Samantha Edmunds has retained her title as England Ladies Loch Style Fly Fishing Champion at the Ladies National Championship which was held on Rutland Water on Sunday 1st September.

In blowy but sunny conditions Sam pulled hard all day to take her five fish. Experienced cap Sheena Goode took second with four fish and newcomer Sue Potts put in a fine performance at her first National to finish third, also with four fish.

During official practice the day before, the anglers had found fish in open water in the South Arm and on match day they used a variety of tactics in tricky conditions to land their fish.

England are hoping to defend their International Gold when ladies from the four nations compete on 28th May at Carron Valley in Scotland for the 2020 International.

The team for that match will be:

Louise Callow, Eileen Chatwin, Maggie Curtis, Sam Edmunds, Lianne Frost, Sheena Goode, Rosemary Gunn, Heather Lamacraft, Sue Kidby, Gwyneth Mooney, Sue Potts (new cap), Hilary Tomlinson and Jessica Tweddle (reserve).