Angling is one of the most popular participation sports in the UK. People of all ages and walks of life enjoy the many different types of fishing available, whether it be in the sea or freshwater and for a meal or just pleasure.
At Hampshire Country Fair we offer “Have a Go” sessions, where you can have a free twenty minute angling lesson with qualified professionals. Even at fairs like Hampshire without water, you can still practice the skills and techniques in the fishing arenas. Since starting these “Have a Go” sessions literally thousands of visitors have taken part and many have become ardent fans of the pastime, developing a skill for life.
We are also delighted this year to be welcoming Charles Jardine, who will be demonstrating casting in the Countryside arena, then showing us how to cook what we catch in the Country Kitchen Marquee over in the Food Village!
The Angling Trust
The Angling Trust is the governing body for all forms of angling in England and Wales. On this stand you can learn all about the work of the Trust and hopefully join up to support their work. You can also learn how, when and where to get started.
Get hooked ! Experts on hand to show you how.
Split Cane Rod Making
Whoever thought of splitting a piece of bamboo, planning and tapering the split pieces the joining them to make a hexagonal fishing rod ?
Peter Johnson appears in the Angling Trust stand to demonstrate the age old art of split cane rod making. Fascinating to watch and enjoyable to listen to, Peter brings this skill to life.
Salmon & Trout Conservation U.K.
Salmon & Trout Conservation U.K. is the only UK fisheries charity which campaigns politically for the management, protection and conservation of fish and the environment necessary for them to thrive.
Have a Go at Angling
At the show advice will be available on how to start trout and salmon fishing and game angling instructors will be on hand to offer free trout casting instruction to beginners and juniors (age 7 and over ). Just head over to the angling tent and book your session.
Also on the stand are Barry Grantham offering traditional hand crafted fishing tackle and Ian Kilgour with a wide selection of antiquarian books on angling and other country sports.
- Fly Casting Accuracy competition
- Fly tying competition
Both of the above are free to enter and all equipment is provided. There will be an attractive prize for the winners judged over the show season
Fly casting demonstrations will go on most of the day in the tuition arena . We also have demonstrations in these arenas and the Countryside Arena by:
Barry Grantham – Salmon and Trout Conservation UK
Ian Kilgour – Salmon and Trout Conservation UK
Charles Jardine – casting techniques and how to cook what you catch (Country Kitchen)
Peter Johnson – rod maker