Bye- Laws

Rod fishing byelaws 2014
A guide for anglers in Wales

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Introduction

This leaflet is 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 Natural Resources Wales..
This leaflet is for guidance only and is not intended to be a legal interpretation of the byelaws.
For further information please contact:
Customer Service Centre
Natural Resources Wales
29 Newport Road
Cambria House
Cardiff
CF24 0TP
General enquiries number 0300 065 3000
Email enquiries@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk
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Fisheries District details
Taff Fisheries District
Incorporates the catchments of all rivers, streams and other watercourses entering the sea along the coastline
between National Grid Reference (NGR) ST 020 663 at Limpert Bay in the west and NGR ST 227 777 at Lamby,
Cardiff in the east.
Includes the following rivers (and their tributaries):-
Thaw
Ely
Taff
Rhymney
Gower Fisheries District
Incorporates the catchments of all rivers, streams or other watercourses entering the sea along the coastline
between NGR SN 363 075 at St Ishmael in the west and NGR ST 020 663 at Limpert Bay in the east.
Includes the following rivers (and their tributaries):-
Gwendraeth Fach and Fawr,
Loughor
Tawe
Neath
Afan
Kenfig
Ogmore
West Wales Fisheries District
Incorporates the catchments of all rivers, streams or other watercourses entering the sea along the coastline
between NGR SN 607 890 at Upper Borth in the north and NGR SN 363 075 at St Ishmael in the south.
Includes the following rivers (and their tributaries):-
Clarach
Rheidol
Ystwyth
Aeron
Teifi
Nevern
Western Cleddau
Eastern Cleddau
Taf
Tywi
Gwynedd Fisheries District
Means the area of the former Gwynedd River Authority and includes the following rivers (and their tributaries):-
Dyfi
Dysynni
Mawddach
Dwyryd
Artro
Glaslyn
Dwyfor
Seiont
Ogwen
Conwy
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Section 1 – Open seasons and method restrictions for salmon (see notes on page 5)
River
Open season
(all dates inclusive)
Method restrictions
(all dates inclusive)
Dee & tributaries 3 March to 17 October
Fly only ……………………………….. 3 March to 31 May
Fly & spin only ……………………… 1 June to 15 June
Fly, spin and permitted baits …… 16 June to 30 September
Fly & spin only ……………………… 1 October to 17 October
Clwyd & tributaries 20 March to 17 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 20 March to 15 June
Fly, spin and permitted baits …… 16 June to 30 September
Fly only ……………………………….. 1 October to 17 October
Usk Fisheries District –
all rivers
3 March to 17 October
Fly only ……………………………….. 3 March to 31 May
Fly & spin only ……………………… 1 June to 15 June
Fly, spin and permitted baits …… 16 June to 15 September
Fly & spin only ……………………… 16 September to 17 October
Wye downstream of
Llanwrthwl Bridge
3 March to 17 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 3 March to 31 August
Fly only ……………………………….. 1 September to 17 October
• Wye upstream of
Llanwrthwl Bridge
• all Wye tributaries
3 March to 25 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 3 March to 31 August
Fly only ……………………………….. 1 September to 25 October
Gwynedd Fisheries
District – Isle of Anglesey
1 May – 17 November
Fly & spin only ……………………… 1 May to 15 June
Fly, spin and permitted baits …… 16 June to 7 November
Fly & spin only ……………………… 8 November to 17 November
Gwynedd Fisheries
District – Lleyn Peninsula
1 May – 31 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 1 May to 15 June
Fly, spin and permitted baits …… 16 June to 16 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 17 October to 31 October
• Main River Seiont
downstream of Pont
Rhythallt, Llanrug
• Main River Ogwen
downstream of Bont
Coetmor Bridge,
Bethesda
• Main River Dwyryd
downstream of Glan yr
Afon footbridge,
Maentwrog
• Main River Dyfi
downstream of Dyfi
Bridge, Machynlleth
• Lower reaches of Main
River Conwy (see
notes below)
20 March to 31 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 20 March to 15 June
Fly, spin and permitted baits …… 16 June to 7 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 8 October to 31 October
• Gwynedd Fisheries
District – all other
rivers, reaches and
tributaries
• Gwendraeth Fach
• Gwendraeth Fawr
• Loughor
• Tawe
20 March to 17 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 20 March to 15 June
Fly, spin and permitted baits …… 16 June to 7 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 8 October to 17 October
All West Wales Fisheries
District rivers
1 April to 17 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 1 April to 15 June
Fly, spin and permitted baits …… 16 June to 7 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 8 October to 17 October
