Get hooked on angling at this year’s GWCT Scottish Game Fair

The GWCT Scottish Game Fair is set to attract thousands of anglers to the banks of the river Tay with a huge range of casting demos, competitions and clinics alongside trade stands from leading angling brands all housed in Fisherman’s Row. The setting ensures visitors have wonderful views of the river as anglers show off their casting skills, before they browse the exhibitors offering everything from fishing tackle and clothing to accessories and antique books. With huge names from the world of angling including Scott Mackenzie, Glenda Powell and the Peake Brothers already confirmed, this year’s GWCT Scottish Game Fair is set to be another memorable weekend for fishing enthusiasts. Here’s just some of what you can expect:

What’s On

Fly Tying Demos

If you fancy seeing how the flies used to lure fish to the line are made, the fly-tying marquee will host some of the UK’s most experienced fly tiers demonstrating their art throughout the weekend. Spanning both trout and salmon fishing as well as sea fishing and pike lures, visitors have the chance to ask questions and learn how to improve their fly tying.

Junior Come and Try

A feature of this marquee this year will include a junior come and try where youngster will get an opportunity to design and make their own fly or lure under the supervision of a professional.  A daily prize will be given to the junior who is judged to have made the most fishable looking fly of any style.

Casting Clinic

If you’re looking to perfect your casting, or you’re totally new to the sport of fly fishing, head over to the Casting Clinic where a team of professional qualified game angling instructors will be on hand throughout the weekend to coach more experienced casters and teach those just starting out.

A 20 minute casting lessons will be available for both single handed and double handed Spey casting on the banks of the river Tay for both total beginners who want to commence fly fish and advanced anglers who want to gain the benefit of a session with a fully qualified instructor. There will be a minimal charge for these lessons.

We can cover all aspects of single handed casting instruction.  For double handed instruction we can provide tuition in all forms of spey casting Traditional, Skagit and Underhand,  Scandi style.  If you have always wondered what these styles are then we can give you the knowledge. Come and see one of our instructors who will be able to demonstrate and discuss the various styles and where they are best used.  Including how to set up your rod to maximize the casts.

If you propose to enter any of the competitions why not take a short lesson beforehand to check your style and prepare.

Children’s casting – there will also be an opportunity for the under 12’s to try their hand with Orvis indoor practice rods casting into hoops and who knows there may well be a prize to be won.

Instructors are all qualified by the major casting bodies in the UK i.e. Game Angling Instructors Association (GAIA). Scottish Game Angling Association (SGAIC) and Fly Fishing International Certified Instructor (FFI)

The cost will be £5 per session.

Fly Casting Demos

For those who love to watch experts in action, the event offers an exciting opportunity to see some of the best fly casters in the country including world championship-winning Scott Mackenzie give demonstrations, showcasing their skills and sharing tips with the crowds. With both single and double-handed casting on display, these demonstrations give visitors a rare chance to learn more about fly fishing and appreciate the beauty of an expertly cast line.

Starting at 11am daily there will be 6 demonstrations each day.  Demonstrators will include:

Scott Mackenzie – Scotland and Mackenzie Rods.  Scott is a Spey casting champion instructor and CEO of MacKenzie Rods

Glenda Powell – From Ireland, is a casting instructor and Guides fishing parties all over the world.  Fish, Live-Learn online magazine and Cadence Rods

Andrew Toft – From Scotland is a distance Spey casting champion and casting instructor

Will Peak – TwinPeakes Fly fishing, Instruction and Loop FishingTackle

Stuart Sutherland – FishX specialising in guided fishing trips for Pike, Perch and Trout throughout Scotland.


Fishing Competitions

Competitions will be managed by Tracy Thomas secretary of the British Fly Casting Club (BFCC) along with James Evans.

There will be a daily competition at the Scottish Game Fair for senior men, senior ladies and junior entrants.  A daily prize will be given along with an overall winner for the weekend.  There will be competitions for single handed distance and accuracy casts and double handed distance casting.  The overall winner for the weekend will then be invited to attend a uk game fair grand finale at the Welsh Game Fair on Sunday 10th September at The Vaynol Estate, Bangor, Gwynedd.

Trout Fly Distance:
Adult male and female casters
Junior Male and female

Trout Fly Accuracy:
Adult male and female casters
Junior Male and female

Registration will take place in Fishing Control

Fly-Fishing equipment sponsored by

Previous Fishing Competition Results

The GWCT Scottish Game Fair is a trading name of Stable Events Ltd., a company registered in England and Wales (registered no 13236715). Registered Office: Invision House, Wilbury Way, Hitchin, England, SG4 0TY. Organised under license from the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.
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