Angling

There is no better way to keep the angling in Ireland alive than to instil a love for fishing in the heart of our young people. It is this love for the sport of fishing that we at the NI Countrysports Fair want to nurture and see passed down from our experienced anglers to a whole new generation. What better way is there to create future guardians of our waterways, lakes and lough’s here in Ireland and to help ensure that they thrive for many years to come.

After the introduction of a new and exciting angling initiative for our younger visitors last year, we are again delighted to have the support of DAERA (Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs) and APGAI (Association of Professional Game Angling Instructors)at the 2017 event. In addition to the focus on young anglers, there will be the usual master classes in fly tying and fly casting, provided by the very talented and qualified instructors from APGAI.

This programme is being supported by DAERA and APGAI.

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NI COUNTRYSPORTS FAIR INTRODUCES THE YOUNGER GENERATION TO FISHING!

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In association with DAERA and APGAI instructors, the NI Countrysports Fair are again delighted to offer a programme at the 2017 fair which will see children and those from disadvantaged groups be introduced to the sport of fishing.  They will be taken through the complete cycle of preparing for, catching and cooking their own fish.

GETTING THE LICENSE AND MEETING THE FISH

Our younger visitors will be welcomed along to the DAERA stand at the fair, where they will be provided with their fishing license FREE OF CHARGE; permitting them to go ahead and start the process.

At the touch-tank they will get to see and touch some of the various forms of local fish they can expect to find in our waterways and will also become familiar with the different locations they can go to continue on with this sport.

TYING THE FLY AND LEARNING TO CAST

The next stage for our young fishermen and fisher ladies is all about learning to tie their own fly and cast a line.  Here the members of APGAI will be on hand to assist them from scratch and to help them tie a fly that they will take to the lake.  Once the fly has been tied, they will visit the casting instructor to show them the basics of casting.

NOW COMES THE CHALLENGE…CATCHING THAT FIRST FISH!!!

Having completed the cast, they will head off down to the lake at Scarvagh House (accompanied off course by their parents).  Here the local fishing club members will be at hand to help them try to catch their first fish.  DAERA have kindly stocked the lake with some rainbow trout for our eagle anglers…now all they have to do is catch and land one!  Not only do we intend to show them the fly casting method, but this year we will also be teaching them about other methods of fishing that are permitted around our lakes and rivers.

LET’S GET COOKING

Having enjoyed the experience of catching their first fish, the final stage in the cycle is to prepare and cook it.  With the help of Isabel Annesely, the young anglers will be shown how to clean, fillet and cook their fish and will be given a simple recipe to take away with them.

APGAI MASTER CLASSES

A number of APGAI’s professional instructors will be at hand throughout both days of the event to promote the association and to provide various master classes in the disciplines of fly tying and both double and single handed fly casting.

The schedule for these activities, that are open to all ages, can be found below.

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APGAI FLY TYING MASTER CLASSES SCHEDULE

(Open to all ages)

Saturday 27th May 2017

Timetable will be posted here ahead of the event.

Sunday 28th May 2017

Timetable will be posted here ahead of the event.

APGAI FLY CASTING MASTER CLASSES SCHEDULE

(Open to all ages)

Saturday 27th May 2017

Timetable will be posted here ahead of the event.

Sunday 28th May 2017

Timetable will be posted here ahead of the event.