Once again we attended this terrific show put on during half term and designed primarily for children. The exhibitors were all countryside based pursuits or interests and there was lots to do. It was a pity we had cold weather as this made the display areas quite chilly and everyone had coats and warm clothing on pretty much all day – tying flies with gloves on proved to be quite a challenge.
Ken and team had visited on the day before the show to make a great job of setting the display up and installing creature comforts such as light/heating/teas/coffees etc plus the club display boards. What would we do without his organisational skills and energy? Here you see the team making last minute preparations prior to the public coming in.
So, when the doors opened at 10am we were immediately besieged by families keen to explore what was on offer and we were called into action straight away with a succession of youngsters eager to tie their first fly and be rewarded with a Haribo fish to munch on!
Despite being a little cramped for space we had four or five children tying at one time with stocks of brightly coloured marabou/chenille and feather rapidly diminishing.
One of the celebrities attending on the day was Adam Henson of Adam’s farm and Countryfile fame and as he attempted to pass by yours truly collared him and encouraged him to tie a fly. Adam was an angler and fly tyer in his teenage years and warmed to the task well. Here we see him in action closely supervised by Paul.
Chairman Pete and Tony Woods were in a highly supportive role with both camera and kettle keeping us all going with hot drinks and food and recording the action as it unfolded. We all agreed how pleasing it was to see the delight in the faces of the children when they had finished their fly and taken it to their parents to show them. It was a great fun day for everyone as can be seen in the photos below.
We would estimate that in excess of 100 children tied their first fly. That estimate is gained from looking at the amount of Haribo fishes that were left at the end of the day!
A big vote of thanks to the team on the day which was comprised of Ken, Brian Naylor, Paul Aston, Bob Cooper, Tony Woods and Pete Webb plus yours truly. A lot of effort had ben put in and we have no doubt that it was extremely worthwhile. We may even see some of these youngsters again in later years if they take an interest in fly fishing.