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THE CHARLES FARLOW TROPHY

AWARDED ANNUALLY TO THE LARGEST FLY CAUGHT SALMON SAFELY RELEASED IN AN ENGLISH OR WELSH RIVER

2023 winner Richard Norman with his 23lb salmon from the River Wye  2023 winner Richard Norman with his 23lb salmon from the River Wye 
2023 winner Richard Norman with his 23lb salmon from the River Wye 
Richard being presented with the trophy at Farlows by their Group Head of Marketing, Simon TilburyRichard being presented with the trophy at Farlows by their Group Head of Marketing, Simon Tilbury
Richard being presented with the trophy at Farlows by their Group Head of Marketing, Simon Tilbury

PLEASE ENTER ANY FISH SIZE AS YOU NEVER KNOW... YOU'VE GOT TO BE IN IT, TO WIN IT.

The Charles Farlows trophy is awarded annually to the captor of the largest fly-caught salmon safely released in an English or Welsh river.

Named after Charles Farlow who, together with his brother John King Farlow, established Farlows in 1840, the trophy is a specially commissioned stained glass panel of an Atlantic salmon, created by renowned stained glass artist Sophie D’Souza.

It remains on permanent display at Farlows iconic Pall Mall store, with the name of the captor, the weight of the fish and the river from which it was caught engraved upon the base every year since its inception in 2017. The annual winner receives a £500 Farlows gift voucher and a uniquely engraved ‘Goliath’ bottle of gin from Foxdenton Estate.

So where do you have the best chance of catching a salmon that might be a contender for the trophy? Previous winning fish have come from the Wye and the Tyne, but there are plenty of other rivers that have the potential to produce a big fish too, such as the Wear, Eden, Ure, Towy and Teifi, as well as southern English rivers like the Avon, Test and Itchen.

Largest Salmon Competition

HOW TO ENTER

To be considered for the trophy a fish must be:

  1. A wild Atlantic salmon caught on a fly from an English or Welsh river or beat and returned
  2. Properly weighed and/or measured and independently witnessed
  3. Reported within the year of capture
  4. Remember, you have to be in it to win it! Please enter any size of fish, you may be in with a chance.

A full list of rules may be found further down the page, and the annual winner will be decided by the decision of the independent Charles Farlow Trophy Committee.


Please submit your entry below:

Captor and Witness

Fish Details

If applicable

Please include weather conditions, condition and height of water etc.

(Must be a large, clear photo - .jpg or .png - max file size 5mb)


Find Out More In Our Introduction Video

Join Jonny Muir in-store at Farlows and discover how you can win one of the most prestigious awards in the sport, the Charles Farlow Trophy.


Sophie D'SouzaSophie D'Souza

 Sophie completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Stained Glass at Central Saint Martins and was awarded a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship in 2010. During the course of her work Sophie has met Her Majesty the Queen and in 2013 she exhibited at Buckingham Palace as part of the Queen's Coronation Festival.

Although Sophie primarily creates ecclesiastical stained glass and undertakes church commissions, Farlows recognised her unique talent and engaged with her to produce a limited range of stained glass panels depicting some of our iconic sporting species.

The establishment of the Charles Farlow Trophy is an ideal opportunity to Farlows to work with Sophie again, and to commission a lasting legacy to the Atlantic salmon and indeed the fishermen who cast their flies to them.

Foxdenton EstateFoxdenton Estate

Foxdenton Estate are a small, family run business that specialises in the production of fine English gin and gin liqueurs.

The Estate was acquired by the Radclyffe family through marriage in 1367 and the grandson of the first owner was Knighted at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. The family has been associated with country sports since the early 1800s and have been making fruit liqueurs at home, like nearly everyone else who is keen on field sports, concentrating on the old recipes and making what they love to drink themselves.

Their special ‘Goliath’ bottle holds 4.5 litres of either London, sloe, damson, raspberry or plum gin and will be specially engraved for the winner of the Charles Farlow Trophy.


