Useful information

The Club’s current headquarters is at The Cafe By The Lake located within the Kilnsey Park Estate.

Members receive every consideration from owners Jimmi and Tracey and the rest of the cafe staff, where excellent food and beverages are available from 09:00 until late afternoon.  


Revised 2018

1. Fishing Members
Each Fishing Member on payment of the Annual Subscription shall be entitled to:
a) A Fishing Members Ticket permitting them to fish the Club’s waters during the hours of daylight until one hour after sunset;
b) Any Member fishing before 09.00hrs and intending to continue fishing must vacate the beat by 09.00hrs and add their name to the Club’s slate;
c) Six complimentary Trout fishing vouchers for the use of their Guests not necessarily accompanying the Member. The vouchers must be exchanged for a Guest’s Day Ticket by the Club’s Representative, and must be applied for at the Club’s designated meeting venue, between 09.00hrs and 10.00hrs on the day of use only. From time to time it may be necessary to change this venue. Members will be informed via email and notice of a change of the Club’s designated meeting venue for ticket applications will be posted on the Club’s website;
d) The right to purchase additional Guest Day Tickets for fishing, at half the normal price, for use by Guests accompanying the Member on the same beat. These Guest Day Tickets must be obtained, on the day of use, from the Club’s Representative at the Club’s designated meeting venue, between 09.00hrs and 10.00hrs;
e) The right to obtain a free Junior Day ticket which must be noted on the slate. Juniors must be under the age of 18, on the day of fishing, and both accompanied and supervised by a Member;
f) Share their rod with a Junior, under the age of 18, provided the Member accompanies the Junior, only one rod is used and is noted on the slate.

2. Non Fishing Members
Each Non Fishing Member, on payment of the Annual Subscription, shall be entitled to:
a) A Non Fishing Members Ticket, which does not confer any rights to fish the Club’s waters; and
b) Two complimentary trout fishing Vouchers for the use of the Non Fishing Member or their Guests. Each Voucher must be exchanged for a Guest Day Ticket, on the day of use, by contacting the Club’s Representative at the Club’s designated meeting venue between 09.00hrs and 10.00hrs.

3. Guest
The definition of a Guest is:
a) A person who, having produced a Members Complimentary Fishing Voucher, is issued with a Guest Day Ticket obtained from the Club’s representative; or
b) A person who is sharing the Members rod under instruction (only one rod to be in use at a time) and noted on the slate.
c) Members will be responsible for the conduct of a Guest and for their familiarisation with the Club’s Rules and Fishing Regulations including beat limits and Environment Agency Regulations.

4. Visitor
The definition of a Visitor is a person fishing on a Visitor Day Ticket who is not the Guest of a Member.


5. Beat Allocation
The Club’s Representative will be at the Club’s designated meeting venue between 09.00hrs and 10.00hrs to book beats and provide Guest or Visitor Day Tickets.
a) Any member unable to attend between 9am and 10am may choose a beat from unallocated beats on the slate displayed at the Club’s designated meeting venue or they may phone the Clubs Representative on 07768 623764 between 09.15hrs and 10.00hrs for a beat allocation. Beats are only allocated on the day and may not be booked in advance;
b) Members and their Guests (but not Visitors) may change beats after 2pm but every effort should be made not to inconvenience or give offence to anyone already in occupation of a beat;
c) Members are encouraged to exchange greetings with people met on the riverside to promote relationships between Members, to establish the credentials of other anglers, and to ensure friendly sharing of the beat; and
d) Visitors will not be allocated beats before 9.30am.

6. Fishing Season
The Trout fishing season will be as laid down by the Environment Agency.

7. Sale of Fish
No Member or their Guest or Visitor Day Ticket holder shall sell, barter or trade any fish taken from the Club’s waters. Live fish are not to be taken away from the Club’s waters.

8. Fishing Methods
a) Members may fish with Artificial fly, creeper or stonefly, at appropriate times, and upstream worm in low clear water after the 1st May on the two rivers above Amerdale Dub (Watersmeet) and on the main river below Amerdale Dub after 20th June;
b) Guests and Visitor Day Ticket holders may fish with Artificial fly only;
c) Save as above at rule 8a and rule 13c below, fishing with any bait, minnow, or spinning is not permitted; and
d) The use of barbless or de-barbed hooks is recommended.

9. Size, Bag Limit and Returns
All Members, Guests and Visitors are requested to ensure that:
a) All Trout less than 10 inches (25 centimetres) in length are returned to the water;
b) A total of, not more than, 3 brace of Trout shall be taken by any Member, Guest, or Visitor on any one day;
c) The 3 brace limit is to include not more than one brace taken above Kettlewell Bridge;
d) All Grayling caught are returned to the river; and
e) The removal of all Rainbow Trout is recommended, but not mandatory, and if killed will not count towards the bag limit.

