Avon & Tributaries Angling Association

The Robin Reep Trophy

R Reep Trophy copy

Given the increased interest in wild trout fishing amongst members of the Association, the Committee have decided that to create an annual competition for a trophy to be awarded to the angler who catches the largest wild trout anywhere on ATAA waters during each season. Since the Association no longer stocks brown trout, all brown trout caught on our waters can be considered ‘wild’ in this context.

The rules for the competition are:
1. Evidence of a catch must be in the form of a photograph showing the fish together with an object of known length (e.g rod handle or tape measure) placed directly alongside the fish to provide a scale reference.
2. Length is to be measured in inches from nose to fork of tail.
3. Entries must be supported by a clear photograph, together with date, time and location of the catch and the length of the object used as a scale reference, and the name of the angler, and should be sent preferably by email to the Secretary to arrive by the end of the trout fishing season.
4. These rules have been designed to minimise the stress on the fish and to allow it to be returned to the water expeditiously. It may even on occasion be possible to obtain the necessary evidence to support an entry without removing the fish from the water.
5. The winner will be announced at the AGM each year, and the trophy will be held in the winner’s care for the year to follow until the next AGM.

The Trophy itself is a decorated, lifelike carving of a brown trout, created by Robin Reep. Robin died in December 2016. He had been a Member for many years and devoted much of his spare time to working on the upper part of the Wellow Brook. He gifted the carving to Fred Scourse at Christmas 2015, and after his death Fred decided that it should be donated to the ATAA for the above purpose. It has now been mounted as shown in the photograph.