Last week I was in Dublin for the Angling Ireland Expo. What a great fishing show this was. There were lots of trade stands at the show with top quality fly fishing gear. I was good to meet up with old pals from Funky Flytying, AM Angling, Cleeres, and Southside. Good bargains were to be had from these boys on all sorts of brands from Simms clothing to Snowbee fly lines. My very good friend Denis was tying beautiful intruder flies at the show and Paula and Andy were doing their magic on saltwater and pike flies. I was in awe of some of the craftwork on the Outlaw stand (well done Wolly).
On Saturday and Sunday mornings I gave talks on Matching the Hatch in the lecture theater with my pal Ken Whelan. The audience was very interested in all things trout, seatrout and seabass. Speaking of seabass it was good to catch up with Jim Clohessy and Henry Gilbey at the show. I hope we beat the English in the Rugby tomorrow or I will never hear the end of it from Henry!!
When I wasn’t at the lecture theater or having a look around the show I was based at the Mackenzie/Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery Stand. I put up a little display of salmon tube flies and some imitative trout flies that was well received by the passers by. Scott Mackenzie had a great display of his range of single and double handed rods which were available to purchase from Ardaire Springs at the show. He did a great casting demo and also helping out on the stand was the ever reliable Mackenzie Pro Team Member Maurice Cahill.
Of course Scott wasn’t the only one giving a casting demo. There were also demos by Mads Pedersen, my good pal Stevie Munn and Glenda Powell. I particularly liked Glenda’s analogy of the trampoline when explaining the double haul. The show wasn’t all about fly fishing though. There was plenty on display for the pike, bass and coarse enthusiast. It was my first time meeting Jan Porter who I had seen on TV with Matt Hayes and I have to say he is a real gentleman.
Of course it is the people who attend a show that help to make it a success and there was plenty of them, especially on Saturday. It was great to meet lot of new people who were interested in the rods and the fishery and of course some old friends too. I’m looking forward to seeing the photos on Facebook that the Clonmel lads took of the stands on Sunday!! Of course our main man for photos Kuba was on hand to take lots of pro photos for us. This guy is really good at what he does. So, overall it was possibly the best show yet and great credit goes to the Mara Media Team. I’m already looking forward to next year!