Fishery Rules

The following rules have been developed to keep both you and other anglers safe. We believe that these rules also promote good sportsmanship and are now standard on most still-water fly fisheries. Please note that these rules may change at any time and additional rules will be added for events such our competitions.  For more information please see the relevant pages on this website.

Barn Elms Fishery Rules

  • Single fly only.
  • Permits are non-transferable.
  • Fishing must cease when ticket limit is reached until second ticket is purchased.
  • No dogs allowed at any time.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • A landing net and priest is required.
  • Max hook size 8.
  • All catch returns must be completed on the chalk board in the car park prior to departure, including nil returns.
  • Environment Agency Rod Licence is required.
  • Management accept no liability for loss or damage however caused.
  • Management take no responsibility for any circumstances affecting the lake or fishing that are beyond their control.
  • By buying a permit you undertake to accept & abide by the rules.
  • When fishing, protective headgear & glasses must be worn at all times.
  • Fishing must cease during thunderstorms and lightning.
  • No wading or swimming in the lakes.
  • Fishing is not permitted in the area in front of the fishing lodge, car park or from any bridge.

Catch & Release Rules

  • Maximum number of fish on a C&R ticket is 4.
  • Please note on the chalkboard in brackets how many you caught and released before departure.
  • Trout are more sensitive than course fish and should be kept in the water whilst releasing if possible.
  • Always use single barbless hooks on minimum 6/7lb tippet or crush barbed hooks.
  • Landing nets should be wetted each time before a fish is netted and hands should be wet before handling the fish.
  • Keep the fish in the water whilst releasing if possible; ensure fish are given plenty of time to recover in the net before releasing, be patient and do not release a fish which cannot stay upright.