Full Rules and Entry Procedure

  • Only Atlantic salmon caught using fly tackle and an artificial fly in an approved and sportsmanlike manner and returned safely to the water will be considered.
  • The salmon must be caught from a river in England or Wales or, where a river borders Scotland, from the appropriate beat of the river.
  • All entries must be within the same calendar year as the catch to be considered for that year (ideally submit your entry as soon as possible after the catch).
  • The salmon should be accurately weighed and the weigh net or scales made available for independent testing if requested.
  • The fish should be measured from the tip of the nose to the fork of the tail and the girth recorded around the body immediately in front of the dorsal fin. Measurements will be used to estimate the weight of the fish in the event of a weight not being recorded.
  • The capture must be independently witnessed by at least one other person, two if possible.
  • A photograph of the fish must be submitted.
  • Full details of the fishing tackle used, including rod, reel, line, leader and fly, must be submitted, together with details of the river and the beat fished.
  • The Charles Farlow Trophy committee will consider all valid entries and the winner will be decided on best evidence as agreed by the committee.
  • The winners will be notified by 31st December annually.
  • The committee’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Sophie D'SouzaSophie D'Souza

Sophie D'Souza

 Sophie completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Stained Glass at Central Saint Martins and was awarded a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship in 2010. During the course of her work Sophie has met Her Majesty the Queen and in 2013 she exhibited at Buckingham Palace as part of the Queen's Coronation Festival.

Although Sophie primarily creates ecclesiastical stained glass and undertakes church commissions, Farlows recognised her unique talent and engaged with her to produce a limited range of stained glass panels depicting some of our iconic sporting species.

The establishment of the Charles Farlow Trophy is an ideal opportunity to Farlows to work with Sophie again, and to commission a lasting legacy to the Atlantic salmon and indeed the fishermen who cast their flies to them.


Foxdenton Estate

Foxdenton Estate are a small, family run business that specialises in the production of fine English gin and gin liqueurs.

The Estate was acquired by the Radclyffe family through marriage in 1367 and the grandson of the first owner was Knighted at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. The family has been associated with country sports since the early 1800s and have been making fruit liqueurs at home, like nearly everyone else who is keen on field sports, concentrating on the old recipes and making what they love to drink themselves.

Their special ‘Goliath’ bottle holds 4.5 litres of either London, sloe, damson, raspberry or plum gin and will be specially engraved for the winner of the Charles Farlow Trophy.

Foxdenton GinFoxdenton Gin

PREVIOUS WINNERS

YEAR WINNER SIZE RIVER
2022 James Robbins 28lbs 8oz Wye
2021 Martin Moyers 30lbs Avon
2020 Ed Brown 33lbs 6oz Wye
2019 Chay Hedger 32lbs Tyne
2018 Thomas Chamberlain 28lbs Wye
2017 Terry Ward 35lbs Wye

Full Rules and Entry Procedure

  • Only Atlantic salmon caught using fly tackle and an artificial fly and returned safely to the water will be considered.
  • The salmon must be caught from a river in England or Wales or, where a river borders Scotland, from the appropriate beat of the river.
  • All entries must be within the same calendar year as the catch to be considered for that year (ideally submit your entry as soon as possible after the catch).
  • The salmon should be accurately weighed, and the weigh net or scales made available for independent testing if requested.
  • The fish should be measured from the tip of the nose to the fork of the tail and the girth recorded around the body immediately in front of the dorsal fin. Measurements will be used to estimate the weight of the fish in the event of a weight not being recorded.
  • The capture must be independently witnessed by at least one other person, two if possible.
  • A photograph of the fish must be submitted.
  • Full details of the fishing tackle used, including rod, reel, line, leader and fly, must be submitted, together with details of the river and the beat fished.
  • The Charles Farlow Trophy committee will consider all valid entries and the winner will be decided on best evidence as agreed by the committee.
  • The winners will be notified by 31st December annually.
  • The committee’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.