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

New secretary

The updated 2020 handbook will be available on the site shortly. Any queries or comments please let me know
Hope to see many of you at BFFI Sat 8th and Sun 9th February 2020
Tight lines for the new season

Hon secretary
Irene Osborne 07969682400

Association Hon Secretary

I would like to advise you all that as from this week I have decided to stand down as the Hon Secretary.
The chairman and Treasurer have been advised and have accepted my notice.
I have agreed to honour those commitments already made by myself regarding social and marketing activities, ie Tenkara Evening and the Manifold Valley Show.
Thank you all for your support, encouragement and assistance in my short tenure as secretary. Tightlines, Stephen Clarke.

Maximum of 3 Rods at Rocester.

Hi Folks, a polite reminder that there is still a maximum of 3 rods fishing at any one time on our waters on either the River Churnet or River Dove,Eaton Dovedale, Rocester.
Please see P16 in your members handbook. Tightlines, Stephen Clarke. Hon Secretary.

Rocester Waters.

Gate over the bridge has now been fitted with a dog chain and clip. Will all members please ensure that they secure the gate by this chain when entering and leaving the field.

CAR PARK. I plan to spray (Herbicide) the car park on Saturday morning, 09.00hrs. If members could refrain from coming until after 10.00hrs, it would be appreciated.

Thank you. Steve Clarke. Secretary. 07754 621012.

Lord’s Bridge Waters, Toothill Area. Situation Resolved.

Further to my news post regarding Alton Castle Archery and our right to fish, I have received an apology from Alton Castle for the behaviour and attitude of one of their staff.
They “absolutely respect our right of access to the river and appreciate that our river bank is well outside the safe recommended distance from the range.”
I think we can ‘put this to bed now’ but please let me know if you experience any other problems regarding Alton Castles’ staffs.
Tightlines, S. Clarke. Secretary.

Cattle Gate on the Bridge @ Eaton Dovedale, Rocester.

Please be aware that the gate on this bridge, currently secured by baler twine and bent wire, is broken. Provisional repairs have been done but the landlord is arranging for this to be repaired properly. Can members please take care until these repairs are completed. Already had one cut hand in the process, don’t want another. (Cattle were sympathetic anyway, even if the wife wasn’t.)