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.
Fishing can be prescribed to help physical and mental health and wellbeing issues. Get Fishing for Wellbeing Approved Partners use quality assured angling services to treat symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, depression, loneliness and many long-term conditions
“Stress is one of the most common things we Brits experience. In the largest ever stress survey, 74% of people said they felt stressed to the point of feeling they weren’t able to cope.” – source: Mental Health UK
Going fishing is a great way to de-stress in the outdoors, it has a very meditative quality and can help you reconnect with nature, relax and disconnect from everyday anxieties. It’s a really enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours or a whole day doing something you enjoy on your own, with a friend or as an organised group of anglers.
At free Get Fishing events everything you need to start fishing like tackle, bait and a fishing licence are included free too so, although we know that you’ll love your free fishing lesson, you don’t need to make any commitments to begin with. Just come along and enjoy yourself!
Doing something you enjoy is recognised by Mental Health UK to help empty the “stress bucket” that many of us become.
“When I’m fishing nothing else matters. Everything is forgotten. Because of fishing I’ve developed a new appreciation for the outdoors and this beautiful world we live in” – Amelia
Mental Health UK says “Imagine yourself as a bucket of water. As things happen like relationship troubles or work, our bucket of water fills up. Our bucket of water could become too full and we feel overly stressed. But, doing things to relax and that we enjoy help us to release water from our bucket and feel less stressed.”