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Take your Friend Fishing

The easing of lockdown has seen a marked increase in the number of people fishing throughout England and Wales, and now the Environment Agency, Angling Trust and Angling Trades Association have combined to help further this development, through an extended “Take a Friend Fishing’ annual campaign.

In the two months after lockdown the number of rod-licence sales in England & Wales boomed by 230%, and this initiative enables rod-licence holding anglers to take a friend fishing for an eight-week period, starting on August 14 for free (ie, without the friend requiring a rod-licence, which is a legal requirement in England & Wales). It means angling has a further chance to grow over the summer holidays and into autumn. By registering for the campaign’s free one-day Environment Agency fishing licence, worth £6, experienced anglers can take someone they know fishing, simply by providing contact details, including their fishing licence number and the date of the fishing trip. This will notify their friend, who will be able to go fishing with the fishing licence holder, on the selected day, using their own, free, one-day fishing licence.

The initiative will benefit all areas of the sport, especially fly fishing, as September is one of the top months to catch fish on the fly. Brian Campbell-Kearsey, of Orvis UK commented: “Orvis are excited to be involved with this year's Take a Friend Fishing initiative. Now it has been extended to run from August 14 to October 4, it means for the first time, people will be able to invite a friend to enjoy fly fishing in September, one of the best times of year to fly fish”.

Licence-holding anglers wishing to take advantage of this offer need to visit: www.takeafriendfishing.co.uk

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