to the Take a Friend Fishing initiative

A fantastic opportunity to experience angling! Get together with a friend or family member to go on a fishing trip and start a new hobby. It’s the ideal way to relax, enjoy nature and the great outdoors together.

Take a Friend Fishing is an initiative brought to you by Angling Trades Association and Environment Agency. It is designed to give more people the chance to give fishing a try by allowing a licenced angler to take a unlicenced angler fishing for a specified day*

Take a Friend Fishing will be back on 27th July to 1st September 2024! Registration is now open – start planning your trips!

*Registration is required for TAFF campaign. Only available during a registration window. The named unlicenced angler must be be accompanied by the named licenced angler on the date the licence states. The one-day licence must be with you on the day for checking and all information must be correct. No alterations are allowed – please re-register if any details are incorrect. Licenced angler can only take the same unlicenced angler fishing on a TAFF one-day licence three days a year (one licence per day).

Anglers should be proud that just last year, over 6,000 people went fishing together – this year let’s make Take a Friend Fishing even bigger and better”.

Head of TAFF Initiative & Chairman of ATA, Andrew Race

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Take a Friend Fishing one-day licence only includes the licence to hold and use a rod, but not where – you’ll need to take care of that! You must check the rod licence rules and local byelaws at www.gov.uk/freshwater-rod-fishing-rules before you go fishing.

There are loads of fisheries, lakes and canals open all over the country that are perfect to visit and share with a friend. Just make sure you have permission to do so!

Note: Make sure you check for close season for coarse fish on rivers – see our FAQs

If you need help finding somewhere near you to Take a Friend Fishing, our Regional Participation Team are available to help you find the perfect place to fish.


Some clubs and Fisheries offer special discounts and reduced fees to fish using a TAFF licence. Check back when TAFF is running!

Club, Fishery or Trade? Get Involved!

If your club, fishery or shop want to get involved and share an offer for one-day Take a Friend Fishing licence holders, get in touch!

& Help

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section for help. But for other enquiries please visit our contact page below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about the Take a Friend Fishing campaign and guidance on registering. If you need more assistance go to our contact page.

Take a Friend Fishing was relaunched in 2020 and since then over 9,000 people have taken part – this partnership initiative is designed to give more people the chance to get into fishing. This year’s campaign aims to get even more people back out by the waterside. The initiative will show people it’s still just as easy to get into angling, especially with a friend to show you how, and a free on-day fishing licence from the Environment Agency usually worth £7.10 (…and £13.20 for salmon and sea trout when allowed!)

Here’s three great reasons…
1] The holidays are a fantastic opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy some time next to the water. Taking a friend or family member for a fishing trip is the ideal opportunity to spend time outdoors and escape your screens this holiday.

2] Getting outside in the countryside is a great way to be with family and friends and angling is the perfect fit for staying active outdoors.

3] With physical activity playing a vital role in both our health and mental wellbeing, a fishing trip with a mate or family member means you can stay active, and fish safely following guidelines on the Angling Trust website.

Use #takeafriendfishing to share your Take a Friend Fishing pics of you and friends fishing together.
Facebook: @TakeAFriendFishingTAFF

At this time of year there are still loads of fisheries, lakes and canals open all over the country that are perfect to visit, and a catch-up with a friend can easily be combined with a quick ‘Take a Friend Fishing trip’.

Due to its massive success since 2020, Take a Friend Fishing continues! The next Take a Friend Fishing campaign is from 27th July to 1st September 2024. Registration is now open – start planning your trips!

Yes. You both have to have a working email address. This offer is only available online via this web page. You cannot register anywhere else. The free one-day fishing licence can only be issued by email. Both you and your friend need a separate email address and it must be working. This is a condition of the offer and there is no other offer or alternative available. If you or your friend need to get an email it’s quick and easy to get one free by using a service such as Gmail from Google – using this example it takes less than 5 minutes to setup a free Gmail email address here at www.accounts.google.com/signup – of course, other free email services are available!

You’ll receive an email with your free licence. You need to bring a copy with you on your phone or printed so that you can show it to any Environment Agency Officer, Fishery Owner or Club/Syndicate Bailiff if requested. You’ll also both be asked for Identification and the full licence holder will need to show their in-date licence.

Please DO not contact any of the Regional Contact people on this website – they are not technical support and will not be able to help – go to the technical help form on our contact page and please include your most accessible telephone number. You might not receive a reply immediately – it can take 48hours.

If you did not receive your free one-day fishing licence email it is because of email or email/server settings. Firstly please check your junk or spam box. Then the most common issue is caused by not entering your own or your friend’s email correctly. Check that you have both the email addresses right. If needed please reapply and double check your entry.

Issues with email accounts are beyond our control and you might need to check your inbox or contact your internet service provider. We cannot help with your email settings, how your service provider manages emails or emails not arriving. Angling Trades Association is not responsible for problems caused by confirmation emails not arriving. This form has been thoroughly tested.

You should always follow the most up-to-date Government information on social distancing when encountering others. Current guidelines and any restrictions can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Take a Friend Fishing is an Angling Trades Association initiative in association with Environment Agency, supported by the Angling Trust and the Canals & River Trust. The Angling Trades Association (ATA) is the voice of the British Angling industry, aiming to unite the industry, promote and protect our loved sport. The ATA represents angling manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, fisheries, publishers, and distributors. www.anglingtradesassociation.com. The Environment Agency funds the Angling Trust to provide more opportunities for people to go fishing and encourage sales of rod fishing licences. Money from rod fishing licence sales is spent on improving fisheries habitat and angling infrastructure through projects like the Angling Improvement Fund and Fisheries Improvement Programme

The TAFF campaign focuses on making it as easy as possible for an existing angler to take someone they know fishing which helps to introduce thousands of people to fishing each year. Find out more at www.anglingtrust.net, www.canalrivertrust.org.uk and www.anglingtradesassociation.com

You normally need a valid Environment Agency rod fishing licence if you are aged 13 or over and fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt or eel in England (except the River Tweed), Wales, and the Border Esk and its tributaries in Scotland. An annual fishing licence only costs £35.80 for up to 2 rods to fish for coarse fish & trout. For a salmon and sea trout licence it’s £90.40. Concessionary, short term and three rod coarse fishing licences are also available. Visit www.gov.uk/fishing-licences/buy-a-fishing-licence to buy one online. www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency Income from licence sales helps fund a range of activities, read the Environment Agency’s annual fisheries report to find out more.

Have you heard about our other initiative National Fishing Month?

During National Fishing Month each Summer there are loads of fishing events going on across the UK. Events covering coarse, game and sea angling will be available for anglers of all ages and abilities. Give fishing a try and ignite your passion for angling this summer!