Angling is one of the most popular participation sports in the UK. People of all ages and walks of life enjoy the many different types of fishing available, whether it be in the sea or freshwater and for a meal or just pleasure.
At Thame Country Fair we offer “Have a Go” sessions, where you can have a free twenty minute angling lesson with qualified professionals. Even at fairs like Thame without water, you can still practice the skills and techniques in the fishing arenas. Since starting these “Have a Go” sessions literally thousands of visitors have taken part and many have become ardent fans of the pastime, developing a skill for life.
In the Fly Fishing Marquee, Barry Grantham will be back with an assortment of hand made fishing tackle, while Rose Grantham will be demonstrating refurbishing vintage rods. There will also be a display of Scottie built impregnated split bamboo fishing rods.
We are also delighted to be welcoming Charles Jardine to our shows this year. Charles will be doing casting demonstrations in the Countryside arena, and you can also see him in our Country Kitchen Marquee in the food village, where he will be demonstrating some delicious fish recipes.
The Angling Trust
The Angling Trust is the governing body for all forms of angling in England and Wales. On this stand you can learn all about the work of the Trust and hopefully join up to support their work. You can also learn how, when and where to get started.
Get hooked ! Experts on hand to show you how.
Split Cane Rod Making
Whoever thought of splitting a piece of bamboo, planning and tapering the split pieces the joining them to make a hexagonal fishing rod ?
Peter Johnson appears in the Angling Trust stand to demonstrate the age old art of split cane rod making. Fascinating to watch and enjoyable to listen to, Peter brings this skill to life.
Salmon & Trout Conservation U.K.
Salmon & Trout Conservation U.K. is the only UK fisheries charity which campaigns politically for the management, protection and conservation of fish and the environment necessary for them to thrive.
Game Angling Instructors Association will also have a stand with us.
Have a Go at Angling
At the show advice will be available on how to start trout and salmon fishing and game angling instructors will be on hand to offer free fly casting instruction to beginners and juveniles (age 7 and over ). Just head over to the angling tent and book your session. All tuition will be carried out by a GAIA instructor and using a headset so the instruction can be heard clearly. There will also be fly tying tuition for novice or advanced and even a competition to enter if you get the hang of it!
- Fly Casting Accuracy competition
- Fly tying competition – this year we will be tying two flies: a Black and Peacock Spider and a Pheasant Tail NymphBoth of the above are free to enter and all equipment is provided. There will be an attractive prize for the winners judged over the show season
Fly casting demonstrations will go on most of the day in the tuition arena .
We also have demonstrations in these arenas and the Countryside Arena by:
Barry Grantham – Game Angling Instructors Association & Salmon and Trout Conservation
Charles Jardine – Casting and Cookery demonstrations
Peter Johnson – rod maker