Get hooked at this year’s North West Angling Fair


Mayor Maoliosa McHugh launches the North West Angling Fair 2018 with events officer Ashleigh Devine and Sharon McMahon from Loughs Agency.

THE details for one of the top angling events in the north west have been announced by the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Maolíosa McHugh.

The Mayor was along the River Mourne in Strabane to announce the dates for the North West Angling Fair 2018 – which is set to make a welcome return on April 7 and 8 at Melvin Sports Complex.

Back by popular demand the angling fair returns for the third year running and is once again set to attract some of the UK and Ireland’s top fly-dressers, casters and anglers. 

Operating from 10am-5pm each day, both inside the Melvin Sports Complex and along the banks of the River Mourne, the fair promises to be another huge success and a great occasion for all the family to enjoy.

Welcoming the announcement, Mayor McHugh said the event is an excellent way of promoting the river and fishing tourism in the Strabane area. 

“Last year’s event was a huge success and we are delighted that it is happening again this year,” he said. “The council is very keen to support events that showcase our local area and promote sport – and we believe that this event has huge potential in terms of actively promoting the Strabane area for fishing tourism. 

“The event is also a great way of getting people out and about and encouraging more people to enjoy fishing and the River Mourne. 

“This is why we are delighted the Loughs Agency are partnering with us in this year’s event with a programme of activities to encourage new participants, particularly children, into angling.”

A range of high-calibre fishing experts will also be making appearances at the event to share their expertise and offer advice to angling enthusiasts. They will include internationally renowned fly dresser specialist Peter O’Reilly – best known for his book ‘Flies of Ireland’. 

A firm favourite of the programme of events will be the series of outdoor casting demonstrations at the River Mourne under the Pedestrian Bridge.  Spectators will have the opportunity to watch expert anglers practice their sport and hear expert advice. 

This year’s guests include Stevie Munn, Robert Gillespie, three times World Speycasting champion Scott MacKenzie and one of the world’s leading fly casting instructors Glenda Powell along with locally based Ladies International Flyfishing Association member Dr Pauline McClenaghan and the head ghillie at Ness Castle Lodges Gordon Armstrong.

Inside the hall Dr Ken Whelan and Jason O’Riordan will be presenting daily talks on a number of subjects including ‘Trout in Strange Places’ and ‘Salmon Fly Fishing throughout the Year’. There will also be a daily showing of their riveting film ‘Atlantic Salmon – Lost at Sea’.

For further information on this year’s Angling Fair visit or contact or the Festival and Events team at Derry City and Strabane District Council on 028 71 253253.

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