Welcome everyone to the home page of the Irish International Fly Fair (IIFF) 2015.
This Fair remains as Ireland’s first and only “not for profit” Fly Fishing Fair.
We welcome back old friends and look forward to making new ones.
Set in the village of Killyleagh, this year we are concentrating our venue for the fair in the entrance hall and “Bawn” of the stunning Killyleagh Castle and are increasing the variety of merchandise on offer with additional exhibitors and trade stands.
This unique setting places our Fair in a league of its own.
Whilst the IIFF is mainly about fly fishing and the art of tying and dressing flies, it takes in all aspects of the environment. The Trust’s continued overall aim is to conserve and promote the natural stocks of sea trout in Strangford Lough through the improvement of the ecology and natural spawning beds in the Dibney River. However the Dibney River is only one of the rivers that flow into Strangford Lough and for us to succeed we need to promote the debate on wider conservation issues - for example what would be the impact on our native sea trout population of artificial hatcheries in or around Strangford Lough? And to what extent is our natural sea trout population taken into account when considering salmon farms around the coast of Ireland? Come to the Fair and participate in the arguments – and hear about our progress to date [1st phase completed 2014] and what is planned in moving forward with our proposed river works.
We continue to offer under 15’s free admittance to the venue as we believe it is important to educate the next generation, for everyone else we ask for a nominal donation. There will be bug tanks, free fly tying instruction and free casting instruction which will include all aspects of safety.
Our instructors are all child protection registered sports instructors with AAPGAI and/or APGAI. Ireland.
Please browse through the other pages of the site to share in what we have achieved so far on the Dibney and view what is on offer this year at the IIFF in Killyleagh
With a warm village welcome, great hospitality where else would you get it. The “craic” never stops.
Dibney River Conservation Trust
and enjoy all that is on offer