Angling for a splash at Shane’s Castle Game Fair

Running alongside the internationally renowned Game Fair at Shane’s Castle, this fantastic fly fishing fair dedicated to fly fishing is a real bonus for all Game Fair visitors.

Game Fair Director Albert Titterington explained: “We have seen a huge increase in the number of angling enthusiasts who come to the Game Fair at Shane’s Castle each year and, although we still have a good range of attractions and angling exhibitors, we felt it was time. to set up a much larger event to attract fly fishermen in particular, as well as young people who are considering trying it for the first time.

“With so much on offer, I’m sure this ‘Antrim Fly Fair at the Irish Game Fair’ will be the must-see attraction for anglers from all over Ireland. It’s a unique opportunity to meet international experts in angling and observe and learn from world-class fly tyers and casters who are internationally recognized as masters of their craft.

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Game Fair Director Albert Titterington and Antrim Fly Fair Director Stevie Munn at the launch of the new Antrim Fly Fair

Fly Fair Director Stevie Munn, organizer of the hugely successful Galway International Fly Fair, said he was very pleased to offer anglers attending the fair an extensive professional event dedicated to their sport of fly fishing.

Describing some of what will be on offer at the Fly Fair event, Stevie Munn said: “Visitors can get up close and personal with some of Ireland’s best fly dressers as they practice their craft in the former train station which will be transformed into a dedicated Fly Dressers pavilion over the two days.

“Meanwhile, a special casting area nearby will host fly casting demonstrations and casting workshops designed for all casting skill levels. Anyone can “try” with a free lesson from highly trained casting instructors. »

Stevie Munn said there has been an increase in young people taking up angling as a hobby and these newcomers to angling could learn the skills required and could even catch their first fish at the fair. He said: “We will have a special ‘put and take’ fishing with Lough Neagh as a backdrop, where a team of qualified instructors will offer free advice and help to young anglers who may be new to the sport. .

Aimed specifically at this younger age group, many will have their first experience of catching their very first trout which they can take home for tea.

“We have a wide range of trade stalls to look for that ‘must have’ tackle item and the ‘Bug Life’ stall which is especially great for anglers, it’s educational and kids are sure to pique everyone’s interest. the ages. will love it. For the trout angler, knowing a little entomology will often help you catch more fish, it’s that simple. If you’re just starting out, or even if you’re a seasoned fly fisherman , learning a little entomology can help you improve your fly fishing by leaps and bounds.

There is even a chance to catch a really big fish on land with DAERA’s angling simulator. A warm welcome awaits anglers of all ages to come early and enjoy the fun.

Finally, Albert and Stevie acknowledged the support received from the Association of Professional Game Angling Instructors in Ireland, the Federation of Irish Salmon and Sea Trout Anglers, Bug Life Entomology, the Ulster Angling Federation and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. .

Albert said: “With just one gaming fair in Ireland this year, we expect record attendance from country sportspeople and their families from across Northern Ireland at what has been described as ‘the family event’. the most exciting and economical in Ireland”.

“This year, all facets of the fair, including the award-winning food and craft festival; the living history festival, our equestrian festival, our world-class country sports competitions have all been extended and with the new international fly fishing festival, I think we can rightly claim to be: “the best event life in the Irish countryside for the whole family”.

Embrace a giant spirit at Shane’s Castle, Antrim, on Game Fair weekend June 25-26.

Keep up to date with the latest Game Fair news at http://www.irishgamefair.com/ and find out more about Antrim Fly Fair at the Irish Game Fair at http://antrimflyfair.com/

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