2014 River Test One Fly – Official results

Nether Wallop Mill

Saturday April 26th 2014

Top Angler & Guide: l-r Clayton Moorhouse (guide), Grant Hoarrower (angler) and Simon Cooper (organiser)

Top Angler & Guide: l-r Clayton Moorhouse (guide), Grant Harrower (angler) and Simon Cooper (organiser)

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.

Grant Harrower with his winning Daddy Long Legs

Grant Harrower with his winning Daddy Long Legs

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.

Best Fish (l-r) Peter Roberts, Michael Jacobsen, Grant Harrower & Clayton Moorhouse

Best Fish:  l-r Peter Roberts, Michael Jacobsen, Grant Harrower & Clayton Moorhouse

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.

Team Scores

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

Benham Estate

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

Orvis Co.

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


About lifeofachalkstream

I am a professional fly fisherman, fishing guide and author living in a restored water mill in Hampshire. I write a bi-weekly blog charting the oddities and events that come my way living life on a river. In 2014 Harper Collins published my first book Life of a Chalkstream and in 2017 the next will be out, this time about the otters who share my life at the mill.
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1 Response to 2014 River Test One Fly – Official results

  1. Thanks for organising another excellent day. Looking forward to victory in the competition next year!
    Jon Penny

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