GWFFA Club Championship 2021

GWFFA 3rd Bank Match on Saturday 23rd October 2021

There were 9 club anglers out on the banks at Grafham. The top area was undoubtedly Pylon Point running down into Church Bay. Other good areas were Hedge End and Pig Bay. Fish were mainly caught on shrimp flies fished on a washing line. Best fish was a lively rainbow of 4lb 2oz caught by Dereck Bravington in the bowl. 33 fish were caught for a 3.66

1st Andy Linwood with 5 fish for 13lb 14oz

2nd John Vincent with 6 fish for 12lb 11oz

3rd Simon Charter with 6 fish for 12lb 9oz

GWFFA 2nd Bank Match at Grafham Water on Sunday 3rd October 2021

Seven club anglers fished the bank match on Sunday. A few fished on the dam and fish were caught on small shrimp patterns. Two anglers opted to fish the North shore despite the breezy conditions and were well rewarded. Again fish coming to shrimp and small nymphs using a washing line. One of those reported catching over 10 fish. Two others opted to fish Plummer bank and only caught a couple each. All the fish were full of shrimp. The seven anglers caught 32 fish for a rod average of 4,57

1st John Vincent with 6 fish for 12lb 6oz 

2nd Mark Brinkman with 6 fish for 12lb 4oz

3rd. Steve Cracknell with 6 fish for 11lb 8oz. 

GWFFA 3rd Boat Match at Grafham Water on Saturday 25th September

18 club members fished the final boat match of the year; conditions looked perfect with overcast skies and a light wind. Most fish were in the upper layers of the water with floating, midge tips and intermediates working well. Floating daddy longlegs and nymphs accounted for most fish. The winner Mark Brinkman had 10 fish, most of which were caught close to the bank. 67 fish were caught for a rod average of 3.72. 
1st Mark Brinkman with 10 fish for 21lb 3oz.
2nd Stan Suddick with 8 fish for 16lb 3oz. 
3rd Simon Charter with 7 fish for 14lb 3oz. 
Best fish was a rainbow of 3lb 3oz caught by David Dyble. 
Best 4 fish 9lb 08oz caught by Chris Bobby.

MAITLAND TROPHY match held on Sunday 29th August

Not held last year due to the pandemic, this year an invitation was extended to Invicta FFC to compete in the annual event traditionally between GWFFA & Rutland FFC, in which a total of 46 anglers fished on what proved to be a very tough day, with the fish in the main “hiding”, with only a small number of competitors finding the right method. Invicta proved to be the most successful on the day with 45 fish, ahead of Rutland FFC with 41 fish and GWFFA trailing behind with 39 fish. Top rod was Rutland member Richard Cooper with 11 fish and GWFFA’s Charlie Abraham taking the big fish award weighing in a magnificent brown trout of 5lbs 14oz.

This match does not count in the GWFFA championships.

GWFFA’s 2nd Boat Match Saturday 3rd July 2021 Fishing proved difficult for the 16 club members present, mostly due to the light, changeable wind and occasional flat calm. At lunch, members reported catching the odd fish near the surface on small FAB’s, dry fly & nymphs, fished on a washing line. At times there were lots of small buzzer on the surface with fish responding to them. Chris Bobby fishing with Lianne Frost managed 9 fish near M buoy, caught mostly on crippled midge. Lianne had 4 fish using small FAB’s. Best fish weighed 5lbs 8.5oz caught by Roger Hurren.

1st Chris Bobby 9 fish for 19lbs 4oz

2nd Lianne Frost 4 fish for 9lbs 11oz

Joint 2nd place Dave Porter 3 fish for 9lbs 11oz

GWFFA’s annual Dry Fly day at Ravensthorpe

18 club members fished this annual event in unseasonably grey & cold conditions, catching 76 fish for an average of 4.22. At the lunchtime break, frustration at the number of abortive rises was on everyone’s lips, although one angler had amassed a creditable 5 fish by then and went on to catch another three in the afternoon session, taking the honours of top rod – well done Mr Brian Calvert. 5 members caught 6 fish apiece before the field dropped away to 4’s & 3’s and sadly two zeros.

Tactics were quite varied with flies of all kinds catching (or being refused), although the advantage probably went to anglers fishing smaller flies, such as Bob’s Bits, hoppers etc.

Although this competition does not count towards to the club championship, it is enthusiastically contested and unusually, on this occasion GWFFA had the fishery to themselves leading to some lively banter throughout the day.

