Inland Fisheries Ireland invites women to ‘Try Fishing’

A Lady Angler
A Lady Angler enjoying a spot of fishing.

Inland Fisheries Ireland will be running a number of events as part of their ‘Try Fishing’ pilot programme to give women the opportunity and encourage them to try fishing in 2020.

Top Class Instruction

Inland Fisheries Ireland has partnered with well renowned angler and one of the world’s leading fly casting instructors, Glenda Powell, who has vast experience as a coach, will teach participants around various venues throughout Ireland from April to September of this year.

The aim of the ‘Try Fishing’ programme is to give women an opportunity to try fishing in a relaxed and supportive environment with other beginners.

Each participant taking part will be focused on as an individual with the aim of developing their own personal needs and requirements during the programme to enable successful learning.

Spinning & Fly Fishing

The course will be a mixture of spinning and fly fishing, ensuring that each participant gets to experience a variety of fishing methods while figuring out what method works best for them.

Participants will be encouraged to progress at their own rate of learning while feeling safe in or around water.

Each participant will learn a new skill and be in the outdoors and will hopefully develop an interest to continue with the sport.

Those who enjoy the ‘Try Fishing’ programme and wish to progress to the next level in learning to fish will be encouraged to sign up to future programmes and also to join local angling clubs.

Dates & Locations of Courses

Each course will consist of a half-day session either in the morning (9.30am – 1.00pm) or afternoon (2pm – 5.30pm) on Saturdays. The dates and locations are below.

River Blackwater – Cork River Moy – Mayo River Shannon – Limerick
4th April 2020 6th June 2020 22nd August 2020
18th April 2020 20th June 2020 29th August 2020
16th May 2020 18th July 2020 5th September 2020
30th May 2020 25th July 2020 12th September 2020
Two girls fishing at Oaklands

Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “We are delighted to be able to offer this pilot programme to women as an opportunity to not only learn fishing but have the chance to develop a new skill and past time.

“In today’s society, outdoor recreational activities are more important than ever from a health and well-being perspective and in Ireland, we are uniquely placed with the breadth and quality of our fisheries resource which is available to all to enjoy.

“We want to give these women a unique opportunity to be able to try out this sport in a relaxed and supportive environment among some of our greatest natural resources here in Ireland.”

The Inland Fisheries Ireland ‘Try Fishing’ programme is open to all women aged 18 and over.

Booking is essential as there are a limited number of spaces. If you are interested in taking part or would like more information then please visit

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