2016 Irish Fly Fair
November is ultimately a busy month for us, with preparations for the Irish Fly Fair taking weeks to complete. For the general visitor, you are treated with a weekend programme that aims to please. With retailers selling vast quantities of great fly tying materials, fly dressers from around the globe demonstrating the latest cutting edge techniques, as well as many other organisations and clubs offering their various spoils to keep you engaged.
Sponsors of this years event included Partridge of Redditch, Veniard and Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine to name but a few.
This year we had the absolute pleasure is hosting Frank McMullan and Joe Stitt on the Fly Tying Company Stand. Frank is a full time Ghillie on Carnroe and offers guiding services. He is also an extremely well established fly dresser with over 35 years experience. Having had a number of his flies published in Robert Gillespie‘s book on Salmon Flies.
Joe Stitt has been involved in fly fishing since the late 1940s and has a raft of recognised disciplines. Joes’ first qualification came though STANIC in Trout and fly dressing. These two disciplines inspired him on to APGAI with Gaia, AAPGAI Master in Tout and sea trout, APGAI Ireland Trout and Fly Dressing and Federation of fly fishers CCI and Masters in single casting instruction. Joe ties a number of lovely trout flies and loves to innovate with new materials.
From left to right: Frank McMullen, James MacDonald, Anita MacDonald, Darryl Moony, Joe Stitt
Then finally a shout to a local man, Frank Moors. Frank lives not too far from our shop and runs the local fly tying club in Congleton. He is a regular at the Irish Fly Fair and always has a story to tell – always worth a seat and chat.
Frank ties a lovely Salmon fly as well as being a mentor to many local people in our area. Infamous for his Moors Murderer Salmon Fly.