The Association of Major Flyfishing Clubs promote a series of team competitions held throughout the year, starting with the first Association match in which all teams fish, culminating in the Autumn Association match, (again when all teams fish), when the winners of each group will be decided. There was no competition in 2020 due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
The competition is seen by many as a stepping stone to fishing to International Rules and a chance to fish for your country, in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and provides an opportunity to fish with different boat partners on various venues such as Grafham, Rutland, Pitsford, Bewl, Draycote, Eyebrook & Chew.
At the time of writing this web update, the Covid 19 pandemic is still having a major impact on competitions, as a result of which the AMFC Committee have proposed a “slimmed down” match calendar for 2021, by holding three “Association” matches, where all teams fish together at the same venue on the same day in teams of four. There will be no weigh in; fished to catch release with a pre-agreed limit and possibly a time bonus. The first such match was fished at Grafham on Saturday 22nd May with Invicta FFC coming out on top.
The second match was held on 24 July 2021 on a difficult day for all, with a rod average of just 1.7 and a total number of fish 114 (all released). Bewl A are top team in group 1, with GWFFA A close on their heels in second place.
GWFFA B team did not fare so well, coming last in Group 3 and remaining bottom of the table.
In this much reduced match programme due to Covid, there is one match to go at Draycote on Saturday 18th September.