Wild Chef Blog – A Passion for Fly Fishing


A Passion for Fly Fishing Show will be held at Tutbury Castle on Sunday 20th March 2016 10am to 4pm
– bringing the fly fishing community together
£5.00 per adult, under 16yrs free with accompanying adult
– free car parking

Something for everyone from the novice to the expert angler & from the young to the old!

Talks throughout the day in-

– Urban fly fishing
– Pike on the fly
– River monitoring initiative
– Salt water fly fishing
– Fly fishing the world over
– Coaching for our next generation
– Sharp end of our rivers
– Competitive side of fly fishing

Plus, throughout the day-

– Live demo’s
– Cooking with ‘The Wild Chef’
– Fly tying
– Outdoor demo’s with professional coaches
– Junior Zone
– Casting from a boat
– Rods on test

Meet & talk to-
– see the list of experts below

Local clubs and midland fisheries

Food & drinks available throughout the day
Licensed Bar available from Tutbury Castle

I am proud to be working alongside John Blewitt on this event & hope you can join us!

Profile of John Blewitt
John is a straight forward Yorkshireman, who fishers for any and most species of fish, but prefers dry fly fishing to all others. He is a level 2 UKCC ANGLING Trust licensed coarse and fly fishing coach and a director of the Professional Anglers Association. He has worked alongside the E.A in the relocating of white clawed Crayfish and understands the need for better bio-diversity on all our rivers. He was the founder member of S.P.R.I.T.E (South Yorkshire) and a past chairperson and is passionate about the South Yorkshire Don. He believes that more education and publicity is needed to encourage non fishers to take up the sport

John Blewitt

Experts attending (so far, keep checking back!)

Charles Jardine – John Blewitt says of Charles, the most well known fisher & fly tyer in Britain, if not the world, his commitment to both the art of angling & to introduce youth into fishing is legendary!

charles jardine

Wendy Gibson – Professional Fly Dresser, Wendy has been tying flies for over 30 years & teaching fly tying for 29 years to Clubs & Guilds. Wendy has also written four books on Fly Dressing.

wendy gibson

Paul & Susan Sissons – SPS Flyfishing, fly fishing for 20 years & both are qualified game angling instructors. Paul has managed the England Ladies Fly Fishing Team in both European & home events over the past 10 years. Whilst Susan has fished for the England Ladies Team, winning 9 Gold medals.

paul sissons sue sissons

David Woodhead – AKA Steel City Fisher, Urban Fishing ‘I see my role as an angler to pass on knowledge and to try and educate to help gets kids and adults into fishing’

david woodhead

Samuel Poultney – Just 20yrs old, Samuel will be talking about Signal Crayfish & commencing a University degree in September studying Marine & Freshwater Conservation


Jack Sadler – Just 21yrs old, currently studying Biology at Cardiff University, a keen fly fisherman, game shot & deer stalker. BASC volunteer and ambassador for Young Shots

Jack Sadler

 Mick Montifoy

A member of the Leek and District angling Club & a part of the River fly Partnership Angler’s Monitoring Initiative which was formerly known as the Anglers’ Monitoring Initiative (AMI) who do kick samples on certain types of invertebrates that are usually in a river, by counting and monitoring these species the health of the river can be assessed and recorded. Mick has also attended Bakewell show to explain to the public why this monitoring is so important to not only anglers but also to the other species that rely on good clean water.

leek and distict

Chad Chritchley

Fishing since 11 years of age starting on local canals and small ponds then specialised in Carp fishing, having caught a number of English carp to over 40lb. 9 years ago became a L2CCA coach in coarse angling but was also introduced to fly fishing with anglers taking the game discipline and instantly fell in love with it! Chad has been fly fishing ever since, fishing for pleasure and competitions. He is now a L2CCA coach in game also, but continue to fish both game and coarse, chasing specimens of a number of species.


Peter Arnfield

Peter Arfield has a lifetime’s experience fishing and guiding on the finest trout and grayling waters in Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Pete also owns and runs the iconic Bakewell Fly Fishing Shop. Stocking only the finest tackle (note: not necessarily the most expensive) it is both a respite and meeting place for anglers everywhere. From complete beginners to some who are really rather good indeed, all are welcomed here. Tuition is available in fly fishing (still water and river) casting, and fly tying.

peter airfield

Steve Newson

Seve has been a commercial/pro fly tyer for over 35 years. He is self completely self taught and has been teaching others for about the same amount of time.
In the 90s, he tied at several of the European Fly Tying fairs, alongside such names as Jacobson, Frodin, Al Beatty and Hans Van Klinken.
Since then the England Ladies team had him to tie their flies for ten of their Home International matches, they won Gold six times using his flies.
In addition to fly tying, Steve also dyes materials, he has been been dying natural and synthetic materials for nearly 30 years.

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Further details for this event call Ralph on 07931933892 or John on 07961765149

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