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Fly-Fishing welcomes new members


The annual ‘Novices’ Day’ for the WMP Fly-Fishing Section was once again held at Packington Fly Fishery near Meriden, West Midlands in May this year. This is an open day where new members are welcome, whether they've fished before or never cast a fly in their life.

We were lucky to be greeted by warm, fine weather this year, which is always good to make your first day’s fishing an enjoyable one. However, later in the day, proceedings came to a slightly premature end for many of the anglers who took part, when the fishery was battered by torrential rain, thunder and lightning. In these circumstances, health and safety most definitely kicks in and you have to put down your rod and move away unless you want to be a human lightning conductor!

The weather seemed to put down the fish a little and there wasn't a lot of fish activity afterwards for the bedraggled few who persisted in vain, but despite that rather abrupt end to the session for many, it turned out to be a pleasant, sociable day overall and the section was pleased to welcome two new anglers who both caught fish in hard conditions. Treasurer Chris Howkins kindly gave up his time to help one of the newcomers with casting and fishing techniques, showing just how friendly the section is. We just want our new members to come along and enjoy themselves and if they catch fish along the way, then even better!

Not one of the easiest days’ fishing we've ever had at ‘Novices Day’ but all in all, a challenging but enjoyable introduction to fly-fishing with the section.

Kevin Pearson
WMP Fly-Fishing Section


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