22 CommentsFriday, 1 February 2019 | Paul G
As well as launching the DVD "Manipulations Vol. 1: The Illusion of Life in Fly Fishing" at the BFFI we'll be doing traditional horsehair line-making demos on our stand from 2pm each day plus presenting in the Fly Fair Forum at 12:30pm both days (Scroll down for the full programme of presenters and Fly Tying in Focus demonstrators). The British Fly Fair lineup for tyers row is a truly international celebration of the skills of some of the best tyers in the world. For example, if you enjoyed Martin Smith's streamers from my Trout Flies blog, you can catch him at 11:30am both days in the Fly Tying in Focus theatre.
British Fly Fair International Dates for 2019
The 2019 event is being held on Saturday February 9th and Sunday February 10th. Tickets (with advance discount) are available in advance from the organisers by Clicking Here. You can pay a little more on the door to gain entry on the day(s) you wish to attend if you don't manage to book in advance.
BFFI 2019 Theatre Programme
Each year Steve and Bridgette Cooper of Cookshill Fly Tying (ably assisted by multiple key supporters) put together a range of world-class presentations and tying demonstrations - and the show has grown out of all proportion from the early days of a single hall (in fact out-growing venues could become a trademark). Of course, 2019 is no exception with top names at every turn. The concentration of fly fishing knowledge, experience and skills contained within the three exhibition halls is truly exceptional. Here's a sample of the formal presentations (that happen on top of the immense array of talent on display along fly tyers row).
British Fly Fair International 2019 Venue Address
If you've never visited the BFFI then you might need to check out the location and plan your possible routes. The good thing is that, these days, the British Fly Fair is a big event and the venue is large and obvious! Here's the address for the 2019 event:
Staffordshire County Showground
Postcode: ST18 0BD
First Peak Screenshots from "Manipulations Vol. 1" DVD
As mentioned in the video message at the top of this post for the 2019 event, John and myself will be launching a brand new DVD title. It's all about how, if you're a river fly fisher of any sort, you can multiply the effectiveness of each fly that you tie on. In many ways, these tried and tested ways you can use to control and animate your flies in (or on) the water are like a magic extra ingredient. It's an ingredient that brings your fly to life in the eyes of the fish (the only eyes that count). It's also one of the major factors that split out consistently highly successful river fly fishers from the ordinary Joe.
Grayling seduced by a carefully controlled czech nymph manipulation (where the same fly was ignored on previous casts)
Because tenkara is so stripped down in terms of equipment (and because Japanese rivers are such unforgiving testing grounds) these methods have been mercilessly honed by the best practitioners in Japan. They have also arisen from a backdrop where people needed to catch fish on flies or face starvation during harsh mountain winters (where 8 metres of snow is absolutely normal).
DVD Screenshot: Fly Fishing and Tenkara take us to beautiful places - The skills that Improve your chances take up no space in your luggage
That process has made these techniques extremely practical and effective. AND THE BIGGEST MYTH IS THAT THEY ONLY WORK "IN TENKARA". This is, of course, nonsense. Yes, they are absolutely essential if you want to be any good at tenkara...however, is it a good idea to ignore those skills if you want to make your czech nymphs more attractive to fish? Is streamer or wet-fly fishing completely devoid of the skills of creating enticing movement in y our flies? Do duns, emergers or spinners (imitated by dry fly anglers) hover, motionless at one point in space - unaffected by wind or water currents? Do they never send out vibrations from their own movement of wings, legs, tails or bodies?
Along with the (soon to be in high demand post Brexit ha ha ha, sheesh...) hard-won survival skills of horsehair tenkara line-making and "no-vice" fly tying - these top-level presentation tweaks will certainly increase your understanding, satisfaction and success on-stream. They also fit perfectly into the overall biology-based system of approaching rivers with a fly rod and/or tenkara rod first described in the book "How to Fool Fish with Simple Flies". That's why it seems to make sense to major on these related themes and skills in our 2019 BFFI activities, demonstrations and presentations.
Of course - we're producing an NTSC version for you in the USA, Canada and Japan - and this is available to Pre-order at a special launch offer price (just click the picture of the NTSC version right here:
BFFI DVD Launches
Over the years for both John and myself the British Fly Fair has been a brilliant launching platform for almost all of the various DVD titles that we've worked on (together and separately). We are really grateful for all those opportunities and we've bust our asses to continually raise the standard of tuition and quality of production in each successive release. We are also so thankful for the opportunity to meet up with so many of our good friends and supporters.
There are far easier and far more effective ways to make money - so I hope it is obvious that it means a great deal to us to be able to interact personally with anyone who has benefited from our publications. Gatherings such as the BFFI are vital to this whole community of fly fishers and the fishing, fish and environments that we are so passionate about.
If you can, please do take the opportunity to attend this (and other) events - because that is the only way that this community gathering and sharing of ideas will be possible now and in the future.
Discover Tenkara Contests and Prizes at the British Fly Fair
This year will be our first foray into running competitions as part of our Fly Fair Forum Presentations AND on-stand exhibition/demonstrations. Our first one should appeal to anyone who feels like they should be able to out-do Bear Grylls or Ray Mears...could you cut it if you had to make your fly lines from scratch using natural materials? How about tippet, rod and flies too??
A Hand-made Horsehair line: Furled and knotted to create a carefully-designed taper and mass by Hirata-san himself
That's how the "Shokuryoshi" (pro "survival" tenkara anglers) did it quite commonly up until as recently as the 1960's. Is ours going to be the generation that those survival skills and pride in the same dies out?? We hope not, so if you're up for some fun and for the challenge of a nice winter challenge I'll be demoing how to make a tapered tenkara casting line by hand with no tools (than a cutting blade) if push comes to shove. We'd be very happy to talk about no-vice kebari making as well as whole bamboo rod creation.
In addition, if you come to our presentation in the Fly Fair Forum, you'll get a fair chance to win a signed copy of the 8" x 10" full colour coffee table book "How to Fool Fish with Simple Flies". You'll also get chance to see some very personal video sequences and hear a lot of stories (including plenty of me falling in the river in very public circumstances).
And if it is just too far (or there is simply no way for you to make the space in your diary to attend the British Fly Fair, look out for the new DVD to become available in the coming months here on our site. As always, feel free to leave your comments and if (for some reason) you're not subscribing to our free email tutorials and special loyalty bonus offers - then you can rectify that by signing up Here.