The 2019 Charles Farlow Trophy Winner

Awarded annually to the captor of the largest fly–caught salmon from an English or Welsh river, it is one of the greatest trophies in modern salmon fishing – and the 2019 winner is…

The winner of the 2019 Charles Farlow Trophy has been announced as Hertfordshire–based Chay Hedger who landed a fish, estimated from measurements at 32lb, from the Farnley beat of the River Tyne in June. Chay hooked the fish on a Green Highlander and brought it to the net after what he described as an epic battle!

The trophy, which remains on display at Farlows, is a specially commissioned stained glass panel of an Atlantic salmon, created especially for the competition by renowned stained glass artist Sophie D’Souza.

Farlows Marketing Manager, Ian Welch (L), presents the trophy to Chay Hedger.

Details of how to enter your salmon catches for consideration in the 2020 Charles Farlow Trophy may be found HERE

Ian Welch

A freshwater biologist by training I drifted into angling journalism and am now Farlows Group marketing manager. A hopelessly inadequate fly angler (the team are hoping to put that right.) I have fished all over the world and am now most at home fishing for River Test grayling, River Ebro catfish, Indian mahseer, or battling giant freshwater stingray on the Thai rivers. Away from my rod I do a bit of shooting and a lot of fruit and vegetable growing!