In this guest post Amanda from sykescottages.co.uk tells us why we should holiday and fish in the UK, thanks for a great read Amanda.
The UK is an angler’s paradise. With lakes galore, extensive canal networks, and hundreds of miles of pristine coastline just begging to be fished the UK is a great place for the fishing holiday of a lifetime! Whether you are a fresh faced beginner, or a well seasoned fisherman you will find the perfect location to challenge your skills and learn the tips and tricks needed to make the catch of a lifetime.
Whether you are heading out on your first dedicated fishing holiday or are just interested in giving it a try while you’re away there are a wealth of opportunities for you right across the UK and Ireland. The best option is to sign up in advance and take a course with an experienced guide who will be able to teach you all you’ll need to know to be successful. Working with a fishing holiday company will also eliminate the need to bring along equipment as they will supply you with all you need. Should you be travelling with children who want to give fishing a try there are some great fisheries around the country where you can rent a rod and give it a try in a safe environment. Some fisheries even offer cottages for fishing on site, which means you won’t need to travel far for some early morning action!
Out on the Open Sea
If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous then consider heading out on the ocean. You’ll find numerous charter companies operating out of towns and villages along the coast who will be thrilled to take you out on the open waters to land the biggest fish of your life! These charter trips generally last anywhere from 3 hours to a full day and will include all of the gear needed and often a freshly prepared meal on the longer trips. While they can’t guarantee what or if you’ll catch something, your chances are greatly increased as you’ll be benefitting from the experience of your local guide, many of whom will be from families who have fished the waters for generations. Not only are they keen to give you the best possible experience, but also to pass along their knowledge and give you the most memorable fishing experience of your life.
Fishing on the Fly
For many there is no more relaxing an activity then standing alone in the middle of clear river waters with a fly fishing rod in hand. With so many beautiful rivers across the country the UK is a great destination for fly fishers, beginners and experienced alike. If you’ve brought along your own equipment then all you’ll need is you licence and some local knowledge about where to go, but if you’re a beginner or looking to upgrade your skills then head out with a guide. As all fly fishermen know, fly fishing is more of an art then a science and local knowledge of the conditions are vital for upcoming your chances of coming home with the goods.
Should you simply want the opportunity to try a bit of fishing while on holiday Sykes Cottages have a number of holiday cottages with fishing facilities included, whether it is a nearby fishery or just a private pond you’ll have access to. If you’re looking for a great UK fishing holiday cottage head over to www.sykescottages.co.uk to check out the selection of cottages they have on offer.