Sunday, 21 June 2015

Frank Dunlop - RIP

The more longstanding members of the Burrator Fly Fishers will remember Frank Dunlop who was a member for many years and who left early in 2013 when he and his wife Jess left the area after more than forty years living in Plymouth.They moved to Bourne in Lincolnshire to be near to their son and his family. As a BFF member Frank was a persistently cheerful fellow, well liked and very good company. He was also a hard working man. Despite being over eighty he still plied his trade as a podiatrist on a part time basis and ran a weekly service for older ladies who relied on him to deal with their corns and bunions.

I was very sad to hear that he passed away on Monday last as a result of  domestic accident in his garage at his new home in Lincolnshire. It seems he was taken to hospital in Peterborough by emergency ambulance but did not survive. On  behalf of the club I have sent a condolence card to his wife and family. Here are a couple of pictures of Frank from his Burrator days:

Frank (in the middle) with Terry Denley and Mike Duckett June 2012
With Linda - Christmas 2011

5lb 10oz Rainbow for Mark Sinclair

Caught on the Hopper
Less than three weeks after Pat Power landed a 5lb 5oz rainbow to register the best fish of the season so far, fellow Burrator member Mark Sinclair from Horrabridge has gone one better with a fish of 5lb 10oz. In an email to me on 13th June he said:

'Hi Peter
I thought you might like to see this one!
I was just about to call it a day, with no results during a very windy day, when all of a sudden -wham- this rainbow took a hopper fished on the surface.

22 inches on the tape

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Burrator Fly Fishers Competition 17 June 2015

Seven BFF members (Pat, John, Terry, David, Stuart, Bob & Tony) met at Longstone to start the competition at 10am. Although it stayed dry throughout the day there were misty low clouds over the surrounding hills and tors.  A south westerly breeze along the south side of Longstone as usual made right-handed casting a little tricky. Some members persevered there but the majority went to the other, sheltered side of the peninsula.  Bob fished the area between the Sheepstor Dam and the main dam and was the only one to land any trout finishing with 2 rainbows of 1lb 6oz & 1lb 7oz.  He also had two brownies that he released.  Tea was brewed at the weigh-in at 3pm where Bob was declared the winner and we were joined by Peter.

Mist hangs over Yennadon Down

Kennick Flyfishers took the boat out

Most of the BFF anglers fished the sheltered side of Longstone