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Scottish Game Fair puts accent on fishing

Fishing is set to be a huge attraction at this year’s GWCT Scottish Game Fair. An expanded area has been dedicated to fishing, and the programme has been revamped. FF&FT is hosting a ‘Fishing Mall’ a separate area at which specialist traders will gather to display and sell anything fly-fishing related, from rods, to hooks, to lines, to fly tying materials to holidays, schools, and to books and everything else. FF&FT will be on hand with a subscription offer, and Editor, Mark Bowler and FF&FT staff will all be present in the Mall. Fly-tying demonstrations by Allan Liddle (trout) and Tomas Kolesinkas (salmon) will also take place within the Mall.

Nearby, the Ghillie Bothy will host panel debates with topical speakers including writer and broadcaster, Fiona Armstrong and local fisher and Tay Board member, Claire Mercer Nairne. There will also be plenty of fishing demonstrations, with Spey casting and the latest Italian style casting at the forefront. Many of the industry’s experts - Ali Hutchens, Mike Brown, and Sandy Mackintosh, amongst others – will be on hand to demonstrate, or convey their thoughts and advice at the Ghillie Bothy. Various fly casting competitions will also take during the course of the Fair. 

With a strong programme focussed on country sports the 2017 line-up comprises many new attractions including the inaugural Four Nations International Gundog competition (with teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales), and a spectacular axe demo from Adams Axemen.

Popular events, such as the Dog ‘n’ Duck show, tug o’ war, terrier racing, clay shooting and scurry will all take place as usual. In all, over 450 traders will be displaying crafts, clothing, food and drink, equipment and sporting goods. The GWCT theme for the central exhibit is ‘Grass to Grouse’ featuring rare breed cattle and sheep breeds used as conservation grazers. And for kids, a jam-packed ‘Wee Beasties’ education area includes lots of fun things to find and do.

The fair is held over three days: June 30, July 1 & 2 at Scone Palace, Perth. More details: http://www.scottishfair.com

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