The John Watts is the FDG’s annual boat fly-fishing competition. Past participants will attest to it being a friendly and enjoyable day, attracting members from a variety of Branches and wide-ranging parts of the UK. Although traditionally an inter-Branch event, it is also open to individual members of the FDG.

The competition is contested by teams of four. Each Branch may enter up to two teams and individual entrants will be placed into pairs or teams of four if feasible. All competitors must be paid up members of the Guild. The competition is fished from boats to fishery rules with certain exceptions. It is fished entirely on a catch and release basis. The tally will be followed by a light buffet and prize giving at the fishing lodge.

Members who would like to enter but are inexperienced boat anglers or are reluctant to fish with a serious comp angler can tick the corresponding box on the entry form and will be paired with a friendly, helpful Guild member.

To take part, entrants will need to complete the entry form and return it with the corresponding payment as soon as possible as per the instructions on the form. Entries are restricted to twenty teams of four and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. More details on the event, including the entry form and competition rules, are available below.

For more information: John Watts info 2023 Final v2

For the entry form: John Watts – entry form 2023