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May 11th – Corfe Lakes

The Services Dry fly Association once again hosted a group of wounded personnel from Band of Brothers to give them a superb day at the waterside. The lakes were regrettably covered in Algae in parts but were still fishable but the decision was made top allow the guests to fish the river Avon running alongside. There were some stunning results and beautiful brown trout caught (mostly returned) but a few were kept for cooking. Again the SDFFA surpassed themselves with superb hospitality with lunch and the top question at prize giving was as usual “when is the next one”. Many competent and potential anglers will emerge from this group and it was a privilege to be part of the organising of such an event. Full credit must go to Jonathan Crew (SDFFA Hon Sec) for organising the catering and the day and Mark Hesketh (SDFFA Chair) for their enthusiasm throughout the day. New friends were made and future fishing days organised with BOB group and mentors. The club members again did a sterling job of mentoring so my sincere thanks to them all.

Bill Howell (Founder).

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April 25th A great day at Manningford

Again a successful day for FFF as the smiles say it all. A great group from HQLF with lovely old friends appearing much to my delight. Biggest bag went to Matt Patterson and biggest fish to Mike O’neill a nice 4lb 8oz fish that put up a helluva fight.

Manningford fishery chef Gaydon did them proud and they all finished the day with fish and slightly bloated from food. Mentors did them proud and everyone took at least one fish home so mission accomplished, once more thanks to them.

Pic 4 Paul Dalgleish a staunch supporter and mentor complaining of the size of the one he lost and my face obviously expresses sadness whilst thinking “do I really give a xxx” having lost a good one whilst he bent my ear.

A great day for all.

Bill Howell (Founder)

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April 20th – Chalybeate

Once again Tunbridge Wells Flyfishers Association hosted a group from HCMR and QOGLR for a superb day of fishing at this pristine fishery. A great day had by all with copious food for brekkie, lunch and tea and cake to finish.

Biggest bag won by Jamie Bradbury (HCMR and biggest fish by Adam Cooper (HCMR) so the Ghurkas have some catching up at the next event. The banter was superb and very few did not catch apart from the flak from confederates on the way home, but I am sure all departed very happy.

A superb job by the club who mentored as well and Jim the fishery owner for the stock and quality of fish. A privilege to be part of these events.

Bill Howell (Founder)

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The London Fly Fishing Fair 2017 March 10th/11th

Come and see us, Fishing For Forces, at the best fishing show to hit London. The London Fly Fishing Fair, 2017!

To be held 10/11 March 2017
BUSINESS DESIGN CENTRE
ISLINGTON LONDON

There will be a full casting pool, fly tying area and many activities for everyone to get involved in our wonderful sport.

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“We are pleased to present the first edition of The London Fly Fishing Fair located in the heart of central London at the Business Design Centre, Islington on the 10/11 of March 2017. The fair will include all aspects of the fly fishing world as well as lifestyle aspects for the family.

If you are interested in fly fishing and want to know how to get involved in the sport, please come along to find out more.

From a beginner to an expert this is the place to find out more about fly fishing and how to improve your techniques, arrange trips and get the gear you need to get you on those fish.”

 

More details and tickets from the London Fly Fishing Fair website, thelondonflyfishingfair.co.uk

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April 25th Manningford Trout Fishery

Fishing For Forces will be hosting a day at the water for 15 Guests from mixed regiments at Manningford Trout Fishery, Wiltshire.           

April 25th 2017

MENTORS REQUIRED PLEASE. If you can help out, or to find out more, get in touch.

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May 15th Manningford Trout Fishery

Fishing for Forces will be hosting a days fishing for 15 Guests from Army Training Andover, at Manningford Trout Fishery in Wiltshire.

May 15th 2017 

MENTORS REQUIRED PLEASE. If you can help us out, then please get in touch.

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May 18th Manningford Trout Fishery

Space for 15 Guests from HQLF Andover at Manningford Trout Fishery, Wiltshire.

May 18th 2017      

MENTORS REQUIRED PLEASE, contact us if you can help out. 

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Cast and Blast Saturday 15th July 2017

CAST AND BLAST SATURDAY 15th JULY 2017

AT MEON SPRINGS FISHERY (www.meonsprings.com) IN HAMPSHIRE IN AID OF FISHING FOR FORCES (FFF) registered charity 1141744 event sponsored by the John Lewis Partnership FFC

Fishing For Forces aims to provide a day’s fishing for all those who have been on Operational Duties. We believe they would benefit from the healing and therapeutic effects a day by the waterside has to offer. We also feel that this provides in a modest way, a means for those of the angling fraternity (and the public at large) who are not in the services, to show our appreciation of what they do for us.

FISHING COMPETITION

(LARGEST FISH AND HEAVIEST BAG) STARTS AT 09.30am WITH WEIGH IN AT 4.00PM. LARGE BLUE AND GOLDEN TROUT WILL ALSO BE PRESENT IN THE WATER. PRIZES WILL ALSO BE AWARDED IF THESE DIFFICULT FISH ARE CAUGHT. 20 CLAY SHOOT COMPETITION IN THE AFTERNOON. BREAKFAST/BBQ LUNCH AND AFTERNOON TEA AND CAKE INCLUDED IN THE PRICE. LUNCH TIME RAFFLE AND AUCTION TO RAISE MUCH NEEDED FUNDS FOR FFF.

TO ENTER – PLEASE FILL IN THIS FORM (Word doc) AND SEND A CHEQUE FOR £90 TO NEIL MUNDY – PINE VIEW, FOREST ROAD, DENMEAD, HAMPSHIRE PO7 6UA (TEL – 02392 254 886 OR MOB – 07964 379 988). CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES WILL BE SATURDAY 1st  JULY.

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Fishing For Forces Annual Lunch 2016 – Tuesday Nov 29th

Tuesday November 29th  2016 at 12 Noon: The House of Lords

Dear FFF Supporter

For our annual lunch this year, FFF have managed to reserve the Cholmondeley Room & Terrace at the HOUSE of LORDS courtesy of our patron Lord Dear Kt.QPM.DL.

We have managed to keep single seat prices to £120.00 pp and a table of ten to £1000.00. A table of ten will consist of nine civilian guests and a member of HMAF as an FFF ambassador.

Lunch will be an excellent three course meal with a raffle of numerous superb items to suits all tastes so please bring a £20 note with your name written clearly on it. This will be followed by a small auction of very desirable items.

As you know this is a very popular venue and tables are booked quickly so to allow for invitation posting please RSVP by Friday Nov 19th. Your support is invaluable and it would be a genuine pleasure to have your company.

Due to high security a photo ID (passport / drivers licence) will be required with your personal invitation so please arrive promptly to avoid delayed entry.

For your personal invitation and to secure your seat, please contact Bill Howell on 07850 373760 or bill@fishingforforces.org

We also would appreciate being informed of any special dietary requirements.

Looking forward to the pleasure of your company.

Bill Howell.

FFF Founder

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14th April 2016 – Calstone Fishery, Wiltshire

Date: Thursday 14th April 2016
Location: Calstone Fishery, Studley, Wiltshire

On Thursday 14th April, Fishing for Forces and Calstone FFS will host guests from Tedworth House and other PRCs for a day’s fishing at Calstone Lake in Wiltshire. Club members will kindly mentor.

Please note: As requested by the MOD No Alcohol will be permitted at any FFF event

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