Ross on Wye Angling Club rules and guidance for coarse angling.

All anglers fishing our waters must adhere to the following rules and guidelines.

  1. All Club members use the Club waters, facilities and equipment at their own risk.
  2. The coarse fishing season runs from 16 June until 14 March inclusive. Fishing outside these dates is prohibited.
  3. All gates are to be closed, do not damage fences or crop
  4. No litter of any description to be left, including any discarded line.
  5. No dogs, with the exception of those owned by the Bailiff , allowed on any waters
  6. No fires to be made on the banks of the river or in the fields adjoining the Club water
  7. No night fishing is permitted (Night fishing is one hour after sunset until one hour before sunrise). For the avoidance of doubt, sunrise and sunset means the sunrise and sunset times published for Ross-on-Wye on the Met. Office website each day. Members must cease fishing no later than one hour after sunset and must then immediately leave the fishery and car parking areas.
  8. Boat fishing is prohibited with the exception of accredited Salmon anglers at Weirend.
  9. Coarse Anglers are allowed to fish the pegs at Weirend marked with white posts during the coarse fishing season, however during the salmon season a coarse angler must give way if a salmon member wants to fish through the white post peg.
  10. Do not leave baited rods unattended or unsupervised whether the bait is in the water or not.
  11. Anglers must fish only one peg at any one time.
  12. Members when fishing must always carry both parts of their membership cards ( i.e. Photo ID and Membership card ) and their Environment Agency Licence. These must be available for inspection upon request. The holder of a membership card has the right to challenge any person fishing on Club waters
  13. No fish to be removed from club waters with the exception of bleak or minnows for use as live bait in Ross AC waters.
  14. Dead-baiting allowed with SEA FISH ONLY.
  15. Keep nets can be used with the exception of Barbel, Carp, Pike or Grayling. The Bailiff has the right to inspect the contents of any keep net used.
  16. No spinning by coarse fishermen on the Weirend stretch in the salmon season (3rd March – 17th October.)
  17. Any member conducting themselves in any way detrimental to the interests and principles of the Club shall be liable to expulsion.
  18. Further conditions of use and access to reciprocal waters must also be observed.
  19. Members are to ensure that the welfare of any fish caught is paramount. Appropriate landing and unhooking care must be observed. This includes the use of unhooking mats where appropriate, not keeping the fish out of the water unnecessarily and ensuring the fish has had chance to recover in the landing net before release.
  20. Ross on Wye Angling Club reserves the right to close its waters to fishing when it deems the river conditions to be unsuitable. (e.g. Sustained high temperatures, very low water conditions, pollution issues).
  21. Members should access the river only by the routes shown on the maps.
  22. Whilst using treble hooks, at least two of the three hooks must be barbless.
  23. Ross on Wye Angling Club encourages the use of barbless hooks where appropriate / suitable (e.g. hair rigged baits). This is in line with Environment Agency guidelines for ‘best practices’ with regard to fish care.
  24. Members under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult when fishing Ross on Wye Angling Club waters. Note that non-members are not allowed to access non-public areas. For example this precludes a Junior Member from fishing Benhall the supervising adult is also a Member of Ross on Wye AC.
  25. Members contributing to any form of media must not disclose the specific location/swim by name or photograph. Ensure the background cannot be identified to a specific location.
    Should any member see a swan in distress call Swan Aid on 07763 424892.

These rules were last updated September 2020.


Members must keep a record of their visits and record them either in the Salmon Log at the Weirend hut or via text or recorded message with the Clubs Recorder. Height of water and general conditions along with any sightings are appreciated.

Anglers are permitted on the water one hour before sunrise and must leave the water no later than one hour after sunset according to Meteorological Office data.

Anglers must be in possession of a valid National Rod Licence for migratory fish when fishing. Club bailiffs will ask to see these when checking Club permits.

EA rules for salmon angling must be observed at all times.

Guest permits are available for members by prior arrangement with the Club Recorder at a cost to the member of £30. These can be obtained 3 times in any one season per member.

Members must not build or modify croys’ or interfere with the River bank in any way without first gaining permission from the committee.

The salmon season is from 3rd March until 17th October both days inclusive. Members can fly fish throughout the season but can only spin for salmon from 3rd March until 31st August.

On occasions when there are waiting anglers, members are expected to fish through the pool then return to wait behind any other anglers wishing to fish the pool.

On the Weirend beat Salmon anglers have priority on designated White Post catches during the salmon season.

All coarse fish must be returned unharmed to the River.

The Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales require all salmon to be returned and only barbless hooks will be used.

All salmon caught must be recorded either in the Salmon Log at Weirend or with the Club Recorder, Trevor Hyde, by text or recorded message. Size of fish, method and location of capture must be recorded.

BENHALL BEAT Access is via Benhall Lane and the Club carpark which must be locked at all times. Combination for the lock is given on members cards and must not be passed on to any other person. On the Benhall Beat salmon anglers have no priority over coarse anglers.

WEIREND BEAT. Access to the fishing is only via points described on the beat maps at A,B and D. Cars MUST NOT be parked in field entrances. At access A there is a members carpark which must be locked at all times. The combination for the lock is on members cards and must not be past on to any other person. Combination for the Salmon hut will be given to members on joining the salmon section, please ensure the hut is locked when not in use.

Anglers using the salmon hut must ensure the electricity is turned off at the fuase box when the hut is vacated. Rubbish must not be left in the hut.


All boats are under the control of the Committee. Anglers may utilise the boat for fishing but this must be mutually agreed with other salmon anglers fishing that day. The boat is not to be taken out of sight of the salmon hut upstream. Angler use the boats AT THEIR OWN RISK and must not impede other anglers fishing from the banks. The boat is not to be used when the River gauge at the salmon hut is above 1 metre.

The boat is to be secured by the last angler to use it and the oars returned to the salmon hut.

The Rules for Salmon angling on the River Wye are changing for the 2020 season and the link below leads to the NRW/EA rules for the River from 1st January 2020 onwards. All members must make sure that they abide by the new rules.