While we braced ourselves for a fun-filled weekend with the Finals of the TOPS Trophy Challenge, the intrepid pair of Alphonse Fishing Guides finally decided that enough was enough and kitted themselves out in Xplorer neoprene waders to ward off the non-tropical chill that they just weren't used to...
Wes Rapson and Kyle Simpson ready to take on the frigid Midlands waters. (image supplied)
...and continued to plunder the best that the Midalnds has to offer.
Kyle Simpson (image supplied)
Wesley Rapson. (image supplied)
The weekend...What a weekend...4 seasons in 48 hours...It certainly separated the rabid fly fishers from the fair weathered fisherman. And a lot of PARTY-cipation at the TOPS Corporate Challenge as one has come to expect from this fly fishing festival.
Andrew Beach awaits the abating of the storm (image by Wayne Stegen)
Despite the miserable conditions, an impressive 437 Trout made it to the net, which coupled with the fish landed in the 3 qualifying legs brought the tally to 1801 fish brought to hand over the TCC 2015.
Ian Cribbins showing off a fistfull of fish...
There was no shortage of rewards for these anglers efforts. Every team earned themselves a fishing holiday, compliments of WildFly Travel. And the WildFly Choice awards recognized the antics off the field as PARTY was embraced as SA's official 12th language keeping everyone entertained.
Clint Nicolson embracing PARTY...! (images by Jess Nicholson)
The largest (longest) fish of the Challenge was caught by Neil Westerhoff from the Paarl Media team, a 63cm Rainbow Trout earning himself a brand new Yamaha Quintrex Boat for such a magnificent specimen.
Not even a visit by the Lod of Darkness could dampen the PARTY-spirt!
It was always going to be a closely contested event on the fishing front, as the handicap system of 4,3,2,1 (being the diminishing number of fish to count in each session) brought it down to the wire. All it took was each team member to catch a single fish in the last session and one of 7 teams could have won it.
The final scores saw team Stealth Fly Fishing taking the Bronze, Zimmerframes taking silver and narrowly missing out on the title (by a single fish), and team Suthile Feeds being crowned as the 2015 TOPS Corporate Challenge Champions.