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 Burghley, with its stunning lake, perfect for angling, we have a very popular Angling Village .
Here we offer “Have a Go” sessions, where you can have a free twenty minute angling lesson with qualified professionals. You can 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.
We are also delighted this year to be welcoming Charles Jardine, who will be demonstrating casting in the Countryside arena, then showing us how to cook what we catch in the Country Kitchen Marquee over in the Food Village!
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 then 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.
Have a Go at Angling
Advice will be available on how to start trout and salmon fishing and game angling instructors from Salmon and Trout Conservation UK will be on hand to offer free trout casting instruction to beginners and juveniles (age 7 and over ). Just head over to the angling tent and book your session.
Have a Go Fly Casting
Instructors from GAIA (Game Anglers Instructors Association) will be giving fly casting lessons free of charge, and also showing you how to tie flies. Wendy Gibson is a professional fly dresser and Bob Lomax is a GAIA instructor who ties flies the paraloop way.
Also on the stand are
Barry Grantham offering traditional hand crafted fishing tackle
Ian Kilgour with a wide selection of antiquarian books on angling and other country sports.
East Anglian Flydressers’ Guild – a fly-tying club from East Anglia who are a branch of the Flydressers’ Guild
Scottie Fly-Tying Vices – custom madefly-tying vices and tools made by Peter Waterhouse. Peter will be there demonstrating his tools and vices
Grafham Fly Fishing – Grafham Water is one of the top trout waters in the country and the Grafham fly fishers will be there to talk about the water and how to fish it.
Rutland Fly Fishers – Members of the Rutland Fly Fishers will be there to talk about fishing and the courses they run at Rutland Water
Lincolnshire Police – Rural crime busting
Scottie Impregnanted Split Bamboo Fishing Rods – The Scottie range of split rods, made famous by Sharpes of Aberdeen, sold the Scottie label and it is now owned by Barry Grantham and Peter Waterhouse. These are now handcrafted by Barry, and a range of rods will be on display.
Lincolnshire Rivers Trust – will have an entomology stand and displays on the work they are doing to improve rivers and their habitat.
- Fly Casting Accuracy competition
- Fly tying competition
Both 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 – Salmon and Trout Conservation UK
Ian Kilgour – Salmon and Trout Conservation UK
Peter Johnson – rod maker
Tim Gaunt Baker A.A.P.G.A.I.of Norfolk Fly Fishing – Tim covers the following tuition and Guiding in East Anglia and Salmon Fly fishing in in Scotland. He will be demonstrating the gentle art Fly fishing on Rivers, Lakes and Sea fishing.
Brian Towers A.A.P.G.A.I. of Yorkshire Fly-Casting – Brian’s expertise with A Double Handed rod is an art to behold ; Brian Guides and teachers on the River Ure in North Yorkshire. He demonstrates all aspect of fly fishing techniques both single handed and Double Handed rods. He guides on the rivers in North Yorkshire and in Scotland.