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North Wales plays host to home nations fishing competition – and this is how Wales performed

Wales has finished second in an home nations fishing competition.

Llyn Brenig played host to the Autumn Home Nations International Fly Fishing Competition on Friday.

The best fly anglers from across the UK descended on the 920 acre reservoir in the heart of the Denbigh Moors to pit their wits against rainbow and brown trout, with the heaviest bag of fish collectively for each nation netting first place.

The 2018 Fly Fishing Home International takes place at Llyn Brenig Reservoir

The 2018 Fly Fishing Home International takes place at Llyn Brenig Reservoir
(Image: Ian Cooper)

Anglers from different nations shared a boat with a ‘referee’ in the middle to make sure rules and regulations were adhered to.

Earlier this year, Ireland won the Spring competition on home water at Lough Mask with Wales finishing second, England third and Scotland fourth. The last time Llyn Brenig was used as a venue was in 2014, when Wales finished 3rd overall.

The competition began in 1928 when the first international match was organised between Scotland and England on Loch Leven, Kinross, Scotland. In 1932 the competition grew to include Ireland and Wales.

Originally, the teams consisted of 20 anglers from England and Scotland, which then became 16 when Ireland and Wales joined. A formal constitution, and the name International Fly Fishing Association , was adopted in 1951.

The 2018 Fly Fishing Home International takes place at Llyn Brenig Reservoir

The 2018 Fly Fishing Home International takes place at Llyn Brenig Reservoir
(Image: Ian Cooper)

In 1971 it was agreed that two matches be fished each year with the venue rotating round each of the countries. Each team is now made up of 14 anglers.

The match, which is fished over a period of eight hours, is normally preceded by two practice days to give the visiting teams an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the water and locate the fish.

The results were:

  • Scotland with 79 fish weighing 164 lbs
  • Wales with 70 fish weighing 144lbs 8 1/8 ozs
  • England with 65 fish weighing 134lbs 13 1/2 ozs
  • Ireland with 51 fish weighing 107lbs 10 3/8 ozs

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