The Easter holiday period heralds the first of three TAKE A FRIEND FISHING (TAFF) campaign initiatives for 2016, to encourage parents, grandparents, guardians and friends to enjoy fishing with family members and friends who have not fished before, free of charge.

TAFF is run by the Angling Trades Association, supported by the Environment Agency who provides the FREE fishing licences and supported by the Angling Trust whose fishery members provide the free day ticket offers.

Through participating newspapers, magazines and websites, existing anglers can obtain a free one-day rod licence (each worth £3.75) to enable them to take their  mates or family members on fishing sessions between Friday 25th March and midnight, April 3rd 2016.

In addition to a FREE rod licence, participants can also fish without charge at a number of individual venues and Angling Trust fishery and club member venues.  Details of the fisheries that are taking part in this TAFF promotion can be found at  Some exclusions may apply.

It’s easy to participate in TAFF – cut out or print off the rod licence voucher, fill in your contact details, validate it online at, read the Terms and Conditions, grab your fishing tackle and the voucher,  and go fishing with a friend!

The free rod licence voucher cannot be used to fish for coarse fish on any river, stream or drain in England and Wales between 15th March and 15th June inclusive, when there is a ‘no-fishing’ close season to allow fish to breed. The closed season may apply to some canals and still waters in your area – please check before going fishing.

Many new anglers catch the bug just after one session, in which case it is easy to go online – at – and buy a rod licence for the rest of the year.  A great place to find out more information on your local venues is