Safety Guidance and Rules

By purchasing a fishing ticket or membership, you agree to abide by the rules set out below. Elinor Trout Fishery is not liable for any damage, loss or injury to any persons, or their belongings incurred whilst on the site, all anglers fish at their own risk.

All Anglers

  • Elinor is fly fishing only.
  • Bank fishing is permitted up to half an hour after sunset, boats are required to return half an hour before sunset - please see lodge for specific timings – No fishing is permitted in the dark.
  • Anglers are reminded that they require an Environment Agency rod licence (available from Post Offices or by phoning 08708 506 506).
  • The management reserves the right to ask any angler to show all the fish, equipment and tackle in his possession. 
  • The management reserves the right to restrict or cancel fishing in inclement weather or operational reasons, it is advisable to check the forecast before you arrive, closures will be announced on the website and via Facebook.
  • Landing nets must used, fish are to remain in the water at all times when unhooking and only removed briefly if you must take a photo - never carry the fish unsupported or by the gills and when releasing support the fish in the water allowing plenty of time to recover. Any fish unlikely to recover to be dispatched and handed to the lodge.
  • Sporting tickets or on your way to a limit bag, fish may be released using barbless hooks only.
  • Stocking days - no fishing permitted on the Gravel Bar after fish have been stocked.
  • Wading is permitted, beware of soft mud and general slippery underfoot conditions in the water, pontoon and on the bank, never walk on icy covered water.
  • It is not advisable to fish under the electric pylons and under or near trees.
  • Do not fish or walk with a fishing rod in the air during electrical storms.
  • Please show consideration to other anglers, people and livestock.
  • All anglers must complete their catch returns (including nil returns) on the reverse of the permit and place it in the permit returns collection box before leaving the lake. 
  • To protect yourself from any water borne disease, we recommend that cuts or wounds are covered with a waterproof dressing.
  • All children are the responsibility of the accompanying adult(s) and must always be supervised. 
  • Dogs must always be kept on a lead and under control and are not allowed in the water.
  • Do not leave any litter or allow any to blow into the water.
  • No fires, barbeques, or camping /overnight fishing on site and no alcohol is to be bought onto the fishery.
  • Please drive slowly in the carpark - anglers to park in the carpark and boat anglers only, are permitted to park near the boat dock, taking care driving through the mud.
  • Do not pollute the waters with any food, drink, chemical, medicinal substance. 
  • Swimming is not permitted at any time as the water is deep, cold and algae blooms can occur.
  • Please wear suitable attire for the weather conditions.

Boat Anglers

  • Boat hirer must be over 18 and anyone accessing the water must wear a lifejacket, both on the water and on the pontoon.
  • No shows - pre-booked boats will be released at 9am unless we are aware in advance of a late arrival.
  • Life jackets are provided at the lodge Life, if they are returned damaged full costs will be incurred.
  • You are required to sign in at the lodge when hiring a boat.
  • Float tubes are allowed to access the water - launch fee applicable, and tubers are responsible for their own safety.
  • Please take care on the pontoon it can be slippery.
  • Boats are required to return half an hour before sunset please see lodge for specific timings.
  • No waders are to be worn in boats.
  • No trolling is permitted.
  • No boats allowed out if the average wind speed exceeds 25mph, please be aware of sudden changes to the weather, increased wind, thunderstorms, temperature and seek shelter off the water when necessary.
  • Anglers may use their own electric outboard motors.
  • 2 anglers permitted per boat and 1 guest (not fishing).
  • Boat anglers must give way to bank anglers.
  • When traveling please keep a respectful distance from both bank anglers or any other boat.
  • It is advisable not to stand up in boat. If you fall overboard get out of the water quickly, climb back into the boat using the back or front (not the sides to avoid tipping) avoid hypothermia by keeping warm and returning to shore.
  • Please leave the boat clean, rinse the anchor of mud and place all litter in the bins provided.
  • No alcohol to be consumed on the boats.
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