Angling Trust members newsletter Thursday, 9th March, 2017

The Angling Trust and Fish Legal are campaigning to get all salmon farming moved out of waters containing wild fish and put into closed containment. We believe this would have great benefits for wild salmon and sea trout fisheries on the West Coast of the UK by eliminating the scourge of sea lice, the widespread pollution from pesticides, uneaten food and fish faeces and the problem of escaping farmed fish. It would also mean that fewer chemicals would have to be applied to the fish, making them healthier for consumers. We think most people would stop eating farmed salmon after they watched this film. Here


Please boycott the farmed salmon industry and encourage everyone you know to do the same.


Job vacancies at the Angling Trust

Fancy working for the Angling Trust? We are seeking applications for the following new roles:

  • Competitions Development Manager
  • Digital Engagement Co-ordinator
  • Digital Marketing Officer
  • External Funding Manager
  • Sales and Marketing Manager
  • Competitions Programme Officer (Maternity Cover)

All of these roles are full time (37.5 hours per week) and are based at either our Ilkeston office or from home.



New rod licences revealed

Have you seen the new Environment Agency rod licences? We love that the 3-rod licence has a picture of a carp and that junior anglers up to age 17 are FREE – this makes it even easier for more people to go fishing! Your rod licence will now last for 12 months from the day it’s bought, rather than expiring at the end of March, and if you use three rods you only need to buy one 3-rod licence (for £45), rather than two. Get all the info HERE.


Get your family to

Spring Into Fishing!


Places at our Spring Into Fishing sessions across the country are filling up fast so book a place now. These free events are perfect for family or friends to get into fishing. Please tell a friend or family member about Spring Into Fishing, too!


New bass rules WILL be

enforced despite protest

Attempts by commercial fishing groups to find ways round the new rules agreed by EU ministers last December to protect bass stocks appear to be floundering. It follows formal confirmation by the government, in response to an enquiry by the Angling Trust, that targeted netting for bass is no longer permissible and that enforcement action will be taken against transgressors. Read more…

Would you like to join

our volunteer bailiffs?


Our Volunteer Bailiffs will be out in force over the next three months as Operation CLAMPDOWN 5 – the annual crackdown on illegal fishing during coarse fishing’s close season – gets underway. The Angling Trust is currently recruiting for the Voluntary Bailiff Service. If you’re interested in joining please email

Excellence Award for

Kelvin’s volunteering

Congratulations to Kelvin Allen who recently received an Angling Trust Volunteer Excellence Award from Mark Owen, our Head of Freshwater. Kelvin is chair of our East of England Forum and puts in a huge amount of volunteer time representing the Angling Trust at many stakeholder groups.

Get Out There

The Last Hurrah!

With the river season drawing to a close at midnight on March 14th, now’s the time to give rivers a go for an end of season special from flowing water. Top tip – if you are heading for a river like the Wye, Severn or Trent for “The Last Hurrah” try maggots, they are outfishing regular barbel baits and you get the chance of lots of bites throughout the day, too. You can check river levels and find a venue near you at

London Fly Fishing Fair

this Friday and Saturday

If you love fly fishing, here’s a day out you won’t want to miss. The first London Fly Fishing Fair is being held at the Business Design Centre in Islington on the 10th and 11th March – and promises something for everyone whether beginner, expert or somewhere in between! It features some of the world’s best fly fishers and personalities including the likes of Charles Jardine, Hywel Morgan, Matt Hayes, Marina Gibson and James Stokoe. Plus there will be over 80 exhibitors! More info…

Half-price Carpin’ On

Here’s a great offer for Angling Trust members visiting Carpin’ On 2017 at Five Lakes Resort in Essex on 11th and 12th March. Show your Angling Trust membership card when you pay on the door and you’ll pay just £5 – that’s half-price! Look out for the Angling Trust stand with Rob Hughes and members of Carp Team England. Read more…

The Big One this April

Date for your diary… The Big One – dubbed the UK’s biggest consumer tackle show – is on 8th and 9th April at Farnborough, Hants. We’ll be there so pop along and say hello. More info…

Book your place for

the Smolt Conference

The Angling Trust is one of the sponsors of a conference being organised by the Atlantic Salmon Trust at the Guild Hall in Berwick-upon-Tweed on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th of March to discuss the key issue of improving salmon and sea trout smolt survival during the critical early stages of their migration, in rivers and in estuaries. The Angling Trust’s Fishery Management Advisers Jake Devoile and Richard Bamforth will be speaking at the conference to explain the measures that they are taking with clubs and fishery owners to reduce predation of fish by cormorants and goosanders.

More info and booking details

Still time to enter our raffle


Win a day’s shooting for you and 7 pals worth £15,000 at the prestigious Hurdcott/Compton Chamberlayne shoot in Wiltshire and support the work of the Angling Trust and Fish Legal. Tickets cost £100 and are strictly limited to 300 – so the odds are very good! But hurry, the draw closes 31st March. Buy tickets online

Rob’s winter days of dace

You might know Rob Hughes best as a carp angler, or through his role as gold medal winning team manager of Carp Team England. But in his latest blog, Rob reveals how he’s been chasing river fish this winter, and a new personal best! Read Rob’s blog…

Bid to save wild trout

The Wild Trout Trust Auction has some fabulous lots on offer and raises vital funds which they use to deliver practical advice and habitat work, inspiring and helping people to protect wild trout. Guide prices range from £15 to £10,000, so there is something for everyone.
Please support our friends at the WTT.

More details and auction catalogue

Boost for iconic Cornish rivers

Congratulations to the Westcountry Rivers Trust for landing another major project to help restore freshwater fish habitats in two iconic Cornish rivers – the Camel and the Fowey. The work will make a welcome contribution to the Five Point Approach which was launched in response to the Angling Trust’s Save Our Salmon campaign. Read more…

You’ve got to laugh…

Angling is great fun, but it can be dangerous… Watch these clips on Youtube for some cautionary tales about safety when you go fishing this year. It’s a good thing that Angling Trust membership includes liability and personal accident insurance as standard!


RiverFest tickets on sale this month

Don’t forget … tickets for RiverFest 2017 go on sale from Tuesday, 28th March. There’s a whopping £39,500 in prize money with the first of the 24 qualifiers being held on the River Calder at Mirfield on Saturday, June 17th.

  • For a list of qualifiers and details of how to book, click here.
  • Not yet entered Fish ‘O’ Mania? Find out all you need to know here