06th Nov 2013 - Proposed Competitions for 2014 are listed.
There is a posting listing the proposed meeting dates for 2014. Any feedback or comments will be considered. If anybody is thinking of taking a float tube trip during the winter lull, and wants others to join in, then please post your intentions on the new board listed after the request from the AGM.
17th Oct 2013 - AGM at Thornton - October 26th
The AGM will be held at Thornton Reservoir on Saturday October 26th. The format of the day is 'free and easy'. This is not an official meet or a competition. The AGM will start at 3.30pm. so fishing will finish at 3.00pm. Members can turn up as early as they wish and fish from 8.00am. Andre is in charge of light refreshments after the fishing.
27th Sep 2013 - Steve Parton Memorial Match - October 5th.
The inaugural Steve Parton Memorial Cup match will take place at Thornton Reservoir on October 5th. This will be a competition between the BFTA and the Thornton Boat fishermen. A Trophy will be awarded to the winning team and will be displayed in the Thornton Lodge after engraving until the following years competition. Andre will explain the rules before the match.
27th Sep 2013 - Wimbleball Competition - Oct 12th 2013
The final Competition of the Season will take place at Wimbleball on Saturday 12th October. This is a large water on the eastern edge of Exmoor, with a good head of very hard fighting fish.
10th Sep 2013 - Blagdon - September 21st
The next competition will be held at Blagdon on September 21st. This water is one of the most famous trout fishing venues in the UK. Please sign up early so that Kevin can organise the tickets for the day.
27th Aug 2013 - Thrybergh Sept 7th
Thrybergh competition Sept 7th. Breakfast will be at 8.30am and there will be a dinner after the match around 5.00pm. The price of the meals and car parking are included in the ticket price. This is always a very popular competition and has its own Trophy to be presented to the lucky winner.
08th Aug 2013 - Steve Parton Memorial Match - Ladybower August 17th
The Steve Parton memorial competition is now confirmed for August 17th at Ladybower Reservoir. There will be a BBQ after the match.
22nd Jul 2013 - Ravensthorpe - August 10th
The next competition is the annual pairs match to be held at Ravensthorpe rservoir, Northants, on Saturday August 10th. There are different arrangements for this day, to ensure a better chance of catching fish. Time change due to the effects of hot weather on the water - we will meet at the later time of 11.30, and have our buffet lunch before the fishing, (all to bring something to eat or drink), between 12.00-13.00. We will then fish 14.00-20.00. Pairs will be drawn for on the day of the match.
14th Jul 2013 - Lockwood Beck Competition - July 20th
The inaugural Competition at Lockwood Beck - (off Whitby to Guisborough Road, N. Yorks), will be on July 20th. Only BFTA members will be eligible to fish this match. We will be joined by a number of new colleagues who signed up following Steve Naylors demonstration day of 13th July at this water. Buzzers and dry flies are fishing well at present, and there are around fifty doubles in the water which need taking out!? See you there.
16th Jun 2013 - Kennick July 6th.
The next competition will be held at Kennick Reservoir, Nr. Christow, E. Devon on Saturday July 6th. Some members will stay at the Roadford campsite, travel to Kennick on Saturday morning, and then return to fish Roadford lake on Sunday morning. You will need to book the campsite if you wish to do this. The fishing on both lakes is excellent at this time of year. Roadford is a brown trout water, with a good head of wild trout as well as stocked fish.
07th Jun 2013 - Steve Parton Memorial at Ladybower.
The Competition in memorial of Steve Parton has been postponed until Saturday August 17th. More details will be posted as they become available.
06th Jun 2013 - Toft Newton Match - June 15th
The next Competituon will be held at Toft Newton Reservoir in Lincolnshire on Saturday June 15th.This match is substituted for the scheduled competition, which was to be held at Blackdyke, (following a major water leak at that venue which caused the cancellation). Hopefully, many of the Eastern and Northern region members will be able to make it to this meeting, where the fishing is generally of very high quality.
