Archive for October, 2013


Ifish Fly Fair

Posted by mikeh On October 20th, 2013

Sat. 30th November 2013 10am – 4pm.

 Ifish Fly Fair, Clair Hall Perrymount  Road,                                                                          Haywards Heath, W. Sussex, RH16 3DN. Entry £5.oo.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The BFCC will be performing casting demonstrations and teaching at the usual fee of £5.00 for 20min. throughout the day. For more information please e-mail Paul Davis:

Shenfield 2013

Posted by mikeh On October 9th, 2013

Who would have thought that an October meeting would still be shorts weather? But it was and Trevor Hayman wore them to prove it and several others of us wished we had done the same. Along with the sunshine however came absolutely still conditions, the very slight breeze that occasionally got up was just a baby’s breath and neither helped or hindered us. We didn’t get the dead air dumping we had in Glasgow but we still couldn’t get the lines to fly, especially in the morning when the grass was covered in dew that wouldn’t disappear. Despite that we had an enjoyable day with some stiff competition. John ‘machine gun’ Reynolds shot himself in the foot by suggesting we do dry fly accuracy instead of wet fly so his usual rapid fire technique had to give way to a more refined style and he only came third instead of his usual first. Mark Surtees however found that refined suited him perfectly and proceeded to win the event.
No big casts in the five or seven events but Dan Shillabeer and Danny Keane acquitted themselves very well for their first time competing. One other name you might not recognise is Roger Simeon. Take my word you will be hearing a lot about him in the future. He is a 12 year old lad with a huge potential. He set a new J13 record of 104′ 7” while casting for a distance badge, a phenomenal cast in those conditions.
I cocked up in the st27 by putting the wrong tip on my rod and I broke my trusty old Bloke XL50 when casting in the seven. Not that either made any difference to the results with James Evans winning the st27 and relative new comer Steve Parkes winning the seven after a shootout with James because they had tied in the competition. John Reynolds showed us the way home in T38 and Steve Parkes thumped out a winning 192′ 11” in the T120.
Trevor Hayman took the honours in the B100 and Mick Copeman won the B110. Dan Shillabeer qualified for his 25yd badge and young Roger Simeon qualified for his 30yd badge, very well done both of you.
James Evans won the overall event.

The BFCC would like to thank everyone who attended for helping out with all the tasks that are so necessary for the day to run smoothly.

So, that’s another casting season done with.

We hope to see you all again next year.

Please see below for an interesting addition to this post:

Member Dan Shillabeer shot this short movie clip of BFCC coach John Reynolds  making double hauling look so easy.  John was using Dan’s Shakepeare Trion rod loaded with a John Norris WF7 line.

Click on the link below to see the movie.

Here is another short clip of John putting out a full line with just a single haul.


Posted by James Evans On October 8th, 2013

Once again conditions were less than ideal for distance casting.  The day started with a heavy dew on the ground, which obviously transferred to the lines, and no wind whatsoever.  As the day progressed the odd puff of breeze would blow, usually into the face or right shoulder of  the caster.

Distances are in feet and inches.

#5F – Mike Heritage 112.07; John Reynolds 106.11; Steve Parkes 106.05; James Evans 105.00; Trevor Hayman 104.06; Kei Okamoto 103.06; David Fisher 98.00; Mick Copeman 97.08; Tracy Thomas 94.00; Alan Bath 91.03; Roger Simeon 86.07; Dan Shillabeer 83.07; Danny Keane 83.02; Wendy Bath 79.02; John Dunmall 66.02; Nicholas Surtees 55.05

#7F – Steve Parkes 119.07*; James Evans 119.07*; Trevor Hayman 116.05; Kei Okamoto 112.05; John Reynolds 112.02; Mick Copeman 107.09; Mike Heritage 106.07; Tracy Thomas 101.02; David Fisher 100.09; Roger Simeon 95.11; Alan Bath 89.03; Wendy Bath 88.06; Dan Shillabeer 87.06; Danny Keane 81.07; John Dunmall 77.1; Nicholas Surtees 45.00

* Steve Parkes won the shoot-out

B100 (#5F + #7F) – Trevor Hayman 220.11; Tracy Thomas 195.02; Roger Simeon 182.06; Alan Bath 180.06; Dan Shillabeer 171.01; Wendy Bath 167.08; Danny Keane 164.09; John Dunmall 144.01; Nicholas Surtees 100.05

B110 (#5F + #7F) – Mick Copeman 205.05; David Fisher 198.09

ST27 – James Evans 126.07; John Reynolds 121.00; Trevor Hayman 118.06; Kei Okamoto 118.03; Steve Parkes 115.01; Mick Copeman 108.10; Tracy Thomas 107.08; Mike Heritage 103.09; Wendy Bath 103.02; Roger Simeon 95.08; David Fisher 85.00; Dan Shillabeer 82.11; Danny Keane 77.00

T38 – John Reynolds 167.08; Mike Heritage 159.00; James Evans 146.09; Trevor Hayman 139.00; Kei Okamoto 130.09; Steve Parkes 126.00; Mick Copeman 124.06; Tracy Thomas 120.02; David Fisher 119.00

T120 – Steve Parkes 192.11; Mike Heritage 170.05; Mark Surtees 169.00; James Evans 165.00; John Reynolds 159.00; Trevor Hayman 151.02; Tracy Thomas 141.01; David Fisher 108.00

Accuracy (points) – Mark Surtees 37; James Evans 35; John Reynolds 35; Mike Heritage 32 ; Trevor Hayman 28; Tracy Thomas 26; Kei Okamoto 24; Steve Parkes 22; Dan Shillabeer 16; Roger Simeon 8; David Fisher 7; Nicholas Surtees 3; Wendy Bath 3

Overall position (points) – James Evans 15; John Reynolds 17; Steve Parkes 24; Mike Heritage 24; Trevor Hayman 26; Kei Okamoto 35; Tracy Thomas 45; Mike Copeman 50; David Fisher 55; Roger Simeon 60; Mark Surtees 62; Dan Shillabeer 65; Wendy Bath 66; Alan Bath 68; Danny Keane 73; John Dunmall 77; Nicholas Surtees 77

Badges were won by: Dan Shillabeer – 25yd  and Roger Simeon – 30yd.  Well done to both.

Roger Simeon also set a best of 104.07 in the ST27 (J13) in a separate record attempt.