GWFFA 1st Boat Match Sunday 30th May 2021

14 club members ventured out in flat calm conditions, with cloud cover lasting for no more than a couple of hours, after which the skies cleared and the wind became contrary going from NE to SE, then back to NE in the afternoon, strengthening to about 17 mph. Despite the challenging conditions, 50 fish were caught, with top honours going to new member Neil Squires. Top three weights (4 fish kill then C & R) as follows:

1st Neil Squires 4 fish weighing 11lbs 0oz

2nd Charlie Abrahams 4 fish weighing 9lbs 9oz

3rd John Vincent 4 fish weighing 9lbs 8oz

GWFFA 1st Bank Match Sunday 11th April 2021

11 club members braved a chilly day on the banks of Grafham, most opting for the dam which offered some shelter from the bitter northerly wind. 29 fish were caught, with a rod average of 2.63. Top rod Charlie Abrahams braved the elements at Pig Bay, catching on a floating line and buzzer.

1st Charlie Abrahams with 6 fish for 15lb 11oz

2nd Andy Linwood with 6 fish for 14lb 01oz

3rd Mark Brinkman with 4 fish for 11lb 10oz

Best fish was a lovely rainbow of 4lb 15oz caught by Colin Best.

GWFFA Winter Plate Saturday 12th December 2020

11 Club members fished the annual Winter Plate bank competition. There was a good Westerly blowing down the lake with some heavy rain just to make winter fishing even more uncomfortable. I know of one who called it a day early due to the cold. 28 fish were recorded on various methods. Chris Bobby had six fish from the seat. Charlie Abrahams had 6 fish on snakes on the North shore and then the dam end of Plummer. Martin Brocklebank had four from the dam on D15 and two small boobies. 

1st Chris Bobby 6 fish for 18lb 13oz. 

2nd Martin Brocklebank 4 fish for 15lb 13oz. 

3rd Charlie Abrahams 6 fish for 14lb 15oz. 

GWFFA Bank match Sunday 18th October 2020

Match winner Chris Bobby with the best fish of the day – a 4lb 13oz rainbow

Nine GWFFA members ventured out onto the banks at Grafham Water. All of them were on the dam and the North shore. Fishing was hard due to windless conditions but despite this fish were showing close to the banks, particularly The Stumps, DWP and Hedge End. The fish were difficult to temp although the nine anglers managed 32 fish. Only Steve Cracknell managed his 6 fish while fishing at DWP. He caught using a washing line and nymphs them switched to an olive snake to catch his last three. Chris Bobby fishing at The Stumps managed 5 fish including a superb rainbow of 4lb 13oz. While playing another 4lb plus fish this fish grabbed his trailing booby breaking the other fish off. He also used a washing line and nymphs. The dam proved much more difficult with less fish there than on the natural banks. 


1st Chris Bobby with 5 fish for 13lb 11oz

2nd Steve Cracknell with 6 fish for 12lb 6oz

3rd Mark Brinkman with 5 fish for 12lb 1oz

GWFFA Bank Match on Saturday 19th September 2020

Seven club members were out early and with a north easterly wind and bright sunshine, all the anglers opted for the north side of the lake.

Mark Brinkman caught on small diawl bach’s in the bowl of the dam to take some nice quality fish, coming out the overall winner with 6 fish weighing 13lb 14oz.

Second place went to Chris Bobby (6 fish for 13lb 2oz) and Andy Linwood filled third place with 5 fish for 12lb 6oz.

Best fish weighed 3lb 7oz and was caught by Mark Brinkman.

GWFFA boat match Sunday 13th September 2020

22 anglers fished a boat match on Grafham with a 4 fish kill and 8 C&R. Despite the breezy day and bright sunshine there were plenty of fish caught. Chris bobby fished near Savages Creek and Sanctuary bay finding fish close to the surface on daddies and nymphs. The fish were in a narrow band over the broken weed beds. Charlie Abrahams caught his fish around B buoy to Deep Water and Pylon Point using a foam daddy and nymphs. There were plenty of fish caught on floating and midge tip lines on daddy longlegs and nymphs across open water near the North Shore. Fish are still high in the water. 116 fish were caught for a rod average of 5.3. Best fish was a rainbow of 3lb 8oz caught by Dayood Sheik. 

