Fly fishers from around the world will be descending on Hayling Island in September for the first-ever saltwater fly fishing festival from Orvis.
Open to both beginners and the more experienced fisher, the Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival seeks to celebrate the excellent saltwater fly fishing in the UK as well as promote the accessibility of the discipline to a brand new audience.
Those taking part on the beaches and rocks around Hayling Island will be targeting a number of different species including bass, mullet, garfish and mackerel, with all catches to be released back into the water.
Orvis will welcome anglers with a welcome drinks reception on the opening day, as well as hosting an evening social event at the Jubilee Hall in Chichester during the event.
Experts will also be on hand to offer advice on tackle, tactics and techniques, with a number of clinics at the Orvis store in Chichester to introduce anglers to the various marks. Saltwater fly fishing experts Neville Broad and Colin Macleod will also be on hand to provide bass and mullet masterclasses.
Tickets to the fly fishing festival cost £95 for the full schedule and competition, including entry into the special clinics, welcome evening at Orvis Chichester on Thursday 3rd September, and a film screening evening on Friday 4th. Entry to just the Saturday/Sunday competition will cost £70.
The competition will take place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of September, with some exceptional prizes on offer from Orvis, including a Helios 3 rod and the new Recon rod model. Competition categories include ‘Longest Bass’, ‘Longest Mullet’, ‘Longest Other Species’, ‘Most Number of Species’, ‘Junior Angler’ as well as prizes for runner’s up across the categories.
“We are delighted to be launching an event that seeks to celebrate the fantastic saltwater fly fishing we have on offer across the UK’s coastlines, which is so accessible to amateur and professional anglers alike,” explains Brian Campbell-Kearsey, head of marketing at Orvis. “In support of our ‘50 50 on the Water’ campaign we hope to see anglers from all ages and walks of life come down to Chichester to take part in what we hope to be a fun and friendly gathering.”