COPIES OF THE CURRENT FISHERY RULES ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE FISHING LODGE.
1. The management reserve the right to expel or refuse admission to any person as and when they deem is necessary.
2. All persons visiting the fishery do so at their own risk and Bishop Auckland District Angling Club accepts no responsibility for any injury, loss or damage to persons or property howsoever caused.
3. Any person found fishing outside the permitted hours, or taking more fish than the current permit allows, or taking fish by illegal methods WILL BE PROSECUTED.
4. The Management, any Bishop Auckland District Angling Club official, Club Appointed bailiff, EA bailiff or Police Officer shall be allowed to examine any equipment, bag, clothing or vehicle of anyone visiting the fishery.
5. Anglers must possess a current EA rod licence as well as a permit to fish these waters.
6. Fishing commences at 8.15am and finishes at the time stated in the Fishing Lodge or in extreme circumstances at the discretion of the fishery staff.
(9.00am until 4.00pm winter hours).
7. TWO RODS maybe be set up but only one to be used at anytime. Fishing is by fly only (except bait lake) using generally accepted tackle and techniques. Only ONE fly larger than standard size 10 to be attached to the leader. TWO flies size 10 or smaller may be used. Only flies dressed on single point hooks are allowed. THESE MUST BE BARBLESS (conventional hooks with the barb removed are acceptable). Double, treble and multi-hook flies are forbidden. POPPERS, FLICKER SPOONS and BOOBY NYMPHS ARE FORBIDDEN. All fish caught must be handled gently. Those fish that are to be kept must be dispatched quickly. Anglers who mishandle fish will be asked to leave the fishery. No monofilament line of more than 10lb breaking strain shall be used on the fishery. Only fly fishing tackle allowed on the main fly lakes – bait rods only allowed on the bait lake area.
8. Anglers must be equipped with a landing net and priest. The use of gaffs and keep-nets are forbidden. ALL FISH MUST BE LANDED WITH A LANDING NET.
9. ALL BROWN TROUT TO BE RETURNED.
10. ANGLERS ON A FULL PERMIT MUST KILL THE FIRST FISH CAUGHT. Any fish which shows signs of bleeding or stress must be killed and count as part of the limit. Once BAG limit is reached anglers may continue on a catch and release basis.
11. Details of all fish caught (including those returned) must be entered on the catch return sheet. Please state from which Lake any Trout taken was from. This helps us maintain accurate stocking plans.
12. WADING IS NOT ALLOWED-IT IS DANGEROUS.
13. The following are specifically excluded from the fishery: guns, dogs, radios and non-fishing visitors.
14. Vehicles are restricted to the car park and must keep to the access road.
15. Anglers have access to the immediate ground around the shoreline of the fishery. They must not wander across the pasture land or disturb grazing animals.
16. Anglers are expected to behave in a gentlemanly manner. They must not deposit litter, disturb or feed wildlife or behave in any manner detrimental to the fishery, fishing or sport of other anglers.
17. DO NOT FEED WILDLIFE-ANYONE SEEN THROWING ANYTHING INTO THE FISHERY WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE.
18. MONOFILAMENT NYLON MUST NOT BE DISCARDED-IT IS DANGEROUS TO BOTH WILDLIFE AND FARM STOCK. CUT IT INTO SMALL LENGTHS PUT IT IN THE BINS PROVIDED OR TAKE IT HOME.