Friday, 12 June 2009

Iain Barr is World Champion!!!!

You may have noticed that my blog has been pretty much non existent for the last couple of months, well most of the year really! I have a ton of stuff to get up here but the news I received yesterday morning on my way to a session on Chew Valley lake means I have just got to get something up now .... if you have not heard already ....

IAIN BARR IS WORLD CHAMPION AND THE ENGLAND TEAM WERE GOLD MEDAL WINNERS AT THE 29th FIPS MOUCHE EVENT HELD IN SCOTLAND!

(Above) New world champion ... Iain Barr with 14lb 9oz of Exe Valley Rainbow!

An amazing result guys and an incredible achievement Iain. Huge congratulations go out to you from all the crew here at Hart Flyshop and to the other members including John Horsey who achieved 10th place, Dave Parker, Simon Robinson, Baz Reece and Howard Croston. All English rods were inside the top 30, astounding given the very tough venues and conditions experienced.

See more about the England Fly Fishing Squad here and more about the World Fly Fishing Championships here including official results. Of course we put it down to the practice Iain received while demonstrating at our Open day event held here at Exe Valley on Sat 2nd May 2009 .... it seems like yesterday! I will report some more, promise! During the open day Iain took his personal best Trout of 14lb 9oz (see above) while giving a demo and also wowed the crowd with some river fishing mastery. It was this ability that helped him catch 5 fish in one incredibly tough river section which witnessed some top names in the world drawing a blank! These fish were added to more eeked out from venues mixed between river and lake. Consistent good angling across the board is the only way top succeed.

BREAKING NEWS! If you want to meet double world gold medalist Iain Barr he will be with us on our stand at the CLA gamefair at Bevoir Castle Leics ... Iain will be our guest on the stand on Saturday. We have been selling Iain's "Captains Choice" flies pretty much since we opened up Hart Flyshop ... now you can fish with the World Champions Choice! See a huge selection at the CLA plus much more ... like I said ... more soon!!!!! Right now I am so excited about this news that I think I may need a lie down!

Once again .... WELL DONE ENGLAND!