One (x3) Fly 2013
This was quite possibly the best One (x3) Fly yet. We had sensational support from club members (22 of our 25 members showed up), we caught a heap of fish (84), to a total length of 36.24 meters, the fish were bigger than last year (by 8 cm) and heavier too (up to 2.6 kg) with 10 of the fish that were weighed over 1.5 kg.
As usual, fishing got tougher in the afternoon. We had 71 fish by lunchtime and only added another 13 in the last two sessions. The zone system worked quite well, although there is no doubt that those who started in Zone 3 were at a disadvantage as this zone fished badly at the start and then got worse. Zones 1 and 2 yielded more and bigger fish early on, but unlike previous years, went quiet in the afternoon. Zone 4 was far from quiet for the last session of the day, but despite all the noise there were only a couple of fish landed there in that session.
This year we had three trophies, the venerable One Arm Cup (Grey Ghost Award) for heaviest fish (won by Ian Gibb with a rainbow of 2.6 kg), the Team Trophy (won by Ian, Colin Jones and John Davies with 8.55 meters of fish) and our newest trophy the Trout Trophy (won by Leigh Dowell with 11 fish and 5.13 meters). The Trout Trophy was made by our own woodwork artist, Colin Jones. In the best ‘one that got away’ story of the day, late in the day Ron let a fish slip back in before he had a chance to measure or weigh it. According to Ron, it would have won him the One Arm Cup, it would certainly have won him the Trout Trophy (he was only 29 cm behind Leigh) and would have come close to winning the Team Trophy for his team.
Most of our newer members caught fish, which was great to see. Sam Stephens caught his first fish on fly, a rainbow of 1.5 kg. Our newest member, Kelvin Williams, signed up on the day and caught 5.
The Eildon Trout Farm continues to be a great venue for the One (x3) Fly. We are very lucky indeed to be granted access for catch-and-release fishing, exclusive use of the big dam for the day, access to power and use of the shed. Lee, the manager and his staff also provided an excellent platter of nibbles that included smoked trout and salmon and a range of cheeses. As Lee promised us also, the fish were bigger this year than last.
The challenge for GMFF will be to top the 2013 event next year.