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North West Angling Fair Programme 2022

The North West Angling Fair 2022 will take place at the Melvin Sports Complex and in the adjacent River Mourne on Saturday 2nd of April and Sunday 3rd of April (11am – 5pm)

A provisional programme has been drafted in the first instance and is outlined below.

ALL CASTERS WILL ALSO BE GIVING FREE LESSONS ON Felix McCrossin Pitch, Melvin Sports Complex , though out the days .

Fly Casting Programme Saturday & Sunday

Location: River Mourne Demonstration

Time

Demonstrator

11.30 – 12.00

Scott MacKenzie (MacKenzie fly rods)

12.00 – 12.30

Andrew Toft (MacKenzie fly rods )

12.30 – 13.00

Jim Fearn

13.00 – 13.30

Scott MacKenzie (MacKenzie fly rods)

13.30 – 14.00

Andrew Toft (Mackenzie Fly Rods)

14.00 – 14.30

Jim Fearn

14.30 – 15.00

Conor Arnold (Loop Pro, Ireland)

 

Free Casting Workshops throughout both days after the River Demos with these great casters and fly fishers Felix McCrossan Pitch.

Fly Casting Demonstrations and workshops  Saturday & Sunday

Location: Felix McCrossan Pitch, Melvin Sports Complex

Time

Demonstrator

11.30 – 12.30

Mark Patterson, SH (Loop Pro, Ireland)

12.00 – 12.30

Stevie Munn, SH (Cadence Fly Ambassador)

12.30 – 13.00

Conor Arnold (Loop Pro, Ireland)

13.00 – 13.30

Hywel Morgan

13.30 – 14.00

Mark Patterson, SH (Loop Pro, Ireland)

14.00 – 14.30

Stevie Munn, SH (Cadence Fly Ambassador)

14.30 – 15.00

Hywel Morgan

 

FLY CASTING BIOGRAPHY’S

Hywel Morgan

Hywel is the son of Welsh fishing guru Moc Morgan and perhaps unsurprisingly he was introduced to the pleasures of fishing at an exceptionally early age. Having grown up in his father’s shadow, Hywel decided to make a name for himself and started competing in casting competitions. During his time he amassed the following titles: World Games Accuracy Casting Champion, European Distance Casting Champion, European Silver Medallist (Accuracy), 14 British Casting Records, 6 Times All Round British Champion, over 100 British Individual titles and World Record Holder for multiple casting (66 rods cast simultaneously).  

Mark Patterson

(Loop)

Mark Patterson has fished for trout and salmon in Ireland for over 40 years. He has also fished extensively in England, Scotland and Wales as well as further afield including Florida, Montana, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Australia, Tasmania, France and Poland. He is an APGAI casting instructor and works as an angling consultant, instructor and guide all over Ireland and is heavily involved in introducing the next generation of anglers to the sport of fly fishing through his ‘Salmon in the Classroom’ project. Mark specialises in fishing for wild brown trout and Atlantic salmon in the loughs and rivers of his native Ireland. He is proud to be a Loop Pro team member, a member of the Loop Akademi and the Loop rep in the UK and Ireland.

Conor Arnold (Loop)

Conor is a full time professional guide and A.P.G.A.I-Ireland casting Instructor, as well as Loop Team member for Ireland. Based in the south of Ireland Conor has over 30 years of experience fly-fishing for salmon, trout and sea-trout throughout mainland Europe, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden and Norway. 

Conor began guiding about 12 years ago and now runs his own International guiding business based on his fishery, the Upper Bridgetown Salmon Fishery, on the river Blackwater. For the last number of years Conor has been fishing for Baltic salmon in many of Swedens mighty northern rivers, and this year he will be hosting trips there, helping visiting anglers to catch a fish of a lifetime in the homeland of Loop. 

Stevie Munn

Stevie Munn is from Co. Antrim, he has fly fished all his life, well from about the age of six first with his late father who was also a very experienced fly fisher, he is a qualified Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructor in Fly Tying and Fly Casting with APGAI-Ireland and an APGAI fly casting instructor. He is a Cadence fly fishing designer and has developed a new range of high-quality fly-fishing rods which cover river to lough fishing.  

