The WTT team have just returned from another successful two days at this years British Fly Fair. Despite the harsh economic conditions recruitment of new members was very good.
The stand was buzzing throughout the two days. Special thanks must go to Stuart Crofts was on-hand to man the ever popular 'Put the Fly back into your Flyfishing' exhibit. Paul Procter was also in attendance to demonstrate his considerable fly-tying skills. The event is always a great opportunity to catch-up with old friends, sponsors and new contacts. It is also particularly important in generating new requests for Advisory Visits and project funding.
This year I gave a talk on both days titled 'Getting your passport to wild trout heaven'. The talk highlighted the fishing passport schemes being run by Eden Rivers Trust, Tyne Rivers Trust, Wye and Usk Foundation and the West Country Rivers Trust. WTT has recently funded the development of a new website (http://www.wildtroutfishng.co.uk/) to act as a central point of information on these wonderful initiatives (more on my next blog) Despite having the early 'Graveyard Shift' the talk stimulated lots of interest and a few new members too.
The only downside to the weekend was having to go through the pain of watching the England cricket team get a complete trashing in the $20 million, 20:20 match...never mind!