14th Apr 2013 - Colwick Park - April 27th
The next competition will be at Colwick Park fishery on April 27th. Members may wish to meet for breakfast at the transport cafe off the roundabout West of the fishery turn. (See forum posting for Post Code). This fishery requires us to use a 'buddy pairs system' to pay for tickets prior to tyhe barrier being Lifted for entry.
03rd Feb 2013 - 2013 Toft Newton
The 2013 season will commence on the sunny Lincolnshire Steppes at Toft Newton on March 2nd. Please sign up on the thread started by Stevie if you will be attending this Competition. (Bring your own ice axes)!?
06th Oct 2012 - AGM 2012
Ah well! It's all over now bar the presentation of the Cup, and the extensive, (no doubt), toasting of the 2012 Champion. You've all seen him before he's another one of those North of England contingent anglers. Stevie Naylor. We will be off to Torquay and Basil's Emporium for the AGM over the weekend of Oct 27th. There is a Curry House meal on Friday evening for those with strong constitutions and lots of Gaviscon, then a days fishing at Kennick, if anybody is sober enough to locate it, followed by the AGM on Saturday evening in the Fawlty Towers dungeons. See you there!
01st Oct 2012 - Thornton 2012
Thornton competition decider on Saturday October 6th. This could be both a challenging and exciting day, particularly for the top four challengers. Andre is providing solace and hot soup after the match! Good luck to all who attend.
24th Sep 2012 - Blagdon 2012
On Saturday Sept 29th. we will once again be priveleged to fish Blagdon, due to the hard work of Martin Cottis and Kevin P. We hope that a substantial number of BFTA members will turn out to reward the behind the scenes effort that has gone into organising this match. This is one of the best trout fishing waters in the country and rewards those able to fish more traditional buzzer, small nymph and dry fly methods. It should be a superb day. Sign up quickly so Kevin can get the tickets....
The following week on October 6th, we fish a competition at Thornton. Time is now getting short for those competing for the Jim Clements Trophy.
02nd Sep 2012 - Roadford / Wimbleball Weekend
The next BFTA gatherings will take place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September. On the Saturday there is a meet for brown trout fishing at the well renowned Roadford reservoir, some members will camp at the fishery for this session. The competition will take place at Wimbleball on Sunday 23rd. Wimbleball also has an on site camping ground for tents and caravans. The fishing at this venue this year has been superb with big hard fighting fish to be caught. Please sign up if you are attending one or both of these days.
19th Aug 2012 - Thrybergh 2012
The next big BFTA Competition will be the "Eat in Day" with fishing thrown in, at Thrybergh Nr. Rotherham, on Saturday September 1st. Bring your own Rennies!
07th Aug 2012 - Ravensthorpe Pairs Competition 2012
The next competitition will be our annual pairs match. This takes place at Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Nr Northampton on Saturday August 18th. Members are requested to bring some food items to contribute to the group picnic to be held after the match - (please look at the list of what others are bringing, on the sign up page fo this competition, to avoid having a spare hundredweight or so of lettuce at the end)! The pairs will be determined by an impartial draw before the match.
07th Aug 2012 - Ravensthorpe Pairs Competition 2012
The next competitition will be our annual pairs match. This takes place at Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Nr Northampton on Saturday August 18th. Members are requested to bring some food items to contribute to the group picnic to be held after the match - please look at the list of what others are bringing, (on the sign up page for this competition), to avoid having a spare hundredweight or so of lettuce at the end! The pairs will be determined by an impartial draw before the match.
25th Jul 2012 - Kennick August 2012
The next competition will take place at Kennick on August 4th 2012. There are currently only a few top runners for the Jim Clements trophy attending this meet, so their scores could increase dramatically unless more members join in to give them some competition! A few members will camp at Roadford and travel to Kennick for the match, and then return to fish Roadford for fun on Sunday morning.
09th Jul 2012 - Colwick Park July 21st
The next Competition will take place at Colwick Park, near Nottingham, on Saturday July 21st. Similar to our previous visit, members will need to remember to join up with a partner before signing in and paying for the days fishing. Meeting up at the entrance barrier by the ticket office will be the best way to achieve this.
