Welcome to
National Fishing Month 2015


Welcome to the National Fishing Month website.

This year, National Fishing Month will begin on the 18th July, and conclude on the 31st August.

As in previous years, the idea is to encourage every family member to have a go at fishing from whatever cultural or social background they may be from.

Fishery owners, organisers and angling coaches give up their valuable time to support this initiative so please take this opportunity to have a go at this wonderful sport.

Absolutely Fabulous

Sep 09 2014

This year’s National Fishing Month (NFM) exceeded organisers’ expectations and introduced thousands of new people to angling. A total of 310 special NFM events were staged during July and August 2014, attended by enthusiastic participants from across the UK.


Jul 22 2014

The National Fishing Month (NFM) launch at the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace was a roaring success despite the best efforts from the unpredictable weather. Coaches from the Professional Anglers Association (PAA) and the Game Angling Instructors Association (GAIA) tutored nearly 900 people over the three days in both coarse and game angling.  Nearly 600 of these were children who had little or no previous angling experience.

Fisheries Minister George Eustace kindly took time out of his busy schedule on launch day, Friday 18th July and came down to the water’s edge to meet the coaching teams and their students. The Minister and CLA Game Fair President Henry Robinson were invited to take part in a coarse fishing ‘taster’ session from lead coach Nick Watkins, and they both seemed to enjoy their time spent on the bank.

The NFM launch was supported not only by Government officials and CLA Game Fair Senior Management but also by TV personalities and presenters.  Adam Henson (Countryfile) and his son Alfie spent time learning to both fly fish and coarse fish, with Alfie catching a small roach. Phil Spencer (Location, Location) and his family also enjoyed coaching sessions from both the PAA and GAIA over two days.

NFM 2014 - things are hotting

Jun 06 2014

With only six weeks to go, National Fishing Month (NFM) 2014 looks set to become a resounding success. More than 150 events (running between 18th July and 31st August 2014) have already been registered on this website, with the number increasing daily. Each entry details when, where and how anyone who wants to learn more about fishing can take part at an event in their local area run by suitably qualified and insured angling coaches.

Tackle manufacturing giants Daiwa, Pure Fishing and Leeda – all members of NFM organisers the Angling Trades Association (ATA) - have stepped up as headline sponsors for the next two years and donated cash, tackle and products. Their contributions are significant and greatly valued because they will help take the national participation initiative onto the next stage of its development.

What is it all about?

Jan 27 2011

National Fishing Month offers unique opportunities for the protection and promotion of angling. It has the potential to:-

  • Increase the number of people getting involved in the sport.
  • Inform the general public about the economic, social and environmental benefits of angling.
  • Influence decisions about access, environmental policy and wildlife management so that they take the importance of angling into account.
  • Improve diversity amongst anglers to counter any perception that it is exclusively a male, white, able-bodied only pursuit.

National Fishing Month is a celebration of the sport of angling. All over the country qualified coaches give their time to welcome newcomers to this marvellous sport. Fees are waived and tackle is often made available free of charge too. Events are organised around the UK to show people who have never fished before how to do it. If you'd like to try fishing then now is your big chance.

What is actually going to happen?

From 18th July to 31st August, there will be hundreds of locally organised angling events offering non-anglers the opportunity to be taught how to fish, FREE OF CHARGE, by a qualified licensed Coach and within a controlled environment.

Do you want to organise an event?

National Fishing Month falls apart without the assistance of event organisers. We are therefore searching for volunteers to run National Fishing Month events.

Organisers can be angling clubs, schools, tackle shops, fisheries - in fact anyone with an interest in fishing. Many clubs and societies use National Fishing Month as a way of increasing membership.

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