This week Worcester Fly Dressers were treated to a visit from George Barron, who is an accomplished competition angler, having fished for over 50 years, he is also a writer with regular monthly articles on fishing and fly-tying for the popular Fly Fishing & Fly Tying magazine and Field Sport’s quarterly, and if that wasn’t enough he currently holds the post of Chairman of the Welsh Salmon & Trout Association.
George was born in Scotland and began his fly fishing life on the River Tay before moving to Wales in the late 1970’s. About thirty years ago he became involved in competition fly fishing with the highly successful Llanilar Angling Association.
During this time he has represented Wales in numerous International Loch Style matches, the highlights being winning a team silver medal in the World Championships in Ireland and captaining the Welsh team in 2003 at the last International match ever to be fished on Loch Leven. While still competing over the past four years he has held the position of Coach to the Welsh Senior teams. He was nominated as Performance Coach of the year in 2007 at the Welsh Sports Awards in Cardiff following the success of the National teams.
George put on a masterclass of fly tying and demonstrated some of the flies that he would use when fishing Trawsfynydd and the lochs of Ireland, together with advising how he would fish the venue with regard to the order of flies within his cast. This whet the appetite of the audience as Trawsfynydd is to be the venue for the WFD annual weekend away in 2014.
The flies that George demonstrated are shown below and will appear on the Video page very soon.