1st. Chris Bobby 12 fish for 25lb 3oz

2nd. Charlie Abrahams 12 fish for 23lb 14oz.

3rd. Steve Cracknell 10 fish for 20lb 8oz. 

Best 4 fish was Martin Brocklebank for 11lb12oz

GWFFA/RUTLAND/INVICTA Inter-club “friendly” at Rutland Water

Due to the postponement of the “Maitland Trophy” – the annual event between teams from GWFFA & RWFF, a total 38 anglers from both clubs plus members of Invicta were invited to participate in a friendly “catch & release” event on Sunday 23rd August.

With the weather in the week prior to the event being a mixture of squally showers and very high winds, match day thankfully dawned with good cloud cover, lighter winds and only occasional, light showers.

Most anglers headed for the dam and main bowl, with slow sinkers and midge tips much in evidence.

Top boat was Gary Howe & Graham Bodsworth of Invicta (seen below).

Top Boat Pairing

Graham Bodsworth & Gary Howe

Top Rod Gary Howe receiving his prize from GWFFA club captain & organiser Martin Brocklebank.

GWFFA Dry Fly day at Ravensthorpe – Saturday 1st August 2020

This ever popular event attracted 23 anglers seen above just before leaving the boat dock. With promising weather conditions (apart from a few light rain showers), somebody forgot to tell the fish who stubbornly refused to cooperate. Ravensthorpe’s normally free rising fish proved very difficult to tempt and by lunchtime, back at the boat dock, the maximum number of fish caught by individual anglers was three, with many on 1, 2 or even blank.

The afternoon proved equally challenging and at the “virtual” weigh-in (as all fish caught were returned), top honours went to Harley Smith with 5 fish. There were two other anglers with the same number of fish, but the result was decided by the time the first fish was caught.

1st   Harley Smith 

2nd Roger Hurren

3rd  John Vincent

GWFFA Club Day – Saturday 11th July 2020

England Ladies fly angler Lianne Frost led the way showing why she is one of the top lady anglers. She was the top rod, had the best fish and heaviest 4 fish. Lianne, fishing with her partner Chris Bobby fished over the weedbeds along the sludge bank and Gaynes Cove where fish were feeding heavily on fry. 123 fish were recorded for a rod average of 6.8. 


1st Lianne Frost – 12 fish for 29lbs 5oz

2nd Chris Bobby – 12 fish for 25lbs 8oz

3rd Steve Cracknell – 12 fish for 24lbs 11 oz

GWFFA 1st bank match – Saturday 20th April 2019

First place Martin Brocklebank 8 fish for 17lb 1oz

Second place Steve Cracknell 4 fish for 8lb 12 oz

Third place Derek Bravington 4 fish for 6lb 13 oz

GWFFA 1st boat match – Saturday 26 May 2019 Grafham

First place Martin Brocklebank 8 fish for 17lb 13oz

Second place David Spall 8 fish for 17lb 1oz

Third place Andy Linwood 6 fish for 13lb 15oz

GWFFA 2nd boat match – Saturday 15th June 2019 Pitsford

First place Norman Rushton 8 fish 17lb 6oz

Second place Steve Cracknell 6 fish 15lb 2 oz

Third place Derek Bravington 6 fish 14lb 8 oz

GWFFA Ravensthorpe Dry Fly Day – 23rd June 2019 Catch & Release

First place Stuart Stenning-White 12 fish

Second place Peter Waterhouse 11 fish

3rd place Lianne Frost 9 fish (after beating Mark Brinkman & Martin Brocklebank on time first fish caught)

GWFFA v RWFF (The Maitland Trophy) Sunday 1st September 2019 at Grafham Water

Was this year won by Rutland Water Fly Fishers, reversing last year’s win by GWFFA on Rutland Water.

GWFFA 3rd boat match – Saturday 14th September 2019

First place David Spall 8 fish for 19lb 15oz

Second place Andy Linwood 7 fish for 14lb 1oz

Third place Roger Hurren 7 fish for 13lb 9oz

GWFFA 2nd bank match – Sunday 20th October 2019

First place Martin Brocklebank 8 fish for 18lb 5oz

Second place David Spall 6 fish 17lbs

Joint third place Mark Brinkman & Steve Cracknell 7 fish for 15lb 2oz

GWFFA 3rd bank match – Sunday 10 November 2019

First place David Spall

Second place David Moore

The Winter Plate

Dayood Sheik