We all left Abergavenny and as tradition has it we stopped for breakfast at The Beefeaters at Monmouth where we filled ourselves with as much as we could eat for £8.99.
Our 1st port of call was to visit our club member Paul Slaney who was one of the tyers representing Wales at the Veniards Stand.
Paul counts himself lucky to live in the beautiful Brecon Beacons in Wales on the banks of the River Usk; indeed it’s a perfect testing ground for his flies with the river a short walk from his home. A little further afield he enjoys night fishing for Sea Trout on the west Wales Rivers.
Over the past 25 years Paul has combined his interests of Travel, Photography and Fly Fishing and taken them all over the world in the pursuit many species of fish. His fly fishing experiences are many and varied but he feels most at home on the bonefish flats of the Caribbean.
Paul ties flies for many species of fish. He enjoys teaching and sharing his skills and experiences through live demonstrations at clubs and shows both at home and internationally, as well as through photography and social media.
Paul is a very valued member of C&DAS and of our Fly Tying Club.
It’s worth looking at Paul’s website http://flytying.me/ to see more of the excellent flies he has tied.
Then we spent loads of time and money at Toby Merrigan’s “Funky Fly Tying” stand.
Toby always gives our club members a generous discount and is a great supporter of our Club.
We were very impressed with Roger Salomonsson’s display of “micro flies” some of which were tied down to a size 34.
The four flies on the right even had “jungle cock” eyes tied on a 34 hook!
We all had a great time and spent “loads of money”. Many thanks to Justin & Geraint for organising the day.