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Fishing for Schools fishing village a
great success at Chatsworth Country Fair
Fishing for Schools enjoyed three fabulous days at Chatsworth Country
Fair (1-3 September), with the new
and improved Fishing for Schools
Fisherman’s Village an unprecedented success.
For the first time the angling area at
the annual country fair was sponsored and run by Fishing for Schools,
and our new fly fishing charity, Castaway, with additional sponsorship
from the local branch of international
fishing outfitters Orvis and newlylaunched Angling Direct.
The fishing area was the place to
be, with coarse and fly instruction
from members of the Game Angling
Instructors’ Association (GAIA) and
Richard Jamieson and Dave Woodhead from the new Fishing for
Schools South Yorkshire and North
Derbyshire group.
Down on the River Derwent, the
crowds were entertained by demonstrations from top anglers, including
Hassan Khan of Angling Direct who
demonstrated his new wave carp
techniques, local fishing personality
Pete Arfield, who also amused the
assembled as MC, and Fishing for
Schools director Charles Jardine, who
accepted the challenge of catching,
landing and cooking a fish from the
river running through the estate –
each day! Guided river walks looking
at the wildlife of the river, led by Fishing for Schools’ resident bug hunter
Lee Hooper, were also very popular.
The new Fishing for Schools South
Yorkshire and North Derbyshire group
was unveiled at the event and now
has amassed a large number of
schools interested in taking part
when they get cracking in the new
Good news for Urban! Carp catching legend Jim Shelley is back on the going bait!
Jim caught an obscene amount of big carp to 50lb on the Nutcracker, and we are
looking forward to seeing more of the same from the high-profile angler!! We are on
the going bait!!
Ladybower Reservoir and the Peak
District National Park also lent their
support to the area and the enhanced
buzz led to an 180% increase in people signing up for the free tuition and
massively increased footfall.
Charles Jardine said: “It was hard
work to reinvigorate the fishing area,
which had been a little underwhelming in recent years, but it really paid
off, thanks to the professionalism,
genius, and warmth of spirit of everyone involved. They helped make the
area better than our wildest dreams.
It was also very successful for our
new Fishing for Schools South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire group,
which now looks set for a very active
launch in 2018. This was just the start
for us at Chatsworth – next year will
be even bigger and better!”
For more information, email charlotte-cooper@countrysidealliance.org n


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