There's more to fishing than catching fish
If you go fishing only to catch fish, then you're missing the point. It's also about being outside and close to nature as well as finding space to be calm and quiet. Sometimes you'll catch a fish and on the best days you might catch several of different species. But if you don't, who cares? You've enjoyed quality time by the water and made your life that bit healthier and happier.
Is it free to fish on canals?
No, but it's cheap and accessible for first-timers. You can get started for around £75 per year, depending on what kind of equipment you buy. You will need:
- An Environment Agency rod licence (concession price available and free for 13-17 year olds)
- Either a Waterway Wanderers permit (concession price available), which allows you access to 300 miles of our waterways OR a local angling club membership (or at least a day permit from a club) to fish the other 1,700 miles of canals and rivers in our network
- Some basic fishing kit and baits