Other rivers 20 March to 17 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 20 March to 15 June
Fly, spin and permitted baits …… 16 June to 30 September
Fly & spin only ……………………… 1 October to 17 October
Upper Severn area 1 February to 7 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 1 February to 15 June
Fly, spin and permitted baits …… 16 June to 7 October
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Section 2 – Open seasons and method restrictions for sea trout (see notes on page 5)
River
Open season
(all dates inclusive)
Method restrictions
(all dates inclusive)
All West Wales Fisheries
District rivers
1 April to 17 October
Fly, spin and permitted baits …… 1 April to 7 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 8 October to 17 October
• Gwynedd Fisheries
District – Isle of
Anglesey
1 May – 17 November
Fly & spin only ……………………… 1 May to 15 June
Fly, spin and permitted baits …… 16 June to 7 November
Fly & spin only ……………………… 8 November to 17 November
• Gwynedd Fisheries
District – Lleyn
Peninsula
1 May – 31 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 1 May to 15 June
Fly, spin and permitted baits …… 16 June to 16 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 17 October to 31 October
• Main River Seiont
downstream of Pont
Rhythallt, Llanrug
• Main River Ogwen
downstream of Bont
Coetmor Bridge,
Bethesda
• Main River Dwyryd
downstream of Glan yr
Afon footbridge,
Maentwrog
• Main River Dyfi
downstream of Dyfi
Bridge, Machynlleth
• Lower reaches of Main
River Conwy (see
notes below)
20 March to 17 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 20 March to 14 April
Fly, spin and permitted baits …… 15 April to 7 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 8 October to 17 October
• Gwynedd Fisheries
District – all other
rivers, reaches and
tributaries
• Gwendraeth Fach
• Gwendraeth Fawr
• Loughor
• Tawe
20 March to 17 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 20 March to 14 April
Fly, spin and permitted baits …… 15 April to 7 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 8 October to 17 October
Clwyd & tributaries 20 March to 17 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 20 March to 31 May
Fly, spin and permitted baits …… 1 June to 30 September
Fly only ……………………………….. 1 October to 17 October
Dee & tributaries 20 March to 17 October
Fly only ……………………………….. 20 March to 31 May
Fly, spin and permitted baits …… 1 June to 30 September
Fly & spin only ……………………… 1 October to 17 October
Usk Fisheries District –
all rivers
20 March to 17 October
Fly only ……………………………….. 20 March to 31 May
Fly, spin and permitted baits …… 1 June to 15 September
Fly & spin only ……………………… 16 September to 17 October
Wye Fisheries District –
all rivers
20 March to 17 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 20 March to 31 August
Fly only ……………………………….. 1 September to 17 October
Other rivers 20 March to 17 October
Fly & spin only ……………………… 20 March to 14 April
Fly, spin and permitted baits …… 15 April to 30 September
Fly & spin only ……………………… 1 October to 17 October
Upper Severn area 18 March to 7 October Fly, spin and permitted baits …… 18 March to 7 October
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Notes
Interpretation and definitions for Sections 1 & 2
• Isle of Anglesey means all rivers on the Isle of Anglesey;
• Lleyn Peninsula means the rivers Erch, Rhydhir, Soch and their tributaries, and all other rivers and their
tributaries that enter the sea between SH460373 and SH430525 – this definition excludes the rivers Llyfni and
Dwyfor and their tributaries;
• Lower reaches of the River Conwy with an extended season are defined as being from the estuary upstream
as far as Ty’n y Cai pool at the confluence with the Lledr (NGR SH798542) but:
– excluding the length of river between the weir upstream of the Cae Maelor confluence (NGR SH799608)
and the upstream side of the B5106 roadbridge at Llanrwst (NGR SH798614); and
– excluding the length of river between the gauging station cables at Cwmllanerch (NGR SH802582) and the
upstream side of the railway bridge (NGR SH802595);
• ‘fly’ refers to unweighted artificial fly of less than 5g in weight;
• groundbait or feeder bait is not allowed at any time;
• maggots, pupae or non-aquatic larvae are not allowed (except within the Gwynedd Fisheries District where it
is permissible to fish with maggots if they are used in conjunction with artificial fly when fishing between one
hour before sunset and one hour after sunrise);
• it is recommended that, whenever fishing with the intention of releasing any fish that are caught, either
barbless or de-barbed hooks are used.
