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.


Tuesday 28th December, saw the annual running of the Butch Johns Memorial fly fishing competition. 21 hardy anglers turned up to brave what proved to be a tough day with strong winds and gales, making casting virtually impossible. The morning session saw fish being caught steadily from all over the lake. The wind made it very difficult in some areas but fish were still recorded. At lunchtime, several anglers had three or four fish so it was all still to play for. The eventual winner was, Andrew Willoughby, catching six fish and so winning the Butch Johns Cup and 1st Place trophy. Second place trophy went to Plymouth angler, Mike Green, catching five fish for nine points, narrowly beating local angler, John Knight, also catching five fish for nine points but netting his first fish of the day seven minutes after Mike. John receives the third place trophy. Thanks to everyone taking part in this special competition which keeps my Dad's memory alive.
We wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year,
Dave & Theresa



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