- Fisheries Rules for 2019/20 Season.
NVF Etiquette guidelines 2019
We have felt the need to give guidelines to assist good conduct from our anglers while fishing at Nar Valley.
Long stay anglers - The same swim can only be fished for 7 consecutive nights by the same angler, and that angler may not return to that swim for 7 consecutive nights.
Fishing close to another angler - When two anglers are fishing opposite each other they may only fish halfway across the lake.
Recognised double swims - One side or other must be made available to any angler wishing to fish there if only one angler is present.
The Nar Valley Fisheries rules will remain unchanged from 2018/19 season as listed below. should you require any further clarification please contact Chris Newell - Fisheries manager
Tapered leader lines Ė We have been debating the use of these lines at Nar Valley Fisheries for the 2018/19 season and have decided to allow their use from now on. These lines afford more positive than negative points with one of the big plusís being the increased abrasive resistance at the business end to combat the gravel bars and zebra mussels. They are not just a casting tool but can be used for good presentation at short range and remove the need for a knot behind the lead allowing free movement in the case of a breakage.
In order to allow the tapered line we feel a minimum main line strength of 15lb breaking strain should be imposed when using rods of 2.5lb Test Curve or more.
The addition to the rules is as follows:-
15/ A minimum line breaking strain of 15lb must be used when fishing with rods of 2.5lb test curve or more.
We hope you will understand why we have made the change and we appreciate your co-operation in adhering to this alteration.
15/ A minimum line breaking strain of 15lb must be used when fishing with rods of 2.5lb test curve or more.
Rule 15 was added recently to ensure all anglers fish sensibly and with fish safety in mind. The bailiffs and I will be rigorously checking tackle, hooks and lines this season to hopefully reduce the amount of tackle we have to retrieve in the closed season clean up.
For us to successfully police rule 15 we can only check the line diameter; we know you would not appreciate us doing a pull test to find the actual breaking strain of your main line.
We will be measuring for a minimum line diameter of 0.33mm which is the lower end of the regular 15lb BS lines. There are a small number of ultra-thin diameter lines on the market but in order for us to bailiff the water effectively, these lines will not be considered suitable for our fishery. In other words, when fishing a rod over 2.5lb test curve a line of diameter 0.33mm (equating to 15lb BS plus) must be used.
Anyone caught in breach of the line size rule will be given a 28 day ban from the fishery for the first offence, and an outright ban for the second offence, should this occur.
If anyone has a problem with these rule changes or feel the permit has been mis-sold please contact me immediately so we can discuss a refund and your termination of membership.
Nar Valley Fisheries Manager
1/ Fishing from permanent swims only
Applies to all lakes except Narside.
2/ Fishing the lakes will be permitted from 1st June to 31st March.
Fishing the River Nar will be permitted from 16th June to 14th March.
Day members :- Access to Lake Geneva will be from one hour after dawn to one hour before dusk during BST (British Summer Time).
Site access will be from dawn to dusk for all lakes except Lake Geneva as above.
Premium Night Permit :- Night fishing permitted on all Lakes including Lake Geneva
Standard Night Permit :- Night fishing permitted on all Lakes except Lake Geneva. Lake Geneva can be fished from 1st October to 28th February only.
3/ Baitboats, Drones or any radio controlled device are not permitted to be used or allowed on site.
4/ Keepnets are permitted.
Fish may only be retained for a maximum of 2 hours.
Absolutely No Carp, Pike or Wels Catfish to be retained.
No fish may be brought to or removed from the fishery, or moved from one part of the fishery to another.
5/ Barbless hooks only to be used / carried at all times.
Only manufactured barbless hooks are permitted for use and allowed on site.
Anyone found in possession of a hook (other than a treble hook for Pike fishing) with any trace of a barb will be deemed to be acting with intent, resulting in immediate exclusion from the fishery.
6/ Access gate to be closed and locked at all times.
7/ No fires to be lit.
Barbeques are permitted and must be at least 300mm above the ground.
8/ No litter to be left.
All litter in and around your swim is your responsibility.
This includes cigarette ends.
9/ A maximum of two rods may be used on Lakes 1 to 4, a maximum of three rods may be used on Lakes 5 & 6, which at no time should be left unattended.
Rods must not be left unattended.
You may go one swim (No more than 20 metres) away from your rods (as we understand socialising is a big part of fishing).
You may leave your rods under the care of another fisherman who is within 20 metres of your rods and able to hear your alarms.
If in doubt please reel in.
Anglers not present in their swim and leaving rods unattended whilst fishing are committing an offence under EA National Bylaw 10 Phase 2.
2 hours maximum away from swim, longer than this requires equipment and tackle to removed from the swim.
10/ Permits and ID to be carried at all times and offered for inspection on any request.
11/ Do not wander beyond designated fishing areas.
12/ Please keep noise and light to a minimum and have regard for other anglers.
13/ All juniors to be accompanied by an adult fishing in the next swim.
14/ Fish friendly rigs only.
Barbless hooks only.
No bent hooks.
