11-12 February 2017

Whether new to the sport or a seasoned professional, there is sure to be something of interest at this year British Fly Fair International (BFFI). After a few venue changes over the years, the principal values still remain the same and the organisers want that to stay.

With over 80 exhibitors selling their wares from the vast range in our sport. If you are looking to purchase a new fly rod or reel, spruce up your bankware or just generally want to browse, if you can’t be satisfied with the ranges on offer there is something a miss.

To back up the retailers over 60 fly tying experts will dazzle you with the latest techniques and materials, which I am sure you will agree will give you at least a pause for thought in your own fishing.

There is a full casting programme that offers demonstrations and tuition on different casting techniques. Spread over two highly seated demonstration areas, giving you guidance to improve your cast.

The Fly-Tying in-focus theatre features Hans Weilenmann and Marc Petitjean as well as others. Amoung the Fly Fair Forum presentations are fish and wildlife photographer Jack Perks and entomologist Stuart Crofts.

Chevron Hackles sponsor the Fly-Tying Clinic which gives you one-to-one assistance and guidance on your fly tying queries. I am sure that any problem you share will be handled efficiently.

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Along with the big boys, the mini market offers the opportunity for smaller assets in the industry to show there wares. Fisheries, new innovative niche products and demonstrations are sure to wrap the show in the glory it deserves.

Mark Bowler

Mark Bowler will be signing copies of his new book, Haynes Fly Fishing Manual at the BFFI. The hardback book, which was published in November. It covers all the basic techniques and gear for fly fishing. It includes sections on the most modern approaches, such as mullet fishing, tenkara, pike on fly, and float-tubing.

Mark will be on the Fly Fishing and Fly Tying stand all weekend, so please come along, say hello, and he can answer any questions you have about the book or the magazine.

As normal the BFFI continues to support a number of charities and around Saturday lunch time Casting for Recovery will be holding their auction hosted by Malcom Greenhalgh to raise much needed funds for it’s breast cancer recuperation work.

The Casting for Recovery retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature.

Malcom Greenhalgh

Held in association with Fly Fishing and Fly Tying
Staffordshire County Showground ST18 0BD
11th and 12th February
9.30am – 4.30pm

Buy your tickets online, save money and beat the queues! Buying online save £1 per ticket (one day) and £2 per ticket (two day) and lets you straight in.

BFFI Website

TICKETS CAN ALSO BE PURCHASED BY CALLING 01782 388 382