Rules

Rules

  1. The water extends from Somerset Bridge downstream to the road bridge on the A3. Both banks may be fished, except for a small stretch on the North Bank bordering the Peper Harow School, and on the South bank from Deer Bridge upstream.
  2. A minimum notice period of 24 hours must be given to Somerset Farm to park and fish Beat A1 (North) and a note left on the car dashboard providing the member’s mobile phone number.
  3. There are two lakes at Oxenford Farm, Oxenford Lake and Park Lake. They may be fished Wet or Dry.
  4. Fishing to start on April 1st and to stop on October 31st for Rainbow and Brown trout. Fishing Beat A1 (North), from Withybed Copse to just before the Pill Box, and the full stretch of Beat C (North) will stop on September 30th.
  5. No fishing is permitted on the day of the Peper Harow Point-to-Point.
  6. Fishing is restricted to dry or wet fly. One fly only. Maximum hook size is 10 long shank. The river may be fished wet or dry throughout the season. A second fly may be used on the river – if upstream nymph fishing only.
  7. Spinning, worm or bait fishing is not permitted.
  8. The subscription for the following season will be decided at the AGM in November and it is due to be paid by February 1st. An additional £20.00 will be charged if the subscription is not paid by February 1st and the rod automatically lost if it is not paid by March 1st.
  9. Two guest tickets per annum are given to members. The ticket to be signed by the member. Guests to be given their tickets, which they must carry at all times, before they start fishing and place it in the tin in the hut at the end of the day. No guest ticket is valid until May 1st. Members and their Guests should complete the record book.
  10. Members and their guests intending to fish the river OR the lakes must enter their names in the record book before they start fishing. If no fish are taken, a nil return should be entered in the appropriate column in the record book. The actual amount of time spent in each section of the river to be entered in the record book. Please enter interesting comments if possible. The Lakes: To assist the temperature research a NIL return must be entered.
  11. Extra day tickets are available from the Hon. Secretary, to be purchased at a cost of £10 per adult and £5 per juvenile under 18 years of age but there is no charge for children under 12 years of age. Members are permitted one guest per week.
  12. The DAILY limit of trout taken, that is either caught and then killed or released, shall be FOUR whether the fish come from the lakes or the river or from both. The WEEKLY limit of trout taken shall be TWELVE fish, no more than SIX of which may come from the lakes and no more than SIX from the river. The fishing week starts on the Monday.
  13. Rainbow Trout, if caught and not injured or unduly stressed, may either be retained or returned to the water. Any injured fish are to be killed. If planning to release fish, members must use barbless hooks.
  14. The river is designated a Wild Trout Catch-and-Release Fishery by the Club and therefore members must use barbless hooks when fishing the river. Any Brown Trout under 10” and all wild Brown Trout must be released.
  15. Members must comply with the following best practice when catching, handling and releasing fish: bring the fish to the net as quickly as possible; use knotless nets; keep the fish in the water; handle the fish as little as possible and always with wet hands but be careful not to squeeze it; do not touch the gills or mouth; if necessary remove the hook using forceps; avoid placing the fish on the bank or gravel; release the fish by pointing its nose into the current; and support it gently until it swims away.
  16. The membership is not transferable. A Member may share a rod, as long as the Member is present with the rod user.
  17. All members must have an appropriate Environment Agency license.
  18. An Annual General Meeting will be held as soon as possible after the end of the season.
  19. If members bring their dogs, they must be kept in the car.
  20. Neither Oxenford Farm nor The Peper Harow Park Fly Fishers Club accepts any liability for personal injuries received by fishermen using the waters, nor for any loss or damage to personal property or cars. This includes any damage from cattle.
  21. Cars should be parked in the area by Oxenford Farm, Taking care not to cause an obstruction.
  22. Members should wear their name badges at all times on Club water. Members should brief their guests that they may be asked for identification.
  23. Members must always display the Club identifying badge in their vehicle when on the Oxenford Farm property.
  24. Gates to be closed securely if found closed on arrival at all times.
  25. There is a Junior members section of the Club, please refer to the associated rules for further information.

Junior Member Rules

  1. To qualify as a junior member you must be under eighteen years of age as at 1st April in the year of application.
  2. All prospective junior members have to be sponsored by an adult member of the Club.
  3. All junior members must abide by the general club rules and their sponsoring member will be responsible for ensuring such compliance.
  4. The total junior membership will not exceed 25% of the adult membership of the Club.
  5. Junior members must be accompanied by an adult member at all times. No junior member shall fish without the full supervision of an adult member.
  6. Junior members accepted into the club will not be required to pay a joining fee.
  7. Junior members aged twelve years and over as at 1st April will be charged an annual subscription equivalent to 25% of the adult member subscription for the year.
  8. Junior members under twelve years of age as at 1st April will not be required to pay an annual subscription.
  9. Junior members will not be entitled to guest tickets.
  10. When junior members become eighteen years of age as at 1st April, they will cease to become junior members and will have to apply for adult membership of the Club.

Peper Harow Park Fly Fishing Club