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The Danish Fly Festival 2017
If you reside in Denmark, northern Germany or southern Sweden, this is an event you should mark in your calendar
The Danish Fly Festival has been taking place for many years. I personally attended the first ones back in 1999 and 2001 and have participated as a tyer and a presenter and done all kinds of other things during the many years it has existed.
The Festival is arranged by Federation of Fly Fishers Denmark and takes place in the city of Kolding in the southern part of Jutland in Denmark. It will occupy two sports halls and the adjacent soccer lawns and other facilities of the KFUM Halls during the weekend March 4th and 5th 2017.
There's enough to look at to fill a day without problems, and if you want to go in depth and really chat to people, attend presentations and demonstrations, shop a bit and maybe get some fishing in, the weekend if almost too short to cover it all.
The halls are brimming with booths set up by manufacturers, shops, organizations, outfitters and publishers. It's a commercial show, so things are for sale. Bring your credit card, because the temptations are many and the offers are usually good. Come Sunday most of the shops are even willing to bargain a bit. Better sell than carry home, right?
There will be dozens of Danish and international tyers demonstrating their skills, tying all sorts of flies both days, and with the tyer's guards shifting at lunch, there's a new crew to watch in the afternoon.
There's a large indoor casting pool where there are several skilled casters demonstrating and teaching both days, and if you want to swing a rod yourself, there are several pools and a large grass lawn outside where you can take rods and lines borrowed in the booths and give them a test run.
If you want a break during the day, you can attend one of the many presentations taking place, or go watch the tyers that participate in the Danish tying championships, which take place in rooms right next to the exhibits and allow for an audience. This is an almost meditative place to go, where people watch and tie in silence, deeply concentrated and the ambiance is a stark contrast to the buzz and commotion in the main halls.
As a new thing, there will also be what's referred to as Network Sessions, where 20-25 people get together and discuss a subject in depth. The subject vary and registration is required to participate.
If you have come far and think you have seen enough, there's fishing right outside the door, and the Festival combines perfectly with a trip to the Danish coast or to one of the nearby streams or lakes. People are usually quite generous with tips and flies, so you will be ready for some action after having visited the exhibition.
I will be there again this year, and will be tying flies at the show for the first time in some years. Last time in 2015 I did a couple of presentations and was demonstrating how to get the best possible photos of flies and before that I have both does presentations, helped in the booths of different shops and organizations and jut been a plain spectator like everybody else.
I will not miss this great event, and plan on arriving Friday and leaving Sunday.
The show will open to the public on Saturday March th 4th at 10 AM and close at 5 PM, only to open again Sunday with the same opening hours. Admittance will be DKK 100.- or 15.- Euros for adults, half price for the 15-18 year olds and free for those under 15. Members of FFF in Denmark can enter for free. More info on the Festival web site here.
If you are interested in renting a booth or getting more information on the commercial side of the show, or maybe demonstrate some ting, contact Jerk Sönnichsen, Federation of Fly Fishers Denmark, email@example.com or phone +45 2811 7575