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The John Watts Competition - Previous Winners
 
 
 
Roll of honour
 
For a full list of winners of each of the John Watt competition trophies, as recorded on the trophies, click on the thumbnails below. 
 

John Watts Trophy

 

 

   Falkirk Trophy    

 

 

   Wessex Shield   

 

 

Hertfordshire Shield

 

 

 
 
 2012 Results
 
  Summary Results
  Ayrshire Branch claim the John Watts Trophy for 5th time
 
 

Team/ Individual

Trophy

No. of Fish 

Total Weight 

1. Ayrshire Branch

 John Watts Trophy

24

32lb 13oz

2. EC Team

Falkirk Trophy 

23

29lb 1oz

3. London Branch

22

22lb 6oz

Willy Riddicks - AyrshireHertfordshire Shield Total caught: 11
Total released: 7 
22lb 6oz 

Alan Robertson

Wessex Shield 

1

4lb 9oz


Our thanks go to Leeda, who generously provided the prizes for the event, including Wychwood reels, fishing bags, fly patches, fly boxes, backing, tippet and leader sets; to Charles Jardine for providing a signed and remarqued print as the headline prize for the raffle; and to David Edwards of Bug-Bond who supplied two full kits and extra bottles of Bug-Bond for the raffle prizes.  Thanks too are due to Head Warden John Mees and his staff, and the caterers at the lodge, all of whom looked after us so well and worked hard to ensure the event was a success.

For a full report and detailed results, please click on this link.  For pictures of the day, please go to our Picture Gallery.  
 

 
 2011 Results
 
 
London A team reclaims top spot and
Neil Thomas completes a unique treble as Top Rod
 
 
    
 
 
Once again the weather looked as though it would be a typical John Watts day. As the match started, the sky was overcast and had the promise of rain.
 
At the start there was a race to G bouy although some boats started an early drift off the Yacht club. Then surprise, surprise, we began to get sunny spells. However this was the sign for some very severe squalls to come sweeping in from the North West producing significant 'white caps'.
 
The sunshine continued for most of the day but it never really warmed-up and conditions remained tough for most of the competitors, resulting in several blanks.
 
The weigh-in was nail biting affair with London A just beating Ayr Travellers by one fish.
 
However the most remarkable result was Neil Thomas of Congleton winning the Top Rod for the third successive year. A unique achievement. Many congratulations Neil. He has promised to write an article for Flydresser on his flies and how he fishes them.
 
John Watts presented the prizes at post contest buffet. For the full results, see below.
 
 
 
Results of the 2011 John Watts Competition - Grafham Water, 27th August
 
 

Position

Team

No. of Fish

Total Weight

1

London A

17

40lb 1oz

2

Ayr Travellers

16

35lb 0oz

3

North Kent

12

26lb 7oz

4

Congleton

11

24lb 7oz

5

South Cumbria A

10

20lb 11oz

6

South Cumbria B

8

19lb 5oz

7

Sussex

8

18lb 13oz

8

Swale A

8

15lb 12oz

9

Wilts Chalkstream

5

12lb 3oz

10

Chilterns

5

9lb 10oz

11

Swale B

3

7lb 13oz

 
 
Other Statistics 
Total No. of Fish Retained 91
Total No. of Fish Released12
Total No. of Fish Caught103
Rod average1.72
Best Fish

David Preece - South Cumbria A

4lb 9oz 

Top Rod

Neil Thomas - Congleton

7 fish for a weight of 15lb 5oz

  
  
  
 
2010 Results
  
 
On a very blustery morning (28/08/2010) fifteen teams in thirty boats left the sanctuary of the quay to face strong winds blowing the length of the reservoir from the west towards the dam wall. White horses were prevalent and the waves would not have been out of character in the English Channel.
 
As the wind had moved from North East to North West overnight, finding the fish was the first problem. Despite the discomfort, fish were found on the southern bank towards the dam. Moving from one drift to another was a damp experience. Whilst some shelter could be found in the lee of the west bank, the fish were not to be seen in any numbers here.
 
Although conditions were difficult, some anglers found the fish and Neil Thomas bagged up by mid afternoon with a superb 12 fish. Others struggled to find the occasional fish.
 
At the end of the day, the trophy headed its way north of the border to the Ayshire branch with a very creditable 29 fish. Runners up, thanks largely to Neil Thomas’s efforts, were Congleton and the largest fish was caught by John Anderson.
 
John Watts was on hand to present the trophies and we all went home to dry out and thank the sea sick pills for working so well.
 
 
Results of the 2010 John Watts Competition - Grafham Water, 28th August
 
 

Position

Team

No. of Fish

Total Weight

1

Ayrshire 

29

58lb 12oz

2

Congleton

26

50lb 3oz

3

London A

17

31lb 10oz

4

Luggiebank

17

28lb 14oz

5

North Kent

14

23lb 11oz

6

Northumberland

11

21lb 12oz

7

South Cumbria B

11

20lb 15oz

8

South Cumbria A

11

19lb 3oz

9

Sussex

11

16lb 14oz

10

Chilterns

10

18lb 1oz

11

Barbarians 

 9

16lb 15oz

12

Swale A

 8

13lb 13oz

13 

Swale B

 6

11lb 4oz

14

Wilts Chalkstreams

 5

10lb 10oz

15

Barbarians

1

1lb 5oz

 
 
Other Statistics 
Total No. of Fish Retained 143
Total No. of Fish Released38
Total No. of Fish Caught181
Rod average3.02
Best Fish

John Anderson - Ayrshire

3lb 3oz

Top Rod

Neil Thomas - Congleton

24lb 11oz

 
 
 
 
 
Last modified on 25 August, 2014