RYEDALE ANGLERS' HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDANCE

All persons fishing our waters do so at their own risk and Ryedale Angling Club (RAC) takes no responsibility for any damage, accident or personal injury of whatsoever kind or nature.

Advice given here is for information without prejudice.

All members and their guests should make themselves aware of the risks they face in the surroundings they find themselves and carry out their own risk assessment which generally amounts to common sense and take appropriate action to ensure their own safety and that of others.  However, it is a requirement that all anglers read, understand and accept this Safety & Risk Assessment Statement.

 

General risks associated with angling:

Paths and stiles Only use obvious paths along the bank.  Some paths may be closed due to storm damage. Take particular care when using some of the paths down to the river bank as they can be very steep. Maintenance of stiles is often beyond the Club’s control so use your own judgement before using and take extra care.  If you encounter a dangerous or damaged path or stile then do not attempt to use it and report it to the Club Secretary.

Wading Take particular care when wading in deep or fast water and on rocky bottoms. Be vigilant for water hazards such as storm debris. Be aware that the water level of the river can rise very quickly. Falling in the water may cause drowning. The use of a wading staff wading belt and buoyancy aid is recommended at all times when wading or near the water. Ensure your your waders have suitable soles for the terrain.

Ladders The Club has provided ladders in some places to facilitate access into the River. Please use the ladders carefully taking account of the type of footwear that you are using will not be intended for ladder rungs.  Be aware that the ladders may become unstable owing to the effects of high water. Check carefully before using them.  Please report any damage to or instability of the ladders to the Club Secretary.

Banks Beware of undercuts in banks and scouring around trees and other obstacles especially near deep water.  Please report such hazards.

Power Lines Beware of fishing under any power lines and remember electricity can arc over considerable distances.  You are ideally earthed in water to conduct electricity. Remember that graphite is an excellent conductor of electricity.

Lightning Again you are ideally earthed when in water and if using a graphite rod, you have a good lightning conductor. Do not fish during electric storms.  In the event of an electrical storm stop fishing and lay rods down on the ground and move to a place of safety as soon as possible.

Casting

Always show consideration to other users on a riverbank avoiding contacting anyone with your back-cast.  It is strongly recommended that you wear protective glasses when fishing to protect your eyes from flies.  Take special care in windy conditions.

Trees

Fishing under trees can be unsafe in windy conditions. Beware of falling branches. Be vigilant for storm damaged areas where trees and their surroundings may be unsafe. If you encounter damaged trees that pose a risk to anglers please report the hazard to the Secretary.

Animals

Bulls can be dangerous, as can cows with calves. Where parking is allowed in fields containing animals be aware that they may rub against your car with metal ear tags or lick

paintwork and cause serious damage.  Please ensure that all gates are closed and secure after you access them to prevent the escape of livestock.

Hooks and flies

Hooks by their design are sharp and easily penetrate the skin. Their use brings them into contact with germs etc, that can be injurious to health.  Caution should used when handling hooks, tying on or removing. Rusty hooks should be avoided at all times.  Weighted flies cause unpredictable movement when casting. Extreme caution should be exercised when casting weighted flies to ensure they do not come in contact with yourself, fellow anglers or the public.

Insects

Be aware of ticks and other stinging/biting insects.  As there are significant populations of roe deer on some of the beats, members should familiarise themselves with the symptoms of tick-borne Lyme’s Disease.

Weils Disease

This is transmitted in rat’s urine. Never put wet lines in your mouth or any other items of tackle that has been in the water. Waterproof plasters should be used on any cuts or abrasions.

Sunburn Sunburn can cause skin cancer and waterproof sun protection is recommended.  Wear glasses and a broad brimmed hat to protect your eyes.  Polarised glasses are best for reducing glare.

Mobile phone coverage

Please note that much of the Club’s water has poor or no mobile phone coverage.  Members are recommended to install the App ‘What3words’ on their phone as an accurate ‘geo-locator’ in case of difficulty.

Vehicle access

There are several beats where anglers are able to access the river via the use of their vehicles on private off road tracks.  The Club does not have control over the maintenance and upkeep of these tracks and following the winter months or periods of adverse wet weather, these tracks can become slippery and pot holed. Members should only use these tracks when the conditions are suitable and RAC would advise that only suitable 4 wheel drive vehicles with good off road tyres be used. Drive slowly and carefully. Anglers take their vehicles on these tracks at their own risk.