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First ever Spey Fair takes place in January

River Spey Angling Association Fly Fair to take place on January 19


Well that’s the New Year finally here and thoughts can now turn towards the forthcoming season as the anticipation begins to rise in earnest now, tackle looked out and given a bit of TLC, fishing booked, holidays considered, flies tyed and early season plans laid.
But before this we still have the spring batch of the fishing shows with the British Fly Fair International just around the corner, the Scottish Fly Fair not long after this and Glasgow Angling Centre’s Spring Open Weekend tagged in nicely just before the trout season gets underway.  Add to this a host of other shows in spring throughout the country, including the London Fly Fair, and it makes up a busy time of year.
Double exciting times for me as I’m also heading over to the Italian Fishing Show in Vicenza in late February which will be my first ever show out with the UK and Ireland.
However, before all of this jet-setting it’s the shortest journey of all for me. Ten minutes along the road is a little hamlet called Inchberry in Morayshire, which is the venue for the first ever River Spey Anglers Association Fly Fair which takes place on January 19 and (I believe) marks the first show in the 2019 calendar. This little event has been set up as an informal and relaxing gathering to help everyone get into the swing of looking forward to the forthcoming season not just in the stunning Morayshire area, but throughout all of this beautiful and fishing rich country I’m so lucky to call home.
This has been a steep learning curve for all at the RSAA given it’s the first time the Association has attempted anything like this on such a scale (previous fly-tying gatherings have been smaller ‘club’ type events) but with attendees such as Ian Gordon, Scott McKenzie, Ron Sutherland and Sean Stanton heading over they have certainly not been short in the expert and experienced and well known angling expert area. Not that FF&FT has been left out, either. We'll have a small presence, too, with some magazines on offer and 'yours truly' on hand, tying and talking (mainly talking - Ed.) all things trout.
All in all, it’s shaping up to be a great little show and I’ve even been lucky enough to have been offered a lift over, so that means a wee bottle of something nice to share will be on hand; it’s a must, really, as this is Speyside after all.
If any readers are in the area please come along and enjoy the craic.

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