Llandovery Angling Association conditions

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Fishery conditions

Llandovery Angling Association

Rules of the Association.

1. No member shall take or kill salmon fry.

2. Any fish hooked other than in the mouth must be returned to the river immediately with the least possible damage.

3. Any member convicted on a charge of illegal fishing will be refused membership of the Association for a period of ten years.

4. No member shall (a) Make fires on the banks or leave gates open. (b) Take dogs to the riverside. (c) Interfere with game.

5. No person shall use in connection with fishing with rod and line for salmon and sea trout any prawn or worm before or after the dates stipulated by the Environment Agency.

6. No person shall use any kind of float on Association water.

7. The only baits allowed on Association water are; the natural and artificial fly, minnow, creeper, prawn, worm and shrimp. * Drop minnow (dipping) is prohibited on the tributaries Bran and Gwydderig.

8. No person other than the permit holder is permitted on the Association's water.

9. Members are obliged to carry their permit together with the official receipt and EA licence when fishing. Fish, bait and tackle must be exhibited on request to any public officer, water bailiff, or any authorised person, including other members of the Association.

10. No member shall "hog" any particular spot or pool on the Association water. For fly and spinner fishermen, the rule is, that one cast must be followed by a one yard movement downstream if another member is waiting to fish. * Any member reported to the committee for disregarding this rule, will be severely dealt with.

11. No member of the Association may retain more than 4 migratory fish in any 24hrs. In the interests of conservation no member should visit the Association's waters for 24hrs, from the time of taking a fourth fish. Any member caught taking more than the prescribed limit will be banned immediately from the Association. There will be no right of appeal. Members are obliged to co-operate fully if challenged by a club member or any bailiff.

12. No angler may take more than 6 brown trout from the Association waters in one day.

13. Anyone considered to be fishing excessively and or for commercial gain may be asked to appear before the committee and excluded from the Association if it is felt appropriate.

14. Excessive fishing on the lower water. On the lower water no member may fish on more than 14 days or 14 nights in any consecutive 28 day period.

15. For the period May 1st to 30th of June (inclusive,) only junior members of the Association may fish the river Bran between Crown bridge and Llwynjack bridge.

16. All rod returns to be sent to the Secretary by January 1st of the close season.

17. Any member failing to observe the above rules will automatically forfeit his/her permit.

The Chairman requests all members to show courtesy and consideration to all farmers on whose land they fish. Bailiffs have been instructed to ensure the above rules have been carried out.

Waters Available -:

Triutaries and Upper Water permit holders.
River Bran - Llanfair fields, Castle fields down to Llwynjack bridge (Pont Rhyd-y-Ceir.)

River Gwydderig - Dolaugwynion, Ynysyborde, Glangwydderig.

Upper Towy - Clynmawr, Rhydwydd, Divlyn, Llwynberllan, Tairheol, Bailyglas, Dolauhirion (Right bank looking downstream) and Col shallows down to the railway bridge. * Upper water permit holders please note that you may not fish below the Black railway bridge on the Towy nor below Pont Rhyd-y-Ceir on the Bran.

Full permit holders may fish the above waters and the following waters downstream of the railway bridge on the Towy :- Llwynjack, Glantowy and Cwmgwyn ; on the Bran downstream of Pont Rhyd-y-Ceir.

Please study your maps carefully.

Tight lines.

J M Davies - Secretary.

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Towy conditions

Environment Agency national byelaws

These byelaws were introduced in 1999 together with byelaws restricting net fisheries as part of a package of measures to protect the future of salmon stocks. Full copies of the byelaws are available from regional offices.

Early season catch and release for salmon with rod and line: any angler who catches a salmon before the 16th June in any calendar year, must return the fish immediately to the water with the least possible injury.

Early season method restriction for salmon with rod and line: any angler fishing for salmon may only use artificial fly or artificial lure before 16th June in any calendar year.

Any salmon or sea trout caught on the Towy after 7th October must be returned with minimum injury and with minimum delay.

All licensed salmon and sea trout anglers must make a return by 1 January in the following year. This includes "Nil" returns. A catch return form is attached to the angler's rod licence.

You may not use a landing net with any knotted meshes or meshes of metallic material. (Knots along the seams of the nets are permitted, provided that the net is constructed from knotless mesh.)

The use of a gaff is prohibited at all times when fishing for salmon, trout, freshwater fish or freshwater eels in England and Wales.

No fishing weights made of lead may be used except those of 0.06 grams or less and those of more than 28.35 grams.

In angling terms this means that lead shot from size 14 to size 8 and lead weights of over 1 ounce can be used in fishing.

While lead dust shot (size 8 and smaller) are legal, they are toxic to birds if ingested. Use spillproof containers for lead dust shot and always dispose of used lead safely at home.

It is now an offence to sell, barter or exchange for goods or services rod-caught salmon or sea trout in England and Wales.

Rod fishing byelaws: A guide for anglers 2009

This link provides a layman's guide to byelaws made under the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act 1975, regulating fishing by rod and line within the area covered by Environment Agency Wales. This leaflet (pdf) is for guidance only and is not intended to be a legal interpretation of the byelaws.