2008 Archive


A 6lb brown to Gary Inwards from the East Warwick. Having noticed that nymph fishing appeared to be slow, he tried lures on a slow sink line to land a 5lb rainbow by the NE boils and this decent brownie from opposite the island. Having said that, both Alf Stock and Kristian Balakowski have since had rainbows to over 6lbs on nymphs. Gary would like you to send him any images of big fish  at wffceditor@hotmail.com

Andrew Green won the 2008 Fur & Feather, a pound ahead of Richard Mosek. Ideal conditions with a light North Westerly saw 35 competitors spread around Nos 4 & 5. Most areas produced, with just 11 anglers failing to catch. Best fish: a 5-4-0 rainbow to Steve Mills on his brand new 40+DI5 more>>

Harry Fox was the 2008 SEFFF Rivers Eliminator Champion, landing 19 grayling on the Lower Itchen fishery ahead of Andy Croucher (Army AA) with 15 fish, and Walthamstow members Mike Heritage - 14 fish, and dad Tony Fox - also 14 fish. Harry, Andy, Mike, and probably Tony, qualify for the 2009 Rivers National.

Fly-tying Night 2008 A good turn-out saw all levels of fly-tying demonstrated. Andrew Green tied up an Indicator Klinkhamer, Gary Inwards a T-shirt paint Black Buzzer and Black & Green Booby, while Kevin Blackwell did one of his realistic Epoxy Pin Fry imitations. Beginners were encouraged to have a go at tying the two easiest flies, both useful patterns at Walthamstow

Highlights from our ‘Grayling Weekend’ 2008 more>>

Frank Daley pips Jim Dillon for the 2008 Autumn Series by one point in the final match more>>

Frank Daley lands the big one in the 2008 Lexus European Individual Final at Chew. A 4-2-0 rainbow with his last cast secured Frank a week’s fishing in the Yukon. Unable to match the Blob-pullers, he went for quality with buzzers and hoppers, lifting the Best Fish prize ahead of two others with fish an ounce lighter.

Walthamstow Wednesday team finishes 14th out of 25 in the 2008 CEFF/Airflo Classic Team Final, with Jim Dillon our top performer with 6 fish. Andrew Green came 5th in the Individual Final the previous day but was unable to repeat this for the Team event.

A 6-8-0 rainbow to Kevin Blackwell on a Minkie, plus a catch of 11 fish to Frank Daley are among recent good catches. Fish still moving to dries, with fry-feeding also evident. We are still seeing a good number of club members down here, Wednesday evenings in particular.

Gary Manley & Ron Fry win the 2008 Bewl Bridge FFC Boat Pairs competition. Weighing in 11 fish between them on a difficult day, with Gary taking the top individual spot with 7 fish.

A wet night rounds off our 2008 Wednesday Evening Series but with fish moving well, virtually everyone catches. All the weekly results and the Final Leader Board more>>

Ravensthorpe club trip produces trout on damsels to float-tubers Steve Mills, Robert Smit & Mike Sternfeldt more>>

660 rainbows for East Warwick Our club water gets another stocking, with another 200+ two-pound browns in September  more>>

Frank Daley through to 2008 Lexus European Individual Final Pipped by Jim Dillon for a place in the Individual Airflo Classic Final, Frank has bounced back by qualifying for the Lexus Individual with a 3lb rainbow at Bewl, the best of the match.

Another successful Beginner’s Day 2008 The club helps around a dozen with casting and fly-fishing tuition pictures>>

Airflo Classic regional heat

Hanningfield FF win the Team event, with Andrew Green top Individual more>>

Big brown to Alf Stock Our keenest East Warwick member Alf Stock recently landed a brownie estimated at between 5-7lbs. Alf, who prefers to fish small patterns rather than Minkies, tempted it on a buzzer.

Clear-up Day on No 4 2008

A club working party removed brambles and undergrowth from between the concrete slabs on all the Railway Bank and half the East bank. Thanks to all who took part more>>

Troutmasters Walthamstow is in Troutmasters 2008 more>>

Final Fling 2008 The penultimate day

of Nos 4 & 5 season in 2008 produced a five and quarter pounder for Gary Inwards more>>

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Gary Manley & Ron Fry with organiser Andy Short

Another East Warwick stocking

Frank receives his prize from Martin Founds of Anglers World Holidays (Courtesy: www.fishypics.co.uk)

SEFFF 2008 Rivers Champion Harry Fox