• Marc Luther Thomas

Marina Gibson Promotes Mental Health Benefits of Fishing

Updated: Nov 13, 2019

Record-breaking angler and social media influencer Marina Gibson showcased the power of fishing and being outdoors to combat stress as she taught aspiring fisher people during International Stress Awareness Week at London’s Syon Park.

To mark International Stress Awareness Week ahead of National Stress Awareness Day, Marina was joined by mental health, sports and recreation bloggers for the event. Marina is a strong advocate of the power of being outdoors and understands the importance of outdoor activities in relieving stress.

The day began with Marina demonstrating the basics of casting before attendees were able to spend time fly-fishing. Marina offered real-life examples of how the great outdoors has helped her combat stress, as she listed the benefits of fishing for mindfulness and mental wellbeing.

Marina Gibson, founder of the Northern Fishing School, said: ‘Fly-fishing has long been heralded as a great source of therapy and it demonstrates how fly-fishing or anything meditative allows you to step away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It clears your mind by focusing on the beautiful surroundings as well as the art and technique of exercise and keeping your mind busy with an art form. It’s a real privilege to host these fabulous people at Syon Park, which will always hold a special place in my heart. When I was living in London and found the stresses of everyday life all too much, I found this safe haven within the city at Syon Park that allowed me to escape stress-filled environments and recuperate within this tranquil setting.’

There was a strong female presence at the event with Marina having long advocated for more women to get into the sport after being inspired to take up fishing by her mother. The event follows Marina’s previous event, which inspired females to get fishing on International Women’s Day as part of Orvis UK’s 50/50 On the Water initiative. Marina also launched the Northern Fishing School in May with the aim of attracting more young people into the sport.

Editor's Notes:

Marina Gibson

Marina Gibson is a truly passionate angler who was lucky enough to spend much of her childhood chasing salmon, trout and sea trout. Following in the footsteps of her talented mother Joanna Gibson, herself a devoted fly fisher, Marina has dedicated a significant part of her life to the pursuit of every type of fish at every available opportunity wherever in the world that may be.

A certified ‘Fly Fishers International’ (CI) Instructor and 1st4sport Level 2 coach, Marina is also a freelance writer who hosts trips worldwide and guides in the UK. She competed in her first World Championships in 2018 in Millom. She made the finals for both the Women’s Spey events, ending up in 4th place for both and currently holds the UK record for Ladies 15′.1″ Spey distance with a total of 79.5m.

Marina empowers people to take up fishing and enjoy country living through her daily social media activities and boasts 40k fans on Instagram as well as her followers on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


Syon Park Fishery

Syon Park Fishery hidden within the beautiful 200 acre parkland grounds of Syon House, a seat of the Duke of Northumberland, only 8 miles from central London.

The lake and grounds were originally constructed by Capability Brown in the 1760s, the six acre lake is regularly stocked with rainbow trout from Albury (and brown trout in season) of an average weight of 2lb 8oz up to in excess of 10lb. Syon is also regularly stocked with Blues, Tigers, Spartics, and will soon be stocked with Golden Trout.

Syon offers easily accessible trout fishing for the novice and more experienced angler alike in a beautiful environment on the outskirts of London. Just across the River Thames from Kew Gardens, Syon Park is only eight miles west along the A4 from Marble Arch. The water enjoys prolific hatches of olives, alders, sedge, buzzers and damsel flies.