Co-founded by John Kelley and his son, Fergus Kelley, this is the second ever annual exhibition which will exclusively feature fly fishing, outdoor lifestyle brands and experiences in central London in the Business Design Centre, Islington N1 0PW. Doors open 9am to 9pm each day.
A few of the exciting attractions will be the indoor casting pool, with impressive displays from some of the world’s best fly fishers and personalities. Charles Jardine, Hywel Morgan, Marina Gibson, James Stokoe and Paul Procter will all be in attendance.
The fly tying area, sponsored by Veniard Fly Tying, will feature 20 professional fly tiers from all over the world who will help promote the 50/50 split on the water and provide a chance for guests to learn from the best.
Visitors can also enjoy talks, presentations and films on all disciplines of fly fishing including screenings of the new film Chalk (filmed and produced by Chris and Leo of Chalkstream Fly and Fishing TV).
Food and drink and corporate hospitality options will be available throughout the duration of the fair. With international exhibitors from as far afield as Argentina all the way to Alaska, there is something for all abilities and interests. Returning exhibitors include Orvis, Fish and Game, Funky Fly Tying, Eleven Experience and Federation of Fly Fishers. New exhibitors include Farlows Travel, Sweet Water Travel, FishPal, Snowbee and Edward Barder alongside 70+ more specialist exhibitors, fishing destinations and lifestyle brands.
The London Fly Fishing Fair provides a gateway for all to learn about the various aspects of the fly fishing industry worldwide, offering the opportunity for visitors to get involved and engage in a hands-on way. “We believe that we attract the traditional fly fishermen who live in London and those who can travel to this central location, but we are also trying hard to introduce a new generation into fly fishing by instruction and education. We want to communicate that fly fishing is not as elitist as some believe. We want to show easy access to fly fishing venues and equipment that will not break the bank. This is a sport for everyone.”
What does John Kelley see for the future of the London Fly Fishing Fair? “We strongly believe that The London Fly Fishing Fair is a springboard to bring more interest into the sport. We are launching The London Wing Shooting Fair this year as a supplementary fair, which has been brilliantly received. We would love for this to grow and perhaps take in more country sport activities.”
Visit http://thelondonflyfishingfair.co.uk/ to purchase advance tickets for £15 each and tickets on the door for £20 (admits one adult for both 23rd and 24th March).
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