George Barron - Wales



George Barron Book Launch
I moved to Wales from Scotland in the early 1970s but have retained a slight hint of a ‘Jock” accent and a strong Celtic desire to continue fishing for wild brown trout and the pleasure of tying flies to catch them. After a few years of successful local club participation, competition angling reared it’s ugly head and I was sucked in. I first represented Wales at International level in 1987 and have continued to do so for the last 30 years, albeit this year’s match on Lough Lein, Killarney will probably be my last. 22 Welsh representative honours, including 5 gold medals and a World Team silver have provided lasting memories and many new friends. I have also had the great honour of being elected Chairman of WSTAA in 2012 / 2013 and being nominated by my adopted country, and selected, to sit as President of the IFFA in 2013 - I think it’s important we all put something back into the sport.
For the last 15 years I have been writing regular monthly articles on fishing and fly tying for numerous fishing magazines in the UK and Ireland, and demonstrating at most of the major Fly-Tying Shows in the UK and Ireland and on the FDG circuit.
My style and thoughts on tying flies in the traditional Celtic way were firstly inspired by two of Irelands greatest advocates of the age-old art, — Ted Malone and Tommy Hanna. My personal
criteria is to drive and promote the extensive use of quality hen hackles into the dressings of contemporary wet flies, to compliment the continuing use of fur, hair and other natural materials.
It’s my opinion that the Irish Fly Fair is now firmly established as the best fly tying show in Europe. At this year’s Galway Show I hope to demo a few more newish innovations, and more importantly, meet up once again with the friends and fellow fly tying anglers who's company makes this Show such a continuing success.
At this year’s Show, I hope to launch my first book, titled - “ Coming to the End of the Line”. It is almost complete bar a few pages and some editing, so hopefully the printer will be able to work to our time schedule. The theme and major content of the book is predominately soft-hackled wet fly patterns and their dressings, all with accompanying individual plates, plus a wee bit of personal fishing reminisce and heavy leanings towards Irish fishing culture.
Regards to all - see you in November.
George Barron

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