Renowned Angler Marina Gibson Daily Demos at Great Yorkshire Show
A packed programme in the Vet-Spec Country Pursuits Arena at the 160th Great Yorkshire Show features fishing high on the agenda with appearances by renowned angler Marina Gibson.
Leyburn-based Marina is a qualified 1st4sport Level 2 instructor and fishes all over the world. She is a freelance writer for fishing and hunting magazines, hosts trips worldwide and guides in the UK as well as having a healthy social media following with more than 30,000 followers on Instagram alone. She developed her love of fly fishing as a child in the Scottish Highlands.
At the show she and angler Olly Shepherd will demonstrate safety on the river bank, as well as being involved in the final of the flycasting competition. She said: “I’ve never been to the Great Yorkshire Show so I’m excited to join for my first year this year!”
The flycasting competition for 16-year-olds and under will be judged on distance and accuracy, with prizes from Orvis for the winners.
Marina is one of ten different arena displays throughout the day. The show sees the return of the popular Year in the Life of a Grouse Moor, presented by John Cavana, which explains the management processes, flora and fauna and individuals involved in the upkeep of these unique habitats, how important they are to remote rural economies, and how their careful management benefits a host of other bird species. This will culminate in grouse being cooked by his son, chef Liam Cavana, in the Game Cookery Theatre.
This year John will donate the profits of his fee from the Great Yorkshire Show to ABF Soldiers Charity. He is taking part in the Frontline Walk of 100km to commemorate the end of WW1 later in the year. His team, “Countrysports Pride and Passion”, includes Richard Walton and Chris Green, both also having displays in the Country Pursuits Arena.
Other displays include gundog demonstrations by Farlavale Gundogs, Pakefield ferrets with Simon Whitehead and a falconry display by Ben Potter.
As well as gundogs, there will be deer dogs, greyhounds, whippets, foxhounds, beagles and minkhounds in the arena over the three days of the show.
There is a full programme of chefs cooking in the Game Cookery Theatre from 9.30am throughout the show, with Rosemary Shrager collaborating with Simon Whitehead (Pakefield Ferrets) to cook rabbit each afternoon.
Salmon and Trout Conservation will have a marquee at the arena to cover a range of issues as well as three members of the Fly Dressers Guild tying different flies with a chance for visitors to try their hand at the skill.