1: All rods must obtain and carry a valid Environment Agency Licence. These may either be obtained from a Post Office or online
2: Bywell is divided into two beats, the Upper Beat and the Lower Beat, as indicated on the maps that will be sent to you prior to arrival. Tenants and their guests will usually fish the beats on alternate days – beat rotation details will be provided to tenants on or prior to arrival.
3: Each beat accommodates a maximum of four rods, and tenants are asked to ensure that this number is not exceeded.
4: Fishermen should meet their Ghillie at 9.00am at their hut on the 1st day, and thereafter, by arrangement with the Ghillies. Upper Beat – Miller's Hut. Lower Beat – Bywell Church Hut.
5: The Ghillie will finish work at 5.00pm, but guests may continue to fish thereafter, subject to making proper arrangements with the Ghillie in relation to night time beat allocation, locking the Fishing Hut, securing boats and other relevant issues.
The Ghillie reserves the right to prohibit night time fishing for Health and Safety reasons (i.e. high water etc).
6: Fishing at Bywell is by fly only. The Ghillie will permit spinning at appropriate water heights.
7: All salmon caught prior to 16 June in any year must be released. Forall sea trout and salmon caught on (or after) 16 June then rods must at all times comply with the current policy of the Estate in relation to the release of fish.
8: Salmon and sea trout parr, gravid fish and kelts must be returned.
9: All foul hooked fish must be returned to the river (unless damaged).
10: All fish caught by rod and line by authorized persons remain the property of the tenant if not released.
11: For consistency of handwriting, the Ghillie will record all fish caught in the Fishing Book in each Fishing Hut.
12: Rods may not be shared, other than with members of the fishing parties direct family. All fishing party members should make the Ghillie aware of such sharing in advance where possible.
13: Dogs may accompany rods, but we kindly ask that they are kept under close control at all times.
14: Wading sticks must always be used. It is recommended that an A.B.S. approved floatation jacket (or similar) should be worn. The Estate will provide a suitable jacket on request. Life jackets must be worn in boats.
15: Health and Safety guidance statement will be displayed in the fishing huts. Tenants and their guest must comply with the guidance at all times.
16: Cars may only be parked in the designated car parking areas.
17: All rods are required to hold suitable third party insurance cover to indemnify them in the event of any competent claim being made against them during their period of fishing.
18: We ask all tenants and guest to observe the Country Code at all times; no fire shall be lit other than in the fishing hut stoves, no litter shall be left in or around the fishing huts or on river banks, and all gates shall be closed and locked (as applicable).
19: All rods exercise their rights to fish entirely at their own risk, and acknowledge that neither Allendale Estates, their servants, agents or employees will be liable for any loss or damage occasioned by or to the tenants of their guests or his/their property.
20: These rules may be changed or added to by Allendale Estates at any time.
It is unlawful to fish for coarse fish from the 15 March to 15 June both dates inclusive on any river or stream.
It is unlawful to fish for migratory trout from the 1 November to 2 April both dates inclusive.
It is unlawful to fish for salmon from the 1 November to 31 January both dates inclusive.
All salmon caught before 16 June must be returned to the water immediately with as little injury as possible.
No person shall sell, offer or expose for sale, barter, or have in possession for sale any salmon or sea trout which has been taken by rod and line.
It is unlawful to fish for non-migratory trout from 1 October to 21 March on any river both dates inclusive.
All anglers aged 12 years or over must be in possession of a valid Environment Agency rod licence before starting to fish.
All fishing belongs to someone; make sure you have permission from the owner before you start to fish.
Further details of Byelaws are available from the Environment Agency - Fisheries Byelaws for the North East.
Contact the Environment Agency for Catch and Release Guidelines - England and Wales.
This publication is for guidance only and is not intended to replace statutory regulations.