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Loch Internationals
Spring International
Lough Lein, Ireland
27th May 2016
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Spring International
Lough Lein, Ireland
27th May 2016

The IFFA Home Countries Spring International was fished at Lough Lein, Ireland on Friday 27th May with England coming out on top with 18 trout.  The week started off with a good breeze but as the practice days headed towards match day it gradually became brighter and the wind dropped away day by day.  On match day competitors were chasing the ripple in a mixture of sun and cloud.  Towards the end of match day the breeze and catch rates picked up.  The match was fished to a four fish kill and would have been followed by catch and release had any competitor been able to catch more than four trout.  The minimum size of takeable trout was set at 10 inches measured to the fork of the tail. 

The teams had been finding 10 inch trout hard to find during the practice sessions and as they returned to the shore after the match it was the same story with a total of 52 trout being brought to the scales by the four countries. England were first to the scales and their 18 trout for 4.111kg was good enough to secure first place.  This was an excellent team performance by England with nine rods in the top 20.

Ireland were next to the scales and recorded 8 trout for 1.780kg which put them in fourth place.  Scotland followed and their 13 trout 2.788kg was just edged out of the second spot by Wales who also had 13 trout but with a heavier weight of 3.302kg.

photo: England's Captain
Nick Dunn receiving the team
trophy from IFFA President John Behan

The top individual rod and winner of the Brown Bowl was Alan Steven of Scotland with 4 trout for 0.907kg.  Alan also collected the Phoenix Silver Salver as Scotland's top rod.

photo:  Alan Steven receiving
the Brown Bowl

Top rod for England was John Horsey with 3 trout for 0.711kg.  Ireland's top rod was Noel Shiels with 2 trout for 0.536kg and top rod for Wales was Peter Thurnall with 2 trout for 0.607kg.

The heaviest fish of the day went to the scales at 0.430kg and was caught by Marco Orsi of Wales
Alan Steven - Brown Bowl

I was drawn with Joe Gilroy of Ireland and lost the toss but as he hadn't been able to practice that week he gave the boat to me.  Initially we went to Gaureen Bay where I set up with a four fly cast of a connemara black, clan chief muddler and two snatchers on a cortland blue.  We started off in a light ripple and bright sky but after 20 minutes we had a flat calm.  I had one small fish there that didn't measure and we moved down to Victoria Bay where I had been getting keepers out in the middle during the practice days.  I changed my set up to diawl bachs and a leven spider and around 11am I took my first keeper.  I had plenty of offers there, most of which were from perch, and caught 6 trout which were just short of the mark.
photo: Alan at the scales
We stayed in Victoria Bay and I probably had about 14 trout that were all close to the mark but didn't quite measure. Joe varied his tactics and had a couple of trout that didn't measure. There had been about 14 boats in Victoria Bay when we started there but that number gradually dropped away to about 5 and with most of them returning later we stuck it out there. My four trout were all caught between 11am and 4pm and were taken steadily throughout the day. It was a patience game but I had a great day with my boat partner.

Mick Tait - 7th

I was drawn with Marco Orsi of Wales and won the toss.  We went to Victoria Bay and I set up with four diawl bachs on a cortland blue.  In the first hour I picked up 2 that were just short of the mark and when control of the boat changed about noon we initially stayed where we were. Around 1pm we bounced around the islands and then we headed for the Hen and Chicken area but on route we met up with Ally Middlemass who told us that area wasn't fishing.

We headed back to the Victoria Bay/Mahony's area and I picked up 2 small fish in the first 10 minutes there.  About 5pm Marco picked up a good fish that turned out to be the heaviest fish of the day and I got a keeper as well.  Shortly after that the wind picked up and I changed to a fast glass and got my second keeper on the leven spider.  I had one more small fish and that was the end of my day. 

Ronnie Glass - 13th

I was drawn with Ian Donaldson of England who won the toss.  He took me to he burn mouth at Elephant Rock but we didn't do anything there and moved over to the hotel area.  I had one that didn't measure on diawl bachs fished on a cortland blue and we moved from there to Prism Rock.  I had 3 small trout there before moving to Victoria Bay.  

I picked up 2 keepers at Victoria Bay and Ian picked up a nice trout on a buzzer under a dry.  We had more small fish and perch but nothing else that would measure.  
Spring International
Lough Lein, Ireland
27th May 2016 
Back Row:  John Behan(IFFA President, Mick Tait, Allan Smith (captain), Donald McGregor, Andrew Morgan, Kevin McCabe, Gus Shepherd(manager), George MacKenzie(international secretary), Ian Campbell(IFFA Secretary)
Middle Row:  Ronnie Glass,  Alan Steven, Frank Watt, Andy Dunn
Front Row:  Alan Brock, Allan Gamble, Ally Middlemass, Wullie Leach, Ray Anderson
 2016 Spring International
27th May 2016 - Lough Lein, Ireland
Individual Scottish Positions
(full result can be viewed at www.iffa.net)
1stAlan Steven40.907
7thMick Tait20.467
13Ronnie Glass20.422
21stDonald McGregor10.224
25thFrank Watt10.206
28thRay Anderson10.195
29thAllan Smith10.188
31stKevin McCabe10.179
34th=Alan Brock0
34th=Andy Dunn0
34th=Allan Gamble0
34th=Wullie Leach0
34th=Ally Middlemass0
34th=Andrew Morgan0
Captain - Allan Smith

Club:  Kinross AC
Previous Caps:    7
Phoenix Silver Salver Autumn 2015
Ray Anderson

Club:   Leslie & Glenrothes AC
Pevious Caps:   5
Brown Bowl and Phoenix Silver Salver 2013
Alan Brock

Club:   Crieff AC
Previous Caps:   2
Phoenix Silver Salver 2014
Andy Dunn

Club:   Change FF AC
Previous Caps:   5
Allan Gamble

Club:   RAF Fish Hawks
Previous Caps:   1
Ronnie Glass

Club:   Kelso AA
Previous Caps:   13
Scottish National Champion 2011; Phoenix Silver Salver 1991, 1993 and 2012
Wullie Leach

Club:   Change FF AC
Previous Caps:   5
Kevin McCabe

Club:   Change FF AC
Previous Caps:   8
National Champion 2013; Phoenix Silver Salver 2011 

Donald McGregor

Club:   Kinross AC

Ally Middlemass

Club:   Kinross AC
Andrew Morgan

Club:   Merkister FF

Previous Caps:   1
Alan Steven

Club:   Forth Area Fedration of Anglers

Previous Caps:   1
Mick Tait

Club:   Kelso AC

Pevious Caps:   2

Frank Watt

Club:   Shetland AA
Manager - Gus Shepherd

Club:   Saltire FF
Caps:   4 - Phoenix Silver Salver 2006
Gold Medal 2015 Spring International; Gold Medal 2015 Autumn International

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