The Thomastown Anglers Association were the proud hosts of the National Fly Fishing Competition on the Nore at the weekend where 42 anglers, fishing in teams of two, caught (and released) a staggering 1062 fish between them over two days. Conditions were difficult with low water, warm temperatures and bright sunshine but the anglers made light work of it with nymphing techniques catching the majority of fish.


Top anglers display their prizes

The Untouchables were the winning team after day two; they caught 91 trout between them putting them ahead of Clonanav Fly Fish Team (88) and the Nore Bandits (80). John Willis was the angler who caught the most fish (60) while Kevin Oates got the longest fish of the competition, a beauty of 48cm.

Difficult conditions

The competition was run on a catch, measure, release basis so all of the fish caught returned to fight again another day. Congratulations to all who took part and special mention goes to the Thomastown Anglers Association for their organisational efforts.

A fine Nore trout goes back


Biosecurity measures are crucial at events like this