The Take A Friend Fishing campaign is back again from 25 May to 2 June

The Take A Friend Fishing (TAFF) campaign, organised and run by the Angling Trades Association, is back again. TAFF is designed to encourage regular anglers to take their family members and friends fishing over the spring bank holiday period to let them try the sport for themselves.

Free one-day rod licences (each worth £3.75) from the Environment Agency will be printed in newspapers, magazines and featured online so that anglers can take a mate or a family member on a fishing session between Saturday 25 May and midnight 2 June.

Naidre Werner, Angling Trades Association Chair, said: “With the weather finally improving and the Easter TAFF promotion being successful, the Environment Agency has kindly offered another free rod licence promotion for the spring bank holiday. It’s a brilliant opportunity for existing anglers to take people out and introduce them to this great sport. I would encourage everyone to take part and share the joys of angling with others.”

In additional to the free rod licence, your friend can also fish for free at a number of Angling Trust fishery and club member venues. These fisheries have pledged to support the TAFF campaign by offering free day ticket or member passes so that your friend can fish for nothing on their waters (some exclusions may apply). Visit for a list of fisheries taking part in the initiative.

If you can’t find your favourite fishery listed, speak to the owner and ask if you can introduce a friend or family member to your fishery for a discounted rate. You might be pleasantly surprised at their response.

When you’ve decided on your selected venue, all you need to do is cut out or print the rod licence voucher, fill in your details, validate it online at, read the Terms and Conditions, grab your tackle and your voucher and go fishing!

The free rod licence voucher cannot be used to fish for coarse fish on any river, stream or drain in England and Wales, when the closed season runs between 15 March and 15 June inclusive. The closed season may apply to some canals and still waters in your area – check before going fishing.