James Stokoe – Ambassador for The London Fly Fishing Fair and The Angling Trust. Winner of BBC Two’s Earth’s Wildest Waters: The Big Fish.

Biggest/best catch?

My biggest catch to date has to be my phenomenal white sturgeon I caught while filming BBC’s The Big Fish. It was totally unlike any fish I’d ever caught or laid eyes on, resembling something prehistoric!  This magnificent fish managed to smash my biggest rod, weighing in at a good 130lb and measuring 6ft 4 inches! My best catch to date would have to be finally breaking the 20lb limit with a fly caught salmon last season after 20 years of searching, bring on the 30 club!

What are you most looking forward to at The London Fly Fishing Fair?
Most of all I’m looking forward to meeting everyone coming through the doors as deep down I’m a real people person and I love nothing better than meeting and making new friends that share my love and passion for fly fishing.

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5 minutes with Marina Gibson, Orvis Brand Ambassador, Ambassador for The London Fly Fishing Fair.

Biggest/best catch?

My most memorable catch would be my first tarpon in Belize in 2016 on a bunny black death fly I tied. As I took to the stand at the bow of the skiff and scanned the ocean for the long dark elusive shapes cutting through the water or rolling on the surface, my eyes fixated on one swimming towards us. As she came close enough, I cast and she accelerated and sucked in the fly. She shook, she jumped, she twisted forming a session of acrobatics in the air – there is no fight like it. For me the bigger, faster and more powerful the better! Fishing takes you around the world, it’s a highly addictive sport, once hooked you’ll always be looking for your next adventure, wherever that may be.

What are you most looking forward to at The London Fly Fishing Fair?

EVERYTHING! From the big fishing brands and prestigious travel companies; Orvis UK, Go Fishing Worldwide, Frontiers, Fly Dreamers, to the boutique lifestyle stalls; Hunts Original, Get The Rods Out, Andy Antic Tackle, Mayfly Art, Hobie Fishing Kayaks, to the local fisheries; Walthamstow, Thornwood, Timsbury, Syon Park and the forever-giving charities; Atlantic Salmon Trust, Marie Curie – Casting for a Cause. There is quite literally the entire spectrum. Not to mention the personalities; Matt Hayes, Charles Jardine and James Stokoe.

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TV host Gregg Wallace returns to the Shot to Pot Restaurant at The Game Fair 2017

TV host Gregg Wallace will be returning as the face of the Shot to Pot restaurant at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire this July – providing visitors with a truly delicious culinary experience.  
 
A huge success last year, the 5-star restaurant, and hospitality area has been made bigger due to popular demand. These areas will continue to satisfy the growing demand for ‘farm to fork’ food provenance.

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Skinner’s Petfood support Gundogs at The Game Fair

Skinner’s Petfood have been a major supporter of The Game Fair for many years.  Will Delamore, Skinner’s Sales Director, thinks The Game Fair would have to go back a very long way indeed to find one that Skinner’s hadn’t been involved with. He says, ‘We are always delighted to be involved with The Game Fair and are extremely honoured to be sponsoring their Gundog Row again. As a company we have a long history of supporting the working and gun dog communities and in fact 2017 will be the 28th year we have sponsored the England Gundog Team and 3rd year we’ve sponsored the Scottish team too’.

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The Game Fair joins forces with renowned jam maker Tiptree to offer visitors the quintessential English experience

Visitors to The Game Fair will be treated to Tiptree’s delicious fruit-based products at this year’s event, which is being held from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.

As a Royal Warrant holder, Wilkin & Sons Ltd, makers of heritage brand Tiptree, has been growing fruit and making preserves since 1885.  Based in Essex, the Tiptree fruit farm covers 850 acres and part of it used to grow a wide range of fruit that is used in the production of preserves, condiments, juices and fruit gins.

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The Game Fair appoints John Hunter to bolster Fishing Village

The Game Fair has appointed highly experienced shooting and fishing journalist John Hunter to develop and grow its fishing offering at the hugely popular three-day event, which is next being held from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire.

Warwickshire-based John has worked for David Hall Publishing for more than two decades and is best-known as editor-in-chief of Tackle & Guns and Gun Trade World. John commented: “After 21 years with DHP I felt the time was right for a new challenge. The team which took on The Game Fair last year did a fantastic job and the Ragley Hall event was a tremendous success. There is a massive opportunity for the fishing side of the show to really take off this year and I am delighted to be working with the organisers. I am really looking forward to contacting tackle retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and other bodies to discuss how they can get involved in this amazing and unique venture.”

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The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation returns to The Game Fair after two-year absence

The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) has announced its return to The Game Fair this year. The 59th Game Fair, taking place Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire is set to be the best yet. The 2016 event, which took place in the familiar surroundings of Ragley Hall was heralded a success amongst enthusiasts and the industry, and was blessed with great weather throughout. (more…)

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Complimentary entry for all BASC members to The Game Fair 2017

ORGANISERS of The Game Fair 2017 are offering BASC members complimentary entry to the event, which takes place at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire over three days between Friday 28 and Sunday 30 July.

The Game Fair will be returning its focus to countryside sports in 2017, with opportunities for visitors to try shooting, angling and tour the biggest group of fieldsports-related stands and businesses brought together in one place in the UK. (more…)

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The Game Fair: Leading the way at IWA Outdoor Classics

In a dramatic show of confidence, National Game Fair Ltd. have secured funding from the Department for International Trade. The joint venture will support young and thriving fashion businesses in a trade mission to the IWA Outdoor Classics event.

As the industry champion and platform for countryside business, The Game Fair has been chosen to represent startup and early stage fashion brands in a joint venture with The Department for International Trade. The Game Fair will host a fashion pavilion alongside 10-15 British fashion brands in Nuremberg.  (more…)

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