Help !! This crazy lady with a crazy idea just wont leave me alone !! Let me explain.
September is prime season for Fly fishing for Bass in the UK and as result I am on the water day after day. The ansaphone machine bleeps and flashes at me in an attempt to get my attention , the emails start to pile up . I should take a day off but I don’t. I have a terrible fishing addiction and equally terrible bank balance so I just keep fishing away , day after day . Its the storm before the winter calm for me . I am a hamster and my cheeks are full of nuts this time of year !!! Last September a lady from St Mawes on Roseland Peninsular called me . This rather well spoken lady who I didn’t know caught me off guard , tired and rather unreceptive . My tired hamster brain just could not accommodate anything that she had to say. She wanted to organise a Saltwater Fly fishing Festival and wanted all the help I could afford her . What did I do ? Im afraid I coped out I sent her in the direction of another person ” Fly fishing guide ” that I thought might be better equipped to help via his esteemed list of fishing dignitaries . Its amazing that Amellia is still determined to make this happen as she has had nothing but time wasting and demands for money to deal with .
Amelia Whittacker knows very little about fishing , yet alone Saltwater Fly fishing . She runs a successful Bed and Breakfast in St Mawes . This well spoken , determined lady is obviously one of life’s organisers and she does run other ” Festivals ” . Something about saltwater fly fishing scene has captured her imagination , she is hell bent on getting a festival going . Its time for me to make up for my lack of input at the early stages and get involved and also look for other guys I know or respect to help out . It’s a good thing and it could be great fun .
100 Quid , Bloody 100 Quid !!
Every time I bring up the subject of the festival I get hit with the same reply . At first I was somewhat in agreement as I just couldn’t get my head around ” THE SALT ” . I recently met up with Amelia and her partner Tim . By the time we were finished I realised that £ 100 for a 4 day event with various BBQ , Live music , drinks , casting clinics is no rip off . I will also work on some Fly tying demos and general fly tying Q & A things to add to the mix . Another thing I may bring to the mix is write a guide book to suitable locations for Saltwater Fly fishing in the vicinity of the festival . We have also added a couple of hours on Zen2 to the itinerary for festival goers that upgrade. One word I have not used is competition . I don’t really like competitions so anyone else out there that feels intimidated by any competition element need not worry . Just come along have some fun , walk the coastal path fly rod in hand , meet up with other people on the scene.
DATES 24 th to 27 th September . Those are killer tides during the killer month !
PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS , IDEAS OR SOMETHING TO BRING TO THE PARTY ?
Thanks for reading Oz