August 13, 2008

How You Can Get Hooked

GET Hooked on Fishing (GHOF) runs in Newbiggin and County Durham.

The scheme teaches troubled youngsters how to fish and be calm, with extraordinary success.

Cadets find out about how fish see and feel and learn to have respect for them. If they enjoy it, they can work towards becoming coaches themselves to help newcomers

GHOF is supported by the Environment Agency, which has helped the project set up regional co-ordinators across the North East.

Agency workers often attend GHOF's flyfishing taster sessions to help out with the coaching and to communicate important environmental information about conservation and sustainability.

The organisations work closely together on day-to-day running as well as on partnership projects such as the Tyne Salmon Trail and the River Derwent Access project.

This work has enabled more people from different backgrounds to experience the joys of angling and to learn about the environment around them.

The next free fly-fishing taster session, aimed at encouraging more people to take up the sport, will be held at Higham Lakes, Ponteland, on September 6.

Coaches will offer tips and visitors will have the opportunity to try and catch a fish. For more info call (0191) 203 4138.

For information on Get Hooked On Fishing call the project director Mick Watson on (01388) 664 789 or visit

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