Meet the personalities attending the London Fly Fishing Fair & London Wing Shooting Fair

london fly fishing fairOn March 23–24, the Business Design Centre in Islington will be the venue for the second London Fly Fishing Fair and the inaugural London Wing Shooting Fair. We speak to four of the headline personalities – Hywel Morgan, Peter Glenser, Nick Zoll, and Marina Gibson. 

The fairs will bring together both novice and experienced anglers and game Shots from all over the world, who will be able to shop and speak to some of the most celebrated retail and services brands in the industry, as well as enjoy engaging demonstrations on the casting pool and talks from some of the industry's favourite personalities throughout the event. 

We spoke to just a few of the fair’s most anticipated guests – Hywel Morgan, Peter Glenser, Nick Zoll, and Marina Gibson – about what they’re looking forward to, what to see at their stands and why they believe London is the perfect location to nurture and celebrate a huge community of fieldsports enthusiasts. 

hywel morganHywel Morgan – World Champion Fly Caster

What did you think of the inaugural London Fly Fishing Fair? 

Last year’s show was a fantastic event. It had a great atmosphere with anglers sharing stories and enjoying themselves, and to be involved in such a great show was an absolute pleasure.  

What are you most anticipating at this year's fair? 

More stands, more people and more fun!

Why do you think it is important to be involved with such an event in the city of London? 

London is at the centre of everything, and it was high time it had its own fly fishing show. And I really do think that the venue is one of the best I have ever demonstrated at.

How do you help young people get into fishing? 

As anglers, it is vital we make fishing fun for kids. I have taught both my daughters to fish, I am now the Welsh Youth International Team coach, and I am getting them to help teach and encourage other youngsters into taking up the sport. 

What are your most memorable fly fishing highlights of 2017? 

Wow, that is a loaded question, there are so many! One would certainly be watching my youngest daughter fishing for the Welsh youth team and being so proud, and another would be catching my first ever bonefish on a trip to Cuba which my wife treated me to. To finally land and hold the bar of silver in my hands that had run away tearing off 80 yards or so of line was just fantastic.

 

peter glenserPeter Glenser – BASC chairman

Tell us a little bit about BASC as a company.

BASC is a national representative body for sporting shooting. We have five strategic objectives: A strong and unified voice for shooting, all party backing for shooting, balanced comment in the media, continued opportunity to go shooting, and high standards.

Why do you think it is important to be involved in events such as the London Wing Shooting Fair? 

Events such as this provide an opportunity to engage with the shooting community to promote the work of the association. They present an opportunity to meet our members and offer specialist advice on a range of shooting matters. LWSF is unique. Being held in London, it gives us an opportunity to meet the many sportsmen and women who live and work in the capital.

What do you think makes London important for field sports enthusiasts? 

Our members come from cities, the countryside and the coast. The show will be in an area where a significant number of fieldsports enthusiasts live and work.

What can visitors expect to receive at the BASC stand? 

Representatives of the BASC South East regional team will be present to offer advice to members, and discuss the membership package and its benefits. The stand will be promoting best practice across many shooting sports. We will also have the Langstone Wildfowlers present to promote wildfowling and opportunities to go wildfowling in the south east. BASC’s state-of-the-art shooting simulator will be on site for people to try a range of disciplines from clay pigeon shooting to driven grouse shooting, too.

Are there any initiatives BASC will be focusing on in 2018 and will members be able to speak to a representative about this at the fair? 

This year we will continue to promote high standards and best practice as the best way to ensure the future of shooting, we will continue to press for better firearms licensing and extend the reach of our Taste of Game initiative.

What fieldsports do you enjoy most? 

I enjoy all forms of shooting, but my favourite is walked-up shooting over pointers with good friends and small bags, both for grouse and at home in East Anglia for pheasants and partridges.

 

nervous watersNick Zoll – director of Nervous Waters

What are you most anticipating at this year's fair?

Throughout 2017 we heard great reports about the London Fly Fishing Fair, from our friends who attended, fellow exhibitors and co-founder of the fair, Fergus Kelley who previously worked with Nervous Waters at our Pira Lodge in Argentina. Therefore, it was a straightforward decision for us to get involved, and we are very excited to exhibit this year. 

I am also looking forward to seeing the fair grow and further establish itself from last year’s show, and of course we’re also looking forward to the addition of the London Wing Shooting Fair. 

Why do you think it is important to be involved in such an event in the city of London?

Having been involved in the business for 30 years, I am thrilled that London finally has a dedicated fly fishing fair. London is so important to the industry and has always been an important hub for much of our international clientele. With big names such as Farlow’s, Sportfish and Hardy’s supporting sport fisherman in the city for so long, it is great to see specifically targeted events such as the LFFF showcasing international companies like Nervous Waters as well.

What can visitors expect receive from a visit to the Nervous Waters stand?

Nervous Waters is not an agency, we own and operate our own fly fishing lodges in Latin America and the Caribbean. And David Denies, our sister company, does the same for the international shooting community. 

At the fair this year we will be showcasing all of our lodges, and I am looking forward to meeting old friends and making new acquaintances. With nearly 25 years of experience, establishing and managing camps for Nervous Waters, I know our lodges and how they operate. I really look forward to discussing them with the London-based audience, and it will be a great pleasure to attend the show myself.

How do Nervous Waters promote conservation?

All our lodges, whether shooting or fishing, are run by people passionate about conservation – it is inherent in our DNA and always has been. We recognise that all our resources must be managed carefully, and conservation of habitat and individual fish and game species is essential. If we don't, we simply won’t have a business. Our aim is to nurture the immediate environment surrounding all of our lodges, but we also recognise the need to cross-pollinate and share ideas at an international level too.

 

marina gibsonMarina Gibson – Orvis UK ambassador

What did you think of the inaugural London Fly Fishing Fair?

Compared to a lot of fishing shows I have been to before, the location is fantastic as it is so accessible to everyone. I also loved how central the casting pool was at the fair, too, wherever you were stood you were able to see the fantastic demonstrations.

What are you most anticipating at this year's fairs?

I’m really looking forward to seeing how much it has grown because I know that the exhibitor stands for the fly fishing fair has already sold out, which means it has already expanded from last year. I also think it’s great that they are bringing in the London Wing Shooting Fair as that will attract a different crowd, more people and the two sports go hand in hand together.

Why do you think it is important to be involved in such an event in the city of London?

I think it’s important as everyone thinks if you live in a city there’s no access to fishing or shooting, when in fact if you research the area you can find lots of opportunities from urban fishing spots to clay shooting grounds for example. Just because you are based in a city, does not mean you can’t participate in fieldsports!

What are your fly fishing highlights from 2017?

It has to be passing my level two coaching exams with the Angling Trust! This has enabled me to become a part-time guide and I have loved doing that – meeting new people, teaching new people and guiding them to catch their first fish! There really are so many but another highlight for me would be travelling all the way to the other side of the world to Christmas Island – fishing for GT’s and bonefish – it was an amazing experience.

 

For more information on attending the show, or exhibiting at either of the fairs, please contact Claire Zambuni on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit thelondonwingshootingfair.co.uk or thelondonflyfishingfair.co.uk for tickets. 

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