May saw Chew Valley Lake host the International Fly Fishing Association [IFFA] Spring Loch Style International.
The prestigious event saw 56 anglers from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales compete in a bid to catch the most fish and the heaviest weights.
England were crowned the winners hauling in an impressive 43 fish weighing a total of 112.85 lbs. Scotland were second with 29 fish weighing just 84.110lbs whilst Wales and Ireland failed to catch even half of Englands load getting 21 and 15 fish respectively. The Best Basket award went to England’s Andy Cottam who caught eight fish weighing 20.770 lbs, this haul also saw Andy named Top English Rod. There was some consolation for Scotland when their fisherman Stuart McLean managed to hook the heaviest trout: 5.550 lbs.
Chew Valley Lake is renowned for its top quality fly fishing as well as its scenic setting, and has played host to several international and prestigious angling competitions in recent years. The size and condition of the trout caught here is second to none and anglers find success using a wide variety of fishing methods and fly patterns making it a popular competition venue.
The lake has an excellent capacity for producing grown on fish and the lake records stand at 22lb 7oz for Brown Trout and 14lb 9oz for Rainbow Trout.
Last year at the predator season opening event in February, a record-breaking brace of predator pike were caught, including a pike weighing 40lb 4oz, which was caught by Guy Elson in his debut outing on the lake.