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Bank Anglers

Avoid wading where possible. There may be underwater hazards.

If You Have To Wade
Use a stake or landing net pole to feel your way.

If You Fall In (To Deep Water)
Your waders can be used as a flotation aid if you bring your knees up to your chin. If your waders fill with water it is surprisingly easy to kick them off. If fishing around particularly deep or dangerous areas wear a flotation aid.

Do you know which areas are particularly dangerous for wading?

Look in the appropriate fishing information leaflet or ask at the Fishing Lodge for further information.

Do not take short cuts across areas of mud exposed by the fall in water level If you do get stuck try to work your way back the way you came.

Casting Your Line
Look behind - you may be about to injure someone else or you may be close to overhead cables.

Protect Your Eyes
If possible, wear sunglasses to prevent possible injury by flying hooks when casting.

Boat Anglers

Buoyancy Aids
We strongly advise you to wear a flotation aid.

If You Fall Overboard
Try and get out of the water as quickly as possible. Hold on to the boat even if it has capsized. It will act as a life raft and you will be seen more easily.

If Someone Else Falls Overboard
If the boat has an engine, stop it when you are close to them and row. Remember when you are near enough it may be quicker to pass them the end of the oar. If you need to throw them a rope - detach the anchor rope from the boat if it has one, and throw the free end.

How To Get Back In The Boat
If the boat is not full of water it is possible to get back in - BUT... always attempt re-entry at the front or back of the boat not the middle. You will find it easier to get back in if you make a short loop of stirrup (about 2 feet long) from the rope fitted to the boat. Make sure the rope is tied to the boat and drop the loop over the side. You can then put your foot in the loop and heave yourself back into the boat fairly easily. It is easier to do this if you have assistance from within the boat but you can also do it on your own.

Keep Warm
If you have fallen in make sure you keep warm once you are out of the water. Reduce heat loss as you come ashore by putting on any spare clothing. It is easy to suffer from exposure if you are wet in a cold wind.

Studded Boots
Don't wear them - you could slip in glass fibre boats.

It Weather Conditions Deteriorate Suddenly
Make for the nearest bank or sheltered water and wait for conditions to improve or walk back. Do not take chances.

Standing Up In The Boat
Fishing from a standing position in a boat is unsafe and should be avoided. Two anglers standing up fishing is even more hazardous. You'll catch just as many fish sitting down and live to tell the tale.

Alcoholic Drinks
Alcohol and fishing is a dangerous combination. Enjoy a drink but don't let it impair your judgement. Better still - only have a drink after you have been fishing - but not if you have to drive.

If You See Anyone In Difficulty
Find out what is wrong and help if you can but don't put your own safety at risk. Report it to someone who can help or the emergency services as soon as possible.

Protect Your Eyes
If possible, wear sunglasses to prevent possible injury by flying hooks when casting.

General Regulations and Safety Advice

Fish Stocking
On fish stocking days anglers should avoid fishing in the immediate vicinity where inputs of fish are being made.

Electric Outboards
Members and visitors may have the use of their own electric outboard motors if they so wish.

This is prohibited. Even on a hot day the water in a reservoir is very cold and this could kill very quickly.

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