Emergency Communications Mobile phone coverage on some parts of the Club's water is limited. Nevertheless 999 calls will be routed via the best available network, and SMS messages will often get through. Members should always carry their mobile phone while fishing as an essential emergency measure. The Club strongly recommends that members install the 'What3Words" app to generate accurate location for informing the emergency services' response.
Wading Take particular care when wading in deep or fast water and on rocky bottoms. Be vigilant for water hazards such as storm debris. Be aware that the water level of the river can rise very quickly. Falling in the water may cause drowning. The use of a wading staff wading belt and buoyancy aid is recommended at all times when wading or near the water. Ensure your your waders have suitable soles for the terrain.
Casting Always show consideration to other users on a riverbank avoiding contacting anyone with your back-cast. It is strongly recommended that you wear protective glasses when fishing to protect your eyes from flies. Take special care in windy conditions.
Hooks and flies Hooks by their design are sharp and easily penetrate the skin. Their use brings them into contact with germs etc, that can be injurious to health. Caution should used when handling hooks, tying on or removing. Rusty hooks should be avoided at all times. Weighted flies cause unpredictable movement when casting. Extreme caution should be exercised when casting weighted flies to ensure they do not come in contact with yourself, fellow anglers or the public.
Banks Beware of undercuts in banks and scouring around trees and other obstacles especially near deep water. Please report such hazards.
Power Lines Beware of fishing under any power lines and remember electricity can arc over considerable distances. You are ideally earthed in water to conduct electricity. Remember that your carbon rod is an excellent conductor of electricity.
Lightning Again you are ideally earthed when in water and your rod is a good lightning conductor. Do not fish during electric storms. In the event of an electrical storm stop fishing and lay rods on the ground and move to a place of safety as soon as possible.
Trees Fishing under trees can be unsafe in windy conditions. Beware of falling branches. Be vigilant for storm damaged areas where trees and their surroundings may be unsafe. If you encounter damaged trees that pose a risk to anglers please report the hazard to the HSA via Secretary.
Animals Bulls can be dangerous. Be especially careful in fields of cows with calves, which may act collectively to defend against perceived threats. Where parking is allowed in fields containing livestock be aware that they may rub against your car with metal ear tags or lick paintwork and cause serious damage. Please ensure that all gates are closed and secure after you access them to prevent the escape of livestock.
Wasps Members must report the location of any wasp nests they identify adjacent to the river or parking areas to the River Keeper as soon as possible.
Insects Be aware of ticks and other stinging/biting insects. As there are significant populations of roe deer on some of the beats, members should familiarise themselves with the symptoms of tick-borne Lyme’s Disease.
Weils Disease This is transmitted in rat’s urine. Never put wet lines in your mouth or any other items of tackle that has been in the water. Waterproof plasters should be used on any cuts or abrasions.
Sunburn Sunburn can cause skin cancer and waterproof sun protection is recommended. Wear glasses and a broad brimmed hat to protect your eyes. Polarised glasses are best for reducing glare.
Vehicle access There are several beats where anglers are able to access the river via the use of their vehicles on private off road tracks. The Club does not have control over the maintenance and upkeep of these tracks and following the winter months or periods of adverse wet weather, these tracks can become slippery and pot holed. Members should only use these tracks when the conditions are suitable and RAC would advise that only suitable 4 wheel drive vehicles with good off road tyres be used. Drive slowly and carefully. Anglers take their vehicles on these tracks at their own risk.