A MAJOR European competition early next month will reel scores of anglers from across Europe into Llangollen.
The town will be at the centre of the 2013 European Grayling Festival on the weekend of December 6-8.
The event will see the cream of grayling angers in almost 30 teams fishing the River Dee from Bala to Newbridge.
Giving details of the festival to members of Llangollen Chamber of Trade and Tourism at their meeting on Monday night, Huw Evans, of Llangollen Maelor Angling, said: “This is the 14th year it has been run and there will be teams taking from all over the UK and the Continent.
“We are currently waiting to hear from Sky TV about there is a possibility of them filming it but, if they do, that would be a real feather in our cap.”He added: “I don’t think people in the town appreciate we have an international gem in the Dee as far is fishing is concerned.
“Most of the anglers will be based at the Hand Hotel in the town and after that’s full they will filter into other local hotels.”Ken Bathers, president of Llangollen Maelor Angling, said: “There are 27 teams competing from all over Europe.
“Teams include those from Polan, Belgium, France, Noreay, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Ireland, the Isle of Man and from England and Wales.“This is the 14th year for the competition and is now recognised as the best river competition in Europe , all the anglers are top class in Grayling fishing.
“The headquarters of the event is the Hand Hotel, Llangollen.”