Just a quick update on what is proving to be a very busy season of demonstrations on behalf of Partridge here in Northern Ireland!
The Country Fairs began this year at a new venue - Scarva House in Co. Down, where the Northern Ireland Country Sports Fair took place in early June. Partridge, Regal and Marryatt were represented and we had a busy weekend demonstrating fly-casting and fly-tying. The organisers were pleased with the success of the event and intend to re-visit Scarva again in 2016.
Not much breathing space before the Irish Game Fair took place in Shane’s Castle, Co. Antrim at the end of June, which incorporated the NI Angling Show. Record numbers of visitors visited our pavilion and the focus for the PRO-Team was on ‘The Package’ where we offered kids the opportunity to tie a fly on a Regal Vice and a Partridge hook, next learn to cast a Marryatt fly rod with tuition from APGAI Ireland Advanced Instructors, then use their new skills and flies to catch a rainbow trout from the nearby pond and finally, have the fish cooked by a resident celebrity chef! This proved to be a great success with lots of fish caught (and cooked!) and lots of very happy young people who, hopefully, will continue to engage in our sport.
Finally, in early July the Irish International Fly Fair took place in Killyleagh, Co. Down in the magnificent setting of the lawns of Killyleagh Castle. Again, I worked with lots of beginners and improvers in the fly-tying marquee whilst Joe Stitt and Frank McMullan from the Pro Team carried out demonstrations on the Partridge stand in the Main Hall of the Castle.
Our next date is the Great Game Fairs of Ireland event to be held at Birr Castle, Co. Offaly at the end of August and we would love to see any members of the public who intend to be there – please drop by for a cuppa and a chat!