Nether Wallop Mill
Saturday April 26th 2014
There are a handful of days in the chalkstream season when it rains from dawn to dusk and yesterday just happened to be one of those. After five straight years of great River Test One Fly weather the gods scowled on us effectively blowing out many of the beats lower down the river and making it tough just about everywhere.
But to confound everyone, in the worst conditions ever, a dry fly won the competition, ending five straight years of a nymph. All credit to Grant Harrower for choosing a Daddy Long Legs and sticking with it, leading his team the Minley Manor Moustaches to collect the winning team trophy preventing the Dream Team making it three years on the trot.
The Estate prize went to The Boathouse which is just downstream of Wherwell on the River Test. But it was a close run thing just shading Compton Chamberlayne on the Nadder by two points, which made it a second year of being second. A special mention to newcomer Avon Springs on the Avon who were third.
First time One Fly entrant Michael Jacobsen, who has travelled from Scandinavia to compete, shared the Big Fish award with Grant Harrower who both caught a 23” trout raising £500 for our chosen cause this year Fishing for Forces.
This year 154 fish trout were caught, including a sea trout, all of which were released unharmed. We owe a huge thank you to all our river owners for kindly giving their fishing up for the day, The Peat Spade for being such wonderful hosts and to everyone for fishing the day in the spirit of what makes our chalkstreams so very special.
See you in 2015!
For a complete list of all the scores click on this link. RTOF 2014 final scoresheets – publication edition Matt Dunkinson’s film of the 2014 River Test One Fly will be released shortly.
1st Minley Manor Moustaches 1850 points
2nd WellowWaderWallowers 1195
3rd Gollum 1135
4th Copenhagen Caperers 1115
5th Stream Dreamers 1085
6th Dunbridge Damsels 1020
7th Gerry and the Atrics 805
8th Hare’s Ear Trio 660
9th FlyFishMap 460
10th Dream Team 415
11th Peat Spade 125
With special thanks to:
Avon Springs – Barrie Bawden
Broadlands – Neil Freeman & Jon Hall
Bullington Manor – the Bond family
Compton Chamberlayne Estate – John Newman
Fisherton de la Mere – Robin Thompson
Dunbridge – Jo O’Brien
School Farm – Caspar Macdonald-Hall
The Boathouse – Eva & Nick Gordon-Creed
The Parsonage – Jan Grimstone
Wherwell Priory – James & Clare Hogg
Whitchurch Fulling Mill – Tim & Sappho Dutton