British Fly Fair International

We have been exhibiting our books for many years at the British Fly Fair International in Stafford, and this year's event was bigger and better than ever. On the Medlar stand we had the pleasure of officially launching The Blacker Trilogy, with the able assistance of the whole team - Hermann Dietrich-Troeltsch (who was the man behind the project and who spent over twenty years of his life on it!), Andrew Herd (whose extraordinary research and writing skills will be familiar to most Medlar readers), and the incredible Alberto Calzolari, who demonstrated his wonderful tying skills by dressing Blacker salmon flies in the hand! I was completely bamboozled just watching him! Andrew also gave a fascinating illustrated talk on William Blacker and his life and times on both days of the show.

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Above: Andrew Herd, Alberto Calzolari and Hermann Dietrich-Troeltsch and (right) Alberto demonstrating his magic . . .

And that was just the Medlar input. There were over 80 other exhibitors this year and a huge selection of fly tying materials. Apart from Alberto, there were over 50 international fly tyers from across the globe, a Fly Tying in Focus Theatre with live demonstrations, and a Fly Fair Forum with thought provoking talks and presentations. And if you needed a bit of help, there was a Fly Tying Clinic for those with queries. All in all, a great start to the new fishing season. The show is always a great place to meet up with old friends, talk about new projects with Medlar authors and get close to the experts. Thanks to Steve Cooper and his team for organising such a great show.

For more details on The Blacker Trilogy click here.