The original Sightlines project was created after Dreamstore had worked with the Royal National College for the Blind for a number of years. We both wanted to develop a resource for people with visual impairment to share with friends or family who were prepared to go fishing with them. With National Lottery support we have created this Sightlines page.

This series of videos provides basic advice and tips for a safe and enjoyable day’s fishing. We start with an introduction as to why Dreamstore supported the RNC Angling Club, and then there are five short presentations, along with the accompanying scripts, that talk and demonstrate the key elements of a day’s fishing.

Why the RNC Angling Club?

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Arriving at the fishing venue.

Transcript (DOCX): 2-Arriving-at-the-fishing-venue

Key points for a fishing buddy:

  1. when travelling to the venue talk about the fishing area and what fish you might catch there
  2. always talking about staying safe
  3. always walk between the water and the visually impaired angler
  4. paint a picture in words about the fishing area in front of the angling spot
  5. always think safe and keep a safe distance from the water
  6. it is always preferable for the visually impaired angler to be seated
  7. never leave a visually impaired angler alone by the water’s edge.

Assembling your fishing tackle and preparing to fish.

Transcript (DOCX): 3-Assembling-your-fishing-tackle-and-preparing-to-fish

Key points for a fishing buddy:

  1. keep the fishing area tidy to create certainty for the visually impaired angler
  2. the decision on whether using a pole or rod and reel will depend on the angler’s vision and the conditions on the day
  3. tacti-mark will help the visually impaired angler assemble the rod by marking the joints of each section
    Visual of Tacti-mark container
  4. a line threader will enable the visually impaired angler to more easily thread the line through the rod’s eyes.
  5. the visually impaired angler should choose the float and always have a number of different floats from which they can choose
  6. it may be necessary to change the float where conditions particularly impact on the visually impaired angler – changing light, reflection of light of the water, or shadow created by background such as trees.
  7. Adapt the float if required using a poly ball and colouring the ball to suit the angler using a marker or highlighter pen.
  8. Use bait with texture or colour to help the angler choose bait for themselves.
  9. A bite alarm should be placed so that the angler can easily and quickly reach the rod when a bite is heard.


Transcript (DOCX): 4-Casting

Key points for a fishing buddy:

  1. the angler should always be encouraged to make the cast
  2. an imaginary clock face is a good way of explaining direction
  3. if you need to explain a cast distance describe in terms of paces or an agreed length both understand
  4. stay safe, and always stand ahead of the visually impaired when close to the water’s edge.

Landing A Fish

Transcript (DOCX): 5-Landing-a-fish

Key points for a fishing buddy:

  1. whatever the size of fish you catch always use a landing net to support the fish out of the water
  2. always describe what you are doing when landing the fish so that the visually impaired angler can stay informed about what is happening.
  3. Describe size, colour and species.

Handling A Fish

Transcript (DOCX): 6-Handling-a-fish

Key points for a fishing buddy:

  1. keep the fish out of water for as little time as possible
  2. keep your hands wet when handing the fish
  3. don’t rest the fish on bare ground. Ideally use a landing mat, or damp towel.
  4. Where the fish is not hooked in the lip use a disgorger
  5. Always support large fish from underneath
  6. Guide the angler on how to hold the fish and continue to support as you pass the fish to the angler.