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The Honourable The Irish Society #GameFishingFestival 2021

Welcome to The Honourable The Irish Society biannual Festival of Game Fishing which is being held ‘virtually’ for the first time on Friday 12th March between 12.00 noon and 8.00pm. This popular event will focus on salmon and trout fishing and we are delighted to have you join us.

Joining us today we have:

  • VIPs including HRH The Prince of Wales and the Lord Mayor of London, will speak.
  • Rob Hughes, BT Sport presenter and well-known fishing commentator will act as host for the event.
  • We'll hear from keynote speakers including Prof Ken Whelan from Atlantic Salmon Trust, Dr Richard Kennedy and Dr Robert Rosell from AFBI and Jim Haughey, former Chairman of the Ulster Angling Federation and Nick Measham from Salmon & Trout Conservation and others contributing including Feargal Sharkey, Marina Gibson, Andrew McGall, Gareth Pedley, Trish Murphy, Glenda Powell, Andy Ford, Jeremy Wade and many more.
  • Sessions will cover 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.
  • We will have interactive Q&A sessions after each session and other items of interest including elements of conservation, fly-tying, life of a ghillie and tourist angling to promote fishing skills and the region.
  • Local clubs will nominate members for each of the following prize categories: Most promising young member (aged under 18); Member who has contributed most to river & fishery conservation within the club; Member who has contributed most to the club over a long period of time; an award for the angling club with the best Disabled Facilities and Fishery Access and Best fishery or river photograph of 2020.
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Thank you for joining us. ‘It is great to be helping create an event that will show-case this beautiful region, highlight the health benefits of fishing and introduce the skills and interest in fly fishing across the generations and globally. It is important to hear from some hugely qualified speakers on a range of subjects which will positively impact the way we look at our natural world through sport and conservation. ‘
- Chairman of the Festival Committee, Henry Pollard


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Introduction by Rob Hughes, Host for the event. Rob works for BT Sport’s fishing channel


Welcome by Festival Chairman, Henry Pollard and Secretary of the Irish Society, Edward Montgomery

Message from Alderman William Russell, Lord Mayor of the City of London

Message from His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, Patron of Salmon & Trout Conservation

Message from Mr Edwin Poots MLA, Minister of Agriculture, Environment & Rural Affairs


Presentation by Professor Ken Whelan, Atlantic Salmon Trust

Live Question & Answer session with Prof Whelan, Rob Hughes and Feargal Sharkey


Salmon fly tying by Joe Stitt, County Antrim fisherman

13:45 Presentation by Dr Richard Kennedy, AFBI fishery scientist

Live Question & Answer session with Dr Kennedy, Rob Hughes, Gareth Pedley and Andrew McGall

14:45 Interview with Dessie Quinn, river Bann Fishery Protection Officer

14:55 Getting young people into fishing, by Mark McGivern, Angling First charity

15:00 Presentation by Dr Robert Rosell, AFBI fishery scientist

Live Question & Answer session with Dr Rosell, Feargal Sharkey, Dr Diego del Villar and Ross McGill

15:40 Discussion between Glenda Powell, leading Irish game fishing instructor, and Edward Montgomery

15:50 Trout fly tying by Andy Ford, England international fly fisherman and presenter

16:05 Discussion between Feargal Sharkey and Marina Gibson on river pollution and prevention

16:40 Presentation by Nick Measham, Chief Executive, Salmon & Trout Conservation

Live Question & Answer session with Nick Measham, Rob Hughes, Trish Murphy, Andrew McGall, Jeremy Wade and Glenda Powell

17:45 Introduction to Cressabelle, the Irish Society’s new fishing tourism agents, by Catherine & Kieran Deery

18:00 Presentation by Jim Haughey, Mark Tierney, Terry Smithson, Jim Gregg and Michael Martin on trout fishing

Live Question & Answer session with Jim Haughey, Gareth Pedley, Jeremy Wade & Andy Ford

19:00 Announcement of prize winners by Rob Hughes and Edward Montgomery

19:15 Closing remarks and thanks to sponsors by Rob Hughes

19:30 End


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Register Below to Enter Our Competition

Everyone who registers to watch the festival will be entered into our draw to win Spot Prizes including:

  • £50 Orvis voucher
  • £50 Orvis voucher
  • £100 Uttings voucher
  • £100 Uttings voucher
  • £100 Cressabelle 2021 fishing permit
  • £100 Cressabelle 2021 fishing permit
  • £400 (est. value) Cressabelle & White Horse Hotel: 2 days fishing, dinner & B&B at White Horse Hotel, Campsey

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About The Honourable The Irish Society

The Honourable The Irish Society owns extensive fishing rights in Northern Ireland and seeks to manage these in a sustainable way that allows for local and visiting anglers to enjoy reasonably priced fishing, in return for the income being reinvested in fishery protection and development as well as The Society’s charitable grant programme.


About the Rivers

The 38 mile long Lower Bann flows in a northerly direction from Lough Neagh (the largest freshwater lake in Europe) to the Atlantic Ocean


Fishing Locations

Explore the rivers, the tributatries and the private beats we have along our River Bann


Types of Fish

Besides salmon fishing, we have excellent sea trout, brown trout, coarse and pike fishing in our rivers

We employ staff to manage most of the Lower Bann fisheries directly, as well as delegating the management of some rivers and fisheries to local clubs and community organisations. But while still retaining daily visitor permits for tourists.

Salmon fishing has always been the mainstay of the fisheries, but we have excellent trout waters and coarse fishing of international standard too.

This website contains details of everything that anglers need to know before booking their fishing by contacting our Coleraine office.

Fish Legal

Fight for the Future of YOUR Fishing.

The Honourable The Irish Society is a member of Fish Legal, a unique non-profit making organisation set up to use the law to fight pollution and other damage to the water environment – both freshwater and marine – and to protect the rights of anglers and angling. Fish Legal acts for fishing clubs, owners, syndicates and commercial fisheries across the whole of the UK. For more information, to contact or join please call: 01568 620447 or e-mail