Fujairah hotel opens fly fishing school

Confirming the growing popularity of fly fishing with residents of the Persian Gulf, the sport is to become a permanent fixture at the Le Meridian Al Aqah beach resort with the opening of a designated school.

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By  Sarah Campbell Published  February 11, 2006

Confirming the growing popularity of fly fishing with residents of the Persian Gulf, the sport is to become a permanent fixture at the Le Meridian Al Aqah beach resort with the opening of a designated school. Located on the beachfront at the hotel, the Fujairah Salt Water Fly Fishing Academy is run by fisherman Martin James, and aims to offer anglers of varying abilities both an insight and tuition in the sport. “With its densely populated and flat waters, the Gulf is perfect for this style of fishing,” said James. “Fujairah, in contrast to Dubai and the windy West Coast, is particularly suitable and these factors therefore played a fundamental role in my decision to locate the academy here,” he added. The equipment required for fly fishing is minimal and it is consequently an ideal pursuit for tourists. Moreover, unlike more conventional methods of angling, fly fishing is far less messy and does not involve live bait but a hook covered in silk furs which, when combined with an expert cast, imitates a bait fish. “Whilst the correct technique is an imperative part of successful casting, a catch is extremely unpredictable and one can never learn too much with this sport,” James continued. The academy therefore offers a range of courses and tuition and covers all aspects of the sport, from the various methods of tying knots, to the mechanics of casting and the use of floating, sinking and intermediate lines. The longest programs, which last for three days and are inclusive of two night’s accommodation at Le Meridien Al Aqah, cost upwards of US $665 and are available at both a beginner’s and advanced level. The first advanced course at the academy will run from February 15-17, followed by the first beginner course from February19-21.

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