Stevie worked in the angling sector for almost 30 years and has been a Professional international guide and fly fisher.

Stevie teaches fly casting and fly tying to all levels from beginner to advanced and has also given lessons at many schools. He has also won fly casting competitions including 2 Accuracy Casting Championships in England in the 1990s and at the CLA game fair 2011. Stevie helped set a new World record in fly casting which was done for the charity. 

Stevie hosts fishing trips worldwide and has given fly tying and casting demos, at many game and fly fairs over the years, including the World of Fly Fishing in Germany, The CLA Game Fair in England, Angling Ireland, Irish Game Fairs, The Dutch Fly Fair, Rio Grande Fly Fishers in TDF, The British Fly Fair and The Irish Fly Fair. 

For more information www.anglingclassics.co.uk

www.cadencefishing.co.uk

Andrew Toft

Andrew is one of only a few master qualified instructors in Scotland and is based in Kilsyth between Glasgow and Stirling. Andrew is a lifelong friend and former pupil of the famous casting champion and instructor, Peter Anderson. He received his first lesson from Peter aged 12 and continued to be mentored by him for many years. He became the first instructor in Europe to be awarded FFF THCI (Two Handed Casting Instructor) and also gained the MCI, and thereafter formed part of the assessment committee. Andrew has competed in many international events. His highlights include winning the first ICFF World Spey Casting Championships with standard fishing tackle in Fagerness Norway, 2010 and the international Spey Casting Championships in the same year. He will also be representing the UK in several events in this year’s World Fly Casting Championships.

His achievements have led him to be invited to demonstrate his skills at many far flung destinations, including the famous Golden Gate Casting Club in San Francisco. He well known for his unique style of casting and he now spends his time demonstrating and mentoring groups and individuals. Andrew is also a consultant in product design and development with Mackenzie Fly Fishing

 Aapgai & FFF Master Certified Instructor

Scott MacKenzie

A familiar face at the North West Angling Fair, Scott MacKenzie is a three-time World Spey Casting Champion from Inverness. Scott has been coming to the North West of Ireland since he launched with his Mackenzie brand in Ireland over 10 years ago. Scott was a full time guide in Scotland for over 20 years and is fully qualified casting instructor for over 15 years holding an Advanced Professional Game Angling Instructors Certificate the UK's highest level of casting instructor, Nowadays apart from attending fishing shows across the world Scott runs the Mackenzie brand of fly fishing equipment which is now Scotland biggest producer of premium high quality fly fishing rod and lines.

Jim Fearn

I work for Guide Flyfishing and masters qualified AAPGAI- in both trout and Salmon disciplines.

I have fished extensively in Northern England, throughout Scotland, Russia, Norway and Montana. I have passionately been teaching fly fishing/ fly casting for over 20 years.

 

Fly Casting Programme Saturday 2nd April & Sunday 3rd April

Location: Felix McCrossan Pitch, Melvin Sports Complex

Single handed and double handed instruction and advice by APAGI qualified instructors: Pauline McClenaghan and Ian Gamble

Time

Demonstrator

10.00 – 12.00

Ian Gamble & Pauline McClenaghan

14.00 – 16.00

Ian Gamble & Pauline McClenaghan

If you want an introduction to flyfishing or help with your casting (standard & advanced techniques) pre-book your instruction for either or both sessions by contacting Ian Gamble on 078 74999236  *Booking Essential

Casting Clinic Biography

 

Pauline McClenaghan

Pauline is a single handed qualified APAGI Ireland instructor. She is a member of the Irish Ladies Flyfishing Association (ILFA). The ILFA specialises in Lough style competitive fly angling and holds four annual competitions a year in lakes throughout Ireland. The Association also competes against England, Scotland and Wales in an annual international competition held alternatively in each of the four nations. Pauline holds seven International caps.

Ian Gamble

Ian is an Advanced Qualified APGAI Ireland single and double handed casting instructor. He can provide casting tuition (beginner to advanced level).

Ian’s main operating area is the north west of Ireland (Derry, Donegal). He provides an excellent guillie/guide service for the following species: salmon, sea trout, brown trout and rainbow trout.