Catch & release restrictions
On all rivers:
• any salmon caught before 16 June must be returned with minimum injury and with minimum delay.
On the rivers Wye, Taff and Ely and their tributaries:
• all salmon and sea trout must be returned with minimum injury and with minimum delay.
On the rivers Tywi, Taf, E&W Cleddau and their tributaries:
• any salmon or sea trout caught after 7 October must be returned with minimum injury and with minimum
delay.
On rivers Seiont, Ogwen, Dwyryd, Dyfi and Conwy and their tributaries:
• any salmon or sea trout caught after 17 October must be returned with minimum injury and with minimum
delay.
Rewards for tagged salmon and sea trout
Over the past few years we have released thousands of tagged salmon and sea trout into many Welsh rivers. The
tag is buried in the nose of the fish – so you will not be able to see it – but to make tagged fish easily identifiable
the adipose fin (the small, fleshy lobe on the back between the dorsal fin and the tail) has been removed. This
does not harm the fish in any way.
If you catch any salmon or sea trout which has the adipose fin missing, and you intend to keep the fish (remember
all salmon caught before 16 June must be released) you should:
• call your local NRW office;
• give your name, address and telephone number;
• give details of the catch (when & where it was caught, and the size & species of fish);
• keep the fish (or just the head) – frozen if necessary – and we will contact you to make arrangements for it to
be inspected.
We will pay a reward if it carries a tag and, of course, you keep the fish. The information obtained from tagged fish
is vital in helping with the assessment of fish stocks, fish movements and the success of our management and
stocking activities. These assessments will, in turn, benefit you through the better management of our fish stocks.
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Section 3 – Open seasons for non-migratory trout, Arctic charr, coarse fish and eels
Species and location Open season dates (inclusive)
Brown trout & Arctic charr
• Eglwys Nunydd Reservoir
• Llyn Trawsfynydd
• Llyn Cwmorthin
• Llyn Morwynion
• Llyn Du Bach y Bont
• Llyn Barlwyd
• Llyn Ffridd
• Llyn Manod
• Llyn Conwy
3 March to 30 September
All other stillwaters, other than enclosed stillwaters (EA Wales) 20 March to 17 October
All fully enclosed stillwaters (brown trout only) NO CLOSE SEASON
Rivers in West Wales Fisheries District 1 April to 30 September
River Teifi upstream of Lampeter road bridge 3 March to 30 September
Lower reaches of selected rivers (see Section 4) 31 May to 30 September
Rivers – all other reaches (EA Wales) 3 March to 30 September
All rivers in Upper Severn Area 18 March to 7 October
Rainbow trout
All stillwaters – no close season NO CLOSE SEASON
All rivers (EA Wales) 3 March to 30 September
All rivers (Upper Severn Area) 18 March to 7 October
Coarse fish
All stillwaters and canals – no close season
(except certain SSSIs – see Section 5)
NO CLOSE SEASON
All other waters 16 June to 14 March following
Eels
• All stillwaters and canals – no close season
(except certain SSSIs – see Section 5)
• All rivers in Dee & Clwyd, Gwynedd and Wye Fisheries Districts
• River Usk below George Street Bridge, Newport
NO CLOSE SEASON
All other waters (EA Wales) 16 June to 14 March following
All rivers, streams drains (Upper Severn Area) NO CLOSE SEASON *
* During the coarse fish close season (15 March to 15 June, inclusive) hooks used in fishing for eels on rivers in
Upper Severn Area must have a gape of at least 12.7mm (½” ).
