Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Females from the Riverbank! Sponsored by Environment Agency When It Comes to Championing the Environment and Getting Youngsters to Experience It, There Are Few People with a Clearer Vision Than Lucy Bowden. AMY HUNT Spoke to Her

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Females from the Riverbank! Sponsored by Environment Agency When It Comes to Championing the Environment and Getting Youngsters to Experience It, There Are Few People with a Clearer Vision Than Lucy Bowden. AMY HUNT Spoke to Her

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Byline: AMY HUNT

HER pink Wellington boots mark her out as not the a stereotypical angler.

But Lucy Bowden has made it her mission to break down the barriers of tradition and open up her favourite sport to scores more people in the North East.

The 21-year-old is the brains behind Fishing For Everyone, a website and organisation dedicated to getting more young people and women hooked on angling and the glorious natural environment of the North East.

And a female-only fishing club recently set up by Lucy already has more than 40 members aged from 11 to 65.

Lucy, from Alnwick, Northumberland, started fishing with her dad Chris aged just five and on her first fly-fishing outing she reeled in what remains her biggest catch - an 8lb 8oz rainbow trout, which beat even veteran angler Chris's record.

As a fisherwoman she is passionate about protecting the environment and promoting it to others.

She said: "Fishing is something everyone can do, no matter what your age, gender or ability.

"It gets you out and about in the countryside and you learn about nature, wildlife, the fish themselves and things you wouldn't know about otherwise. It connects you with nature and it's much better than sitting in front of a computer or a TV.

"They say fishermen are the police of the environment because if there's any water pollution or contamination we're the first to notice.

"I'm certainly interested in the environment and I think everyone who goes fishing or is into the outdoors is too. After all, it affects all our lives."

Although her dad and grandad were both keen fishermen, Lucy's mum and sister never took to the sport. The youngster found she was often the only female angler on the riverbank and never met a girl of her age who was into the sport.

This gave her the idea of setting up www.fishingforeveryone.com, a website selling angling clothing and equipment for females and giving young women a chance to try their hand at fishing.

Through her website Lucy started running some summer fishing taster sessions for women to try angling.

When these proved so popular she decided to set up a Ladies Club, which met for the first time on April 19 at the Chatton Trout Fishery, attracting 20 females, mostly novices, from around the North East and from as far away as Essex. …

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