Jenny Harris - Fly Fishing
Name: Jenny Harris
Sport: Fly Fishing - Fishing for Life Coach at Wimbleball and Hawkridge Reservoirs
Coaching Qualifications: Level 1 and Level 2 Coaching Angling (Game)
I had never considered that one day I would take up fly fishing, but being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, and seeing a leaflet at the local hospital about the setting up of South West Fishing for Life at Wimbleball Reservoir on the Brendon Hills sold it to me. I am a founder member and 6 years down the line I felt I wanted to give something back to the group after all the support I had initially received. So now in 2016 I am a fully licensed fly fishing coach and am one of the coaches at our newest group at Hawkridge Reservoir at Spaxton that started in September 2015.
I enjoy being able to pass on the knowledge and techniques that I have learned over the years and seeing our ladies enjoy themselves, often in their bleakest times.
"Jenny was at my side when I caught my first fish and I shall never forget that moment, thank you for being patient with me and for understanding how I would feel taking it home for supper that day" – Elizabeth, 55.
'Fishing for Life' is an organisation 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, where the scenery is beautiful all the year round. At these sessions they are able to learn to fly fish under the supervision of qualified coaches. 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, as well as fundraising 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 a buffet lunch or barbeque. Fly fishing not only provides gentle relaxing exercise, but in this wonderful atmosphere, refreshes the soul as well.