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Section 4 – Open season for brown trout on selected lower reaches of rivers
Open season on all listed reaches – 31 May to 30 September (both dates inclusive)
District & river Location of upstream limit
Gwynedd Fisheries District
Dulas Railway bridge below Llanddulas
Aber Railway bridge below Aber
Ogwen Railway bridge at Talybont
Seiont Seiont Bridge (A449)
Gwyrfai Llanfaglan road bridge
Llyfni Pont-y-Line
Soch Abersoch road bridge (A499)
Rhydir Riverside Bridge
Erch Bridge below Abererch (A497)
Wen Pont-Ffridd-Lwyd (A497)
Dwyfach Bridge (A497)
Dwyfor Llanystumdwy road bridge (A497)
Glaslyn Pont Croesor (B4410)
Dwyryd Maentwrog Bridge (A487)
Artro Llanbedr road bridge (A496)
Mawddach Llanelltyd Bridge (A487)
Wnion Dr. Williams’ school footbridge below Dolgellau
Dysynni Dysynni Bridge (A487)
Dyfi Dyfi Bridge (A487)
Leri Glan-Lerry bridge below Dolybont
Dee and Clwyd Fisheries District
River Clwyd and tributaries Rhuddlan Bridge
Usk Fisheries District
Usk Two marker posts 2.7km below the road bridge at Newbridge-on-Usk
Sor Brook Road bridge at Sor Mill to River Usk
Afon Lwyd Road bridge at Ponthir to River Usk
All other Usk tributaries which join the
Usk downstream of Newbridge
The lower 0.8km of each tributary
Gower Fisheries District
Loughor Road bridge at Pontardulais
West Wales Fisheries District
Towy Confluence with River Gwili
Teifi Llechryd Bridge
Western Cleddau Boathouse at Crowhill, Haverfordwest
Eastern Cleddau Canaston Bridge
Aeron Upper Town Bridge
Rheidol Penybont Bridge
Ystwyth Gosen Bridge
Taf Confluence with the Afon Hydfron
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Section 5 – Open season for coarse fish and eels on selected canal & stillwater SSSIs
Please note that the coarse fish close season has been retained on the following stillwater SSSI sites in Wales
– the open season for coarse fishing on all of the sites listed below is from
16 June to 14 March following (both dates inclusive)
Location SSSI grid reference
SE Area
Berrington Pool; Hereford & Worcestershire SO 509 630
Cwm Gwynllyn, Gwynllyn, Radnorshire SN 945 692
Fforddfawr Mire; North Brecknock and West Dinefwr SO 187 401
Flintsham and Titley Pools; Hereford & Worcestershire SO 318 589 and SO 325 595
Glamorgan Canal & Long Wood; South Glamorgan ST 137 814 – ST 143 804
Llan Bwch – Llyn Lake; Radnorshire SO 119 464
Moccas Park; Hereford & Worcestershire SO 341 425
Pentrosfa Mire, Pentrosfa Pool; Radnorshire SO 059 597
SW Area
Bishops Pond; Carmarthen SN 445 209
Dinefwr Estate; North Brecknock and West Dinefwr SN 610 223
Falcondale Lake; Ceredigan South SN 570 499
Kenfig Pool and Dunes; Ogwr Borough SS 797 815
Laugharne and Pendine; Carmarthen SN 290 070
Llyn Llech Owain; Carmarthen SN 568 152
Llyn Pencarreg; Carmarthen SN 537 456
Llynoedd Talyllychau, Lower/Upper Talley Lake; North Brecknock and West
Dinefwr
SN 631 335
Machynys Ponds; Carmarthen SS 512 980
Stackpole, Bosherston Lakes; South Pembrokeshire / Preseli SR 976 945
N Area
Hanmer Mere; Clwyd SJ 453 392
Llyn Bedydd; Clwyd SJ 471 391
Llyn Creiniog; Clwyd SH 927 652
Midlands Region, Upper Severn Area
Montgomery Canal; Powys
SO 169 967 – SO 173 970 and
SJ 254 203 – SO 222 060
Montgomery Canal, Guilsfield Arm; Powys SJ 252 148 – SJ 243 137
Shropshire Union Canal, Aston Locks to Keepers Bridge SJ 328 257 – SJ 351 287
Prees Branch Canal / Shropshire Union Canal, Llangollen Branch SJ 496 341 – SJ 497 332
Brown Moss SJ 562 395
Cole Mere SJ 433 332
Morton Pool & Pasture SJ 301 239
Marton Pool, Chirbury SJ 296 027
Shelve Pool SO 335 979
Sweat Mere and Crose Mere SJ 434 304
White Mere SJ 414 330
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Section 6 – Use of lures and baits
Use of lures and baits – general
• Crayfish – no crayfish, of any species, whether alive or dead, and whether whole or in part, may be used as
bait for salmon, trout, freshwater fish or eels;
• Livebaits – livebait may only be used in the water from which it was taken and only during the same period of
fishing;
• Fish roe – no fish roe, from whatever source, may be used when fishing for salmon, trout or freshwater fish.
