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Harry is flying high after clinching Lafferty crown

By Vic Thomas

Harry McAteer, from Belfast, won the Harry Lafferty Cup for the top Irish rod at the International Fly Fishing Association's autumn match.

Harry landed the title with nine trout for over 17lb, which he caught using a combination of dabblers and boobies on a DI5 sweep.

The match was hosted by the Welsh Salmon and Trout Fishing Association and was held on Llyn Brenig, where the Irish lads were unfortunate when the weather changed on match day and the trout just wouldn't respond to their methods.

Team England won the Graham Munroe Hall Memorial Cup. Team Scotland finished runners-up, followed by Wales in third and Ireland in fourth.

The match marked another milestone in Irish Trout Fly Fishing Association (ITFFA) history when Stan McCart, of Agivey Anglers, received his 27th international cap, equalling the record held by the great Christy Sleator.

Ireland's biggest fly fishing extravaganza will again feature a host of fly dressers, fly casters and angling celebrities from all over the globe at the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, for the fifth Irish Fly Fair and International Angling show on November 15 and 16.

Show organiser Stevie Munn said: "Last year's Irish Fly Fair saw some of the best fly casters and fly tiers in the world take part and many of them, along with exhibitors and tackle trade, have rebooked.

"Many previous visitors have said this is the best game angling show they have been to and we hope to build on this."

It's also a welcome back for angling celebrities Charles Jardine, Hywel Morgan, Glenda Powell, Peter O'Reilly and spey casting legend and Hardy Pro Team member Ian Gordon, who will be demonstrating and advising on aspects of fly fishing.

Experts from the Inland Fisheries Ireland, Tom Doc Sullivan, Dr Ken Whelan, FISSTA and more will be hosting talks and seminars and there will be a 'Youth's Fly Tying Competition'.

Meanwhile, the majority of anglers enjoyed outstanding catches at the Cashel Fishery, Dungiven.

Dessie Leese and William Walker of Randalstown cast ezekiel bugs and gorby beetles to bank 14 and eight trout respectively while James Wade of Limavady caught and released a dozen beauties on buzzers.

Londonderry's Maurice Whiteman caught and released 11 trout on small dry flies. Bill Campbell of Ballymoney and Aghadowey's Aidan Brennan grassed three trout for 8lb on parachute flies and a yellow drake.

Tony Coyle and Bernard Kane of Derry bagged a brace for 5lb on buzzers and glo-body damsels.

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