The event is held early in the year towards the end of January and is a fun competition for all who attend. You will find a good gathering of locals and visitors alike in attendance each year.



This is an annual event to honor and celebrate the memory of BUTCH JOHNS, the founder and visionary of Innis Fly Fishery. Dave's father, Clarence 'Butch' Johns, had a small parcel of moorland which he did not use which had a spring-fed river running through it. Dave's idea was to build a lake for his own personal use. With the help and support of his father and siblings the lake was created. After Butch passed away his son Dave decided to hold an annual friendly competition in his fathers memory. The event has been well attended and has been running now for several years.


Conditions were fairly calm but with a bitterly cold breeze.
Competitors all enjoying their well earned Pasties at the lunch break,trophies
Trophies on show for top three places.
Dave & Theresa



2023 TOP THREE PLACED ANGLERS full results below..


Sunday 29th January 2023 saw our annual running of the Butch Johns Memorial Trophy Competition. Fourteen anglers took part in what was to be a cold, misty, wet day. With the change in air pressure the morning session proved to be difficult with the fish not prepared to feed. In the afternoon the mist cleared away and the fish came up in the water improving the fishing considerably. 37 fish were netted with a rod average of 2.6 which was down compared to last weeks winter league event. It was a close finish between Martin Stevens and Andrew Willoughby, both accumulating 11 points with seven fish off four pegs. Eventual winner was Martin Stevens catching his first fish at 10.51am becoming the 2023 Butch Johns Memorial Trophy winner. This competition has been running now for 33 years. Second was Andrew Willoughby catching his first fish at 11.29am and Third place went to Graham Johns with five fish for 8 points. Full results are shown below. Top three anglers all received trophies to keep as shown in the picture below.
Thanks again to everyone for taking part in this special competition which continues to keep my Dad's memory alive.
We wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year,
Dave & Theresa



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