The 37th Grayling Society Symposium and AGM was held at the Forest and Vale Hotel in Pickering, north Yorkshire on Saturday 2nd November and as always was a very enjoyable and successful weekend.  Steve Rhodes co-proprietor of Go Fly Fishing UK has been Chairman of the Grayling Society for the last 7 years and stood down at this years’ AGM after serving on the Grayling Society committee for the last 22 years.  Steve continues in his role as a Trustee of the Grayling Research Trust.

The Grayling Society symposiums are always an excellent event and have become a great institution for many members over the years, this year over 75 members attended the Symposium and nearly 100 members and guests attended the Gala dinner on the Saturday evening.  A Grayling fishing day is arranged locally on the Sunday for those members attending Saturdays Symposium.  Our thanks this year for arranging the event go to Ade Bristow and Steve Skuce and of course the management and staff at the Forest and Vale Hotel.

 

Steve R and Steve S kicking off the Symposium.

Steve R and Steve S kicking off the Symposium.

 

This year members were treated to superb presentations by Stuart Crofts on “Bio-Seccurity, Sex, Insects and Fly Fishing”, John Shannon on the “Costa Beck – Past, Present and Future” and Chris McCully on “Grayling and Mammoths”. Ryan Taylor, Chairman of the Grayling Research Trust also gave a presentation regarding research projects funded this last year and proposed projects for next year.

 

Stuart Crofts on Bio-Security, Sex, Insects and Fly Fishing.

Stuart Crofts on Bio-Security, Sex, Insects and Fly Fishing.

 

John Shannon - Costa Beck - Past Present and Future.

John Shannon – Costa Beck – Past Present and Future.

 

Chris McCully - Grayling and Mammoths.

Chris McCully – Grayling and Mammoths.

At the AGM Steve Rhodes gave his usual annual Chairman’s report and shortly after Steve Skuce, the Society’s General Secretary, took over as Chairman. Alan Ayre took over as Society President from former President John Brennand.

 

Steve Rhodes was presented with a very nice limited edition book to mark his retirement as Chairman and was also jointly awarded, together with Keith Mason and Brian Clarke the “Presidents Reel” in recognition of their service to the society all having spent more than 20 years serving on the Committee.

 

Steve, Keith and Brian Presented with the Presidents Reel by Alan Ayre.

Steve, Keith and Brian Presented with the Presidents Reel by Alan Ayre.

 

The Gala dinner was excellent and the after dinner auction raised over £1400 for the Grayling Research Trust, a great result.

 

Pat Stevens in Auctioneer Mode.

Pat Stevens in Auctioneer Mode.

 

Members fishing on Sunday would have had mixed fortunes, heavy rain and thunder storms on Saturday evening and early Sunday morning put some of the rivers up although not all were affected many would have found conditions challenging and in some cases hopeless.  For most the highlight of the weekend are the events on the Saturday and the fishing on Sunday is an added bonus, it’s a pity but the only thing we can’t arrange is the weather!

 

Anyone who cares about the Grayling should seriously consider being a member of the Grayling Society, being able to attend their Symposium is worth the membership fee alone.  There are many other benefits but not least you should consider the important work the Society and the Grayling Research do for Grayling.  For more information visit the Grayling Society website – www.graylingsociety.net.