CHATSWORTH 2005 - THE 'HAVE-A-GO' FAIR
World-famed TV star John Wilson will be among the big-name anglers giving demonstrations at next May's Chatsworth Angling Fair - to be held over the weekend of May 21-22 on the Chatsworth House estate near Bakewell, Derbyshire.
He was so enthusiastic about last year's Silver Jubilee of the annual fair that he has found time to take part in the event for the second year running. One regular feature which particularly impressed him at the 25th anniversary show is that he and other renowned demonstrators perform on live waters - the Derbyshire Derwent runs through the grounds - so that spectators in the riverside stands always have a chance of seeing fish caught under natural conditions.
Research prior to the 2004 show confirmed that it is the largest open-air fair in the world to be devoted purely and simply to angling. Another bull point is that, both in the demonstrations and among the trade exhibitors, all aspects of the sport are covered - game, coarse and sea fishing, as well as special aids for disabled anglers.
A theme of the 2005 show is that it will be a "Have-A-Go" fair, with strong emphasis on encouraging audience participation. Tackle manufacturers and other members of the trade are being invited to sponsor or provide appropriate prizes for a well-chosen range of events. These are expected to include casting competitions, both distance and accuracy - not only for coarse and game anglers but also for those receiving tuition from the international surf casters who demonstrate in Chatsworth's Old Deer Park.
Other such attractions may include direct participation in fly tying, learning to tie complicated knots properly, and being taught how to split a cane rod.