The winner of one of the most coveted awards in salmon fishing – the Charles Farlow Trophy – presented annually to the captor of the largest fly-caught salmon in England or Welsh rivers, has been announced.
Farlow’s, the retailer with stores in Pall Mall, London, and St. Petersburg and Moscow in Russia, has named Edward Brown, captor of a 33lb 4oz fish from the upper River Wye, as the 2020 winner.
Brown fished the Spreadeagle Beat for three days in October to land and return 21 salmon, topped by the trophy-winner. The fish was just 4oz heavier than a salmon caught by his daughter, Lois, nine years ago when she was 14.
He caught his 44.5-inch specimen using a 6cm Pahtakorva tube fly with a size14 double Owner hook on 12lb fluorocarbon to an Airflo Ultra Spey line with a slow sink leader.
Edward Brown’s name will be engraved on the prestigious stained glass trophy, kept on permanent display at Farlows’ flagship Pall Mall store. In addition, Edward receives a £500 Farlows voucher and an engraved ‘Goliath‘ bottle of sloe gin supplied by Foxdenton Estate.