 

Saturday 2nd April & Sunday 3rd April

Location: Felix McCrossan Pitch, Melvin Sports Complex

 

EXHIBITION HALL – TRADE & INFORMATION STANDS

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April

Main Hall, Melvin Complex

Browse and shop around our exhibition area and talk to the experts from local shops Rodgers Fishing Tackle, Irish Country Sport & Country Lift, Paul Gallagher Fine Art & Flies, Loop Tackle, The Great Outdoors, Ardaire Springs Angling Centre, Flight and bite/Outdoor Experience, River Mourne Gun and Tackle, Irish Ladies Flyfishing Association, The Loughs Agency and more

There will also be representatives from local angling clubs and angling organisations to talk to.

FLY TYERS

Fly Tyers Row – Main Hall, Melvin Sports Complex

Paul Grieve

Jack McLaughlin

Arthur Greenwood

Joe Stitt

Mark McLoon

Brendan Garland

Andrew Laverty

Trevor Greene

Aodhan McKinley

Michael Currie

Anthony McCann

Gary Keys

Sean Deeney

Dean Armstrong

Joe McDonald

Jacob Griffin

Vaclav Preissler

FLYTYING BIOGRAPHY’S

Arthur Greenwood

Arthur’s area of expertise is in tying and demonstrating traditional Irish lough flies and small river dry flies although he enjoys dressing the whole range of Irish trout and seatrout flies including the more modern and innovative patterns. He recently began to specialise in predator and saltwater patterns and will also have a range of Framed Flies on display. He is an Advanced Fly-dressing member of APGAI Ireland and also its Secretary.

 

In addition, Arthur is a member of the prestigious Partridge Pro Team and is on the Regal Vice Pro Staff. As a retired teacher, Arthur particularly likes working with young people and beginners to the world of fly-dressing and demonstrates and teaches in this area at all the major Irish Country Fairs and Shows each year as well as selected overseas events such as the Dutch Fly Fair and the FFF Conclave in Montana.

 

As well as demonstrating, he intends to offer “Have a Go” sessions for beginners and kids at the North West Angling Fair.

Joe Stitt

Fishing since early 1950’s. mainly for trout. I was lucky to meet several good people who influenced me to try to become better and more knowledgeable about entomology, fly dressing and fly casting. I tried and passed STANIC fly dressing and game angling instruction. Next step was APGAI advanced trout discipline. In 2002 APGAI Ireland was formed and I was privileged to be among the founding group I tried the AAPGAI Master qualification in trout sea trout and salt water. I then got to try FFF Master casting instructor qualification which I had to try a second time because I made a few errors in the first attempt. My angling career took me on ten trips to New Zealand’s South Island to fish for trout, twice to Australia’s Snowy Mountains _again to fish for trout, two visits to Slovenia one to Bosnia and one to Austria. I had two visits to Baja to fish for big game saltwater fish. Dorado, Sail Fish, Marlin, rooster fish. Yellowfin tuna and wahoo.

Andrew Laverty

My name is Andrew Laverty and I am 24 years old. My Granda taught me how to fly fish at the age of 10 and then started to tie my own flies. When I caught my first trout on my own flies, I fell in love with the art of fly tying! I have been tying flies for around 14 years now. I spent most of my teenage years fishing Lough Sheelin for wild brown trout. I tied many different patterns, dries and wets which caught many fish!

 

I then started tying salmon flies. Salmon fishing was not something that I had tried before. Once I caught my first salmon, on the fly… I was hooked!

My salmon flies have been catching Atlantic salmon in a number of countries including Iceland, Sweden and Canada!

You will maybe have seen me on Facebook as Andrew Laverty Fly Tying!

This will be my first time tying at a show and I’m really looking toward to it. Feel free to stop and get a chat!    

Dean Armstrong

Native of Omagh Co Tyrone who has been tying flies since 1995. Over the years I have tied all sorts of flies but these days I mainly concentrate of Salmon flies for our local foyle system and I supply a few travel companies with flies for their clients who are jetting off to destinations ranging from the Kola peninsula to Tierra Del Fuego. I started an Instagram a few years ago(Armstrong.salmon.flies) for fun and to document the flies that I am tying and I have garnered much more attention that I expected. I am also an occasional contributor to Trout and Salmon and Fly fishing and Fly Tying Magazines.  At the Melvin show I will mostly be tying patterns for the local rivers.

