Get Fishing is the Angling Trust’s campaign to get more people fishing more often. Each year we run hundreds of events for all ages and abilities. They are funded by the Environment Agency from fishing licence income
Beginner angling events - want to get into fishing, get back into angling, find out where to go fishing, accessible venues, who to go fishing with, tackle to use to start fishing and how to go fishing for the first time this spring at events near you
‘Fishbook’: Our species-guide series based on “Get Fishing”
the brilliant how to fish book by Allan Sefton
We profile the UK’s most common as well as some lesser-known fish species to help newcomer anglers find out more about fish that can be caught in our lakes, canals, rivers, ponds and sea.
Understanding the kinds of fish you might catch will add interest and could even make your fishing easier! Here you’ll find out more about…
Name: Brown Trout
Scientific name: Salmo trutta
Life span: Between 15-20 years
Typical size: 9oz to 1lb
British record: 31lb 13oz
Waters: Clean, fast rivers and stillwaters throughout the UK
Interesting fact: Brown trout are one of the most genetically diverse vertebrates known. There is far more genetic variation present across British populations of wild brown trout than between any populations in the entire human race
About Brown Trout
Brown trout are native, British trout that are found throughout the British Isles and Europe. They have been introduced to rivers and lakes across the world.
Wild trout are common in the upper reaches of river systems. If they have access to lots of food, in large lakes for example, brown trout can reach over 20lb.
They eat a wide range of food but mainly insects, so are the favourite with fly fishers.
Visit the rest of the How To Fish video gallery here to learn new tricks and discover more about the basics of angling.
Some of the above content is taken from the new book, Get Fishing – the ‘how to’ guide to Coarse, Sea and Fly Fishing by Allan Sefton published by Merlin Unwin Books. This colourful, lively book is aimed at complete beginners of all ages, those who have been out fishing a couple of times and want to take it further and families of all abilities. It’s also packed with top-tips and info that make it useful for more experienced anglers too. Find out more about, and purchase a copy of the book here.