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We are very fortunate to have Gilly Bate on our HCSD Committee and heading up this important area of our show.
Gilly has fished on the Southern Chalkstreams for over 20 years and qualified with AAPGAI at advanced level for single handed rods.
Special thankyou to GAIA (Game Angling Instructors Association) and RFDG (Ringwood Fly Dressers Guild) who will be running the fishing lessons and fly tying demos. Their support of our show is key to the success of our Fishing area.
The Fly fishing area will have the Salmon & Trout Conservation Hampshire Branch providing fly casting lessons throughout the day for beginners to more advanced casting techniques. They also have entomology area with fly casting demonstrations and the chance to tie your own fly.
The British Fly Casting Club are holding an accuracy and casting competition for all levels with prizes!
Tips on distance casting will also be available from two of the best in the country, Tracey and James Thomas.
Gilly Bate and Beaky Allesch-Taylor will be demonstrating fly casting in the main arena particularly aimed at women taking up fly fishing.
There are also cane rods, tuition, antique fly fishing equipment and fly fishing advice for anyone fishing in Hampshire throughout the year.
The S&TA are running the casting lesson area for both double handed and single handed rods. Complete novices or experienced for 10 minute lessons. Entomology and fly tying in the tent with ‘have a go’ area..
Fly Odyssey – Angling Adventures in the UK and Global destinations around the world. Information on chalkstream fishing in Hampshire and overseas advice for fly fishing holiday travel with Gilly Bate and Mat McHugh
BFCC – British Fly Casting Club – The friendly home of good casting with distance casting demonstrations and advice on improvement. Distance casting competiton.
Wessex Fly Tiers Guild – demonstrating fly tying throughout the day with Paul Eslinger.