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Spey anglers hoping to reel in visitors

By Alan Beresford

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ANGLERS from far and wide are expected to descend on Inchberry hall for a fly tying fair.

David Mateer from the RSAA gives a budding angler some fly tying tips.Picture: RSAA
David Mateer from the RSAA gives a budding angler some fly tying tips.Picture: RSAA

The event will kick off the River Spey Anglers Association's (RSAA) programme for 2020 and follows on from last

year's event which was an outstanding success with over 120 people, young and old, attending the day.

Association chairman John Trodden said: "This year we will be joined by Scott Mackenzie, a well known fishing personality from the Inverness area, and a world speycasting champion.

"Scott, from Mackenzie Flyfishing, will be on hand to offer advice on tackle requirements and fishing techniques.

"An exciting line up of expert fly tyers are confirmed for the day's activities, including Allan Liddle, a well-known local tyer who writes for Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Magazine, Sean Stanton from Franc 'n' Snaelda flies and many more. All forms of fly tying will be covered, including river, loch, and competition trout flies, predator flies for pike, and salmon flies.

"Fly tying demonstrations will be a key part of the day's activities. Fly tying can be an exciting and absorbing hobby, particularly during the winter months as anglers prepare with anticipation for the new season – this will be an opportunity to find out about successful fly patterns, styles of tying, and the materials, tools and techniques used.

"Beginners are also welcome to come and have a go."

Joining the event will be the River Spey District Salmon Fishery Board and the Deveron, Bogie and Isla Rivers Charitable Trust to provide an update of their work in managing north-east rivers. This includes conservation and stocking measures, managing invasive species, catch returns and supporting the Atlantic Salmon Trust`s Missing Salmon Project.

The Atlantic salmon is an endangered species, and this three year project aims to find out the causes of the decline in numbers and make recommendations to improve the salmons' chances of survival.

There will also be an opportunity to purchase Semperfi, Partridge, and Franc 'n' Snaelda fly tying materials

The fly fair will run between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, January 18 at the hall, entry costing £3 for adults, £5 for families and £1 for under-16s.

The RSAA is an organisation which represents the interests of anglers on the River Spey and provides a forum for discussing and airing the many issues which affect salmon and the river itself. Through its youth programme, it encourages young people in north-east to take up the sport of angling.

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