Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships 2014

Dear All,

On behalf of the Commonwealth English Team and committee I welcome you to the commonwealth fly fishing championships to be held in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, England. We propose to hold the event from 2nd June-9th June 2014. We have chosen a number of venues from mixed stocked to wild Brown trout fisheries in the form of lakes and rivers. There will be five sessions over two and a half days using four lakes and one river, providing different disciplines. Most of the fishing will be held within the beautiful Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks for Rainbow and Brown Trout.

All venues are within a one and a half hour drive from the host hotel, the nearest being just twenty mins. The river sections have never seen a stocked Brown Trout. These fish are of the same gene as those that were left when the Ice retreated many thousands of years ago. They are not huge fish, but there are plenty of them. As well as Trout you may encounter Atlantic Salmon and Sea Trout. The latter will most certainly be in the river from April onwards. We haven’t yet decided whether or not to include Salmon and Sea Trout in the competition so I will let you know at a later date. For information on the fishing I strongly advise you to look at the West Country Rivers Trust and the SW Lakes Trust web sites.

If you are going to practice pre event, those of you outside England and Wales will need an Environment Agency rod licence. For the event we have arranged a block licence. Nearer the time I will need the names of the team members to give to the Environment Agency.
The river fishing will be held on the Duchy of Cornwall Estate and they have kindly donated the fishing free of charge for the duration of the competition week. Prior to that a day or weekly licence will be needed, again all can be obtained from the West Country Rivers Trust or local hotels and post offices.

The web site points you in the right direction..
The Lakes are controlled by the S.W Lakes Trust. The booking of boats is recommended and all lakes have a ticket office on site. Please take note that drogues are not provided with the boats and that life jackets must be worn.

Moving on to the accommodation. There are numerous sites to look at that are useful if you are here in the weeks leading up to the event (I will be adding links to these shortly). Also the West Country Rivers Trust and Duchy of Cornwall web sites list a host of different types of accommodation. The Host Hotel, The Passage House Hotel has kindly offered all competing teams the same rate as that of the competition week This must be arranged directly with the hotel.

The nearest Town to the Hotel is Newton Abbot. The main line from London Paddington stops here and is just minutes away. The nearest airport is Exeter with Bristol about one and a half hours away. Car Hire can be obtained from all the Towns and airports. I will let you know soon if I have managed to secure a deal regarding the car hire. As all the venues are reached by good road systems it will not be necessary to obtain a 4×4.

At this stage I would like to say that the organisation is going well. We are going to try to follow Tasmania’s example and include schools in the opening parade and ceremony as well as non fishing activities. The program is not finalised yet and will depend on the interest shown.
As far as costs are concerned, indications are that is on par with previous competitions. Rest assured, we will work hard to keep the costs down as much as possible.
With this in mind I would like to have an Idea of who is coming. This event will be on a first come first served bases as I can only take a max of sixteen teams or less, depending how many partners/guests are accompanying. Please let me know ASAP by sending a mail to dave@fl-vills.fsnet.co.uk .
To finish for now, I suggest you keep an eye on our cwffe web site for any updates that become available.

David Grove

Team Captain (organiser)

This is a letter from the Duchy of Cornwall welcoming the competitors, please click on it to be able to read it.

duchy letter

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