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The 'Dream Team' of Palmer, Sandford and Tarrant win again - just! The 'Dream Team' of Palmer, Sandford and Tarrant win again - just!

Chris Tarrant and the Dream Team win the ‘One Fly’ competition again…but only just!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



This year’s Dream Team of Chris Tarrant, Geoffrey Palmer and Chris Sandford managed to defend their winning title from the last ‘One Fly’ competition, by coming joint first with the ‘Fly Fish Map’ team, each with an equal 1510 points.


The ‘Bug Bond Glass Bug’Organiser Simon Cooper sent off ten teams of three from The Peat Spade in Longstock, to 30 different chalkstream beats. All participants knew that they could fish with only one fly, and if they lost it, they were out!


In the last ‘One Fly’ competition, the winning fly was Chris Sandford’s ‘Ducking Feadly’ This time he presented the team with his new, ‘Bee-Bee-Gee-Bee’ - The ‘Bug Bond Glass Bug’.


Chris said:

“My first job was to design a fly that was virtually indestructible, heavy enough to search those deep runs, but also to stay within the rules of the competition.”


Chris Tarrant commented:

“I’m thrilled to have won it again! It was a really difficult, windy day and we all found it tough, but I’m sure the ‘Bee-Bee-Gee-Bee’ made a big difference!”


When Geoffrey was asked to comment on his role in the winning team, he said:
 
“Can I go home now?”

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Comments (9 posted):

Peter Jacobs on 30/04/2013 11:13:43
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So, they proved again that they are not just pretty faces then. Well done indeed, spending a whole day with only one fly on a river like the Test is some feat. Smart piece of fly design though. Maybe we should see about running a FishingMagic version . . . . . . . . . ?
jacksharp on 30/04/2013 12:45:21
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When I was over in Banff, Alberta, I bought some flies that had been the winner in a One-Fly competition. Cross between an Elk-Hair Caddis and a Muddler with 4 rubber legs on a size 10 longshank hook. Not strictly chalkstream out there though!
dorsetandchub on 30/04/2013 12:58:07
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Strictly Chalkstream? Sounds like the BBC will commission it......:)
Peter Jacobs on 30/04/2013 12:58:40
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Anotherone that is definitely not a chalk stream standard would be one of Dave Chilton's "Crawler" patterns. Really life-like action in clear water and would take a lot of beating I think. He gave me one of them to try in March when he was down for the weekend, but I've not dared take it out of the fly box yet, well, not in mixed company anyway. Note: Dave (of Kryston fame) has another name for them, but that is far too rude for the tender ears on here . . . . . .
Neil Maidment on 30/04/2013 13:36:36
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"He gave me one of them to try in March when he was down for the weekend, but I've not dared take it out of the fly box yet, well, not in mixed company anyway. Note: Dave (of Kryston fame) has another name for them, but that is far too rude for the tender ears on here . . . . . ." I on the other hand, had no such problems! As soon as it was offered I quickly tied it on and caught well. A superbly tied imitation, most realistic :omg:
Peter Jacobs on 30/04/2013 14:22:20
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I on the other hand, had no such problems! As soon as it was offered I quickly tied it on and caught well. A superbly tied imitation, most realistic Ah yes, but, is it . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . kosher? [insert U-No-Wot > > > HERE]
nicepix on 30/04/2013 17:00:26
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If I had to fish with one fly for the rest of my life it would be this one: It has caught me sea fish such as flounder and mackerel, coarse fish including chub and perch and is deadly for trout in early season and skated across the shallows in late summer. All credit to Tarrant & co. for managing to keep their one fly on all day. I usually lose at least half a dozen :o
Peter Jacobs on 01/05/2013 06:01:01
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All credit to Tarrant & co. for managing to keep their one fly on all day. I usually lose at least half a dozen To help all the teams do that they have a couple of blokes on hand with ladders and secateurs to "release" ant flies that get caught up in the bushes or trees. If you lose the fly in the river then you are retired from further participation. As you say, no mean feat to keep and use the one fly for a whoe day . . . . . . .
john_h on 01/05/2013 08:02:41
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It's a bit of fun, raises money for good causes, and shows what can be done if you try. Fair play to the organisers and competitors.


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