The Kilchoman UK Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival, 15-18th September 2016, is a unique 4-day event which includes clinics on casting, fly tying, mullet fishing as well as competition fishing and plenty of social events. The event is held in St Mawes on the beautiful Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall, which offers a great variety of coastline and fishing opportunities.
Kilchoman Distillery is delighted to be named the title sponsor for the second year running. The small, independent Scottish Single Malt Whisky distiller, based on a farm on the west coast of Islay, has provided vital support in order to get the event established. Anthony Wills who founded Kilchoman in 2005 said, “We are delighted to become the title sponsor of this exciting fishing festival, much like producing single malt whisky, fishing takes both patience and skill.”
Saltwater Fly fishing is a rapidly growing sport and this festival gives a chance for fishermen to learn from experts and each other the techniques required to achieve success. The festival starts on Thursday 15th September with a drinks reception in St Mawes where entrants will enjoy a Kilchoman Machir Bay cocktail, as well as having a chance to meet one another and the professional guides.
Friday 16th September is a day of clinics and masterclasses, and throughout the weekend entrants have the option of a 2-hour guided fishing trip with a local guide on his boat.
The competition proper takes place on Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th September, and the event will conclude with a prize giving after lunch on Sunday. The UK’s top Saltwater fly fisherman will win the Kilchoman Cup and other prize-winners will all receive a bottle of Kilchoman Machir Bay, aptly named after a spectacular beach on Islay.
David Profumo, a well-known lover of fly fishing who attended last year’s event commented “I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the festival – company, setting, sport and craic”; and this year’s festival is set to be even bigger and better.
The event is organised by Nearwater Events, Tim and Amelia Whitaker, a husband and wife team based in St Mawes, ably supported by Derek Aunger (professional instructor and ex England International) and professional guides Colin MacLeod, Austen Goldsmith and David Wolsoncroft-Dodds.
The event website is www.saltwaterflyfishinguk.com , entry costs £65 per person.