Angling experts are the faces of new The Fishing Show which has been launched at the Great Yorkshire Showground last week. New face of angling Marina Gibson and well-known fly fisherman Paul Procter have embraced the new event which will be held at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June 2019. Internationally renowned carp angler Rob Hughes who manages the England carp fishing team, has also added his backing.
This will be the first ever dedicated fishing show of its kind to be held in Yorkshire and will be for anglers from all walks of life whether they are seasoned rods, or absolute beginners who are keen to learn about fishing. The event will cover all aspects of angling, including carp, coarse, fly fishing, sea fishing and fly tying. The Fishing Show is also set to feature many guest speakers as well as indoor and outdoor demonstrations from industry experts including Marina, Paul and Rob, with many more big names to be announced. There will also be entertainment and retail stands offering the very best equipment and brands in the industry. Celebrating and promoting one of the country’s most participated pastimes this large scale event is bound to be a major attraction.
Managing Director Heather Parry said: “We have created The Fishing Show which will be the first large scale event of its kind in Yorkshire. More rod licences were sold in Yorkshire than anywhere else in England and fishing is one of the most popular sports in the UK. We know the demand is out there and the response we have had from the industry already has been overwhelming. We look forward to welcoming experienced anglers to those who want to find out more about fishing, here at the Great Yorkshire Showground in June!”
Marina Gibson who lives near Leyburn is the new face of angling, promoting the sport to more than 33,000 of her Instagram followers as well as writing for magazines including a column in Fieldsports, hosting corporate days on the River Test and representing Orvis, the country pursuits brand with a store in West Park, Harrogate.
Marina said: “I’m so excited to be involved in the first ever ‘The Fishing Show’! There’s so much fishing in Yorkshire and its surrounding areas so it’s the perfect stepping stone for people who need that first bit of advice to get them through the starting barrier. The enthusiasm that the team behind it has shown so far has been above and beyond. The whole ethos behind the show is to be as inclusive as possible, targeting families, children, millennials and of course all ages, sex and abilities. Whether you already fish or you want to give it a go there will be something for everyone whether that be coarse, fly fishing, demos, advice, instructors, tackle, clothing and the list goes on… See you there!”
Cumbrian based Paul Procter is one of the most well-known and enthusiastic fly fishermen in the UK. Described as an outstanding angler, fly tyer, writer and fly caster, when he’s not contributing to the leading publications of Trout & Salmon, Trout Fishermen and Fieldsports Magazine, Paul leads trips to far flung places like New Zealand, Russia and Tahiti, helping anglers to realize their angling dreams. A Vice President of the Wild Trout Trust, Paul is extremely passionate about the environment and the future of angling. Working closely with Mackenzie Fly Fishing and Yorkshire based Semperfli companies, Paul is keen to promote angling at the many events and talks he attends.
Paul said he’s delighted to be involved in the inaugural ‘The Fishing Show.’ “An event like this has been long overdue in Yorkshire and I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge with the visitors. For once the organisers have listened and it appears there will be talks, demonstrations, workshops and advice for rank beginners right through to those who waft a rod on a more regular basis. Most of all, we must cater for youngsters, ladies and families to show them how easy and fun fishing can be!”
Rob Hughes is a well-respected and high profile angling ambassador known throughout the whole of the angling world. A two times world carp fishing champion with an enviable record of big fish captures and high profile competition wins under his belt, Rob currently manages the England carp fishing team with regular international success. He is the face of fishing on BT sport, an author and a regular contributor to the angling press, TV and radio. Originally from Shropshire he now lives alongside the River Frome in Somerset.
Rob said: “I’m really pleased to be a part of The Fishing Show and am looking forward to seeing you all and sharing some angling stories. Yorkshire is such a fantastic county with some brilliant and diverse fishing and there will something for everyone at this great event.” According to the Angling Trust, more than three million people in Britain now like to fish and angling is one of our most popular sports.
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