Westcountry Sea Trout Festival 2011


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I hope admin doesn't mind me putting this up here... should hopefully be of interest to forum members.
Last year's festival was very popular and great fun for all of us involved. Thanks to the Westcountry Rivers Trust for getting on board to make the forthcoming 2011 event bigger and better still. The website details will be updated regularly with more information...
Watch this space! :)



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Full details of the Westcountry Sea Trout Festival are now available. Even if you do not intend on fishing, Saturday 2nd July sees the Sea Trout Gala Day which should be of interest of all sea trout fishers, Westcountry-based or not!

For the full brochure pdf, click here:



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Hi folks,

Just a reminder about the Sea Trout Gala Day on 2nd July, The Arundell Arms, Lifton, Devon. £25 per head, including a buffet lunch.

To celebrate the sea trout season, join us for a day of talks and demonstrations from experts in the field. Learn about current projects to conserve the species and try out the latest tackle.

9.30am arrival: Tea and coffee, welcome

10.00am – 1.00pm
Presentations: Westcountry Rivers Trust and The Celtic Sea Trout Project

1. ‘The Life and Times of Sea Trout’ - Dr Graeme Harris (Celtic Sea Trout Project)

2. ‘Using genetics to manage Sea Trout Stocks’ - Dr Dylan Bright (Westcountry Rivers Trust)

3. ‘Unravelling the mysteries of Westcountry Sea Trout —the AARC Project’ - Dr Bruce Stockley (Westcountry Rivers Trust, AARC)

4. ‘The Celtic Sea Trout Project’ - Dr Carys Davies (Celtic Sea Trout Project)

1.00pm – 2.00pm buffet lunch in the main dining room

2.00pm – 3.00pm Demonstration: Sea Trout and the Table by Steve Pidgeon, Head Chef at The Arundell Arms

3.00pm – 4.00pm Demonstration: Sea Trout Fly Tying with David Pilkington

4.00pm – 5.00pm Forum: Sea Trout Q&A
Bob Mountjoy (Author, ‘The Sea Trout Diaries’)
Charles Innis (Fishery manager, The Half Moon Inn, River Torridge)
David Pilkington (Senior instructor, The Arundell Arms, Lifton)

In addition to this, we are pleased to welcome Charles Jardine (Artist, instructor, angling author) who will be giving a casting demonstration in the hotel garden.

Throughout the day, the hotel tackle shop will be open alongside stands from the likes of Snowbee, with the latest rods and lines available to try before you buy.

While it is a case of 'more the merrier' please let us know if you are thinking of coming as it'll be helpful to let the chefs know how many there will be for lunch!!

By the way - there are one or two spaces available for fishing on the night of 2nd July as part of the festival (£28 per rod), but it is literally one or two.... the best email to get us on is fishingoffice@arundellarms.com.

Cheers for now



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Great day yesterday (see above!), perfectly finished with a very entertaining casting demo by Charles Jardine. Will get round to a full report of the festival, but the story so far is that fishing is slow! A few fish have been landed, but the first two nights have seen clear skies and very cold temps indeed.
If anyone wants to fish as a non resident (£28 per night), please let us know by calling 01566 784666. Pretty full next weekend but we have limited places available on the weekdays.

Cheers for now



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I attended the Gala Day - It started with Graeme Harris of 'Successful Sea Trout Angling' and ended about 7.00 pm with Charles Jardine showing us how to cast to those hard to reach corners. Fantastic day!

Fascinating stuff from the 'boffins'. Stongly recommend we all support the Celtic Sea Trout Project and the Atlantic Aquatic Resource Conservation by sending in our sea trout scales.

Did Pilks manage to nymph a sea trout on Sunday?