Unexplored Gems Await Commonwealth Contest; 2010 Fly Fishing Championship Is Sure to Deliver Sport and Pleasure

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Unexplored Gems Await Commonwealth Contest; 2010 Fly Fishing Championship Is Sure to Deliver Sport and Pleasure


Byline: MOC MORGAN

IN JUNE the 2010 Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championship will be held on fisheries amid the hills and in the valleys of Mid Wales.

This is the first time that a major world-level fly fishing competition has been held in mid Wales and many of the fisheries are unexplored gems which will give great sport and pleasure to the competing anglers who will travel here from all parts of the world.

Some of the fisheries have hosted local angling matches and there is considerable expectation in the build-up to the prestigious Commonwealth event. The fisheries are well stocked with quality and predominantly wild fish.

Most of the activity will be based around Rhayader, the town that opens the gateway to the spectacular Elan Valley - the aquatic gem hiding in the shadow of the mountainous backbone of Wales.

The Commonwealth Championship is a major world style fly fishing competition but without the needle-sharp competitive aggression associated with some other similar events.

Nowhere is the Commonwealth "ideal" more fluently expressed than when anglers come together in friendly rivalry and the event will once again bring together friends old and new, sharing a common understanding and reaffirming that old adage "there's more to fishing than catching fish".

The Metropole Hotel at Llandrindod will house all teams during the event but many competitors will base their practice week activities around Rhayader.

The match itself consists of five fishing sessions - one on river, two from boats, and two big-water bank fishing sessions. The upper reaches of the famous river Wye will provide the river fishing section where competitors will fish for trout and grayling. As the grayling will be on the fin in June it should be a very interesting section.

Graig Goch Reservoir - one of the Elan Valley complex of reservoirs, built to satisfy the thirst of the inhabitants of Birmingham and other conurbations in middle England - will provide one bank-fishing section.

Not only is Graig Goch a good fishery but it is also situated in a particularly scenic area of Wales. The four dams that hold back the tears of God, thereby creating some 850 acres of wilderness water, are themselves a sight to behold. …

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