THE Bradford City Angling Association will be holding its Annual Open Day this Saturday on Gargrave’s Village Green and this year the event will be bigger and better than before.

Everyone is welcome to come along no matter what their age and whether they are anglers or have never even touched a fishing rod. The event will occupy much of the space on the village green and the river bank will provide a natural viewing gallery for many of the planned events.

There will be a small admission fee which will include entry into the raffle.

All proceeds for the event will go to the Wild Trout Trust to promote their nationally important work to conserve and improve habitat and the environment for aquatic and stream-side fauna and flora.

Among the many events taking place will be free “have a go” tuition on general and specialist casting techniques.

There will be advice on fishing tackle and equipment with stands and displays from angling clubs, fishing and conservation organisations.

Besides the many varied fly fishing displays by Clark Colman, Brian Towers, Manu Gonetto, Stephen Cheetham and Phil Sheriden, Jonathan Barnes will show you how to fish a river.

Professor Jon Grey of the Wild Trout Trust will demonstrate river conservation approaches and methods.

The River fly “Bug Sampling” surveys of aquatic invertebrate populations will be popular with youngsters.

Other exhibitors will include the Bradford City AA, the Skipton Angling Association, the Colne Water Angling Club, the Riverfly Partnership, Leeds Fly Dressers Guild; the Aire Rivers Trust; the Salmon & Trout Conservation UK, the Wild Trout Trust and possibly the Dales Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency.

All in all there will be something for everyone. Entry commences at 9.30am and the event will close at 4pm.

For those wishing to find the event by satnav the postcode is BD23 3RT.