Mark McLoone

My name is Mark McLoone . I was first introduced to fishing by my father, as a 5 or 6 year old, on the rivers and lakes of Co. Donegal for salmon, sea trout and brown trout. I was quickly hooked, and had my father tortured to take me fishing as often as he could!

At maybe 9 or 10 years of age I was given my first fly rod. I soon caught my first salmon on the fly and haven't looked back. I've been fly fishing for trout and salmon ever since.
Around the same age, I was given my first fly tying vice and so started a love affair with fly tying. I tie trout and salmon flies, but mainly salmon flies as salmon fishing is what sets my heart racing the most.

I love tying Irish shrimps, and consider myself fortunate to come from the Northwest of Ireland; an area rich in shrimp fly tying history, with its many talented fly tiers, past and present.  I've always had plenty of local inspiration.
I now draw much of my inspiration from the many wonderful fly tying talents online.

 

I now tie regularly at shows such as this one, the Irish Fly Fair International and the British Fly Fair International. I still try to make trips into the remote mountain lakes of wild Donegal in search of brown trout with my father, and the occasional dash to Mask, Corrib or Sheelin, but can mainly be found fishing for Atlantic salmon on the River Finn in Co. Donegal, and on my home river, the beautiful Faughan.

Michael Currie

Based just outside Ballymena I grew up on the Kellswater river fishing for brown trout and dollaghan. I started tying when I was about 14 and have since progressed to starting my own small business tying bespoke custom orders for anglers who appreciate quality flies. Fishing wise I really enjoy Euronymphing for trout when there’s a drop of water in the river I love chasing salmon.

Paul Grieve

My name is Paul Grieve, I grew up beside the River Faughan and started fishing at a young age. Over 20 years ago as a young boy, I started tying salmon flies as a hobby and as the saying goes, the rest is history! I love tying flies and sharing the images with everyone.

Nowadays I offer a modern take on all the classic salmon flies.  I am a pro tyer on the Franc n Snaelda team and now the pandemic is coming to an end I will be back attending fishing shows tying my flies using their amazing fly tying materials. 

 

Sean Deeney

My name is Sean Deeney, I'm a salmon fly dresser from Derry in the Northwest of Ireland.I've been tying for around ten year's now, starting off watching you tube videos and progressed from there.

My passion is tying modern shrimp and hair wing patterns putting my own personal touch and spin on them. I've tied at several fishing fairs including the Irish fly fair and the North West angling fair. Recently I was invited to become an ambassador for LTS fly-fishing, Partridge of Redditch and Lesonen Signature Materials which was a great honour.

I've been flyfishing for Atlantic salmon and sea trout for over thirty five years on the river's of the Foyle system and guide for Glenmore rivers on the beautiful river Finn in Donegal.

Trevor Greene

In his 65th year of fishing Trevor remains fascinated by trout and salmon and particularly the flies which work to catch them. Having tied flies for over 40 years, Trevor has become an Advanced Instructor with the Association of Professional Game Angling Instructors Ireland.  He teaches a couple of classes and has demonstrated fly dressing at a number of angling fairs and other events in recent years. He concentrates on traditional fishing patterns and believes that they only get to be traditional because they work! If you want any particular advice on tying technique have a word with Trevor at the show.

Joe McDonald

Joe McDonald is a legend in fly tying in the Northwest of Ireland and further afield and has been tying flies commercially for over 60 years.  Joe is responsible for flies like the Mourne Gold and many of the shrimp flies that are staples of many a fly boxes.

Joe has been there from the beginning of shrimp flies when only natural materials were available and creativity was key. He continued this trend right to the present day inventing many patterns as new materials have become available. 

Brendan Garland

Brendan has fished for Atlantic Salmon throughout Ireland and the UK, as well as Iceland and throughout Russia’s Kola Peninsula. He has also fished for Pacific Salmon in Canada.

