West of England Game Fair 2016

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Another weekend without any fishing as such, although not totally without some fish related activities! I took the family up to the West of England Game Fair at the Bath & West Showground on the Sunday. This two day event focuses on shooting and fly fishing along with a host of associated country pursuits. I have to admit that I’d hoodwinked the kids into coming along on the pretext that there would be loads to do, but amazingly there really was loads to do! We came away wishing we’d had more time and were already planning our return trip next year before we’d got back in the car to come home!

A fly casting demonstration with Hywel Morgan really showed how it’s supposed to be done. It even gave me a few pointers as to where I’m going wrong at times. Hywel’s two daughters braved the cold to assist the demonstration and made fly casting look easy – both of whom looked far more comfortable with a fly rod in hand than myself… Damn! I really need to get more practice!

There were food stalls, outdoor clothing, shooting, fishing & fly tying stalls, along with a multitude of demonstrations, and have a go activities, ranging from blacksmithing, shooting, axe throwing and ferret racing – to mention but a few. The family favourite turned out to be the willow weaving – with both my girls coming away with a wicker fish each.

With such a large site and with several large halls all crammed with things going on, we just didn’t get to see everything we wanted to. Next year we’ll aim to get there when it opens and make a full day of it. Now then…. when can I fit in some real fishing?

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