Fly fishing

Fly casting champion Hywel is on a mission to promote angling in Wales

Former World and European fly casting champion Hywel Morgan says the inaugural GWCT Welsh Game Fair in September will provide a platform to showcase fishing in Wales to international audiences.

The GWCT Welsh Game Fair will be held at the Vaynol Estate, near Bangor, from September 9-11 and Hywel says the setting, with a large lake in front of the iconic mansion, couldn’t be better for fishing.

Hywel, from Pontrhydfendigaid, near Aberystwyth, is baffled why thousands of anglers cross Wales every year to catch a ferry to go fishing in Ireland despite his country having some of the best trout rivers and lakes wild brunettes from the UK.

“I’m keen to ensure there is a very good angler presence at the GWCT Welsh Game Fair to promote the availability of angling in Wales,” he said. “For some reason most anglers drive through Wales to fish in Ireland.

“It’s time for the people of Wales to start shouting about what we have here. The GWCT Welsh Game Fair is an ideal opportunity for us to inform and educate people.

“We have probably some of the best secluded rivers and lakes for wild brown trout fishing in the whole of the UK.”

In partnership with The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), the GWCT Welsh Game Fair – – is organized by Stable Events Ltd, who also organize The Game Fair in Warwickshire and the GWCT Scottish Game Fair in Perthshire ,

Money raised from the Welsh event will support GWCT’s charity work and provide a welcome boost to the region, with tourism and visitors contributing to the local economy.

Fishing, clay shooting, hunting dogs, game cooking, falconry, horses and dogs, as well as rural crafts, food and drink will be on the program of the event, which should attract people with a passion for the countryside, pastoral pursuits and conservation.

Hywel, the son of the late famous Welsh angler Moc Morgan, first picked up a rod aged 18 months and was just three years old when he started fishing in the upper reaches of the river Teifi.

“I can’t remember the first fish I caught because I was too young,” he said. “I remember my father carrying me through the reeds of the pools of Teifi to put me at the edge of the lake.

“As a teenager I took up sea trout fishing and spent five nights a week on the Ystwyth.

Hywel entered his first fly casting competition at the age of 12 and quickly won prizes at the CLA Game Fair. In fact, he was so successful that he won most fly casting competitions at the event for three consecutive years and was politely asked not to participate again!

He then spent eight months practicing intensive fly casting up to eight hours a day, which eventually paid off as European and World Champion.

He now competes with fly fishing club Ospreys and travels the UK teaching anglers and demonstrating fly casting across the UK. He also appears regularly on television and writes for several angling publications.

Recognizing the need to get more young people involved in fishing, Hywel’s mission is to get kids away from computer games and out into the fresh air by a river or lake.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has been good for fishing as a lot of people have had more free time and have rediscovered angling,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to get away from it all and clear your mind.

“Fishing is one of the best ways to de-stress. It can be frustrating at times, but it’s escapism. It takes you to wild places most Welsh would never see.

Visitors to the GWCT Welsh Game Fair can take the opportunity to grab a rod to try fishing for the first time. In addition to fishing, the GWCT Welsh Game Fair will feature clay shooting, hunting dogs, game cooking, falconry, horses and dogs, as well as rural crafts, food and drinks.

Welsh celebrity chef and author Bryn Williams, from Denbigh, will create a bespoke menu for guests at White Park Restaurant in a VIP enclosure, sponsored by Clogau Gold and take part in outdoor cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend. end.

An avid shooter and novice fly fisherman, Bryn is chef patron of Odette’s in Primrose Hill and Porth Eirias, a seaside restaurant, cafe and bar in Colwyn Bay.

Visitors can expect a wide range of country-themed attractions, exhibits, live talks, shopping at hundreds of trade stalls and family entertainment.

The event will bring together representatives from a range of conservation, agriculture, outdoor sports and fisheries bodies for debates on Welsh rural issues.

The aim is to foster greater communication and cooperation between sectors and to promote the benefits of national activities and conservation to a wider audience.