Jack McLaughlin

I am Jack McLaughlin from Buncrana, Co.Donegal. I was introduced to fishing on the Crana River in my hometown at the age of 9 by my late grandfather. It was around this time I took a keen interest in fly tying after being shown the basics by my father. I’ve been tying flies for the past 10 years. I enjoy tying all types of flies, especially modern and traditional salmon flies which I now send all over the world. This will be my 4th year of having the honor of being invited to the North West Angling Fair which I really enjoy as it’s a great opportunity to meet other fishing enthusiasts and customers. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Anthony McCann

My name is Anthony McCann and I have been Fly Fishing for 20+ years. Fly tying for a few years and tying mainly salmon flies.

Aodhan McKinley

My name is Aodhan McKinley from Belfast, and I was introduced into angling and fly dressing by my late father from a very young age. I fish for Atlantic Salmon, Trout, and Dollaghan, although my main passion is tying salmon flies and chasing silver mostly around the River Mourne and Foyle system, and smaller rivers in Donegal. I created my own fly pattern called ‘The Spectrum Shrimp’ during lockdown and it has proven successful and popular.

Jacob Griffin

Jacob Griffin is a thirteen-year-old keen angler. Two years ago, his grandfather gave him a fly-tying vice and some thread and feathers to start tying his own flies.

After been shown a few basic techniques from his grandfather, he watched YouTube videos, and then spoke to staff at the Bridge, Gun and Tackle shop in Strabane, who shared some good tips.

Whether it’s Ballyheather trout fishery, local rivers, or the sea. If there’s a chance of a strike, that’s where you’ll find Jacob.

One day, he hopes to have his own fishing tackle shop, own a stretch of the River Finn, and go Fly fishing in Norway.

Meanwhile, he’ll be representing Ulster in the Under 18 Irish Fly Fishing Qualifier in the coming months. He loves tying the weighted Cascade because it’s colourful and he’s landed a few fish with it. But his secret weapon is one he calls the ‘Griffin Special’ and he’s not letting anyone know how he creates that.

Gary Keys

My name is Gary, I’ve been tying flies now for the last 9 years and I specialise on salmon flies. I’ve been a keen angler from no age growing up fishing the River Faughan and Dennett with my late father. My main river now is the river bush and days fishing on Carnroe. I’ve always had an interest in tying so decided to give it a go in 2013 and haven’t looked back since. I look forward to meeting everyone at the show so don’t be afraid to stop and have a chat.

 

Vaclav Preissler

My name is Vaclav, I am originally from Czech Republic. Fly fishing has been a big part of my life for the last at least 30 years, same with fly tying. I specialised in catching brown trout mostly at the river. I have been fishing all around Ireland, my favourite rivers are Black Water River, Burn Dennett, Dell and Strule. I also tie mostly flies for trout. I have lived here for the last 18 years and I have met some great people and made some good friendships with loads of fishermen. I have been helping train up the younger generations of the Irish Fishermen, and trying to pass on all my knowledge, experiences and tricks I have learned over the years. 

 

 

Community Angling Training & Coaching Hub
DCSDC and Loughs Agency are excited to bring a programme of angling training and coaching to the NW Angling Fair. This will be delivered by experienced and professional coaches from the Foyle River Catchment Outdoor Group CIC (FROG) who will be on-hand to train new, novice and experienced young anglers in game, coarse and sea angling. Short workshops will cover casting, fish identification, river invertebrates, bait, lures, fly tying and water safety and enable participants to achieve the CAST Angling Starter certificate. Free. Limited availability on a first come first served basis.

Family Activities

Electronic Fishing Simulator

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd April 11:00 – 16:00

The use of this quite original and modern type technology has quickly become a real asset to our Youth Angling Development Strategy Works. In essence, the technology has created a steppingstone across the once unreachable opposite riverbank. The use of bat monitoring detectors and motion sensitive cameras with our Environmental Education Awareness Groups in the last 12 months of the DCSDC Riverine Environmental Champions Program has seen more youth become active in outdoor works, the opportunity for youth participants to help set up and explain the equipment to older participants has been an intriguing development.