Written by: Alex Hayward
Orvis Bakewell is currently working with a large police force to increase the wellbeing of its officers and staff by encouraging them to take up stress busting recreational activities. In this instance fly fishing.
Events are organised by the police force with Orvis Bakewell providing instructors and equipment. Sessions that have already happened have seen a real buzz of excitement in the air as the participants, none of whom have previously had the opportunity to try fly fishing, have learnt the basics. This includes how to cast a fly rod, progressed from casting pieces of wool, to real flies, ending with them catching their first ever trout to take home for supper!
The first event was held at Ladybower Fisheries in March and due to its huge success further sessions have been scheduled to take place in August.
Orvis Bakewell has received great feedback from the police force and the participants. A few examples of this are as follows:
“Just wanted to say thank you very much for the fishing experience. It was a fantastic day. Thank you for taking such care in looking after us. The fish caught was delicious, eaten that night, amazing. I’m definitely hooked and I’ll be recommending the events to others.”
“A big thank you to all who were involved in making the event possible. I enjoyed it so much that I have decided to take up fishing, thank you! (PS. The one I lost on was at least 20lb!)”
“I had a fabulous time and having spoken to some of the others who attended they also enjoyed it immensely. The event was very well organized from start to finish, great location, great kit and the instructors were very knowledgeable and patient. The information pack given to us is very useful in giving us the next steps. Thank you.”
As well as being positive for officers, these events mutually benefit Orvis by extending our reach to introduce new people to the sport that we love. Further to this, the events have been publicised through the Police Sport UK network to encourage other police forces to organise similar events.