No fixed bolt rigs or permanent fixed leads / rigs (all leads, beads, etc must be releasable in case of line breakage).
Safezone style leaders and tubing can be used.
No Braided mainline or shock leaders except on marker and spod rods.
Rigs must be as safe as possible for the fish and other wildlife.
No abrasive or sharp materials (other than hook) may be used as any part of the terminal tackle or hook links within 2 metres of the hook.
Leads that are not released if the line should break are not permitted.
Other rigs may be reviewed if they are seen to damage stock and / or wildlife.
End tackle that allows the fish to free itself if a breakage occurs is compulsory.
Only a maximum of 1 metre (39") of non abrasive material may be used as a leader.
15/ A minimum line breaking strain of 15lb must be used when fishing with rods of 2.5lb test curve or more. A minimum diameter of 0.33mm measured with a micrometer is required to adhere to this rule.
16/ Unhooking mats must be used at all times with Carp Cradles used for Carp and Wels catfish over 10lb.
Treat ALL fish that have been caught, with the utmost care.
All fish caught to be treated with Carp Klinic (or other proprietary brand) on hook-hold and any other damaged areas.
17/ Officially appointed bailiffs have the authority to suspend, expel or refuse admission to any person whose conduct is deemed detrimental to the interest of the fishery.
Angler's luggage, equipment and vehicles may be inspected at any time whilst on site.
18/ Anglers fishing do so on the understanding that Middleton Aggregates Ltd and Gayton Road Fisheries accept no liability whatsoever for loss of life, damage, injury or loss to persons or property whilst on site.
No wading to bait up or cast.
No bathing or swimming in the lakes.
Excessive drinking leading to unruly or abusive behaviour towards fishery officials or others around the lake will NOT be tolerated.
Although alcohol is permitted please drink responsibly being considerate of your safety and that of the fish; respect other anglers right to peace and quiet.
No guns or other weapons (such as slingshots except for projecting bait) may be carried or used at any time.
19/ The use of the site boat is restricted to authorised keyholders only.
PIKE FISHING RULES
No rods to be unattended or spread out in different swims
All rods to be set no more than 3 metres apart.
Three rods may be used on the larger lakes, two rods only on the 4 smaller lakes.
Effective bite indication registering both runs and drop back bites must be used at all times. Runs must be struck as soon as possible.
Wires traces must always be used. Minimum 450mm (18") of 20lb BS wire.
Treble hooks must be barbless or semi-barbed for bait fishing. (Semi-barbless means two barbless with a bait holding hook only).
No more than two hooks on each trace.
All spinning / lure fishing must be carried out with barbless hooks only
Braided main line may be used for lure, plug or spinning rods only.
Adequate sized landing nets must be carried and used.
Gags and Gaffs are prohibited. Forceps and wire cutters must be carried at all times
Dogs must be kept on a lead and under control at all times. Owners are required to clean up after their dogs.
The practice of retaining a swim by leaving tackle, bivvies or any other equipment unattended is not permitted.
No bivvy's are allowed to block paths as access required across the fishery at all times.
Time-sharing of a swim (rotating occupancy) between members is not acceptable.
Guest permits - Available to members from 1st July to 31st October for all lakes except Lake Geneva. Available for all lakes from 1st November to 28th February.
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE RULES WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE FORFEITURE OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP TICKET WITHOUT REFUND.
ALL ANGLERS MUST READ AND UNDERSTAND THE FISHERY RULES, BEFORE FISHING THE LAKES. NO EXCUSE WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR NOT UNDERSTANDING THE RULES. ANY QUESTION REGARDING THESE RULES CAN BE ANSWERED BY THE FISHERY MANAGER OR APPOINTED BAILIFFS.
FISH CARE AND WELL BEING IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY, ALONG WITH PROTECTING THE FISHERIES AND ULTIMATELY YOUR ENJOYMENT OF THE COMPLEX.
SO DONT FEEL AGGRIEVED IF THE FISHERIES STAFF ASK TO SEE YOUR PERMIT OR INSPECT YOUR TACKLE MORE THAN ONCE A SEASON THEY ARE JUST DOING THIER JOB.
- The use of the site boat is restricted to authorised keyholders only.
- Officially appointed bailiffs have the authority to suspend, expel or refuse admission to any person whose conduct is deemed detrimental to the interest of the fishery. Anglerís luggage, equipment and vehicles may be inspected at any time whilst on site.
- Anglers fishing do so on the understanding that Middleton Aggregates Ltd and Gayton Road Fisheries accept no liability whatsoever for loss of life, damage, injury or loss to persons or property whilst on site.
- FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE RULES WILL RESULT IN IMMEDIATE FORFEITURE OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP TICKET WITHOUT REFUND.
- Guest Tickets
July through to February tickets will be available from tackle shops (Anglers Corner, Shipshape Kings Lynn, Kevs Tackle Swaffham, Outdoor Antics Downham Market, JRN & Son Tackle and Bait Wisbech) as well.
This is to minimise the number of guests using the fisheries at the start and end of the season, allowing our members to take more advantage of the better periods.