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Rod Licence salmon and sea trout

Buy Your Rod Licence Online Anyone aged 12 or over who wishes to fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt and eels in England, Wales or the Border Esk region of Scotland requires a rod licence to fish with a rod and line. If you are fishing for coarse fish with three or four rods (four is the maximum allowed) then you need two licences.


Find a Club, Coach or Fishery Our Search Map will help you find fishing in your local area or when you travel away from home. Try your local Angling Trust affiliated shop or club who will be able to give you info on the best venues, methods and tackle needed to succeed. Make contact with an Angling Trust Qualified Coach and they will provide you with the best quality guidance available.

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About Game Fishing

Game angling is the term used for fishing for game fish: trout, sea trout, salmon and char. All other freshwater fish are called coarse fish, mainly because they are not usually eaten. This distinction is not very precise: grayling are pursued by both game and coarse anglers. Also, most game anglers release the majority of the fish they catch nowadays, to preserve fish stocks.

The most common type of game angling is fly fishing, which involves casting a thick plastic line which acts as the casting weight with 5 to 20 feet of fine nylon or fluorocarbon clear line attached to the end, and an artificial fly or lure usually made from feathers and animal hair to attract the fish. The fly is used to imitate insects either under the water or floating on the surface. Lures are made to imitate small fish and are pulled through the water or allowed to drift round across the current in rivers. The thick plastic line, or fly line, can either float on the surface, or there are various types of sinking line which sink at different speeds.

Increasingly, anglers are getting into fly fishing for coarse and sea fish and the lines between game, coarse and sea fishing are become less and less clear.

Game fish can also be caught by spinning, using flashing metal spoons or spinners and plugs which either float on the surface or dive to the bottom. Some fisheries will only allow fly fishing, others will allow spinning only when the water levels are high or the river coloured with sediment.

Salmon and sea trout are particularly difficult to catch because they only come into rivers as adults to spawn and they eat very little if anything at all. Anglers use lures which for one reason or another provoke them to take the fly. Little is known about why they do this on some days, but not on others, and there are many theories! Sea trout are mainly caught after dark, and salmon during the day.

Trout and char are found in rivers, lakes and reservoirs. Most hold our native brown trout and some are stocked with the American rainbow trout. It is possible to go fishing for trout for as little as £2 for a day and the basic kit can be bought for less than £50. Ask your local tackle shop for advice about what you need to get started.

By joining Angling Trust and the Fish For Free programme, you can earn points when you shop on the high street and online which earn you cash back on tackle and fishing permits.

Everyone who goes fishing in freshwater in England and Wales must have a rod licence and you can buy yours online from the Environment Agency. If you want to fish for salmon or sea trout you will need to buy a more expensive game fishing licence.

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