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Pegs, Pies & Pints & the Carsington Boat Competition.
A quick round up of the last two EFFC events.
Last week EFFC took over Carsington Reservoir with every boat, including both Wheelie boats, being used by the Club. Weather conditions were perfect with a very light breeze and a slightly over cast day, but low water levels and south easterly wind made the fish hard to locate.
Dave Lockett and Ray Billings found the fish and quickly found the method to catch them and between them dominated the competition taking heaviest combined bag of 21lb 8oz, best fish of 3lb 7oz (Dave Lockett) and best bag of 4 fish, 10lb 13oz (Ray Billings). Over 70 fish were caught on the day.
If the weather was perfect for the Carsington competition the Pegs, Pies & Pints held on Errwood on the 9th September was anything but! Torrential rain, hail, strong winds and even thunder and lightning made the conditions challenging to say the least, however the pies were hot and tasty and the club house gave sanctuary from the inclimate weather.
Steve Redfern won the event, just pipping Bob Bilsland by an ounce on a day when keeping dry was deemed a success.
Thanks to everyone who supported the raffle, over £200 was raised towards our Club charities.
New Water Pipeline
Just a short note, United Utilities are undertaking some works on the East bank at Fernilee.
We are assured that the works will not affect either of our waters.
They are laying a new water pipeline along the east bank.
Work will commence on the 1st September and last for approximately 4 weeks.
If anyone should be inconvenienced please inform myself in a timely fashion so we can raise any concerns.
Chairman Errwood Fly Fishing Club.
The Eddie Blamey Memorial Competition
Who'd have thought you could have so much fun at a Memorial Comp.
As you are all aware, last evening was the Memorial comp, sadly in memory of Maurice Oldfield.
Eddie Blamey passed away in 2013 and we have fished the comp since, so we are in our fourth year already.
As I always say on the night we do not mourn the passing but celebrate the life of our dear departed.
I know if Maurice was there last night he would have loved it, as he loved our club.
Sausage rolls and pies greeted our members and were eagerly devoured, building up stamina to face what was to be another wet evening.
At first I thought Eddie was sending the bad weather as some sort of retribution for him not being with us. But prefer to think he sends it to keep the midges away. I would much prefer to fish in the rain than in clouds of the dreaded "Errwood midge".
We sold "T" shirts and mugs [ Thanks go to David Lockett for his very generous donation of mugs to help us raise money] football cards and a raffle all contributed to us raising over £260 on the night.
A fantastic effort and my thanks go to everyone for their generosity.
The competition was fought over 3 hours with almost everyone braving the drizzle to the very end.
In third place: Alex from Orvis 4 lb 7 ozs.
Second place: David Lockett 5 lb 9 ozs.
First Place: Ray Billings 5 lb 13 ozs.
Well done to Ray, three fish in difficult conditions.
We drew the raffle [ prizes generously donated ] announced the winners of the football cards, Myself and Gordon won the football cards and donated our winnings to the charity.
We all made our way home hopefully like me, still a little damp but with a warm glow inside.
Thanks for everyone's support and generosity.
Until the next time Tight Lines
Reminder Friday 11th August 2017
Hi Guys and Gals
Just a quick reminder about the Memorial Comp, Friday 11th August 2017. Competition to commence at 6 pm refreshments available from 5 pm.
All members welcome, no need to book.
We will be trying to raise some monies for our charities, with Errwood Fly Fishing Club "T" Shirts available to buy, a raffle on the evening and anything else we can come up with.
As always feel free to bring a friend.
Look forwards to seeing as many of you there as possible
Regards David Hamnett
News update from David Hamnett, Club Chairman
Ladies and gentlemen.
I hope this letter finds you all fit and well and enjoying your season.
I myself have enjoyed a few visits to Fernilee and whilst last season success was limited, I think I am getting the knack of this perch fishing and recently had ten on one visit.
Also of note was a fine natural brownie around a pound and a quarter, stunning fish.
All were, of course returned to fight another day.
So what is your committee up to!
We decided that because Errwood is 50 years old this year we would do something to support the local agencies operating in and around the valley.
We chose the Air ambulance and the Mountain rescue.
Both do sterling work and can only exist with the help of charitable donations, it is, to that end we thought we could help.
At the next few competitions we shall have raffles and an array of things to sell, notably EFFC "T" shirts and anything else we can lay our hands on.
Please…. if you have anything at all you think we could make a profit on please contact myself through the usual channels, old fishing tackle, new fishing tackle, wine, old bottles of single malt, you know the sort of stuff, we will hold an auction at the fur and feather.
We shall be holding a competition at Carsington on the 24th September, as you are aware we have a number of tickets available there, so the cost will only be £35 for the boat for the day for two.
YES for two!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or phone 07734 868533 or 0161 456 0056
The cost also includes a contribution to our charities.
There are limited places available for this comp so please book early to ensure a place and a boat.
Feel free to bring a friend as your boat partner, your partner on the day doesn't have to be a member, the more the merrier.
Let’s not forget our Pegs Pies and Pints comp at Errwood on the 9th September, I look forward to seeing as many members as possible, again please feel free to bring a friend.
We will of course round the season off with the ever popular Fur and Feather comp on the 29th October.
So a busy time ahead, your committee is, as always, working hard in the background to ensure that membership of EFFC is "THE" most enjoyable experience.
I know each and every one of you will do their utmost to support them.
Regards David Hamnett.
Chairman Errwood Fly Fishing Club.
Ladybower Boat Fishing Competition
The date, 4th June.The time and venue, 8.30am Ladybower Reservoir, and 22 of Errwood's finest were all tackled up and ready for the biggest day in the fishing calendar!
Having all consumed a first rate bacon sandwich, it was time for battle to commence, and one of the first boats out was that of Mick Prince and last year's victor, Dave Fowler. Feeding off all the "goodwill" from his fellow competitors, Growler was soon into fish in his favoured spot, but would it be enough this year?
The flotilla that followed contained a mix of enthusiastic anglers, who then scattered to all parts, hopefully all to return safely for the 4.00pm weigh in.
Staffordshire was well represented, and had some early success, as did Don Hough, Kev Pike and the Stonnard boys, but elsewhere it turned out to be hard fishing in most areas, and it wasn't long before most boats joined the Bilsland/Redfern, Lowton/Patterson dream teams near to the dam head.
After some much needed steering practice, Hon Sec and new treasurer Henry "two bacon butties" Phillips eventually entered the fray (with the former wondering how he'd been talked into subsidising the latter's day ticket to the tune of £5), but as with young guns Booth and Tomlinson, they found the going tough.
As the afternoon rain descended Bob Bilsland was cursing the fact that having bagged up, all subsequent catch and release fish were upwards of 5lbs, and Mick Prince had decided to start his own private coarse fishing comp, which he duly won with an 8lbs Pike.
And so to the weigh in, and.......... the results!!!
In one of the closest finishes that anyone could remember, and with a total weight of 9lbs 10 ozs, the winner was declared as Bakewell's very own Stephen Redfern, having just pipped fellow new EFFC member Ian Patterson, by a single ounce.
Other four fish competitors were Kev Pike/Growler/ Bob Bilsland (apologies if I've missed anyone).
Many congratulations to "Redders", a worthy winner, and commiserations to Ian, a creditable second. Thank you one and all for making the occasion such an enjoyable day out.
See you all at the next comp........
Errwood- Eddie Blamey Memorial Cup - Friday evening 11th August 6pm-9pm Dry Fly only!
In the meantime, tight lines.
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