Rod licence sales surge amid Covid crisis

The number of annual rod licence applications in England and Wales surged by more than 120,000 in 2020, up 15 per cent on the previous year, with a big increase in the number of women and families heading to the waterside, according to a report in the Guardian.

It also reported that retailers which specialise in selling fishing tackle are struggling to keep up with demand because thousands of people have taken up angling as a pandemic pastime and a physically distanced way to enjoy the outdoors.

Citing sources at the Environment Agency, the Guardian said about eight per cent of licences issued last year went to women, up from five per cent in an average year. Almost a third of new licence applicants in the 15 to 44 age group were from women, with much of the increase thought to be a result of mums seeing fishing as a cheap and accessible way to get their children out and about while so many other sporting activities, such as football and indoor swimming, were locked down.

The publication said the increasing popularity of fishing was part of a general rise in the appreciation of outdoor life and nature during the coronavirus pandemic alongside outdoor swimming, walking and even naturism.

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