Exciting New Events For 2012

The British Fly Fair back in 2010

Boy oh boy, and I thought 2011 was busy!

Caenis Spinner - Size #32It’s only January 26th and the year has started with a fantastic bang! With a host of guided fishing trips, casting lessons and, surprisingly, quite a lot of personal fishing being undertaken throughout this last month. Fly orders have been very popular also, with orders flying throughout the UK as well as over to mainland Europe and beyond. It’s been a fantastic and busy month, and things are shaping up to be a rather exciting year, with bookings already extending well into March. 2012 is looking to be a busy but fantastic year folks!

Chironomid Emerger - Size #18Over The Moon…

I’m also over the moon and chuffed to bits to be able to announce my addition as a guest international tyer at two of the UK’s premier annual fly tying shows. With the third annual Welsh Fly Fair kicking off the trout season in March and, followed by the biggest national fly fair in the UK, the mighty British Fly Fair International (BFFI) in June, these are two fantastic events not to be missed!

Copper John, variant - #20At both events I will be tying, demoing, and discussing a wide range of standard and micro-sized patterns for targeting both wild trout and grayling on the rivers here in Wales, and I’ll also be available to discuss the tactics and techniques required in order to fish them most effectively. Stay tuned to the blog over the coming weeks and months, as I’ll be featuring a number of patterns which I’ll be tying at the shows.

If you’re planning on attending either of these events, grab yourself a cuppa/pint and pop by for a chat. It’ll be great to see you.

Also appearing at the shows will be my colleagues in the Game Angling Instructors’ Association, so if you’re looking to develop your casting at the Welsh Fly Fair, or would like to glean a few tips and tricks from our APGAI qualified fly dressing instructors at the BFFI, you’ll be in a safe and professional hands.

Event Details

Welsh Fly Fair – Sat 3rd March 2012

This year will see the third annual Welsh Fly Fair. This is a fantastic event which promotes angling and fly dressing in Wales, featuring a great bunch of guys tying in the demo area, and which hosts a great range of retailers and tackle manufacturers. Full details of this show will be announce soon.

  • Venue: Pontardawe Leisure Centre, Swansea, SA8 4EG.
  • Tickets: TBC
  • Doors: TBC

For more information, simply visit the Welsh Fly Fair website at www.welshflyfair.co.uk.

BFFI 2012 – Sat/Sun 23rd & 24th June 2012

2012 will mark the 10th anniversary for the brilliant BFFI, and I am delighted and honoured to be able to join the ranks of international tyers, a number of which I’ve looked up to for a long time (and still do!) Truly inspirational tyers. I’ve attended this show as a starry eyed visitor for a number of years, so I’m excited (as well as a little nervous) to be attending the 10th anniversary of the show as a tyer.

  • Venue: Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford, ST18 0BD.
  • Tickets: 1 Day £10, 2 Days £17 (15 and under free when accompanied by an adult). See website for full details.
  • Doors: 9:30am – 4:30pm daily.

For more information, simply visit the BFFI website at www.bffi.co.uk.

See you at a show around the UK soon!