• Hooks – Only one hook is allowed with lures and bait unless the gape of the hook (measured from the shank
to the point) does not exceed 10mm (0.375 inch) with the exception that the gape of hooks attached to a plug
bait may be up to 13mm (0.5 inch) and the plug is used without any weight.
• In no case shall any bait or lure have more than nine hooks and no weight or sinker can be attached below
the lure or bait.
Use of lures and baits – salmon & sea trout
• Sections 1 & 2 show the circumstances in which various baits and lures may be used.
• the use of a float in conjunction with any lure or bait to take salmon or sea trout is not allowed in the Wye
Fisheries District or in the Upper Severn Area.
Use of lures and baits – non-migratory trout, coarse fish and eels
Stillwaters (including canals):
There are no byelaw restrictions on the use of baits in reservoirs, lakes, ponds or canals but fishery owners may
impose their own rules.
Rivers – non-migratory trout:
There are no byelaw restrictions on the use of baits in rivers, EXECPT:
• groundbait or feeder bait is not allowed at any time;
• maggots, pupae or non-aquatic larvae are not allowed (except within the Gwynedd Fisheries District where it
is permissible to fish with maggots if they are used in conjunction with artificial fly when fishing between one
hour before sunset and one hour after sunrise);
• only natural earthworm or artificial fly may be used within the Usk Fisheries District;
• in Upper Severn Area during the coarse fish close season no floats may be used and only artificial or natural
flies, lures, minnows, worms, prawns or shrimps may be used as bait.
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Use of lures and baits – non-migratory trout, coarse fish and eels – continued
Rivers – coarse fish and eels:
Within season all methods may be used subject to the following conditions:
• in the River Wye and its tributaries upstream of Boughrood Bridge, natural earthworm, prawn or shrimp are
not allowed between 30 September and 1 November;
• in Upper Severn Area, when fishing for eels during the coarse fish close season (15 March to 15 June,
inclusive) no floats may be used and only artificial or natural flies, lures, minnows, worms, prawns or shrimps
may be used as bait;
• in Upper Severn area: during the period 8 October to 31 December (inclusive) the use of dead fish, worms,
prawns, or lures (other than artificial flies) as bait is prohibited on the following rivers:
– River Vyrnwy upstream of Meifod Bridge (SJ156128);
– all tributaries of the River Vyrnwy upstream of Llanymynech (SJ268205);
– River Severn upstream of Penstrowed railway bridge (SO074911); and
– all tributaries of the River Severn upstream of Cilcewydd Brideg (SJ228041).
