To celebrate the return of the ‘Take a Friend Fishing’ campaign by the Angling Trust and Environment Agency we are running a special offer to help get new people into fishing. This is a fantastic opportunity to get new anglers out on the water, whether that be a family member, friend or colleague.

Take a Friend Fishing Campaign

Text by the Angling Trust.

The summer 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 summer.

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, especially if you are staying in the country this summer.

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.

There are fisheries, lakes, stretches of river and canal open all over the country near to where you live that are perfect to visit for a catch-up with a friend during a quick Take a Friend Fishing trip together.

Registering for a free one-day fishing licence couldn’t be easier. Simply visit, select the date of your fishing trip, enter some basic info about you and your friend, and away you go!

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.

The Take a Friend Fishing campaign is a partnership between the Angling TrustEnvironment Agency and Angling Trades Association – it’s designed to give more people the chance to get into fishing.

Relaunched in 2020 when over 4,000 people took part in Take a Friend Fishing, this summer’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 fishing licence from the Environment Agency usually worth £6 to £12.

Aardvark McLeod Chalkstream Special Offer

Westfair, River Anton, Aardvark McLeod

Throughout the duration of the Take a Friend Fishing campaign, Friday 23rd July to Sunday 5th September, we are running a special offer at Testcombe on the River Test and our Westfair Beat on the River Anton. The offer will be one free rod for every two paid rods, a great way for two experienced anglers to bring along a novice and show them the delights of the English chalkstreams.

Testcombe Summer Cost: £275 per rod (third rod free during the special offer).

Available Testcombe Special Offer Dates:
Monday 26th July
Saturday 31st July
Friday 6th August
Sunday 8th August
Monday 9th August
Friday 13th August
Sunday 29th August
Monday 30th August

Westfair Beat Summer Cost: £230 per rod (third rod free during the special offer).

Available Westfair Special Offer Dates:
Thursday 29th July
Friday 30th July
Saturday 31st July
Sunday 1st August
Monday 2nd August
Tuesday 3rd August
Thursday 5th August
Monday 9th August
Tuesday 10th August
Thursday 12th August
Friday 13th August
Monday 16th August
Tuesday 17th August
Wednesday 18th August
Friday 20th August
Saturday 21st August
Sunday 22nd August
Thursday 26th August
Friday 27th August
Sunday 29th August
Monday 30th August
Tuesday 31st August
Sunday 5th September

For more information, further chalkstream fly fishing availability or to book one of these days please do not hesitate to contact us by EMAIL or call our office on +44(0)1980 847389.