The World Cup 2018

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BAC Geoff Hylands World Cup Winner 2017

It is that time of the year again when the fly fishers attention turns to ‘The World Cup’. The competition was fished on Lough Mask over the weekend 3 to 6 August 2018 attracting about 500 of the best competition fly fishers from around the world. A big number of the Club’s anglers made the annual pilgrimage to Mask to pit their fly fishing skills against the best competition fly fishers in the world. Unfortunately none of the local anglers managed to take the top prize on this occasion but there was some very impressive performances. Geoff Hylands, the 2017 World Cup winner, caught four keepers and finished runner up in his heat on Sunday 5 August. Ivan McVeigh took two fish in this heat and he also qualified for the final. Other local anglers, including Freddie Steele, Ned Shannon, Joe Curran, and Eugene Curran all caught fish in their heat but just missed the cut to fish in the final. David McCreedy deserves a mention as he hooked and lost two cracking fish at the net which would have undoubedtly qualified him for the final. In the final on Monday 6 August Geoff had another great day’s fishing with two fish which put him in a very credible 24th place out of the 100 anglers who qualified to fish in the final. By all accounts the fishing was challenging but all the local anglers had a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.