• maggots, pupae or non-aquatic larvae are only allowed in Wales as listed below:
River
Permitted dates (inclusive) for use of maggots,
pupae or non-aquatic larvae when fishing for
coarse fish or eels
• Wye
• Ithon and its tributaries
• Irfon and its tributaries
• Marteg
• Llynfi, downstream of Llangorse Eel Trap
• Duhonw
• Edw
• Elan, below Caban Coch Dam
• Trothi
15 September to 14 March following
• Taff, downstream of Upper Boat, Treforest
• Monnow and Lugg
• Rhymney, downstream of Nant-yr-Aber
• Dee and tributaries (excluding the River Ceiriog),
downstream of Horseshoe Falls, Berwyn
• Ely downstream of Pont Talybont
16 June to 14 March following
Usk and tributaries, upstream of Llanfoist Bridge 1 October to 14 January following
Usk and tributaries, downstream of Llanfoist Bridge 16 June to 14 January following
Gwynedd Fisheries District – all rivers 1 June to 17 October
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Section 7 – Fishing near obstructions
Fishing is not permitted in the vicinity of the following obstructions:
River Obstruction Downstream limit Upstream limit
Usk District
Llwyd Pontymoel Weir, Pontypool 50m below weir 50m above weir
Usk Newton Weir, Brecon 25m below weir 25m above weir
Taff District
Taff Blackweir 75m below weir 27.4m above weir
Taff Llandaff Weir 50m below weir 27.4m above weir
Taff Radyr Weir 50m below weir 120m above weir
Taff Treforest Weir 40m below weir 27.4m above weir
Taff Merthyr Weir 50m below weir 27.4m above weir
Taff Merthyr Vale Weir 52m below weir 27.4m above weir
Taff
Upper falls at Quakers Yard
Gorge
113m below falls 27.4m above falls
Taff
Weir below A472 road
bridge (ST 093 957)
50m below weir 27.4m above weir
Gower Fisheries District
Afan Dock Weir
New road bridge below
weir
Crest of weir
Dulais (Neath) Aberdulais Falls 50m below falls 50m above falls
Tawe Wychetree Weir 25m below weir 25m above weir
Tawe Tawe Barrage 100m below barrage 100m above barrage
Tawe Panteg Weir 10m below weir 10m above weir
West Wales Fisheries District
Camddwr Smolt trap on R.Camddwr 50m below trap 50m above trap
Cleddau – Eastern Canaston Weir 25m below weir 25m above weir
Cleddau – Eastern Vicars Mill Weir 25m below weir 25m above weir
Cleddau – Western Town Weir, Haverfordwest 91m below weir New Bridge, Haverfordwest
Rheidol Aberffrwd Dam Road bridge at dam 18.3m above dam
Rheidol Rheidol Falls Footbridge below falls 27.4m above falls
Syfynwy Llys-y-Fran Fish Trap 45.7m below trap Llys-y-Fran Fish Trap
Teifi Cenarth Falls
Two marks upstream of
Cenarth Bridge:
left bank 45.7m;
right bank 54.8m
Two marks upstream of
Cenarth Falls:
left bank 54.8m;
right bank 27.4m
Teifi
Cenarth Falls *
Two marks downstream of
Cenarth Bridge:
left bank 121m;
right bank 121m
Two marks upstream of
Cenarth Bridge:
left bank 45.7m;
right bank 54.8
* this restriction does not apply to anglers using worm or bait with a hook smaller
than size 6.
Towy
Llyn Brianne Fish Trap
(near St.Paulinus’ Church,
Ystradffin)
114m below trap Llyn Brianne Fish Trap
Towy Smolt trap at Llyn Brianne 50m below trap 50m above trap
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Section 7 – Fishing near obstructions – continued
River Obstruction Downstream limit Upstream limit
Gwynedd District
Cefni Dingle Weir
Disused railway bridge
ca.70m below weir
Crest of weir
Clywedog Bontuchel Weir fish pass
Road bridge ca.170m below
weir
24.7m above weir
Conwy
Conwy Falls * 90m below falls Confluence with Afon Machno
* no fishing allowed for salmon and sea trout upstream of Conwy Falls
Dwyfor Bridge Pool
Left bank 16.5m below pool;
right bank 14m below pool
Road bridge
Dyfi Ceinws Falls 20m below falls 10m above falls
Dyfi Llwyngwern Weir 20m below weir 10m above weir
Dyfi Leri Mill top weir 20m below weir 5m above weir
Dyfi Leri Mill middle weir 20m below weir 5m above weir
Dyfi Leri Mill bottom weir 25m below weir 10m above weir
Dyfi Abercywarch Falls 20m below falls 10m above falls
Dyfi Cwyarch Falls 25m below falls 10m above falls
Dyfi Crewi Mill Weir 20m below weir 10m above weir
Dyfi Gwydol Falls 20m below falls 10m above falls
Gwynant Abergwynant Falls fish pass 50m below fish pass 25m above fish pass
Lledr Gethin’s Viaduct
Footbridge at 73.2m below
viaduct
Upstream side of viaduct
Lledr Granllyn Falls
Downstream end of gulley
leading to Granllyn Pool
22.9m above falls
Lledr Pont-y-Pant Falls
Left bank 18.3m below falls;
follow ridge of rock running
diagonally across to right
bank
Left bank 13.7m above falls;
