Wild About Fishing is an innovative project based at Rudyard Lake, near Leek. Rudyard Lake Trust and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust are working in partnership to deliver this project, which combines angling with nature conservation. During the summer, the first phase of Wild About Fishing took place and twelve fishing enthusiasts received expert tuition from our fishing coaches. Some of our anglers wanted to improve their fishing skills, whilst others had never even held a rod before.
Lyndon Burkes fishing in the shallows, awaiting a bite - quiver tip fishing
The project received funding from the National Lottery's Heritage Fund (HLF), as part of their Young Roots programme and our anglers received everything for free! However, they did work hard too: building bird boxes, clearing paths, tidying up fishing pegs - so you could say they earned the free stuff! In fact caring for Rudyard's wildlife was a really important part of the project.
Matt Smart holds his first catch of the day
So, after four weeks of fishing what did our anglers think about Wild About Fishing?
"I've improved my fishing skills and build up my confidence" said Jay (aged 15).
Ben (aged 16) said "I really enjoyed learning how to use a quiver tip and a cage feeder".
"Exploring a new area has been great, now I have a good working knowledge of Rudyard Lake" said Lyndon (aged 15).
Lyndon Burkes looking delighted with a nice bream, his first catch of the day from his quiver tip fishing
Adrian Kelly fishing at the North End of the Lake with a nice roach
Phase one of Wild About Fishing has been a real success - everyone involved had a great time, find out how you can get involved in phase two below.
Interested in Fishing?
Wild About Fishing provides young people with the opportunity to try fishing in a safe and structured environment. The first phase of the project engaged young people from Leek in angling, whilst giving them the opportunity to learn more about the natural environment. The project is now in it's second phase and we are offering ten groups of young people the chance to learn the basics of fishing. By spending a day with a licenced fishing coach, participants will develop their angling skills, whilst being provided with excellent role models from the fishing world - our coaches are very experienced and have an ethical approach to angling.
If you are interested in joining one of our taster days at Rudyard Lake please contact:
John Davey at Rudyard Lake Trust on:
01538 306280 / 07766 880718
Fishing equipment, lunch and tuition are all included free of charge. We even have a travel bursary that you can apply for, if your school or youth group doesn't have a minibus.
More Than Fishing
Fish need food, so therefore protecting Rudyard Lake's finely balanced ecosystem is important to those who fish there. Our young anglers learnt to appreciate that the carp and pike they love to catch, rely on a delicately balanced foodweb that incorporates all sorts of birds, bugs and animals.
Our yound anglers dedicated a lot of time to nature conservation activities, which they know in the long term will improve the environment of Rudyard Lake. Matt (15) summed it up "I really enjoyed learning about the environment, a very valuable part of the project was making bug houses and bird boxes - it's really important to support the lakes ecology".
Wild About Fishing focused on team building too, shelter making and boat building were just two of the extra activities on the programme! These activities provided the participants with an opportunity to improve their team working skills by working together on challenging projects.
FIVE TOP TIPS FOR
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY FISHING
Experienced anglers know that it's really important to protect the wild environment within which they fish. Spotting wildlife can really add to the experience of a fishing trip, but damage can easily be done to wild habitats. Below are five ways that you as a responsible angler can reduce the impact that your activities have on the environment.
- Take litter home
- Use non-toxic weights
- Handle fish with care and respect
- Take care with fishing line
- Use barbless hooks
Lyndon Burkes returning a nice Bream back to the lake
Coming soon... 'Wild About Fishing' - the film
We're putting together video clips taken during the project to make a 'Wild About Fishing' DVD. This short film will enable groups of young people interested in fishing to learn more about our project and it's achievements.
To request a copy call: Emma Martin - 01782 562470