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Game for the Fair

Allan Liddle enjoys a day out at the Scottish Game Fair at Scone...even if the weather was variable!

Working hard.
Working hard.
Nymphs from the show.
Nymphs from the show.

It had been some five or six years since I last attended the Scottish Game Fair, so when I was invited to help out the GAIA (Game Angling Instructors Association) team last Friday I was only too keen to help out.

‘We’re struggling for a fly tiers for the Friday, can you help out?’ was the question posed. I was both delighted and a wee bit privileged to have been asked, so car packed and alarm set, this was going to be a really early start and a long day ahead. Long and busy as steady numbers dropped by to watch and question all about the trout flies I tied up, as well as throw in a few requests of their own.

At the Game Angling Instructors Association stand.

Time passes quickly when you are busy and Friday was no exception, next I was aware it really was time to pack up and head for an overnight stay in Perth at the Albert Villa, a cracking wee B&B on Dunkeld Road. Not before the GAIA team had assembled for a wee BBQ and bit of Social Bonding, Ally & Charles Bremner served up a fantastic spread and great host, with Kevin Dawson doing what he does best: keeping us all entertained with his jokes straight out the Christmas cracker reject book.

The weather was more than settled and all who attended the first day were treated to scorching sun, no rain and very good numbers, ice-cream and iced water all round, however the same couldn’t be said for day two. Luckily for me my stint was over and I attended the Saturday as a visitor, the GAIA team looked ‘drookit’ on the casting stand and lights were required on the understandably busy fly tying team inside the tent, much contrast to the day previous where it was more than bright enough to tie.

Some loch dries from the show.

Numbers seemed to still be steady in the rain though, it wouldn’t be a true Game Fair without a bit of mud n damp I suppose, besides that’s what wellies and waterproofs are for!

Sadly though Fishermans Row was much reduced than I remembered it from previous visits, in fact it was more a Fisherman’s Corner than a whole row. I can only hope it picks up again for the future as a Game Fair’s not a Game Fair without angling.

So home again Saturday night, knackered but with a few new additions to the tying kit purchased on the day, nice hen cape and coc de leon from Chevron Hackles, tungsten, superfine dubbing and associated bits n bobs from Flytek and yet more cracking deer hair from Angus Angling, if nothing else it helped top up the materials used during the show.

So roll on next year and, if I’m lucky, I might get the call again to help out – who knows we might not even need the wellies!

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