10. Waders
No Member, Guest or Visitor shall fish in waders that reach higher than the waist.

11. Membership Card
All persons fishing the Club’s waters shall:
a) Show their ticket when requested to do so by any Member or the Club’s Representative; and
b) Be in possession of a valid Environment Agency Rod Licence.

12. Visitors Day Tickets
Visitors should be aware that:
a) Subject to such conditions as the Committee may impose, a limited number of Day Tickets for Visitors may be obtained from the Club’s Representative at the Club’s designated meeting venue, between 9.30hrs and 10.00hrs and allow fishing for Trout between the hours of 09.30hrs and 1 hour after sunset.
b) Day Tickets are available at the discretion of the Club’s Representative having regard to the number of Members fishing.
c) Guest or Visitor Tickets are not available for Grayling Fishing.

13. Grayling Fishing
Members should be aware that:
a) After the end of the Trout season fishing for Grayling is permitted up to 28th February (inclusive);
b) Artificial fly only is permitted during October and November;
c) From 1st December until 28th February, in addition to artificial fly fishing, angling with float and worm (trotting) is permitted; and
d) All Grayling caught must be returned to the river unharmed.

14. Fishing Returns
When requested, all Members, Guests and Visitors will be required to make a return of the total number of fish caught and the total number of fish killed to the Club.

15. Car Parking
15.1. Members, and their Guests only, may park their cars at the upstream corner of the Show Field near to the pedestrian gate, at the top corner of the field above Mile House Dub and at Watersmeet behind the Club’s hut. 
15.2. Unless confirmed otherwise by the Committee car parking at the Club’s hut is limited to no more than 3 vehicles (one vehicle per adjacent beat) being:
a) Byrom/Watersmeet:
b) Watersmeet/Mile House; and
c) Watersmeet/Skirfare Bridge.
15.3. Members may need to share a vehicle.
15.4. Any Member using vehicular access at 15.2 above, undertakes to secure all gates behind them and to only drive on the track. Driving on any part of the field is not permitted.
15.5. Members must not cause any damage to crops, including grass fields, by driving on them.
15.6. When parking on the public highway Members should not obstruct any access rights.
15.7. All parking is undertaken at the vehicle owners risk and the Club will not be responsible for any loss or damage whatsoever.
15.8. The Club has no legal right of access and these parking arrangements are available by kind permission only and, as such, may be withdrawn at any time.

16. Insurance
Members, Guests and Visitors are responsible for ensuring that they have current and appropriate insurance cover for their angling activities on the Club’s waters.

17. Safety
17.1. Members, Visitors and Guests are fully responsible for their own safety when visiting the Club’s waters and should familiarise themselves with the Club’s Health and Safety Guidelines.
17.2. The use of barbeques and open fires is not permitted.

18. General Matters
Where appropriate Members, Guests and Visitors are requested to immediately report to the Secretary:
a) Any damage to gates, stiles and fences etc;
b) Any suspected Poaching; and
c) All suspected pollution events (inform the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60).

19. Litter
All anglers are responsible for the removal of their refuse and litter from the riverbank and the Club’s fishing hut and for ensuring that all monofilament is properly disposed of away from the Club’s waters.

20. Club Rules and Fishing Regulations
These Fishing Regulations should be read in conjunction with the Club Rules. Members are requested to report any infringement of these Fishing Regulations to the Secretary who may refer the matter to the Committee for action.


First published July 2019

All Members, and their Guests, Visitors and non-fishing Guests are fully responsible for their own safety when visiting Kilnsey Angling Club.

The following guidance is no substitute for taking personal responsibility for your own safety and wellbeing together with that of your Guests.

All Members, Guests and Visitors are requested to consider the following information before the commencement of any angling activity on our waters:

