number of participants depending on the day's takeup, ranging from 3 to 10. A feature that is unique to the Lexus Fly Fishing Championships is the 'wildcard' qualifier at each heat. This automatically qualifies the captor of the largest fish on the day - meaning that literally anyone stands a good chance of qualifying in each heat! Multiple entries are allowed, further increasing chance of qualification. There are quality prizes at each heat for every qualifier and a fantastic array of prizes at the final - grand prize is a Lexus RX450 SEL Hybrid SUV, largest fish wins a fishing holiday to Norway courtesy of Anglers World Holidays! Get an entry in now!

Lexus Team Fly Fishing Championships

Are there a few of you who share a passion for fly fishing? The Lexus Team is for teams of 6 anglers, with 9 heats taking place at 6 UK fishing venues.  The number of qualifying teams at each heat depends on takeup. There are tonnes of quality tackle prizes for both teams and individuals throughout the competition, grand final cash prizes of £1000, £750 and £250 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd team places, and much, much more. Only 1 entry is allowed per team, so make it count! Look forward to seeing you there!

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