I was at the i-Fish fly fair at the weekend. It is an annual event organised by the Sussex branch of the Fly Dresser's Guild (FDG). This one was held in the South of England showground that was filled with fly tyers, fly tying suppliers and other miscellaneous fishing organisations, like Fishing holidays and trout fisheries.
I was looking for specific materials for which to tie some flies, so I had a lovely time at the fly tying suppliers, looking at the wealth of materials from luminous artificial fibres to the beauty of natural capes. I picked up a lovely Genetic Hen Furnace (from Chevron) for some Crunchers.
It was good to observe the volunteer fly tyers, most from the FDG Branches and learn from their techniques. There are always diverse ways in which to tie a fly and one tyer's method may be different from one's own. There was a good range of International tyers, as well as our own professionals and all manner of wonderful creations were fashioned from fur and feather, with a few unnatural materials added.
I also met up with fishing friends and we reminisced about our memories of fly tying and fishing. Ah, such memories increase with the re-telling!
There will be a repeat of the experience at next years' i-Fish on 27 November 2016 at the same venue.