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BRITISH FLYFAIR INTERNATIONAL 2008                                     Page 3

For dinner that night I joined the Italians and we had a typical Yorkshire pub meal, roast beef/pork veggies and Yorkshire pudding.  There wasn’t a plate of spaghetti in sight.  To make up for it we did have some nice red wine.  Those Italians are really great guys and so talented.  You need to check out Luca’s website just to see how good these guys are - www.flyfishing-tuscany-umbria-lazio.com  Luca is a fly fishing guide and if you are going to Italy you just have to book a day or two with him and believe me you will not regret it.

I also had a couple of hundred DVD’s on fly fishing in Tasmania to give away along with some Brown Trout badges.  Talk about popular; they didn’t last very long at all.  Whilst I was at the Fair I did a slide show at the Destination Theatre in the middle marquee.  The theme for the show was on Trout fishing in Australia which we called Wombats, Kangaroos and Speckled Trout.  We started in New South Wales and drifted down through the Snowy Mountains to my home waters around Eildon and then on to our fly fishing Mecca, Tasmania.  This same presentation was shown at the fly tying clubs and I think what created a lot of interest was the fact that our Trout fishing is, apart from the cost of a licence, free. 
Another highlight was that Fly Fishing and Fly Tying magazine in their November issue did a special lift-out feature on overseas destinations which included an article I did on fly fishing in Australia.  For me this was a very special highlight of my trip because in setting up the article, I sent over a lot of pictures to compliment the story, including a few of my close friend, Warryn Germon, and one of these shots was featured on the front cover of the lift out.  What made it so important to me was that unfortunately Warryn had passed away in early August from cancer.  This magazine was Warryn’s favourite and if he had known that he was on the front cover, he would be have been so proud that he would be walking around like a fluffed up feather duster.  I really miss my mate.
A lot of International fly tiers attended; apart from myself all the way from Australia, we had Sebastian Letelier from Chile who is also an Artist as well as a very proficient fly tier and between the two of us we held the distinction of having travelled the greatest distance to attend the Fair.
Below is a sample of some of the great fly tiers who attended -

Pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Ole and the great English fly tier Oliver Edwards chatting about hooks; what else would they talk about?

Top & Below:  As only the Italians can do and they do it so well!  The work of Terenzio Zandri

It was lunch time by the time we reached Stoke-on-Trent.  We were told that this was the first time it had snowed in Stoke-on-Trent in October since 1936.  So much for Global warming!  
We checked into the hotel and already there were a number of international fly tyers in the bar/lounge area; some were already tying flies whilst others were debating the values of this or that material.  I caught up with some of my Italian friends, there was Luca, Terenzio, who makes the most amazing silk fly lines, Maurizio, and the great Italian Cane fly rod maker Moreno, who were over for the fair. 

Steve Cooper, producer of the BFFI
and 'yours truly'