National Fishing Month is a festival of fishing!

We want to get more people having fun fishing and relaxing in nature

National Fishing Month is back this summer 2024
from 27 July – 1 September!

Learn how to fish, restart your fishing journey, or try something new at hundreds of fun, safe and friendly angling events nationwide this NFM 2024.

Everyone is invited – with a calendar that features family-friendly, women’s and wheelchair-accessible events – all ages, abilities and experience levels are welcome!

We want our wonderful waterways to feel an open and inviting place for everybody and raise awareness that fishing is about so much more than catching a fish!

Maximise your angling experience by registering for updates from us on NFM and become a VIP – getting access to fun and useful downloads, and competitions!

National Fishing Month is all about celebrating the social, wellbeing and environmental benefits of angling.

Who Makes NFM Possible?

National Fishing Month is a project made possible with the collaboration of these organisations…

Angling Trades Association

The Angling Trades Association (ATA) represents angling manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, fisheries, publishers and distributors. The Association counts amongst its members a majority of the UK’s major angling suppliers, as well as leading retailers, fisheries and publishers. The Angling Trades Association’s aim is to promote, represent and protect.

Angling Trust

The Angling Trust is a representative body for all anglers in England and Wales. Our members support the campaigns we carry out to protect fish and fishing and our programmes to increase participation. We are recognised by Sport England as the national governing body in England and promote active lifestyles and maintaining a regular angling habit.

Canal & River Trust

We’re the charity who look after and bring to life 2,000 miles of waterways, because we believe that life is better by water. Our research shows that spending time by water, whether it be your lunchbreak, daily commute or just a weekend stroll, really can make us feel happier and healthier. We are uniquely placed to improve the wellbeing of millions of people.

Environment Agency

The Environment Agency funds the Angling Trust to provide more opportunities for people to go fishing and encourage sales of fishing rod licences. Money from fishing licence sales is spent on improving fisheries habitat and angling infrastructure through projects like the Angling Improvement Fund. We work to create better places for people and wildlife.

Put your patience to the test!
Time spent fishing has been proven to improve your concentration levels.

Fishing is good for you!

There are proven Health and Wellbeing Benefits of going fishing. Angling offers you a chance to get outside, experience nature at its best, get the whole body moving, take a breath and allow your mind the time it needs to reset.

Relax and Reduce Stress

Spending time outside and being at one with nature relaxes both the body and mind. Being able to step away from busy and stressful lifestyles is needed sometimes – your mind needs a rest too. Many of us still neglect the importance of mental health compared to the effort we put into physical health.

Improve Patience

Time spent fishing has been proven to improve your patience as well as concentration levels. It’s not often that you cast a line and get a bite straight away, so fishing puts your patience to the test. This also builds the persistence and concentration levels needed to catch a fish.

Our Supporters

National Fishing Month is brought to you through the generous support of…

Angling Direct

With over 15,000 items in stock, available from all top suppliers, competitive prices, priced checked daily and free delivery available across the UK for all orders over £16, Angling Direct is firmly established as the leading fishing tackle retailer in the country.

Daiwa Sports Ltd

Daiwa Sports Ltd was established in 1977. Manufacturing hi-tech rods and poles, selling to UK dealers and European sister companies, it employs over 120 people.


Korda Developments is a premium market-leading brand that manufactures and distributes carp fishing products. It also creates and produces a variety of TV shows which can be seen throughout the world and appeal to all ages and demographic groups. It actively looks to grow the general angling economy as well as consistently engaging with its loyal customers.

Reuben Heaton

One of the oldest brands in the Industry, Reuben Heaton is synonymous with British tackle manufacture delivering quality and performance to anglers since 1857.


There’s no fish like your first fish. And nobody knows that better than Shakespeare. For over 100 years, Shakespeare has been one of the most recognizable brands in fishing.


Innovation is key for Shimano. We feel it is our responsibility to the market and our customers to produce innovative products that make fishing continuously more attractive.