A RENOWNED angler who fishes all over the world and is a freelance writer for fishing and hunting magazines has made an appearance in the country pursuits arena at the Great Yorkshire Show.

Leyburn-based Marina Gibson is a qualified level two instructor and hosts trips worldwide and guides in the UK as well as having a healthy social media following with more than 30,000 followers on Instagram alone.

She developed her love of fly fishing as a child in the Scottish Highlands.

At the show she and angler Olly Shepherd demonstrated safety on the river bank, as well as being involved in the final of the flycasting competition.

She said: “I’ve never been to the Great Yorkshire Show so I’m excited to join for my first year this year!”

The flycasting competition for 16-year-olds and under was judged on distance and accuracy, with prizes from Orvis for the winners.

Ms Gibson was one of ten different arena displays to feature at the show.

The arena also saw the return of the popular Year in the Life of a Grouse Moor, presented by John Cavana, which explains the management processes, flora and fauna and individuals involved in the upkeep of the habitats, how important they are to remote rural economies, and how their careful management benefits a host of other bird species.

The talk culminated in grouse being cooked by his son, chef Liam Cavana, in the game cookery theatre.

Other displays included gundog demonstrations by Farlavale Gundogs, Pakefield ferrets with Simon Whitehead and a falconry display by Ben Potter.

As well as gundogs, there was be deer dogs, greyhounds, whippets, foxhounds, beagles and minkhounds in the arena over the three days of the show.