Free fishing festival on Hampshire Avon

Angling Times and Sky Sports have teamed up with one of the UK’s most iconic venues to celebrate the resurgence of angling on running water with the return of a free river fishing festival this summer.

As thousands of anglers return to the nation’s waterways it has been revealed that river anglers will be able to join some of the biggest names in the sport on the banks of the Royalty Fishery on the Hampshire Avon.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, which was focussed around floatfishing, the Royalty Fishery River Festival will encompass all running water tactics and allow visitors to test their skills against the venue’s barbel, chub and roach stocks.

The event will take place over the weekend of August 30-31, and those in attendance will not only be able to learn the tips and tactics from venue experts, but also try out and buy the latest tackle and bait on the market as organisers are inviting some of the biggest manufacturers in the sport.

“Last year’s event was a huge success, but I promise that you really won’t want to miss out this time because we’ll be offering tuition on all aspects of river angling and ensure visitors take away tips and tactics that will transform their fishing,” said Jason Lewis, managing director of Southern Fisheries, who control the fishing on the Royalty.

“We will be announcing the line-up of celebrity anglers and companies that will be in attendance very soon. We are also delighted that the Sky television cameras will also be on hand to capture the action.”

Angling Times columnist Des Taylor has welcomed the news and believes more fishery owners and clubs should hold similar events on their own stretches in order to promote running water angling.

“My hat goes off to the organisers of this event. We have some of the best running water fishing there is and we should be shouting about it from the rooftops and getting as many people into this branch of the sport as possible,” he said.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to local charities and if you would like to be part of the event email:

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