Try Fishing for Free During National Fishing Month

Free Fishing this National Fishing Month 

The football World Cup may be over, but another great sporting event is here. National Fishing Month (NFM) 2018 – the highlight of the fishing year – runs from 27th July and gives everyone the chance to give angling a try under the guidance of specially-trained experts.  And everything is free!

National Fishing Month is a celebration of the sport of angling. It is organised and led by the Angling Trades Association with the Angling Trust, Angling Cymru, Game Angling Instructors Association, the Professional Anglers Association and the Environment Agency as supporting partners.

All over the country, qualified coaches give their time to welcome newcomers to the sport. Fees are waived and tackle is often made available free of charge by supporters.

NFM is now in its 26th year, during which it has helped to introduce hundreds of thousands of people to a lifelong sport and the huge happiness it brings. Millions of anglers have discovered that angling can take them to beautiful places to catch wonderful fish, making lots of new friends on the way. It’s both exciting and relaxing, generating huge personal satisfaction through close and informed contact with nature. Most of all, it’s great fun.

This year there are more than 250 events nationwide, listed online at so there should be a participating venue close to everyone. Taking part is simplicity itself – You just need to register online and then turn up. Everything will be provided without charge, and most people will experience the ultimate thrill of catching their first fish under the watchful guidance of their coach.

Everyone who takes part will go home with presents…  a NFM ‘goody bag’ containing the ‘Get Into Fishing’ booklet full of information on how to get started and advice on different types of fishing, a log book to make a note of their first catches and a special certificate as a memento of their days free fishing.

Naidre Werner, Chairman of the Angling Trades Association which organises NFM, commented: ‘July and August really will be focused on angling. There are hundreds of events going on nationwide, beginning with a launch event at The Game Fair at Ragley Hall, near Evesham, Worcestershire (on 27th, 28th and 29th July).  National Fishing Month will have its own fly and coarse teaching areas’.

Details of events that are scheduled already are listed on the National Fishing Month website at and can be viewed by entering your postcode.  The nearest events and their details will then be shown and you will be able to book a coaching time to suit you.

National Fishing Month 2018 runs between 27th July and 2nd September.

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