Anglers from throughout England and Wales will compete for prestigious trophies and titles at a national competition staged in the North East this weekend.
About 120 fly fishers will cast lines for rainbow and blue trout on the banks of Northumbrian Water’s Derwent Reservoir in County Durham in the Water Industry Game Fishing Championships (WIGFiC).
Derwent reservoir will be closed to the public for angling on the competition day, which is Saturday 17 May. It will reopen as normal on Sunday 18 May.
Teams of six anglers from all of the countries big ten water and sewerage companies and also representing all the Environment Agency regions and Head Office together with the Canal and River Trust are invited to take part. Northumbrian Water and EA North East region are both represented.
Northumbrian Water are the reigning champions having taken the team title last year at Llyn Brenig in Wales and also in 2012 at Pitsford reservoir in the Anglian Water region.
This year ACO Water Management are new title sponsors joining Greys of Alnwick – Northumberland’s own world-famous tackle company - supplying a host of prizes and gifts for all taking part.
More than 20 individual, team and section winner prizes and trophies will be awarded at a VIP ceremony after the match at the Derwent Manor Hotel, near Consett close to the reservoir.
Don Coe, Northumbrian Water’s Operation Manager Waterside Parks and Fisheries, said: "It is an honour to stage this major competition which is the equivalent in the industry of the champions league final.
"We are delighted to be able to nationally showcase our premier Derwent reservoir trout fishery which is one of the best attended fishing reservoirs in the country.
"It would also be fantastic if we could win again on our home water – no team has ever won the title for three consecutive years since the championships began in 1980 – but the competition will be really tough.
"We would also like to thank our regular anglers for their cooperation with the reservoir being closed to fishing on the day and apologise for any inconvenience caused," said Don.
Reporters and photographers are invited to cover the competition. Team registration starts from 8.15am, fishing is from 10am – 4pm, weigh in 5pm, meal and presentation 6pm-8pm.
For further information contact: Chris Hodgson at Derwent Reservoir on 01207-255250 or
Alistair Baker, PR & Media Manager on 0191-301-6851 / 07711-793493.