WorldWide Trout Open Championships 1999.
The Worldwide Trout Open, at Mount Juliet, in southern Ireland was the teams crowning glory of the season. Teams from all around the world came to the event to compete on the river Nore. The river on the day was in full flood, and the locals had deemed it impossible.
All fishing was done with international sized flies on arbless hooks. All fish were returned unharmed, with the minimum of handling back to the river, after they had been measured for length. All the measurement would have been done without the fish leaving the water, but with the river in flood this was considered too dangerous for the competitor.
Against the odds, we finished, as a team, in 4th place. Poland won, Holland was second and France Third.
Daniel Hall was successful, as our best individual position, at 14th, out of 51 entries. The competition was divided into sections, each competitor fishing in four sections. Kevin Madigan and Daniel Hall were both section winners in the competition. Danny Neil was successful in catching the longest fish of the competition, 47.5cm.
A fly tying competition was held on the second day of the competition. Daniel Hall was the only entry from our team into the event. Jeanette Taylor of Genies Tin Head fame can in second, with a suerb example of a heather fly. To the amazement of Daniel, and the rest of the team, Daniel was award the first place with his CDC Daddy with detached deer hair body.
Daniel Hall, Kevin Madigan, Chris Robert, and Danny Neill would like to extend their thanks to John Drummond of The Original Tackle Company without whom we would not have been entered. We hope that this is the start of a long and productive relationship.
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