Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival


The Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival will take place from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September in Chichester Harbour and Hayling Island. Based from our Chichester Store, the competition will begin on Saturday 5th for a full day’s fishing followed by a half-day on Sunday 6th before the prizegiving in the afternoon.

Prizes include: ‘Longest Bass’, ‘Longest Mullet’, ‘Longest Other Species’, ‘Most Number of Species’, ‘Junior Angler’ and ‘Orvis Award for Most Sporting Fisherman’ as well as prizes for Runner’s Up across the first four categories.

The competition days will be assisted by four Orvis Saltwater Guides across four locations. This includes Neville Broad, Colin Macleod, Philip Spratt and Michael Rescorle.

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.

There is still availability to enter the competition. Tickets cost £95 and include entry to the two-day competition and a goody bag from Orvis UK and the festival sponsors.

A full timetable and welcome pack will be provided ahead of the festival to attendees via email. Orvis has made the decision to take a number of the planned in-store festival events online, by streaming them live to the Orvis UK social media channels. There will be limited places available to attend these in person, bookable in advance, to ensure social distancing is followed.

As we approach the date of the Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival, there are limited places available to attend, which are on sale until 9am on Friday 28th August 2020. We are also asking all competitors to notify us of any cancellations by this date if they wish to receive a refund. After 9am on Friday 28th August we are no longer able to process refunds as all bookings are finalised, so please let us know this week if you can't attend. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing everyone in Chichester next weekend.


Itinerary for the Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival
Friday 4th September
  • Visit the Orvis Chichester Store to pick up welcome pack, scorecards, goody bag and speak to members of the Festival team with any questions
  • The Chichester store has a large upstairs and downstairs, so we will be spread around the store to ensure social distancing is followed. We will be hosting a socially distanced welcome evening in some form, however this will be confirmed closer to the time, in line with government guidelines
Saturday 5th September
  • Competition 7am to 4pm
  • Return day one scorecards to the Orvis Chichester Store after 4pm, before the store closes
Sunday 6th September
  • Half Day Competition - 7am to 12:45pm
  • Results gathered at 1.30pm with last sheet handed in by 1.45pm
  • Prize-giving at Orvis Chichester
  • Depart around 3pm

How to get There

Meeting point: Orvis Chichester 34 South St, Chichester PO19 1EL.

Where to Stay

Rules for Fishing


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:

  • As far west as East Winner Bank, and inclusive of, and no further east than Pagham Harbour.
  • Fishing is NOT PERMITTED from any of the following: jetty, pontoon, harbour wall, marina, outlet pipe or any man-made structure protruding from the shoreline (no matter how short).
  • Fishing is NOT PERMITTED from any boat, kayak or canoe and boats may NOT be used to reach fishing marks.
  • It is NOT PERMITTED to use a boat to get to a mark, with the exception of any public ferry.


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.



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.


Frequently Asked Questions

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, you will automatically be emailed your ticket. We will then send you a welcome pack containing important information such as fishing locations within 2 working days. You must present your ticket to us on arrival to the festival.

Where are the fishing locations?
TThese 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 comprehensive map 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 below.

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.

I’d like to bring my other half; do they need to buy a ticket?
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.

Can I keep my catch?
No. All fishing during the festival is on a strictly catch-and-release basis.


Orvis Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival Prizegiving

  • ‘Longest Bass’ – Orvis Helios 3 Rod, includes the Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society BASS Shield.
  • ‘Longest Mullet’ – Orvis Recon Rod
  • ‘Longest Other Species’ – Orvis Clearwater Rod
  • ‘Most Number of Species’ – Loaded Orvis Hydros Fly Reel
  • ‘Junior Angler’ – Orvis Clearwater Rod and Orvis Sling pack
  • ‘Award for Most Sporting Fisherman’ – The Orvis Cup


Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival

Date: Friday 4th September 2020 - Sunday 6th September 2020
Price: £95 per person
Excludes: Accommodation

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