North Wales Country Fair

Wa! Bala!

Wa! Bala!…I’m still not quite sure what that means…

Another weekend, another game fair and, this time, the game fair world saw the Game Angling Instructors Association at the North Wales Country Fair in Bala, North Wales where we ran a casting workshop for both experienced anglers and for those new to the sport. As always, the kids took to it like professionals, blank canvases easily picking up both overhead and roll casts within the 20 minute sessions, and with some even becoming quite proficient in roll cast pickups.

After a three and a half hour/130 mile drive, the weekend started rather wet and miserable but saw instructors from throughout the UK attending in order to provide professional game angling and fly casting instruction to those either new to/experienced in fly fishing. Needless to say, it was a busy weekend and, thankfully, the weather improved meaning Saturday’s waterproofs were happily replaced with rolled-up shirt sleeves on Sunday with very warm conditions.

Of course, having such a bunch of anglers/instructors get together for a whole weekend guarantees a healthy amount of sarcasm and, as such, the evening conversations at the hotel over a few beers were firmly routed in either fishing, casting or tying.

A fantastic weekend and one which saw many smiling and happy punters, as well as a constantly laughing bunch of instructors thanks to the hysterical comedian skills provided by Dai Jones, Chris Aldred, etc. Chris, thanks for the photos mate!

My thanks to the tips and advise provided by all the instructors throughout the weekend, these sort of weekends are treasure troves of information for those undergoing training, and it’s fantastic to see how the pros do it. A big thanks must also go to Chris Price for taking the helm on the long drive there and back. Top man!

I look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Yours truly under the watchful eye of Chris Price
North Wales Country Fair (Courtesy Chris Aldred)

Chris Aldred in Extreme Instructor mode
North Wales Country Fair

Snowdonia National Park during our approach to Bala, North Wales
North Wales Country Fair

Louis Noble hard at work
North Wales Country Fair

The casting pool…is 2′ considered deep?
North Wales Country Fair (Courtesy Chris Aldred)

Chris Price and a sweet roll cast
North Wales Country Fair

Chris Price and Alun Rees hard at work with two competitive friends
North Wales Country Fair

Saturday and the rain clouds move in
North Wales Country Fair

Chris Aldred and Alun Rees at the end of Day #1
North Wales Country Fair

Break time and the guys get together (L-R: Chris Price, Mark Roberts, Me, Louis Noble, Alun Rees and Paul Ainsworth)
North Wales Country Fair (Courtesy Chris Aldred)

End of Day#1: After the punters have left for the day, Chris Price shows us how a distance cast is done
North Wales Country Fair

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