Now is a great time to have a go at fishing in the Nene Valley – and if you’re already a keen angler, why not invite your friends along too?
We are all being encouraged to spend more time outdoors and enjoy the benefits of being active in nature. Fishing ticks many important boxes, from offering the opportunity to relax and de-stress, to appreciating the scenery, and having a sociable time. It is one of a number of outdoor activities that have been found to ease depression and anxiety. For children, it can be an introduction to respecting nature and the wider environment. More women than ever before are taking up fishing!
Each year between March and the end of October, supported by local angling clubs, the Canal & River Trust host hundreds of learn-to-fish taster events called Let’s Fish! You can learn to fish with the Trust’s team of professionally qualified angling coaches. Bait and equipment are provided, so all you need to do is book in and turn up on the day.
Throughout June, July and August there are introductory days at Mill Cotton Fishery on Station Road in Ringstead and Pitsford Fishing Lodge, at Holcot, with two dates this month (June 22 and 26) at Wellingborough Embankment. The hour-long sessions are suitable for anyone over the age of six and are ideal if you’ve never fished before or are getting back into it after a break. Sessions are free – so book up and give it a go! For details go to https://anglingtrust.net
Once you have learned the basics (and acquired the essential fishing licence) the Nene Valley has plenty of choice when it comes to fishing locations; from picturesque lakes set amid woodland to private fisheries. And whether you’re a pro or a novice, the Nene a joy to fish. Surrounded by attractive countryside, the river has plenty of roach, bream and pike and, depending on where you are, you’ll also be in with a chance of catching carp, chub and dace.
For more information and inspiration for fishing in the Nene Valley, head to our fishing page here!