For Your Safety

Safety at the Water

Season Permit Holders (SPH) and anglers using the complimentary and exchange permits are not covered by the club’s Public Liability Insurance and are therefore responsible for their own actions and safety.

Concerned anglers should make their own insurance arrangements.

Deep/Fast flowing water/ Wading/River Banks.

The club waters include the dangers with which most anglers are very familiar, including stretches of deep and/or fast flowing water with potential currents. The river bank may be steep, possibly unstable and in places leading directly into deep water.

Wading at willington is generally easy with gravel, small stones and rocks but with very few larger boulders, however in places conditions may be soft underfoot, unstable and include boulder clay. Gravel banks can be prone to movement underfoot and change with each flood.

As with all waters care should be excercised at all times especially in deep pools or fast running water. To help anglers check water levels a link is provided to the Environment Agency web-site, always remember this is a spate river where water levels and currents can increase with rainfall further upstream.

This is a spate river where water levels could be affected by upstream rainfall causing unexpected rises in water levels. Weather conditions may be checked via the link provided on this site.

The river bed is constantly changing, particularly after periods of high water. This may expose areas which are unstable or dangerous underfoot, e.g. boulder clay and loose gravel.

Weil’s Disease.

Weil’s disease is a bacterial infection transmitted in rats urine. Wash your hands after fishing and before consuming food, disinfect any cuts/wounds received whilst on the riverbank as soon as possible and cover with a waterproof plaster.

Lyme Disease.

Matt Dawson suffers from Lyme Disease following tick bite

This is usually transmitted by the bite of the Black Legged Tick; also known as the Deer Tick.

Ticks could be present in fields and on the riverbank, these may attach themselves to exposed areas of skin and can cause serious illness. Check for ticks and if found remove the tick using tweezers and disinfect the affected area.

Report any unexplained fever or rash (bull’s eye shape) at the bite site to your doctor as soon as possible.

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