August 14th to October 4th 2020

Take a Friend Fishing is Back Again

The Angling Trust in partnership with the Angling Trades Association and Environment Agency are pleased to announce the return of Take a Friend Fishing.

From the 14th August to 4th October (inclusive) you can sign-up for a free one-day Environment Agency fishing licence to take a friend, family member or colleague fishing and show them what fishing is all about!

Now's the time to Take a Friend Fishing

Get a FREE one day fishing licence for a friend

Show a friend or colleague why you go fishing

You can fish safely and enjoy being outdoors again!

Know someone you've always wanted to take fishing?

Help a friend discover the wonders of angling...

About Take a Friend Fishing

From the 14th August to 4th October (inclusive) anglers will be able to register for a free one day Environment Agency Fishing Licence to take a friend, family member or colleague fishing.

It doesn’t matter who they are – we just want them to go fishing with a licence holding angler and enjoy the wonders of fishing and all of its proven health and wellbeing benefits.

The recent boom in angling has demonstrated the interest from the public to go fishing and we want to make it as easy as possible to do it- there’s never been a better time to take someone you know fishing!

All you need to do is fill in the form below, provide some details and the date you want to go. Your friend will get an email asking them for a few more details and as soon as that’s done you’ll receive their free licence.

The good thing is that you can take a copy of the licence on your phone and just show that to any Environment Agency Officers.

Take a Friend Fishing is a brilliant way of introducing a new person to angling and you can still do it while you “socially distance” too.

Apply for a Free One Day Environment Agency Fishing Licence

Fill in the form below and we’ll send your friend an email inviting them to add some personal details, then send you the licence.

You’ll also receive an email letting you know that we’ve told your friend you want to take them fishing!

Take a Friend Fishing Safely

It’s fine to go fishing – just make sure you follow our guidelines and the latest Government advice…


Current Guidance on Fishing Safely

Going fishing is a wonderful way to spend quality time with family and friends and has proven mental health and wellbeing benefits. The Angling Trust – the national representative and governing body for angling in England regularly updates its guidelines to ensure fishing can comply with the latest Government guidance. Under the current Government guidelines, you can go fishing but only alone, with members of your household, or with up to, but no more than 5 other people. From 4 July, two households can also meet, provided members of different households can follow social distancing guidelines. You should always follow social distancing guidelines when encountering others. The most up-to-date information on these restrictions can be found at

Find a Place to Take a Friend Fishing

We’ve got over 300 places to fish at
or contact the Angling Trust Participation Team in your area…


North Region

Daniel Williams

Darren Birch

South Region

Dean Asplin

Clive Copeland

East Region

David Munt

07854 239 715 


James Roche

West Region

Dave Evans

Richard Hadley

Take a Friend Fishing is brought to you by


Getting more people fishing

The Angling Trust is committed to getting more people fishing more often, increasing the diversity of participants and raising the standards of safeguarding and coaching.

Working in collaboration with other partners including the Environment Agency, Sport England, Canal and Rivers Trust, Get Hooked on Fishing and the Angling Trade Association, in the last two years alone we have run over 1800 events across the country, introducing 47,000 adults and 30,000 juniors to the sport.

You can see more of our work at

Introduction events organised in the last two years

Coaches trained

Juniors and Adults introduced in the last two years