Explore the hidden rivers of Northern Ireland – a unique live streamed event from noon on Friday 12th March.
Hear from local & international VIP guests as The Honourable The Irish Society celebrate their inaugural Virtual Festival of Game Fishing 2021
This event will be live streamed to a local and international audience – watch live online, ask question and share the link with friends and colleagues. Join the event.
The uniqueness of Northern Irelands rivers.
What can you catch?
World-class salmon fishing, excellent sea trout, brown trout, coarse and pike fishing.
Salmon Survival at Sea; the Lough Neagh Dollaghan Trout; AFBI’s Smolt Tagging; Trout Fishing in the Hidden Rivers of Northern Ireland and the Smart Rivers Initiative.
Where to fish? Where to Stay?
Local fishing opportunities and a virtual tour of our rivers
Hear from Local Fishing Clubs
Talks from members, club videos, upcoming events and competitions.
Learn about the Science of Salmon and Trout conservation in our rivers
Keynote speakers, panel debates and Q&A on Salmon fishing, trout fishing, conservation and the environment.
There are awards, and competitions running throughout the event including club nominees and awards. Sponsor Prizes + Festival on the Spot Prizes – including exclusive fishing packages & passes
The Art of Fishing
Hear from an expert panel of keynote speakers discussing the art, skill and technique of casting, fly tying + more
Join in and ask questions with interactive Q&A sessions after each session hosted by Rob Hughes, BT Sport presenter and well-known fishing commentator. Other items of interest include ‘life of a ghillie’ and tourist angling to promote fishing skills and the region.
Confirmed Speakers Include:
Rob Hughes. On The Bank / BT TV Sports Presenter and Director RHAP Media
Professor Ken Whelan, Research Director of The Atlantic Salmon Trust
Marina Gibson, Angler / Instructor, International Federation of Fly Fishers and Director of the Northern Fishing School / MarinaGibsonFishing.com
Dr Richard Kennedy, Science Officer of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI)
Dr Robert Rosell, Principal Scientific Officer for Freshwater Fish, AFBI
Jim Haughey MBE, former Chairman of the Ulster Angling Federation
Nick Measham, Chief Executive Officer, Salmon & Trout Conservation
Alderman William Russell, Lord Mayor of the City of London
Fearghal Sharkey, Vice President, Salmon & Trout Conservation
Andrew McGall, Angler / Loop Ireland Team Member
Trish Murphy, Project Officer, Inishowen Rivers Trust
Gareth Pedley, Conservation Officer, Wild Trout Trust
Dessie Quinn, Ghillie, The Honourable The Irish Society
Catherine Deery / Kieran Deery, Cressabelle Tourist Permit Agent