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Families across England and Wales can try fishing for free

The nationwide Let’s Fish! initiative, which encourages people to experience the health and wellbeing benefits of fishing on their local waterways, offers free taster events on our canals across England and Wales.

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Let's Fish!

Our Let's Fish! events include free one-to-one tuition from licensed angling coaches.

Run by us, and supported by local angling clubs, the taster events are for adults and children aged six and above, and suitable for both fishing newbies and those getting back into it after a break.

The Let's Fish! programme has gone from strength to strength since being introduced back in 2017 with over 15,000 people having taking part since its inception.

Continued support from players of People's Postcode Lottery has helped enable the programme to continue into 2022, with everything needed to enjoy a fishing session free on the day, including tackle, bait, a rod licence and fishing permit, and tuition.

Bigger and better

John Ellis, our national fisheries and angling manager, comments: “Fishing is fun, it's good for your mind and body, and it's something the whole family can enjoy.

“Throughout the pandemic, we've seen the importance of getting outside in the fresh air. And with canals on the doorstep of millions of people, spending time by water fishing is a feel-good, accessible activity people can do in the heart of our towns and cities.

"This year the Let's Fish! programme will be hosting many events within walking distance of the local community in places where everyone, regardless of background or ability, can take part.

"The free events will get people up and running in no time.”

Developing our programme

The events are made possible thanks to the support of players of People's Postcode Lottery, Angling Trust, Environment Agency and Nenescape.

John Ellis continues: “This year we have a greater focus on ongoing participation so that those trialling fishing for the first time can go on and join a club and take part in local or even national competitions.

"We are also looking to develop a schools programme – building links with schools near to the canal network to encourage children to get outside and into nature.”

For details of this year's current event programme, visit our Let's Fish! page. To manage numbers on site, participants are required to book their place in advance.


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Last Edited: 03 March 2022

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