right bank 27.4m above falls
Llugwy Swallow Falls 100m below falls Top of falls
Llugwy Llyn Du pool d/s edge of Llyn Du 15m above Llyn Du
Llugwy Pont-y-Pair Falls Pont-y-Pair Road Bridge
Left bank 18.3m above falls;
right bank 36.6m above falls
Ogwen Ogwen Bank Weir
Old footbridge abutments
250m below weir
10m above weir
Fishing for salmon and trout in the following areas of the River Lledr is restricted to unweighted artificial fly ONLY
Lledr
Pont-y-Pant Falls
Downstream edge of road
bridge
Left bank 13.7m above falls;
right bank 27.4m above falls
Pont-y-Goblyn Falls 59.4m below road bridge
Head of falls (20.1m above road
bridge)
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Section 7 – Fishing near obstructions – continued
River Obstruction Downstream limit Upstream limit
Dee & Clwyd District
Dee Chester Weir Dee Bridge, Chester 18.3m above weir
Dee Erbistock Weir 45.7m below weir 27.4m above weir
Dee Horseshoe Falls, Berwyn
Left bank – meter house
below falls;
right bank – pumphouse
below falls
27.4m above falls
Dee Weir at Bala
Confluence of flood water
channel of R.Tryweryn with
R.Dee
45.7m upstream of confluence
of low water channel of
R.Tryweryn with R.Dee
Dee
Submerged weir at
gauging station, Bala
18.3m below weir 18.3m above weir
Tryweryn
First weir downstream of
Pont Tryweryn
Confluences of R.Tryweryn
with R.Dee
27.4m above weir
Dee & Clwyd District – ALL
RIVERS
Any other weirs, dams or
obstructions
22.9m below any such
obstructions
27.4m above any such
obstructions
Upper Severn Area
Severn Penarth Weir, Newtown 25m below weir 15m above weir
Tanat
Carreghofa Weir,
Llanyblodwl
25m below weir 15m above weir
Section 8 – Use of rods
In all cases where an angler is 12 years of age or older they must hold a valid Environment Agency rod
licence.
When fishing for salmon, trout and other salmonids:
• a separate rod licence is required for each or any rod that is in use;
• on rivers, streams, drains and canals no more than one rod and line may be used at the same time; and
• on reservoirs, lakes, and ponds no more than two rods and lines may be used at the same time.
When fishing for coarse fish or eels:
• up to two rods may be used for each valid rod licence that is held; and
• no more than four rods and lines may be used at the same time.
When fishing with more than one rod and line at the same time:
• rods must be placed such that the distance between the butts of the end rods does not exceed three metres.
Unattended rods:
• a rod must not be left unattended with its bait or hook in the water; and
• it must be possible to exercise immediate physical control over any rod and line left with its bait or hook in the
water.
Section 9 – Use of lead
The use of lead weights is prohibited with the following exceptions:
• size 8 lead dust shot (0.06g) and smaller;
• lead weights of 1oz (28.35g) or more;
• lead within the construction of lures or weighted flies; and
• lead within lead-cored lines, swim feeders and self-cocking floats.
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Section 10 – Size limits
It is illegal to take fish not reaching the following size limits (measured from tip of the snout to the fork of the tail):
Species & area Size limit
Salmon 30cm (12”)
Sea trout (EA Wales) 23cm (9”) – excepting Gwynedd District where the limit is 21cm (8”)
Brown trout (EA Wales) 23cm (9”) – excepting Gwynedd District where the limit is 21cm (8”)
Brown trout and sea trout
(Upper Severn Area) – upper
reaches of:
– River Severn;
– River Vyrnwy;
– River Banwy; and
– River Tanat.
15cm (6”)
Brown trout and sea trout
(Upper Severn Area) – all
other areas
20cm (8”)
Rainbow trout No size limit (individual fisheries may impose a limit in their rules)
Coarse fish (inc. grayling) See Section 14 below
• individual fisheries may impose size limits that are more stringent or prescriptive than those outlined in the
byelaws (as above); and
• undersized fish taken unintentionally must be released alive to the water immediately;
• upper reaches of the River Severn means the River Severn and tributaries upstream of its confluence with
the Afon Clywedog (SN594847);
• upper reaches of the River Vyrnwy means the River Vyrnwy and tributaries upstream of Dolanog Weir
(SJ067127);
• upper reaches of the River Banwy means the River Banwy and tributaries upstream of its confluence with the
Afon Gam (SJ017103); and
• upper reaches of the River Tanat means the River Tanat and tributaries upstream of its confluence with the
River Rhaeadr (SJ130247).
