After the success of the inaugural Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival, we are delighted to announce dates for September 2021. The festival welcomes all ages and abilities and although there is a competition element, our main aim is to bring together likeminded anglers to forge new friendships, develop new skills and learn more Saltwater Fly Fishing, which is becoming increasingly popular on the UK coastlines.
The Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival 2021 will take place from Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th September 2021 in Chichester Harbour and Hayling Island. Based from our Chichester Store, the full itinerary will be announced soon. Anglers can expect bass and mullet workshops, in store and on the beaches, social events and two days of competition fishing.
Prizes include: ‘Longest Bass’, ‘Longest Mullet’, ‘Longest Other Species’, ‘Most Number of Species’, ‘Junior Angler’, prize for ‘The Saturday Fish’ ‘Orvis Award for Most Sporting Fisherman’ as well as prizes for Runner’s Up across the first four categories.
The four ‘Orvis Saltwater Festival’ guides will assist our competition sessions across numerous locations in Chichester and Hayling Island. All fish are catch and release only and must be photographed with a witness against a measurement provided by Orvis at the start of the competition. Tickets cost £95.00 per person for the festival programme.
A full timetable and welcome pack will be provided ahead of the festival to attendees via email. Orvis will be following government guidance closely and the itinerary is subject to change in line with social distancing and other potential restrictions.
|Itinerary for the Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival
Participation of any pastime near water requires care and attention to maintain safety. We ask that you make careful preparations for the event, consider the correct footwear and clothing, use correct sun protection, wear protective glasses (sunglasses are appropriate) and a hat. Be aware of your surroundings and take note of the times and states of the tide. Hayling and Church Norton have some rip tides. Please read the Guidance Notes and Suggested Marks carefully before venturing down to the shoreline which will be published early summer.
Please handle fish carefully, with respect, and, catch and release (C&R). A knotless mesh net should be used wherever practical. Within this challenge, we are also trying to focus more on the quality of fish caught and not the quantity of a single species.
Fishing will be within the designated areas:
Fishing shall be with any conventional fly rod of any length, either single or double-handed spin. Lure or beach casting rods are not allowed.
Fishing shall be with fly only. The fly can be any length that is cast-able, weighted or unweighted, and with any size hook. Any fur, feather or material can be used either natural or artificial.
A maximum of two flies may be used on any cast. The two flies are required to be a minimum of 1 metre apart.
All flies shall be tied on single hooks. Doubles or trebles are NOT permitted.
We recommend the use of barbless flies, especially for anything larger than size 12.
Please avoid handling fish where possible.
Minimise the amount of time the fish is out of the water. Please support the fish with a net, fish gripper or a finger in the mouth. With the other hand support the belly of the fish with a wet hand or using a fish glove.
No fly shall contain any metal spinning component, but weighted heads are permitted.
Fishing shall be from beach, rock, salt marsh or coastline.
Orvis kit WILL NOT be available to borrow or hire over the competition. All competitors will need their own rod setup.
SCORING & RECORDING FOR PRIZES
Prizes are based on the longest fish. (Note: Shore-caught species only apart from the boat prize which is for boat caught fish only.)
Should there be a tie in the ‘longest fish’ prize category then we will defer to the ‘most number of species’.
Each fish is measured to the nearest 0.5cm or will be rounded up to the nearest whole number.
The minimum size for bass and mullet is 25cm and garfish 30cm. Photos will not be necessary for any fish below this.
The competitor shall record the fish by species, length, time of capture and location of capture.
Each competitor will receive a scorecard, on which each individual fish is to be recorded (note: all fish are to be recorded with your final longest fish going onto prize assessment).
Each fish per-cm in length is to be measured with the fish measuring cradle supplied. The measurement taken is from the front of the mouth to the centre of the ‘V’ in the caudle fin (tail).
A photograph of each fish caught and recorded must be taken while measuring the fish – use the paper tables provided by Orvis. Fishing with another angler is strongly advised. The Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival fish measuring cradle must be used and shown in all the photos.
Competition Rules and Timings
It is at the discretion of the competitor on how much time they spend travelling and how much in actual fishing.
Scorecards must be handed into Orvis Chichester at the stated times – late cards will NOT be accepted for ANY reason at all – please allow sufficient travel time.
Wading is permitted at the competitor’s discretion and responsibility. Wet wading is also permitted. Buoyancy aids or life vests are suggested and encouraged but are not compulsory.
Competitors shall NOT fish within 30 metres of another competitor.
All competitors are advised to wear protective eyewear (sunglasses) at all times when fishing.
All competitors shall be responsible for their own insurance and indemnities.
In the case of any formal complaint, the judges’ decision will be final and binding.
Any competitor who goes into a restricted area will be immediately excluded from the competition. There is a zero-tolerance policy. Restricted areas such as nature reserves and military areas will be presented on Thursday and Friday and clearly marked on a map in the Orvis Chichester store.
Ticket cancellation policy
We have a 48 hour cancellation policy for tickets. Any refund request made 48 hours or later from the time of purchase will not be refunded.
If there is a tie for the largest fish in any section, the winner will be the angler with the most species. Similarly if there is a tie for the most species, the angler with the largest bass will be the winner.
Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival Guides
How do I buy tickets?
On this booking page, you will see an option to select your ticket. After selecting the quantity of tickets requires, click ‘Add to Basket’. You will then be directed payment. Following successful payment, the confirmation email you receive is acknowledgment of your place. We will then send you a welcome pack containing important information such as fishing locations, registration times and rules via email prior to the festival date.
Where are the fishing locations?
These will be released ahead of the festival. Our guides are still working hard to identify fishing locations that are both safe and offer great fishing. A list of where to fish and where not to fish will be included in the aforementioned welcome pack after purchasing your ticket.
How can I get to the fishing locations?
Once the guides have allocated who is fishing where, you can drive or walk to the marks. We will recommend the closest/most suitable parking to the marks.
Where can I park in Chichester during for the store events, entertainment and prize-giving?
Please consult the parking map from the Chichester website: here. The closest car park to the Orvis Chichester Store is Cawley Priory Cark Park.
Do I need to bring my own fishing kit?
Yes. Due to social distancing and government guidelines, there will not be any kit provided however we will have guides on hand for advice about what kit to buy, where to fish and proper technique.
Does the price include accommodation and food?
Tickets do not include accommodation however see our recommendations in the ‘Where to Stay’ tab.
Do I need a fishing licence?
Most Saltwater Fly Fishing in the UK does not require a fishing licence. You will not need one to compete in the Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival.
I’m a novice, can I still enter?
Absolutely – this is a fun and friendly festival open to all abilities and ages. You can also look out for more information on our Beginners Festival, due to place 5th and 6th June 2021.
If your other half intends to fish, they will also need to purchase a ticket. If they do not wish to fish, however, they are welcome to watch, this will be dependent on the COVID-19 restrictions in place at the time of the event.
Can I keep my catch?
No. All fishing during the festival is on a strictly catch-and-release basis.
Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival
Date: Friday 3rd September 2021 - Sunday 5th September 2021
Price: £95 per person