24th Jun 2012 - Toft Newton - 07.07.2012
The next competition will be held at Toft Newton, Lincolnshire, on Saturday July 7th. For members travelling particularly from the Oxford area, please remember that this weekend hosts the British F1 Grand Prix, and will result in serious road congestion around the Silverstone area - best find another route well clear of this place. Queues can back up to the M1 and also the M40 so be warned.
11th Jun 2012 - Ringstead Grange
Ringstead Grange Competition - June 23rd. This is the next competition on this years calendar. This water is a fishery with an excellent reputation, and has not previously been fished by the BFTA. A good turnout would be appreciated.
07th Jun 2012 - Blackdyke Fishery
Further to the match at Rutland water being cancelled for June 9th. There will now be a meeting for interested BFTA members, at Blackdyke fishery (near Thetford, Norfolk), on Sunday June 10th. All BFTA members wishing to fish this water will be welcome. This is a new East of England float tubing venue. (This meeting will not count in the points towards the Jim Clements championship trophy).
04th Jun 2012 - Blackdyke
Further to the match at Rutland water being cancelled for June 9th. There will now be a meeting for interested BFTA members, at Blackdyke fishery near Thetford, Norfolk, on Sunday June 10th. All BFTA members wishing to fish this water will be welcome. This is a new East of England float tubing venue. (This meeting will not count in the points towards the Jim Clements championship trophy).
21st May 2012 - Wimbleball
The next competition will be held at an exciting new venue, Wimbleball lake on the Eastern edge of Exmoor - Saturday May 26th. A good turnout at this new venue would be greatly appreciated. There is plenty of room for float tubing as the water is over 350 acres!
13th May 2012 - Tal y Lyn May 2012
The next Meeting will be at Tal y Lyn lake on May 19th. Launch will be from the Ty Cornel Hotel car park at 10 am. The water holds a good stock of brown trout, and the chance of a sea trout or even a salmon is always a possibility here.
08th May 2012 - Drift Competition
On May 12th. keen members will head for Drift Reservoir, West of Penzance, Cornwall. This is the Cornish Open Competition, which is usually generously supported by Snowbee. Dave W. organises a superb Past Fest after the competition at the prize giving. This one should not be missed! It's a great day out.
08th Apr 2012 - Toft Newton - April 21st
The next competition of the season will be held at Toft Newton Reservoir, Lincolnshire, on April 21st. This will be a good opportunity, for somebody else other than the usual suspects, to gain good championship points. Several front runners regrettably have to miss this match due to other commitments!
18th Mar 2012 - Colwick Park.
The next competition will take place at a new venue for the BFTA, Colwick Park, which is situated close to the racecourse SE of Nottingham. This match takes place on April 7th. It essential that members sign up early for this days fishing, so the manager can be informed and make arrangements accordingly.
04th Mar 2012 - Thornton Competition
The second competition of the season will take place at Thornton Reservoir, near Leicester, on Saturday March 17th. Ifor definitely needs to know the numbers attending this one, (so that he can judge whether to restrict the boats allowed on the water). Please indicate your intention to attend as early as possible. The reservoir is currently a little low, (only a couple of feet or), so but is currently fishing very well along the wood bank.
17th Feb 2012 - The start of the 2012 Season.
The beginning of the 2012 season is approaching fast. The first match will take place at Elinor Lake, near Aldwinkle, on March 3rd. Please meet at the lake at 9.00 am as usual, for a 10.00am start. Please ensure you have your lifejackets, whistles and all your other kit with - you nicely cleaned and polished ready for the new season.
02nd Oct 2011 - Thornton 12th November
The next major meeting will be at Thornton on November 12th. This will be followed by the AGM. The Jim Clements Trophy will be presented to the new Champion at this meeting.
26th Sep 2011 - Toft Newton - October
The next competition is at Toft Newton Reservoir, near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, on Saturday October 1st. Sportfish have a Float Tubing day at Haywards Lake near Reading, on Tuesday October 4th, this day will cost £60 to include a breakfast bap and BBQ lunch. Contact Sportfish, Reading direct to book your place.