  1. Be aware of how your state of health may affect your mobility and ability to fish for an extended period of time. If you are in any doubt about your safety, do not fish.
  2. Members are advised to carry with them a basic first aid kit including a supply of plasters, some antiseptic wipes and/or antiseptic cream or gel. Remember to take with you any prescribed medicines etc. that you would need to take during the course of the day.
  3. Consider informing someone of where you are fishing, when you expect to return and leave contact numbers in case of emergency (being mindful that mobile telephone signal strength/reception can vary in the valley).
  4. Consider taking a whistle as well as a mobile phone.
  5. Wear eye protection at all times when fishing.
  6. The consumption of alcohol is not advisable before or during fishing.
  7. Other than the use of prescribed medicines, the use or possession of all drugs and chemical substances is not permitted on Kilnsey Angling Club waters.
  8. Open fires and disposable barbeques are not permitted.
  9. When accessing our fishing please be observant of animals, particularly cows with calves and bulls. When crossing fields containing cattle please walk in a calm and quiet manner and give all cattle as wide a berth as is possible.
  10. Please consider your ability to wade in the river.  Consider the use of a wading staff and take care when wading, especially if the river is high or fast flowing.
  11. Appropriate waders together with a buoyancy aid, specifically designed for use by anglers should be worn at all times. 
  12. When out of the river, wearing felt soled boots, avoid slippery surfaces and remember that accumulations of algae on the rocks within the river can also be dangerous and slippery.  To overcome this wading risk consider adding screw in steel studs to felt soled wading boots.
  13. Please take extreme care when fishing near overhead power lines. Electricity lines may either cross the river or run near to it at certain locations. Members must take great care when fishing in these areas, as the high voltage cables they carry will deliver a potentially fatal shock if you get too close, or touch them. You are strongly advised not to fish directly under such cables. The advised distance at which you can fish is 30 metres along the ground away from the position immediately under the nearest cable. Electricity can arc over considerable distances. You are ideally earthed in water to conduct electricity. Carbon fibre rods are an excellent conductor of electricity as is a line coated in water.
  14. Electric fences used for the control of animals can periodically discharge high voltages. Contact with the wires may result in a painful electric shock, or worse.
  15. Please use the obvious paths along the river and across land as slips, trips and falls can be dangerous.  Be aware of undercuts in the riverbank and take particular care when the riverbanks are wet and slippery.
  16. Be aware of other anglers, members of the public or livestock that may enter into the line of your back-cast.
  17. Avoid conflict with other users of the river and members of the public at all times. Listen and discuss politely but do not enter into any form of argument that could result in physical assault.
  18. Take cover during lightning and remember that you are ideally earthed in water and on damp banks to conduct electricity.  A fishing rod is an excellent conductor of electricity and can act as a lightning rod.
  19. Be aware of the hazards of falling branches and avoid fishing under trees in windy conditions.
  20. The numbers of Mink and Otters on riverbanks is increasing. Mink are quite small, a bit larger than a squirrel and dark brown almost black in colour. Otters are much larger with a bigger head. Although both are more likely to stay well clear of human contact, they can be aggressive, particularly when protecting their young. In the very rare case of a bite, medical attention should be sought as soon as possible.
  21. Avoid wasps, hornets nests and beehives, wear insect repellent to reduce the risk of insect bites.
  22. Anglers, occasionally hook bats, usually whilst in the process of casting at dusk or during darkness. If you do hook a bat, avoid touching it with your bare skin. If you think you may have been bitten or scratched, wash the wound immediately (preferably with soap, do NOT scrub the wound), and contact your doctor.
  23. Giant Hogweed may be found on our river banks. The sap of this plant can cause quite severe blistering and skin burns which often result in long lasting scars. Sap in the eyes can cause temporary or even permanent blindness. Anglers should keep well away from any plants they see. Giant Hogweed can grow up to 4 metres tall and has cow parsley type flower heads in the summer, serrated leaves, and thick hollow stems with purple blotches. If you come into contact with the plant, you are advised to wash the affected areas immediately, keep them out of direct sunlight and seek medical advice at the earliest opportunity. Treatment early in the reaction can reduce its severity – this must be done after taking medical advice.
  24. Wash your hands or use an anti-septic wipe before eating or smoking.  Also, remember to wear waterproof plasters on any cuts or abrasions.
  25. Be aware of the risks posed by diseases (including recognition of the early symptoms) including but not limited to:
    1. Weil’s Disease –is a water-borne disease transmitted in rat urine and can contaminate rivers and banks;
    2. E-coli – may be present in some animal droppings – there may also be a risk from treated or untreated sewage effluent; and
    3. Lyme disease – is caused by a bite from an infected tick in areas that have sheep or deer.

The above is not an exhaustive list of all matters to be considered but, by thinking about your safety (and those accompanying you) the prevailing and forecast weather conditions and taking sensible steps you should enjoy safe fishing.



Following changes in the way insurance companies manage liability claims our insurers require Kilnsey Angling Club to advise them immediately following incidents in which they may have an interest, particularly incidents involving personal injury. In order to comply with these changes any member or guest who is involved in an incident whilst angling or visiting our water must immediately report the circumstances to the Secretary or any other committee member.


Whilst making every reasonable effort to protect those concerned, Kilnsey Angling Club accepts no responsibility for any injuries/losses/damage/theft which may occur to members, guests or visitors their property either fishing waters available to the Club, or participating in work parties and other activities.