Competition to find The Game Fair Fly attracts big entry

Entries have flown in for The Game Fair Fly – a competition designed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the annual festival this year, evoking the timeless skills of fly tying and the traditions of the countryside.

Entrants have been using materials that reflect the ethos of The Game Fair, including pheasant, duck, woodcock or grouse feathers, deer hair and colourful silks invoking a touch of class, to create a fishing fly to mark the landmark birthday.

John Hunter, The Game Fair’s angling consultant, said: “With names like The Macnab, The Keeper and His Lordship, these flies are really celebrating The Game Fair’s heritage and are being tied by members of the Fly Dressers’ Guild, a well-known organisation which promotes and encourages the art of fly tying.

“A winner will be chosen from our shortlist very soon to become the official Game Fair Fly for 2018, which will feature in publicity surrounding the event and the Fishing Village in particular.”

Visitors to the event at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire from Friday July 27 to Sunday July 29 will have the chance to watch fly tyers in action on the Veniard-backed demonstration stand. They can then sit at a vise, grab some materials and try to better it, under the watchful eye of the experts. There’s a prize of a Veniard Premium Fly Tying Kit worth a cool £70 for the best fly over the weekend.