General Rules

1. NO FISHING in Canal or Dam Tributaries or from top of the lock sides.
2. That all Trophies are, and shall remain the property of the Society, and shall be fished for, when, how and where decided by the committee. Trophies must be handed in to the Match Secretary by November Open Meeting. If not handed in by the A.G.M., membership ceases.
3. No live fish to be brought to the Club Waters for any purpose. Penalty for doing this will be expulsion, except when sanctioned by the Committee. Bloodworms and Jokers barred except as per match rule Hemp seed allowed, but in moderation. Groundbaiting and bread feed allowed on all waters.
4. That no member shall fish within 15 yards of another member, except in competitions.
5. That all members be in possession of a landing net and disgorger when fishing waters.
6. All members must be clear of sections of the bank when matches are in pro.gress. Match lengths must not be pleasure fished prior to the match on the same day as matches except – evening matches when pleasure anglers may fish until 3pm prior to the match. Any member who is caught fishing waters prior to matches will be brought before the Committee.
7.The use of keepnets is not allowed on any of our stillwaters-keepnets used in matches belong to the Society and are kept at Croft/Town House for use there. The only matches where keenets will be used are committee authorised matches(shown on member’s ticket) Max 50lb of fish only to be kept in one keepnet. The use of personal keepnets is still allowed on T.A.S. sections of the Rochdale Canal(8a.m. to 6p.m. only)
8.Any Committee member or official withat least 9 committee meeting attendance at the A.G.M. (Dec – Oct) will be eligible for a free licence the following year.
9. All coarse fish to be returned alive to the water from point of fishing. Strictly no fish to be moved for any reason. Strictly no live baiting.
10. No members allowed to carry firearms whilst fishing our waters.
11. Any infringement of the rules will be dealt with by the committee and may lead to loss of
12. Only matches organized by the Committee be allowed to take place in our waters.
13. juniors may only use one rod at once. No double hooking. No rod to be left unattended at any time.
14. All members MUST on demand produce members card to Canal and Rivers Trust employees.
15. River closed March 15th to June 15th (inclusive). All still waters , including canal open all year with keepnets allowed.
16. Any member is eligible to be expelled for breaking club rules, or caught or reported causing public nuisance on our waters. Their licence may be confiscated, and reported to the Committee. The member should appear when asked, to state their case. If no appearance at requested meeting, expulsion will be automatic, sine die. If any member expelled continues to fish our waters it could mean prosecution for poaching, trespass, theft and civil disobedience, for any of the above. Members have the right of appeal against expulsion.
17. Strictly no litter to be left at any of our waters (this includes nylon line, lead shot and hooks)No tin cans to be taken on to any of our waters. Any angler with litter at or within 10 yards of his/her peg will have their licence confiscated and will be ordered to appear before the Committee at the next meeting. This rule makes members responsible for picking up litter before fishing. It will not be an excuse to say that it is not your litter.
18. Replacement licences can only be issued at the original point of sale of the original lost/damaged member’s ticket. The replacement ticket must be endorsed with the number of the original ticket i.e. ‘Replacement for ticket No 0001, on payment of £4
19. Night fishing only allowed on the canal away from houses.
20. Only barbless hooks to be used on all T.A.S. waters.
21. Match lengths may be changed without notice to members. This will only be done owing to low water levels or icing on sections scheduled to be fished.
22. All members must have purchased and have in their possession, when fishing our waters, a valid Environmental Agency Rod Licence.
23. No pleasure fishing pegs 429 to 432 on Lanebottom section of the Rochdale Canal. Anglers must not allow poles to infringe private airspace in gardens or other private properties.
24. No groundbaiting with boilies.
25. No alcohol allowed on any of our waters.
26. There is a cat food ban.
27. No hooks larger than size 10 allowed on ponds.
28. Members may not take their dogs on any T.A.S. waters whilst they are fishing. No dogs allowed on some waters.
29. Compulsory Photo I.D. to be affixed to member’s ticket before fishing.
30. Juniors under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult member at all times when fishing TAS waters. The Free licence/licences max 2 per adult member must be be bought at the same time as the adult licence.
Fee junior members will be allowed to fish with supervision from any adult if they have attended coaching days and have been assessed and signed off by a coach with the safe ability to fish unaided.
31. Ledgers and swimfeeders to be free running, no bolt rigs or lead core.
32.All fish must be handled with care and treated with the utmost respect. No fish to be placed on the ground without an appropriate unhooking mat’ Anybody found allowing fish to ‘flap on the stones’ or the ground will have their member’s ticket suspended.