Last Saturday was the awards night for the Shakespeare Oracle XT Severn salmon competition.
The prizes were for the largest salmon caught and released from the Severn in 2011 and for the largest fish caught and released on the fly.
The winner of the largest salmon prize was John Love with a fish of 29lbs 8ozs caught on a flying C.
The fish was just one of five over 20lb caught and released by John this season. Here John receives his Oracle XT 15 fast action salmon fly rod from Shakespeare’s James Robbins.
The best salmon caught and released on the fly this year was a fish of 19lb which fell to Alan Shufflebotham. The fish took a cascade tube on a sink tip and is Alan’s first ever fly caught Severn fish! Not a bad achievement for an angler 80 years young! Alan also receieved a Oracle XT 15ft fast action fly rod.
The awards were the highlight of an enjoyable social night for Severn salmon anglers (including many forum posters) held at the Great Western Bewdley, Worcestershire.
The aim of the competition was to highlight the quality of salmon that can be caught on the river Severn and also to promote voluntary catch and release, particularly of the 3 and 4SW fish that run the river. A big thanks to local tackle firm Shakespeare for making the competition possible.