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Croston wins fly fishing gold

Howard Croston has taken the gold medal in the 39th World Fly Fishing Championships, which this year were held in Tasmania, Australia. In wild and wintry conditions which included some snow, FF&FT contributor, Howard, who is England’s captain and manager, produced consistent performances over the competition, which ran from November 30 to December 8.

Howard beat his closest rival, Spain’s David Garcia, by catching the most fish in the competition – 41. Slovakia’s Kristian Sveda managed to land 40, but he couldn’t beat Howard’s consistency over the whole competition, which put him in an unassailable lead on the championship’s placings system.

At one stage, Howard’s team England looked to be in with a shout of a medal as they were in second place after the second day, but by the end of the competition they had faded to eighth place, despite Mike Dixon’s 28 fish. Eventual winners were France, with Czech Republic in silver medal place, and Spain clinching bronze. All three countries still proving difficult to beat on the world stage.

Jonathan Stagg, the home nation’s Tasmanian representative, was an early leader and well placed throughout the competition, and he helped Australia end up in seventh place. Ireland came a commendable tenth place, aided by Campbell Baird’s eighth place and Michael Drinnan’s 19th in the individual competition.
Of the other Home Nations Scotland came 14th, with Wales in 22nd place.

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