Covid 19 update January 7th 2021

Statement from the Angling Trust: Update January 7th 2021

The Government have now formally responded to the representations made by the Angling Trust. We have promoted the huge benefits of fishing on individual health and wellbeing and have been able to present a case to which the Government have listened. On this basis I am pleased to announce that fishing will be permitted during the third national lockdown in England.

The DCMS Sports Team confirmed the following:

“fishing is allowed as exercise so long as participants adhere to the rules on staying local, gathering limits, social distancing and limiting the time spent outdoors”

We have worked extremely hard to reach this position and we as anglers have a duty to abide by the strict conditions under which fishing is once again permitted. With infection rates and death tolls rising we must stick to the Government’s rules and ensure that angling remains part of the solution and does not cause problems.

Please bear in mind these key points which will be reflected in the new Angling Trust guidelines which we will publish shortly:

  • This is a strictly limited resumption of LOCAL fishing and very different to how we have been allowed to operate since May.
  • We are in a National Lockdown and this must be respected. The law requires a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave your home or penalties will apply.
  • The Government has recognised that fishing can be seen as exercise, which is expressly permitted under the lockdown rules, although outdoor recreation is not.
  • Organised sporting gatherings are prohibited so no match fishing.
  • The exercise is limited to once a day so no overnight fishing whatsoever.
  • To remain within the law you should follow the Government’s guidance, and only fish locally. If you have no local fishing available then you will have to take your daily exercise in other ways. Full Government guidance on travel can be found here

We are once again able to enjoy the sport we love at a time when many others cannot and we must ensure that every angler adheres to the rules.

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Covid 19 and fishing. Update Jan 2021

Statement from the Angling Trust on the national lockdown rules

UPDATE – January 5, 2021

The regulations have now been published and confirm this evening’s message from the Cabinet Office that the Government have taken the decision that fishing will not be permitted during this national lockdown period. Whilst this is disappointing news I would ask anglers, fisheries and clubs to respect these rules and the reason they have been put in place; to help save lives and support the NHS. Read more Angling Trust

Fishing in the second lockdown

For full info:
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In brief:
You can only leave home to fish with members of your own household, your support bubble or with one other individual.
You can travel to go fishing but long journeys should be avoided ‘wherever possible’.
You absolutely cannot leave home to fish if you have Coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating.
 It is incumbent on us all to continue to act responsibly and to fish safely, fish locally and respect the Rule of Two.
This text is taken from the Angling Trust website. Their work for us as fly fishers during this pandemic is what is keeping us fishing during this second lockdown. Could I ask you to thank all their work on this by becoming a member of the AT if you are not already? 
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Wednesday 2nd September

As the nights start to close in this will likely be the last working Wednesday this season.

We, therefore, propose we focus our efforts this season into completing the full Hamps stretch.

Wednesday the 2nd we will meet at the parking at the farm layby and attempt to complete the last stretch before the cottage.

Once complete we can then look at arranging a Saturday working party (5th of September) for the last upper part of the beat.

This has been a concerted effort this season and all help has been appreciated a special shout out to Mike Jacques who turned up in torrential rain to help me at very short notice.

If you wish to attend please let me know


Parking and fishing Dovedale

As the car parks at Dovedale and Milldale are now open, the additional parking we have on a text booking system, is not under so much pressure. We have general availability for those who prefer a quieter parking space away from the crowds. Please send a text to the Secretary. Number is on your email newsletter – Parking and Fishing Availability at Dovedale

Tight lines and enjoy the mayfly season

Return to fishing

Its been a while but we can now confirm that taking advice from the Angling Trust we are glad to announce the reopening of our waters from Wednesday 13th May!

However, we should all note that we continue to be at risk in the wider community and as such we are therefore asking you to follow the advice as laid out by the Angling Trust and the committee as laid out below.

Guest Tickets

Additional to these guidelines the club will not be permitting Guest Ticket purchase and or use until further notice.

Access to beats

Also, we re-request that members abide by our recommendation to visiting our other waters rather than congregating on the more popular stretches which is copied below, abiding by these regulations will keep us safe! Following these recommendations will negate the need for a booking system to be implemented across all our waters. See parking note further on re Dovedale/Milldale

It is requested that in order to prevent undue fishing pressure on our flagship waters. Members are requested that they voluntarily restrict their fishing, to 2 visits, per Beat in any 7 day period. The hope is that this action will not only protect our fishing it will also encourage members to fish our other waters. The plan is to divide the fishing beats available as follows

Beat 1 River Hamps
Beat 2 Dovedale / Milldale
Beat 3 Bentley Brook
Beat 4 Upper Dove Ludlow Farm – Pilsbury Castle
Beat 5 Upper Dove Pilsbury Castle – Crowdecote
Beat 6 Lower Dove & Churnet at Rocester
Beat 7 River Churnet Lords Bridge

By adopting this approach. You will still be able to fish every day if you wish, and in two weeks you will be able to fish all of our waters twice. Be more socially distant and most likely fall in love with another stretch of water.


No parking at Dovedale and Milldale currently. Lord’s Bridge parking is unkown. We have implemened a text booking system for club members for Dovedale for a limited number of cars. Contact from website page to get info. This is a public page, so phone number will not be posted here.
We will attempt to keep you updated as we gain clarification.

Parking elsewhere we suggest you place a LADFFA badge in your windscreen

Pandemic update

Based on the announcement yesterday, Sunday 10th May by the Prime Minister, we are awaiting further clarification from the Angling Trust and this should be forthcoming in the next 48 hours.
Before fishing await for confirmation from the club as we may need to provide guidance based on recommendations from the Angling Trust.
This information will be emailed to you. If you are not receiving emails from the club, please go to contact page

Stay Safe and watch out for further updates.

New Handbook available shortly

Secretary Irene posting.
The Handbook is fully updated. It is downloadable as a pdf, which you can either print or upload to your mobile phone, for easy riverside reference.
Lets hope we can get some fishing when the Coronavirus is under more control.

Tight lines, stay safe and keep well.

Pandemic Update

Dear Members, We have decided to follow the guidance as published by the Angling Trust and in light that many other clubs are also following the same guidance we have to consider not only the health of our members but potentially the distraction we may cause to emergency services in protecting our communities.
Angling Trust Statement
We must all do what is required of us by the Government and work together to fight this pandemic. Therefore until further notice we should all refrain from fishing. This is about saving lives and supporting the NHS.

In regards to the current restrictions announced by the Government on Monday 23 March 2020 it is clear that the only permitted activities that have been specified are walking, running and cycling for the purpose of local daily exercise. Today we (Angling Trust) have written to the Sports Minister highlighting the benefits to both physical health and mental wellbeing that angling provides and that we are ready and prepared to offer whatever support the government or Sport England require now or in the future to get people back fishing as soon as is safely possible.

Please look after yourselves and look forward to seeing you all back on the river as soon as we are permitted to do so.

We will attempt to update you via email or WhatsApp whenever we receive further clarification.


The Committee