Fishing legends to attend Longleat County Show

Co-organisers of Longleat's Fishing and Country Show Chris Ogborne, left, and Chris Sebire Testing the Waters

Co-organisers of Longleat’s Fishing and Country Show Chris Ogborne, left, and Chris Sebire Testing the Waters

Longleat will soon be playing host to some of the biggest names in fishing when they launch their inaugural Fishing and Country Show on June 14th-15th.

The show is set to be the largest of its kind in the South of England, providing visitors with the chance to see, and take part in, a variety of carp, coarse, fly and game fishing activities across the three lakes at the front of Longleat House.
Designed to appeal to families, the event also includes an Artisan food village with local and International speciality food and drink, cookery demonstrations hosted by Aga with top class chefs, two lakeside picnic areas, and the Land Rover 4×4 Experience.

Among those already confirmed to attend are multiple World Freshwater Angling champion Bob Nudd, angling Guru Charles Jardine and the presenter of Sky Sport’s ‘Thinking Tackle’ Danny Fairbrass.

Organisers are also planning to reveal the identity of a number of major celebrities who will also be making an appearance in the next few weeks.

Co-organiser and double English national Flyfishing champion Chris Ogborne said he is delighted with the number of top anglers and exhibitors who will be taking part.

“For two days in June Longleat’s fishing lakes and surrounding lawn, which are set against the stunning backdrop of Longleat House will be transformed into a top class showground that will break the mould of previous fishing-oriented events and will set new standards for a country show.

“The principal focus is to showcase the sport of fishing and to attract youngsters and newcomers into becoming the next generation of anglers.

“There will be tutorials, live fishing demonstrations and hands-on help with the choosing of tackle. The lakes at Longleat are well stocked and there is the very real probability that youngsters will catch their very first fish here.

“At the other end of the scale of expertise, the very top anglers in the sport will be showing customers just why they are at the top of their game.

“Members of the England fishing teams will combine with acknowledged experts in the sport to share their skills and to offer tips and advice,” he added.

The very biggest tackle makers including Hardy Greys, Korda, Preston Innovations, Sonik and Loop will be showcasing their latest products.

Top retailers like FatFish, Experience Fishing, Garry Evans and Stockport Fly Shop are also confirmed along with speciality bait makers, flytyers, Trade Guilds and bodies and even a Kayak manufacturer.
Tickets for the two-day show are now available online and will provide visitors with fast track entry to the event site.

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