Big perch caught on the fly

A day's tuition with a venue expert helped Barry Hawyes fool this 3lb 13oz perch from Chew Valley Reservoir.

Determined to land a large specimen from the 1,200-acre Somerset water, the keen predator rod hired the services of John Horsey in a bid to achieve his goal.

After being advised to use fly fishing tactics he cast out a minky fly pattern, and after catching a number of smaller fish he latched in to the biggest of the day towards the end of the session.

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