The start of something special
The society appearead at the Passion for fly fishing show among the ruins of Tutbury castle in March. The setting for our first outing of the year was almost as unusual as the show itself as it was the first at the venue and also the first of it’s kind. Organised by John Blewitt of the angling trust and Ralph Skripek of the Butler’s Pantry in Derbyshire it promised to be an interesting event with a twist on the usual tried and tested fishing show.
Along with the usual trade stalls there were many forums during the day covering everything from non native species to cookery demonstrations, the decline of junior angling featured heavily in the discussions and the floor was opened up to suggestions in the fishing rod versus computer game saga, the societies junior membership system was briefly discussed as a way to encourage more youngsters to take up the sport.
As always our events team worked hard throughout the day to promote the society and several new members were signed up and our business cards were seriously depleted by anglers who were impressed by our portfolio of waters and the quality of the game fishing the club has to offer.
Other shows booked for the year are the Midland Game fair at Weston Park in September and the Burton fly fishing show at Uttoxeter race course in October, an appearance at the British Fly Fair International is a possibility as are a number of other events throughout the year. We have already approached expressed an interest in attending the Passion For Fly Fishing show in 2017.