South West Fishing for Life





SWFFL wishes you a very Healthy and Happy new Year.

Winter sessions are fly tying. Please check the events page to see where each group are meeting, weather permitting!

or ring Gillian 01398 371244




We are always looking for Level 2 coaches to help with the growing groups and volunteers to make cups of tea and chat with people. If you would like to get involved please contact  Patrick Chairman  ,  Sally fishing co-ordinator  or Gillian -secretary   Thank you..









Welcome to South West Fishing for Life


‘Fishing for Life’ is an organization which provides fly fishing sessions for people who all have one thing in common – breast cancer. Meetings are held every month at lakes over the South West, Greater Manchester area and Gloucester/Worcester,, where the scenery is beautiful all the year round. At these sessions members are  able to learn to fly fish under the supervision of qualified coaches.

3rd June 2018 we will be celebrating SWFFL's 10th anniversary and hope to have group number 10 launched by then!


Some of the members and coaches at the 6th Anniversary Day

The sessions are provided free of charge, thanks to the help of South West Lakes Trust, Bristol Waters, fisheries and small grants from local authorities. Also fundraising done by a very committed group of volunteers. As well as learning to fly fish, knot tying, entomology, fly tying and conservation are all included in the program and each morning’s session is concluded with refreshments.

Fly fishing not only provides gentle relaxing exercise, but in this wonderful atmosphere, refreshes the soul as well as one member said.
 New friendships are made with likeminded people and it is a time to relax and have some special ME time. Families and partners are welcome to come along and support but the fishing is just for the members. Everyone is welcome to the refreshments at the end of the session.


The Queens Award for Voluntary Services

We were delighted to be awarded The Queens Award for Voluntary services in 2013. Sally our fishing co-ordinator and Tony her husband represented the committee when they attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace, a day to remember although it was not the warmest of days!

 Thank you to all the qualified coaches and volunteers who give their time, fisheries who give their facilities for the monthly meetings and various small grants from local councils and donations. Without your support we would not be where we are today.

Fishing For Life is now  CIO Reg. no 1157812