UK Casting Champs

UK Casting Champs

Tracy&James | Sunday, 16 August 2020

In three weeks, James and I will enter possibly our only fly casting competition this year – the UK Championship in Haverigg, near Millom on the 3rd – 6th September. Most other casting competitions have been cancelled and even though we managed to hold one BFCC Meeting pre-lock-down, we are still unsure if we will be able to arrange any others later in the year.

It has been an unusual year in many ways and normally by now, James and I would have attended many such events and fishing shows; the Sportfish Show and the Game Fair were cancelled. In fact the UK Champs were postponed from June and as such we are pleased that they are still planning to hold the event in September.  We have been spending as much time as possible practising for the six single and double handed events that will be held over the three day competition.

This year’s event is open to all UK and international competition casters, however whether many internationals attend will depend on whether they want to risk travelling in the current situation and whether our respective governments are imposing any travel-related self-isolation periods. So for any UK competition casters this could be the main event of the year, with no threat of such self-isolation issues and an opportunity to travel to, and stay in, a beautiful part of the UK. The competition is being held on a caravan park site, so it will be easy to self-cater and practice social distancing.

The competition arena at Haverigg is well organised with casting areas established with the potential to cast big distances if the weather is good. We’re hoping that there will be a good turnout from the UK competitors and are very much looking forward to competing in all the events.

This will be the second UK Championship organised by Lee and Angela, who both compete and have entered and also previously organised a World Championship. They have arranged a series of casting events for casters of all ages, including a veteran’s class. It’s also a great opportunity to compete with the best casters in the UK and try out for the UK Team who will hopefully compete in the World Championship next year (postponed from this Aug). So if you are interested in competing, or perhaps fancy supporting the running of the events, then please contact Lee for more information.

Hope to see you there

Cheers, Tracy