Archive for September, 2010

Alan & I, with the help of Brian Raw,  Rod Yuill, Robert Nathan and Paul & Maria Cumbers, ran a junior beginners course for eleven youngsters at Piplye Ponds yesterday.

We had a great time with six boys and five girls all learning the art of fly fishing. Sadly the day finished with only six fish and persistant showers for the later part of the afternoon.

The biggest single issue of the afternoon was caused by someone leaving the lid off my tin of biscuits!! 

Thanks to all those who helped out and all those who took part. We are looking forward to the next series of courses that should commence next April/May – Clive


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Chatsworth Country Fair

The Fair is always held on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday following the August Bank Holiday i.e. the 3rd, 4th and 5th of September 2010.  The 29th Country Fair to be held at Chatsworth.

Billed as one of the largest events of its type in England, it is an essential part of the Derbyshire and Midlands calendar. The forecast was for good weather and the organisers’ were predicting crowds of the order of 90,000 to 120,000 people over the three days. The focus of the Show is the Grand Ring on the “big flat”, with over 300 trade stands and crafts. Around the park are over 40 showground attractions, many with a country theme.

The Country Fair hosts one of the largest Horse Driving meets of the year, one of the biggest hot air balloon lifts in the country after Bristol, a major sporting clay pigeon shoot, a much-loved pipe band contest, a top-class sheep dog trial, a top-class gundog team test, and a fishing area comprising of the Salmon & Trout Association (S&TA); three retailers of tackle, two retailers of flies and the Game Anglers Instructors’ Association.

Clive and I were part of a small team of GAIA Coaches on hand to give 20 minute ‘have a go’ sessions to adults and juniors who had reached the height of 4ft 6in.  The GAIA casting area was adjacent to the main walking thoroughfare and immediately in front of the Salmon and Trout Association’s Marquee. Although we would have preferred the location to be on the banks of the River Derwent the location was ideal to demonstrate our casting skills and attract members of the public to have a go.

Though the autumnal weather attracted many to the Country Fair we were not as busy as we would have wished and were able to enjoy the Balloons taking to the air and landing early morning and evening; the fantastic display by the Red Arrows on Friday afternoon, the heart stopping displays by the parachutist and the constant sound of the bagpipes as the Pipers either practiced or took part in competitions.

We thoroughly enjoyed the “banter” and the review of our casting from our colleagues at the Country Fair which proved to be a great family day out, with good fun for all ages combined with a strong country theme. There is much to explore, discover, watch, try and enjoy – as well as some great shopping – which for once Clive and I managed to resist! Note from Clive – not quite true – I did buy this silly (sorry Tilley) hat!!!!


Bernie providing tuition

Red Arrows

Close Encounter

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Fly poll

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Friday Sept 3 – Sun Sept 5 2010

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