Fisherman’s Row will welcome thousands of anglers to the banks of the Tay again this year and some exciting features for 2019.
As well as the favourite attractions, there will be the Fly-Fishing Mall dedicated to the sport and showcasing popular stalls from last year as well as some new outlets.
The layout on Fisherman’s Row has been developed to include the fishing village; offering a more open outlook to the river where you can enjoy refreshments overlooking the river and the Fly-Casting competitions and demonstration podium.
FLY FISHING VILLAGE
Promoted by Fly Fishing and Fly-Tying Magazine who have gathered top fishing traders under the one roof to provide an interesting array of products, services and promotions. The Scottish Ladies Fly Fishing Association, supported by Glenda Powell, will be in attendance, offering advice and assistance on the river and at the nearby dry casting area.
Once again, we have GAIA fly casting instructors and guides on hand who can teach you how to cast the fly or will help you iron out any existing casting problems. The Casting Clinic is located on the river, away from the crowds, and you can choose a male or female instructor using top quality Mackenzie equipment, designed for fishermen by fishermen.
FLY CASTING DEMONSTRATIONS
Daily fly casting demonstrations on the river will be run featuring a wide range of single and double handed casting techniques. A team of well-known experts will also be on hand to demonstrate on the river and in the main arena and are happy to answer your questions.
Supporting the event this year we are delighted to welcome Glenda Powell from Ireland for her first time at the Fair as well as welcoming back our stalwarts, Scott Mackenzie and Andrew Toft who all together will provide a comprehensive range of guidance and techniques for fly fishers.
Programme to follow.
As usual, the fly-fishing competitions will be run all day Saturday and Sunday of the event, largely for amateur ladies, gents and youths with prizes in each category for the best casts of the day.
On Sunday the popular Scottish Game Fair Challenge Trophy will be competed for, (amateurs) and also the top prize casting event, the Ballathie House Hotel Scottish Open Spey Casting Championship for both amateurs and professionals alike.
Saturday & Sunday
The Salmon Fly Distance, Trout Fly Distance and Trout Fly Accuracy
The winner of each event, each day in each category will be presented with a prize (donated by show traders, incl. Tinto Trout Fishery) and sponsored by Somers of Aberdeen. Entry fees payable at the Fishing Control Tent.
Orvis Scottish Game Fair Challenge Trophy
A combination of salmon fly distance; trout fly distance and trout fly accuracy. Prize for the top scoring gentleman, lady and junior is a set of Orvis convertible waders.
Scottish Open Spey Casting Championship
Top prize: a day’s salmon fishing for two, including dinner, bed and breakfast at the Ballathie House Hotel.
Saturday & Sunday – 17.00
Presentation of prizes at the Fishing Control tent.
Results from previous years
FLY DRESSING DEMONSTRATIONS
The increasingly popular Fly Tying Tent sees the continuation of demonstrations and opportunities for all to test their skills or to receive instruction. Tuition and encouragement will be given by Fly Dressing experts with prizes for the best fly tied by and amateur adult and novice each day.
FISHING CONSERVATION MARQUEE
Following on from last year’s success, the Fishing Conservation marquee will be featuring the work of ‘The Atlantic Salmon trust’, ‘Fishing Science of the GWCT’, ‘Marine Scotland’ and the ‘Tay District Salmon Fishery Board’. There will be a tank of salmon and trout and a bug table for the youngsters as well as plenty of information and interesting facts for everyone.
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