Tumut fly fisherman, Geoff Naylor, has returned from representing Australia at the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championship in Northern Ireland, as the top rod for Australia finishing 14th overall.
Competing against some 90 competitors from around the world, Naylor was one of 11 Australian participants and while he did not win any medals, his overall ranking of 14th made him the best Australia had to offer with the next best coming in at 28th.
The competition which attracts entries from countries such as New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, Scotland, England, Nth Ireland, and Wales, involved five sessions across different locations and was run across one week.
Naylors best performances were on the rivers, where in his group he finished first and second. He also had two 6th places on the trout fisheries but one bad session on the Striad Fishery put him out of medal contention
Hailing from Tumut, Naylor is most accustomed to fishing in rivers and tempting wild fish, this proved to be Naylors biggest obstacle, struggling to come to grips with the stocked dams.
Adding to the skillful anglers accolades was landing one of the largest fish of the comp at 57.5 cm and estimated at over 6lbs.
Naylor first picked up a fly fishing rod at age 12 and since, has represented Australia in World, Commonwealth and Oceania Fly Fishing Championships
Naylor has also had a good season this year in Australia, recently finishing third in the ACT/NSW competitions and 4th in Victoria.
Naylor collected the bronze medal and was named the member of the year for his efforts in coordinating the state river competition held in Tumut. He is now working hard being a driving force behind bringing state and national fly fishing events to Tumut next year.
After sending some time away from fishing due to his busy schedule, Naylor is looking forward to some time fooling the fish at his local river.