Posted by: AAPGAI | August 27, 2016

AAPGAI at Lowther show

An article written by Clive Mitchelhill (AAPGAI Membership Secretary)

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The Lowther Show was definitely the place to go over the weekend of the 13th and 14th August with plenty of AAPGAI members attending and demonstrating on the casting platform. In addition to this we had our very own director of fly dressing Paul Little demonstrating the art of fly dressing on the fishing island, which always draws in the crowds.

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Paul Little at the fly tying vice

Throughout the weekend we had a full timetable of casting demonstrations and casting clinics taking place on the fishing island, all coordinated by AAPGAI member Glyn Freeman who took on the job (a few years ago) of organising AAPGAI’s presence at the show, as well as taking on the difficult task of convincing a range of angling stands to attend along fisherman’s row in a bid to help draw in bigger crowds for the shows organisers, and with record crowds attending the show this year I think he is getting it right and the show looks set for a healthy future as Cumbria’s showcase event.

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AAPGAI’s Clive Mitchelhill demonstrating

At the show AAPGAI members worked closely with REDFA (River Eden and District Fisheries Association) and PAA (Penrith Anglers Association) to offer the public a variety of tuition sessions and fishing competitions, which included both accuracy and distance. This facilitated a good flow of people through the fishing island over the two days and a good time was had by all.

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Junior casting competition

A big thank you must also go out to Sue Towers and Dot and Jenna Freeman, wives and daughters of our members participating at the show, for all their hard work taking in the bookings for the tuition sessions and many other chores involved over the duration of the weekend.

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Brian Towers on the platform

These events are very important to our association as it gives us the opportunity to showcase what AAPGAI is all about and to advertise the fact that we are happy to embrace people from all walks of life. These are the foundations upon which we have worked very hard to build our association on over the past decade, so once again a very big thank you to all who took part over the weekend and we look forward to seeing you all again next year for another good show!

If members are keen to get involved in AAPGAI shows around the country please contact our Shows Officer Brian Towers at: briantowers@hotmail.co.uk

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