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Spring Bank Competition
Will be held  at Elinor Trout Fishery on Sunday 23rd April 2017
Lowick Road, Aldwincle, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 3EE

Following the success of the event over the past two years we will be returning again to Elinor on Sunday 23rd April 2017 - again a little later than last year to avoid a clash with the Easter Weekend - for our fourth Spring Bank Competition.

Elinor is a delightful medium sized fishery in a beautiful setting (have a look: that is superbly managed and well stocked with hard-fighting fish.

The competition is open to members of the Guild only, and will be contested by teams of three. Single entrants will be placed into teams of three if requested and feasible. The plan is to fish from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on a six fish plus six catch and release fish ticket, ending with a light meal and prize-giving ceremony at the Fox & Hounds pub in Thorpe. The entry cost has been held at £35 per person. To secure your place, please send a non-returnable deposit of £15 to the Fishing Competitions Secretary, with the balance being due on the day. Cheques should be made out to ‘The Fly Dressers’ Guild’. We hope to see many of you there to join us for what will be a most sociable and fun event.  Contact details: Lee Hooper, Mill Cottage, Mill Lane, Bishopstrow, Warminster BA12 9HJ or

Click here for the rules and here for the entry form

Notes from the first event..... 
In response to members' requests for more opportunities to fish together, we organised a new competition in 2014 - a bank fly fishing competition at Elinor Trout Fishery on Sunday 23rd March.  The idea was to create another opportunity for individual and branch members of the Guild to meet each other and fish in a convivial atmosphere and enjoy a light meal and refreshments together after the fishing. The event could be fished as individuals or teams of three.  

On the day, twenty five anglers from 10 branches gathered together.  The northernmost attendee was Dennis MacDonald from Pendle and the Worcester Branch fielded two teams.  

Despite cold and blustery conditions, the majority managed to catch and delivered a rod average of 4.4 fish.   Fish were caught all over the lake on a variety of methods.  However, the top rods all relied on small flies fished very slowly.  

Only Chris Reeves (Surrey Branch) managed a full limit of 12 fish, with Malcolm Price (Ringwood Branch) and Les Cooke (Wiltshire Chalk Streams Branch) catching 10 fish each. Chris was also a member of the winning Surrey Branch team, with David Taylor and Lee Gallant.  

The quality of the fish was excellent and best of all was a fish of 5lbs 11oz which formed part of Paul Aston's bag of 12lbs 6oz.  Next heaviest bag was Malcolm Price with 8lbs 15oz, with Richard Ellis taking the prize for the largest bag, with 8lbs 5oz.  (Explanatory note: the heaviest bag refers to the first four fish which were killed before anglers moved on to catch and release.  No angler could win more than one individual prize, hence the prize actually went to the third heaviest bag).  

The presentation of the prizes took place at The Fox Inn at Thorpe Waterville, after a some splendid sandwiches and chips.  Everyone was in agreement that the event was a great success and are looking forward to next year's event, which will probably be held at the same venue although it may be moved to a later date.  

Our thanks go to Ed Foster at Elinor for all his help and support and to Lee Hooper for organising a great inaugural event.

Full details of the results are set out in the file below (note: it is set out over 2 pages!).   

For a few pictures of the day, please go to our Picture Gallery (and if you have any other pictures you would like to add, please do send them in to Caroline Emmet on