03rd Sep 2011 - Blagdon
The next competition is at Blagdon on September 24th.
03rd Sep 2011 - AGM
Further to our Chairman having a previous commitment, it has been decided that the AGM at Thornton will now take place on Saturday November 12th. If Ifor can accommodate us on this date.
08th Aug 2011 - Thrybergh
The next formal Competition will take place at Thrybergh on Saturday September 3rd. This is normally a well attended meeting, and is a superb day out not to be missed. If you have not been before - the cost for the whole day will be £25, to include a full English Breakfast, a four fish competition ticket, and then followed by a three course dinner after the weigh-in. There is also an individual trophy for the winner of this competition.
18th Jul 2011 - Ravensthorpe
There will be a competition at Ravensthorpe Reservoir on Saturday August 6th. It has been suggested that this is fished as a 'Pairs' match similar to the format we used at Walkerwood last season.
11th Jul 2011 - Tal y Lyn
The Tal y Lyn meet takes place on Saturday 16th July. This is a very attractive lake holding some very good brown trout - with the occasional sea trout and salmon to be caught. Small dark coloured dry flies work well on this water, as do sedgehogs hoppers and other flies fished quickly just sub surface.
28th Jun 2011 - Eyebrook
Unfortunately the proposed Eyebrook competition -( July 2nd), has been cancelled / postponed until a later date, (to be arranged).
The next formal BFTA meeting will be at Tal y Lyn on July 16th. This is a well renowned brown trout fishery, nestling in the spectacular hills of mid to North Wales.
29th May 2011 - Toft Newton
Andre has arranged and confirmed a meeting at Toft Newton on June 18th. If enough members wish to attend, this will be classified as a competition. Please sign up under Andre's confirmation of fixture post if you wish to go along. Toft Newton, near Market Rasen in Licolnshire, usually fishes well, and is not too massive a water for beginners, (or infirm gentlemen), to enjoy fishing.
16th May 2011 - SW weekend
There will be a competition at Kennick on June 4th. On June 5th, those members who wish to, will be able to fish on Roadford for a meeting. Kevin1 reports that Roadford is fishing well (May 15th) and that the browns are in very nice condition.
20th Apr 2011 - Fishing in May
May is a busy month in the BFTA fishing Calendar. There is a competition at Thornton on May 7th. On the 14th the Drift Cornish Open competition takes place - this is one members should not miss! On Sunday 15th there is a meeting at Kennick. The first of the Blagdon days is on the 21st, and is a competition. To round off the month, the Rutland Water competition is on the 28th. Please sign up under the appropriate list if you are going to these days.
10th Apr 2011 - Thrybergh 23rd April
There are now at least 16 members signed up for Thrybergh competition on April 23rd, and two possible others. If you want a breakfast on this morning, (included in the ticket price for the day), please sign up quickly, so numbers for catering can be arranged.
26th Mar 2011 - Haywards lake
You are inviited to fish Hayward's Lake on Tuesday 19th April. The cost will be £60 for the day to include breakfast and lunch. Tel. - 0118 930 3860 to book your place.
20th Mar 2011 - April 2nd Competition.
The April 2nd competition will now take place at Thornton Reservoir. The proposed match at Gailey cannot take place as the venue is no longer open for Trout fishing. Please see Stevies post for explanation. Ifor urgently needs to know numbers attending.
12th Mar 2011 - Gailey Competition - April 2nd
It is proposed that a competition will be held at Gailey Reservoir on April 2nd. Stevie is trying to confirm the match. Watch the site for confirmation of the date!
16th Feb 2011 - Stocks and Walkerwood Competitions are Cancelled!
United Utilities have banned float tubes on all NW waters! This is seriously bad news!
08th Feb 2011 - Elinor competition on March 5th. 10 am to 4.00pm
Elinor competition on March 5th. 10.00am to 4.00pm
07th Feb 2011 - Bushyleaze
Meeting on 19th February all welcome
06th Feb 2011 - BFTA News now working