SESSION five of the Angling for All Project will take place at Beechhill Fishery, near Newtownards, on Saturday, March 18.
Session Four, on March 11 enjoyed a light wind and a rise in temperature. Anglers were given a choice of methods and target species. There was a good split between fly, feeder, pole and whip anglers. Each method was productive and everyone caught good numbers of carp, roach, rudd and trout.
A spokesman for Sport Northern Ireland said,
“Sport Northern Ireland is delighted to have funded this project. It is great to see our investment of £3,733 is providing increased sporting opportunities. Projects such as this are vital in increasing the number of children and adults who enjoy, engage and excel in sport and physical activity.”
The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland is to host the World Youth Angling Championships at Inniscarra Lake, Co Cork, in August. A detailed entry programme can be found at the dedicated website for the event www.ncffi.ie/wyac
Meanwhile the Irish International Fly Fair to be held at Killyleagh on July 1-2 this year. It is Ireland’s only ‘not for profit’ Fly Fishing Fair and brings hundreds of visitors to the picturesque village each year.
A spokesman said,
“This year we are continuing to concentrate our venue for the fair in the entrance hall and bawn of the Killyleagh Castle and hope to again increase the variety of merchandise on offer with additional exhibitors and trade stands.”
While the IIFF is mainly about fly fishing and the art of tying and dressing flies, it takes in all aspects of the environment. The trust’s continued overall aim is to conserve and promote the natural stocks of sea trout in Strangford Lough through improvement of the ecology and natural spawning beds in the Dibney River. The Dibney, along with the Inler at Comber, is one of the few rivers that flow into Strangford Lough and the trust aims to promote debate on conservation issues.
Under 15’s enjoy free admittance to the venue and there will be bug tanks, free fly tying instruction and free casting instruction which will include all aspects of safety. All our instructors are all child protection registered sports instructors with AAPGAI and/or APGAI Ireland.
If you can’t wait until July the North West Angling Fair is free and takes place on April 8 at the Melvin Sport Centre in Strabane from 11.00am. Special guests include a host of world class fly dressers, casting experts and angling celebrities including Paul Young and Gordon Armstrong.
Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to watch these fly dressers practice their art and fly casters demonstrating their techniques and tactics.