Take a friend fishing this festive season

The weather might be getting colder but there’s still plenty of fun to be had on the riverbank and what better way to enjoy our wonderful Welsh waters than by fishing with a friend?

Between Friday, 17 December and Sunday, 2 January, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is offering its existing rod licence holders the chance to register for a free one-day licence worth £6 so they can take a friend or family member fishing.

Ben Wilson, NRW’s Principal Fisheries Advisor, said:

“Christmas is a time to get together with family and friends and it’s an ideal opportunity to spend some quality time with a winter fishing trip and enjoy the great Welsh outdoors.
“Fishing is a proven stress-buster and what better way to relax after another challenging year than visiting one of the many still water trout fisheries, coarse fishing pools and lakes, rivers with grayling fishing and canals which are open all over Wales.
“You might want to introduce someone who has never cast a line before or perhaps you know someone who used to fish but hasn’t been on the bank in a while, either way this is the perfect time to take them fishing, even if you have to wrap up warm to avoid the cold.”

Registration is open now so that anglers and their friends who want to get a date between 17 December and 2 January (inclusive) booked in advance can visit www.anglingtrust.net/takeafriendfishing to register for the FREE fishing licence.

The free fishing licence will be sent with a confirmation email, so please remember to have the angler’s fishing licence and both people’s email addresses plus a few other details handy when you pre-register to Take a Friend Fishing.

To find all places to go fishing in Wales visit the Fishing Wales website here:

Find Fishing in Wales - Fishing in Wales (fishingwales.net)

A day ticket from the fishery or angling club will also be required.