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Darren Wallace

Manager

Darren Wallace has been fishing all his life and is the proprietor of Woodford Fly Fishery, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim. He is also Chairman of TAFI Ulster and represented Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championship in Devon in 2014 gaining a third place team medal.

Darren hopes the team will continue to prosper and do well in this years competition in Northern Ireland.

Alan R McDade

Team Captain

Alan R McDade has fished in club level competitions, represented Ulster, and has Captained the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Fly Fishing Team to Tasmania 2012, England 2014 and Canada 2016 where the team achieved two third place (Team Bronze) and two individual runners up places. For 2018 he is the nominated Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland (TAFI) International Organiser for the 2018 Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships being held in Northern Ireland

He won the TAFI Ulster 2014 Lakes competition and has represented TAFI Ulster at the Ireland Inter-Provincial competition. He enjoys the challenge of just fishing in the open air and being at one with nature and its surroundings. A professional engineer, he is currently employed with the accountancy firm Deloitte LLP as head of their UK Tax Admin Support team.

Alan lives in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, with his long-suffering wife, Christine and they have three grown up children and two grandsons who will be taking up the sport in due course!

Campbell Baird

Angler

Campbell Baird has been fly fishing from the age of six and entered his first competition at the age of eleven. He is passionate about the sport and loves the excitement of competing under pressure. Campbell has represented Ireland at International, European and World level and captained Ulster at the all-Ireland finals five times leading to him being appointed captain of the Ireland International team twice.

 

Other titles include: 

Ulster Lough style champion.- Ulster river champion.- Two time Ulster still water champion.- All Ireland - Lough style champion. - All Ireland River champion. - Three times all Ireland still water champion. - Eight times Lexus European finalist. - Lexus international team champion with team Woodford Greys, Ireland. - Lexus international individual runner up.- Two times UK Trout masters champion and twice runner up.- Captained the Irish Stillwater team to silver medal in 2010. - Captained the Irish Stillwater team to silver medal in 2011.- Team bronze medal winner at 2012 Commonwealth championships in Tasmania. - Individual Silver medal winner at 2012 Commonwealth championships in Tasmania. - Captained Irish junior team to silver medal at 2013 world championships.- Best overseas team in the Anglian Water Fulling Mill International Final with team Woodford Greys, Ireland. - Five times Woodford winter league champion.- Six times Lexus Irish heat winner.

Campbell is a regular contributor to ‘Trout Fisherman’ and ‘Irish Angler’ magazines which between them have a circulation of approximately sixty thousand copies distributed worldwide each month.  Campbell was the National Youth Officer for the Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland (T.A.F.I.) with a remit to promote and develop angling in Ireland for boys and girls between the ages of 12 – 18. It is a busy job which takes him to all counties, North and South of Ireland.

Darren Hagan

Angler

Aged 20 something.. I've been flying fishing from the age of 12 and been fishing competitions for last 15 years. I've represented Ireland at International level and been Ulster champion three times.

I live in Carrickfergus and have won numerous competitions with team Woodford Greys since he was 14 years old.

I enjoy all aspects of fishing with my new passion being river fishing.

This is my first Commonwealth championships and am looking forward to the social side of things; oh and the fishing.

He claims he can do a one handed cartwheel while carrying a pint of Guinness!

Brian Kerr

Angler

Brian began competition fishing at the age of nine, entering sea shore angling competitions with his dad. As a junior he won a number of trophies; was junior club champion and was awarded several medals for specimen fish.

At the age of sixteen Brian went to work in a tackle shop owned and run by ex House Of Hardy fly dresser Ken Middlemist, it was here Brian did an apprenticeship in fly dressing which in turn fuelled his interest in fly fishing. Since then all of his fishing time has been devoted to fly fishing on rivers, lakes from the bank and lough style lake fishing. When he is not fishing Brian loves to be dressing flies and has tied flies for a number of top International anglers, his fly dressing has also enabled him to raise funds for charity.

It was around 2007 Brian met his partner Linda who herself is also a fanatical fly fisher and has several International Caps for Ireland, she is twice winner of the ‘Brown Bowl’ which she won at the 2013 International on Lough Caragh and 2017 on Lough Melvin. Linda and Bria live together with their 7 year old boy, Sonny, in Co. Armagh. Brian’s achievements include:

  • Ulster Rivers Champion

  • 2 x Ulster Stillwater Champion

  • 6 x Stillwater Bank International Caps

  • Team Gold and Individual Silver at the 2014 Stillwater Bank Final

  • Fourth place and Largest Fish at the 2012 Bank International Final

  • Second place at the All Ireland Rivers Championship 2016

  • Three time Lexus European Individual Qualifier

  • Manager and Fly Dresser to the Irish Ladies International Team at the Lake of Menteith

  • Member of the Bronze Medal winning team at the 2014 Commonwealth Championships

  • European Team Qualifier 2014

  • 4 x Woodford winter league winner and twice runner up

Brian will also be heading to the World Championships in Italy in 2018

James Burns

Angler

James lives in Ballynure, Co. Antrim and has been a keen fly fisherman from the age of 8 and since then he was 'hooked' on the sport.
He particular likes lake and lough style fishing, where you would mostly find him in the south of Ireland but he has also fish in Scotland and Russia for salmon and sea trout on occasions.
James has only started on the competition side of the sport since 2016 having previously competed in club level competitions.

This is James' first Commonwealth Championship and he feels extremely proud to be on the team doing what he loves - fishing!

Gary Maguire

Angler

Having caught my first fish at the age of 3 ½, I have been hooked ever since and I have been preoccupied by fish & fishing ever since. I believe there is not a waking (or sleeping) moment that a fish does not swim somewhere in my brain.

 

Over the years I have mainly fished for pleasure and have been lucky to fish some of the great rivers & lakes of Northern Ireland & Ireland; as well as some wonderful destinations further afield.

 

In recent years I have been introduced to stocked fisheries & the competition scene and since my introduction to competitive angling, I have competed at club level as well as representing Ulster in River, Lough Style & Still Water Banks disciplines.

 

The 2018 CFFC will be my first International Competition. What a great privilege to represent my country for the first time on my own doorstep.

 

I am 40 years old, married and we are blessed to have 3 sons. When not fishing I run my own retail business. In the words of my long-suffering fishing widow, I am “crazy & fish too much”.

Kenneth Ferguson

Reserve Angler

Kenny Ferguson has been fly fishing since he was a young boy, being heavily influenced by his father to take up the sport. 

Since then Kenny has enjoyed notable success and represented Ulster and Ireland at all levels of the sport which has taken him to Tasmania, England and Canada. His successes include:

·         Five times Lexus European finalist.

·         Lexus European runner up.

·         Anglian Water overseas prize winner.

·         Lexus European Team winner.

·         2010 Ulster still water champion.

·         Runner up in the Ireland rivers competition.

·         Ulster Lakes Championship runner up.

·         Twice Ulster Lakes Team member.

·         Twice Ulster Rivers Team member.

·         2012 Commonwealth Team Bronze medal winner, Tasmania.

·         2014 Commonwealth Team Bronze medal winner and Individual Silver medal winner, England.

Kenny is 40 years of age and works as Plumbing and Heating engineer in Belfast; he lives with his 3 children in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.

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