Willowpitch Fishing Tackle, a locally based company in Cheltenham who specialise in all types of fishing tackle including Fly Fishing, are kindly sponsoring this event again this year. They also have a stand on the Showground near the Lake. This year this will be an open event run between 10.00am and 3.00pm with prizes being awarded on the day at the Willowpitch stand at 3.30pm. All prizes must be picked up on the day.
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Events - Lake Ring
10:00 am to 15:30 pm
10:00 am to 15:00 pm
This will be an open competition with prizes awarded.
Last year’s winner (pictured) was Mr Dean James of Alvington with second place going to Mr Chris Uttley.
£1 per entry.
10:30 am to 11:30 am
A fun race in the Orangery Pond between some of the more unusual breeds of gun dogs. All of those taking part are used for water work on driven shoots, duck ponds or wildfowling. Two dogs from each breed will race each other against the clock in a simulated set of water retrieves from the Orangery Pond. This is a great opportunity to see a real mix of working gundogs compete against each other. Taking part today are Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Curly Coated Retrievers, Flat Coat Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Irish Water Spaniels, Labrador Retrievers and Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers.
Always drawing a large crowd, this event will have the canine competitors lined up to meet you for 15 minutes beforehand (and afterwards, but you may well get wet!).
10:45 am to 11:15 am
Have some free fly casting tuition!
Ian has fished extensively throughout the UK where his experience includes chalk stream and rain-fed river fishing, still-water and reservoir trout, salmon, sea trout and salt-water fly fishing.
Ian’s demonstration attempts to cover all the principal casting techniques used in fly fishing starting with very basic roll and overhead casts, extending the line with false casts, progressing to more advanced techniques like double hauling with a single handed rod and Spey casting with a double handed rod. After each demonstration Ian will be offering periods of tuition to anyone who is interested, from complete beginners who want to have a go, to more advanced techniques and casting clinics for those with more experience.
Tuition - 11am - 4.30pm and after each demonstration
11:00 am to 11:20 am
The Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association is dedicated to promoting sustainable Wildfowling on the Severn Estuary through their three key principles of Conservation, Education and Recreation. The association was formed over 50 years ago by a group of local wildfowlers who had the vision and foresight to identify the need to protect both wildfowl and wildfowling to guarantee the future of the sport. The club now offers members extensive opportunities to pursue this ancient art in a 21st century context through managed access to over 30 miles of foreshore on both sides of the estuary, over land which is either owned or leased by the association. The GWA has successfully managed the shooting on Frampton Marshes since 1957 and enjoys the ongoing support of the WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre.
The GWA welcomes novices and experienced shooters alike and has vacancies for new members. They have a well established structure for introducing newcomers to the sport. If you’re interested in the ancient craft of wildfowling please visit either of the GWA stands overlooking the main arena and the lake.
“Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association
Conservation, Education and Recreation in action on The Severn Estuary”
11:30 am to 15:30 pm
Demonstration - 11.30am, 2pm and 3.15pm
Tuition - 11.00am until 4.30pm
with Shaun Hodges
Have some free coarse fishing tuition!
Learn more about coarse fishing with David, our local coarse fishing expert.
10:00 am to 15:30 pm
These results will be announced in the week after this year's Fair.
10:00 am to 16:30 pm
Punt Gunning developed around coastal areas in the 19th century as a means of harvesting wildfowl for the commercial market. There is some belief that the originators were ex-gunners used to naval cannons and certainly there have always been ties between punt gunning and naval ports.
Fowl were skilfully stalked over distances, which involved lying prone in the punt using short paddles or poles to propel the punt to within range of the quarry, often through freezing water. The work was hard, cold, always wet and dangerous, and was considered one of the most difficult and demanding of all shooting activities.
The Gloucestershire Wildfowlers Association's Punt Gun static display overlooks the Court Lake. They will be giving demonstrations, with commentary, during the day. If you have never heard a punt gun go off now is your chance. It is quite something.