Section 11 – Bag limits for salmon and sea trout – applicable within the West Wales Fisheries District
only
Within the West Wales Fisheries District there is:
• a daily bag limit of two salmon and four sea trout; and
• a weekly bag limit of five salmon.
Section 12 – Landing nets, keepnets and keepsacks
Landing nets:
• must not have any knotted meshes or meshes of metallic material.
Keepnets:
• must not have any knotted meshes or meshes of metallic material;
• must not have any holes in the mesh larger than 25mm internal circumference;
• must be at least 2.0m in length;
• must have supporting rings or frames any more than 40cm apart (excluding the distance from the top frame
to the first supporting ring or frame); and
• must have supporting rings no less than 120cm in circumference.
Keepsacks:
• must be constructed of a soft, dark coloured, non-abrasive, water permeable fabric;
• must have dimensions of at least 120cm by 90cm if rectangular, or 150cm by 30cm by 40cm if used with a
frame or designed with the intention that a frame be used; and
• no more than one fish to be retained in a single keepsack at any time.
NB – these byelaws do not apply to keepnets or keepsacks used for retaining eels which have been
legally taken by instruments other than rod and line.
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Section 13 – Use of a gaff or tailer
The use of a gaff or a tailer is prohibited at all times when fishing for salmon, trout, freshwater fish or freshwater
eels.
Section 14 – Taking of fish (including Coarse fish, eel and shad removal byelaws)
No live or dead fish may be removed from any waters except legally by rod & line, other than with special written
permission obtained in advance from Natural Resources Wales..
On all rivers, streams, drains and canals, any salmon or trout hooked other than in the mouth or throat shall be
returned to the water immediately.
Coarse fish, eel and shad removal (national rod and line byelaws)
Rivers
When fishing rivers anglers may take no more than:
• 15 small fish (up to 20cm) per day of native species listed below (other than grayling)
• 1 pike per day up to 65cm
• 2 grayling per day of 30 to 38cm.
The list of native species includes barbel, chub, common bream, common carp, crucian carp, dace, grayling,
perch, roach, rudd, silver bream, smelt and tench.
The byelaw excludes ‘tiddler’ (e.g. gudgeon and bullhead) and non native species and ornamental varieties of the
listed species (e.g. Koi and ghost carp).
These limits are subject to the permission of the fishery owner or occupier (who may set tighter limits).
Stillwaters
When fishing stillwaters (including canals in Wales) anglers may remove freshwater fish only with the written
permission of the owner or occupier (normally through fishery rules printed on permits or day tickets).
Note: Llyn Tegid and Llyn Maelog because they have multiple ownership are treated in the same way as rivers.
Eel and shad
Removal of eels and shads (Twaite and Allis) by rod and line from any water (out to 6 nautical miles) is prohibited.
These byelaws do not apply to someone fishing with rod and line who, with as little injury as possible, either
returns fish immediately to the same water alive or retains a fish in a keepnet or keepsack and then returns it to
the same water alive on or before completion of fishing. The exceptions to this are Allis and Twaite shad – any
shad caught by rod and line cannot be retained in a keepnet or keepsack and must be returned immediately.
Section 15 – Ban on the sale of rod caught salmon and sea trout
It is now an offence to sell, barter or exchange for goods or services rod-caught salmon or sea trout in England
and Wales.
SAFETY – don’t cast your life away
Fishing near overhead power lines can be extremely dangerous and has resulted in serious injury or death to
anglers. Even if your rod does not come into contact with a power line electricity can arc across and deliver a
potentially lethal charge to the angler.
Look up before you tackle up.

EMERGENCY HOTLINE TELEPHONE – 0800 80 70 60
If you see any of the following:
• damage or danger to the natural environment;
• illegal dumping of hazardous waste;
• poaching;
• fish in distress;
• pollution. … don’t ignore it – report it ! – 0800 80 70 60