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)

Jenny's Story:

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.

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Business Award Winner
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    Disability Confident
  • Somerset Skills & Learning
    Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • South Somerset District Council
    Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
    Homes in Sedgemoor
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
    Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    Somerset CCG
    together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
    Somerset FA
  • British Cycling
    Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
    Somerset County Council
  • Channel Adventure
    Somerset Community Foundation
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Zing Somerset
    Sports Coach UK