Terminally-ill Pete Hodge, 61, has arranged for his remains to be made into bait so his riverbank mates can enjoy a bumper catch.
Pete, who has motor neurone disease, is a national champ and winner of hundreds of competitions.
His ashes will be “balled in” as groundbait mix by pals at the Huntspill River near Bridgewater, Somerset.
He said: “It may sound strange but this is my dream. To be back in the river catching fish is where I belong.
“I hope my friends make me proud with their catches.”
Pete has already had a coffin made — fashioned as a giant wicker fishing basket.