Once again the championship went right down to the wire, the new(ish) format of the best two results counting means that an improvement in a casters score can be made down to the very last event. As it was, I went into the day 4 points behind Kei Okamoto, but drew level after taking wins in the T120, T38 (by one inch only), S55g and #7 trout distance. With only the #5 trout distance to cast I needed a win, however the lead stood at only 103ft (cast by Mike Heritage). Sometimes distance casters talk about the line ‘hitting a wall’ and this was exactly one of those days when, try as I might, I could not get a cast to go above 100ft (in hindsight I should have wound the back of the fly line on to the reel so the cast pulled tight and improved turn-over). To make matters worse Tracy was next up and she also beat me, so I didn’t improve my score and Kei took the championship on countback. Well done Kei – this year we’ll definitely get a real trophy and have your name engraved on it (alongside Matt Tonkin from 2017 and me from last year).
What was also great to see at the Yorkshire event was so many women attending for either tuition or competing (or both). Usually Tracy is the only female entrant however this time there were 4 in the competition – I can’t recall this many at a BFCC Meeting before (perhaps for tuition, but definitely not in the competition). Hopefully Larysa, Marina, Jo and Claudia (who attended a previous meeting) will be back next year and gunning for some of Tracy’s records.
All the best, James.