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ONE FLY FESTIVAL 2021

The One Fly Festival is a bi-annual celebration of everything that is great about fly fishing on a day in late April that marks the opening of a new season on the chalkstreams.

The 2020 contest was postponed, falling as it did in the first Covid-19 lockdown but fortunately by the time 2021 came around fishing had a window of opportunity. So, with six teams, the One Fly was able to go ahead with the draw and awards conducted by Zoom, which though efficient is not exactly in the social spirit of the One Fly.

Top billing in the awards has to go to the Wherwell Priory team of Mike Corner-Jones and his guide Michael Taplin who caught an amazing 59 fish, many of which were small wildies, that gave them the Top Angler & Guide Award for which they both get a trophy and Michael a cheque for £500. Mike’s 1505 points, nearly double that of second place Ed Burgass at Orvis Kimbridge, assured his team the Hare’s Ear Trio of the Winning Team Award as it did for Wherwell Priory who picked up the Top Estate Award.

Away from the River Test, Charles Jardine and his guide Steve Batten picked up the Largest Fish Award with a 25” brown from Avon Springs on the River Avon. Nearly everyone fished a nymph on the day, which was cold with a north easterly keeping down the hatch, but two intrepid souls, Piers Bingley and Ian McKenzie, tried a dry with Piers just shading Ian for the Dry Fly Award.

The final mention in dispatches has to go to the Minley Manor Moustaches who gallantly received the Duffers Delight Award for the lowest scoring team proving the fickleness of the One Fly since it was, they who were the outright winners in 2018.

Our thanks to all those who helped make the One Fly possible. Nick Parish Guide Caption, Diane Basset and Kris Kent for the organisation, all the owners who kindly donated the beats and everyone who took part. We raised a good-sized cheque to our chosen charity, the Alex Lewis Trust.


 






A 25in beauty

2023 ONE FLY – April 28th 2023

The River Test One Fly is hosted by kind invitation of Lucy Townsend and all the team at The Greyhound Inn in Stockbridge. The One Fly is open to all-comers as teams of three or individuals. The fishing day runs from 10am-4pm, with a welcome breakfast and beat draw taking place at The Greyhound at 8.15am with the prizes handed out over tea at 5.30pm. All fish are released and all competitors are accompanied by a Fishing Guide who acts as guide, scorer and confidante.

Click here to enquire about entry

About the One Fly

The idea for the River Test One Fly was conceived by Fishing Breaks founder Simon Cooper having competed in the American equivalent since 2005. Though he has never come close to winning, every year Simon makes the 5,000 mile trek to Wyoming with ever increasing excitement. For this is a contest that pits man against man and fish against fly – it is an unequal contest as the trout always win, but you can share the passion of one of the world’s truly great fly fishing events which is now held in England, the home of fly fishing.

But the clue to the difference to other fly fishing tournaments is in the name - the One Fly is exactly that – at 10am every competitor selects and ties on the fly that must last all day – lose it and you’re out! Points are awarded on a sliding scale according to the number and length of fish caught. There are no cash prizes – just the glory and kudos of winning.

Past Winners

 

Team

Angler

Guide

Estate

Fly

Results
in Full

2021

Hare’s Ear Trio

Mike Corner-Jones

Michael Taplin

Wherwell Priory

MC-J nymph

PDF

2018

Minley Manor Moustaches

Jason Askey-Wood

Gary Allen

The Greyhound on the Test

GRHE

PDF

2016

Hare’s Ear Trio

Allan Shephard

Bob Preston

School Farm

Purple Shrimp

PDF

2015

Stream Dreamers

Marcus Janssen

Brian Raw

Compton Chamberlayne

PTN/GRHE

PDF

2014

Minley Manor Moustaches

Grant Harrower

Clayton Moorhouse

The Boathouse

Robjents Daddy Long Legs

PDF

2013


Dream Team/Fly Fish Map

Mark Williams

Stuart Tanner

Whitchurch Fulling Mill

Pheasant Tail Nymph

PDF

2012

Not contested - London Olympics and Diamond Jubilee year

2011

Dream Team

Ed Burgass

Nick Parish

Whitchurch Fulling Mill

Ducking Feadly

PDF

2010

onlinefishing.tv

Jeremy Croucher

Chas House

Whitchurch Fulling Mill

Pheasant Tail Hare's Ear

PDF

2009

The Field

Nick Zoll

Marcus McCorkell

Wherwell Priory

Gammarus

PDF

2008

Trout & Salmon

Howard Taylor

Howard Bennett

Wherwell Priory

Pheasant Tail Nymph

PDF

Watch the videos from 2015, 2014, 2013.

Press articles

Trout and Salmon - June 2014

Editor Andrew Flitcroft charts his two attempts at the One Fly.

Chris Sandford – April 2013

Dream Team captain traces the successes (and failures!) of the Dream Team over the One Fly day in a 9 minute video

Fly Fishing & Fly Tying – July 2011
A member of the winning 2011 River Test One Fly team shows you how to tie the fly he used.

FieldSports – Summer 2011

About the 2011 River Test One Fly contest.

Total Fly fisher– July 2011

About the 2011 River Test One Fly contest.

Mail on Sunday – June 2011

Chris Tarrant on his winning day and winning ways.

Waterlog - November 2010

Chris Sandford ties the flies and fishes the fly for The Dream Team

 

Fly Fishing & Fly Tying – October 2009

A Guides eye view of the 2009 River Test One Fly

The Field magazine – July 2009

Editor Jonathan Young recounts with great hilarity on how his team lifted the trophy.

Country Life Magazine – May 2009

David Profumo tells all from the River Test One Fly competition

Country Life Magazine May 2008

Country Life editor Mark Hedges spills the beans

Financial Times January 2008 - 2.5mb

Fear of Flying - The FT's Richard Donkin tells why he is fishing the River Test One Fly in April.


2023 Entry

If you are interested in entering a team or an as individual please email us.

Individual entries will be allocated a team by the organiser. Any special requests will be fulfilled if possible. For team entries names may be changed/left open until 28 days prior to the competition. The cost of entry is £350/person. The organiser will contact you for payment.

Our Supporters

The One Fly could not happen without the help of a great many people - apologies to anyone accidentally omitted.

Avon Springs – Barrie Bawden
Barton Court Estate
Benham Estate
Bullington Manor
Compton Chamberlayne Estate - Anthony Newman
Coombe Mill – Simon & Victoria Bragg
Dunbridge – Jo O’Brien
Kanara – Hadrian Teasdale
Orvis Co.
Qing Ya Xi – Justin Turner
School Farm – Caspar Macdonald-Hall
Shawford Park
The Parsonage - Jan Grimstone
Wherwell Priory - James & Clare Hogg


Rules and scoring

Click here to open PDF of the rules and scoring

Contact us

River Test One Fly HQ
Nether Wallop Mill
Stockbridge
Hampshire
SO20 8EW
T: 01264 781988
E: info@rivertestonefly.co.uk



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