Spey Flies for Recovery

A couple years back, I got wind of a unique fundraiser being held in the UK. A 24-hour fly tying marathon to raise funds for the UK chapter of Casting for Recovery. You can see the related follow-up here. So, Keith Passant is once again taking on the task. They have raised thousands of dollars, and managed some great raffle prizes including artwork from one of my personal favorite artists, Sarah Briston. Read Keith’s information below and DO get a few tickets.

Two years ago I was chatting with a friend of mine who’s wife had just gone through the breast cancer ordeal. Happily she has made a good recovery but my friend and I decided that we could raise some cash for a cancer charity. I had read in a magazine about a charity called Casting for Recovery that had been set up in the UK a short while before by two ladies that fly fished. Great ideas came into my head and further discussions led to the first 24 hour fly tying marathon going ahead here in the UK.

Last year I did the second marathon at the BFFI in Stoke and this year I am doing it again and again it’s at the BFFI in October. To raise money I try to get sponsorship and sell raffle tickets and I will be doing that again this year.

During last year’s event I had a huge amount of support from the guys n gals on tyers row at the fair but one of the exhibitors came up with a fabulous offer which I just could not say no to. Sarah Briston of Classic Fly Art is an accomplished (that’s actually an understatement) artist and specialises in classic salmon patterns. Throughout 2008/9 she had undertaken a project to paint 16 flies from a book called Autumn’s on the Spey by A.E.Knox. So she needed 16 patterns tied and this she achieved by getting some of THE best tiers from the Classic Fly-tying Forum to tie them up. Have a look on my blog for the full list and a view of the frame.

Now she has 16 flies and nowhere to put them! So Sarah decides on framing them all and donating that frame to this years effort for CfR UK & Ireland and I am over the moon that she has done so. The tickets are available here and will cost you £2.00 each and we are hoping to sell huge numbers. The frame alone is priceless and to have a chance of winning it for such a small sum has to be worth it. If you have a go then best of luck and thanks to Darren [pacres] for helping to publicise the event.

I’ve bought my tickets and now am hoping for one of the great raffle items. I’ll also be donating a few classic Rangeley streamers to the cause in the hopes they can spur on a few streamer aficionados to buy a ticket or two.

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