The Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival is confirmed to take place from Friday 4th September to Sunday 6th September 2020 at Chichester Harbour, with a revised festival structure to comply with the Government’s social distancing guidelines.
The competition will see angler’s fish a full day on Saturday 5th September and a half-day on Sunday 6th September, followed by a prize giving on Sunday afternoon. Anglers taking part in the event will be able to fish the beaches, rocks and Hayling Island, targeting a number of different species including bass, mullet, garfish and mackerel, catch and release only.
There are some exceptional prizes on offer from Orvis, including a Helios 3 rod and the new Recon rod model, the competition categories include ‘Longest Bass’, ‘Longest Mullet’, ‘Longest Other Species’, ‘Most Number of Species’, ‘Junior Angler’ as well as prizes for Runner’s Up across the first four categories.
The Orvis Chichester Store will be used as a festival base, where all your questions on how to get started can be answered by the four experienced festival guides and store associates. Orvis has made the decision to take a number of the planned in-store festival events online, by streaming them live to the Orvis UK social media channels. There will be limited places available to attend these in person, bookable in advance via this link, to ensure social distancing is followed.
There is still availability to enter the competition: tickets cost £95 and include entry to the two-day competition and a goody bag from Orvis UK and the festival sponsors.
Brian Campbell-Kearsey, Head of Marketing at Orvis UK, said: “We are delighted to be in a position to go ahead with this year’s Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival and will be following government guidance to ensure all of our competitors are safe. Drawing on some of the lessons we have learned during lockdown, we hope the festival will provide an opportunity for people to get out into nature and engage in this therapeutic activity.”
He continued, “The event is a natural continuation of our theme of festivals, following the Orvis Virtual Mayfly Festival and Orvis Virtual We Love Dogs Festival, hosted during the lockdown on our social pages. We hope angler’s can take what they’ve learnt online, onto the water and enjoy some friendly competition on this stunning coastline.”
The event seeks to celebrate the fantastic saltwater fly fishing we have on offer across the UK’s coastlines, which is so accessible to amateur and professional anglers alike. In support of the Orvis ‘50 50 on the Water’ campaign, organisers hope to see anglers from all ages and walks of life come down to Chichester.
Full details of the event programme, FAQs and how to take part in the event can be found on the festival’s website.