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While Health and Safety are not generally a serious matter when participating in the gentle sport of fly fishing, there are a number of issues one should be aware of when enjoying being beside the water in the great outdoors . Thankfully, up to now, we haven't had any incidents causing concern, long may it remain so.

  • Don't fall in! Obvious really, but the lakes have quite deep water close to the bank and you might have difficulty getting out, particularly if fishing alone, especially if wearing wellies or waders and many of us are not as fit and mobile as we used to be when younger.

  • Always wear a hat and glasses when fishing (polarizing sunglasses are recommended). Any fly travelling at speed, particularly a weighted version, can cause a fair bit of damage if it catches you in the ear, or even worse, an unprotected eye!

  • Stop fishing if there is any sign of thunder and lightning. Modern carbon fibre rods are excellent conductors of electricity and waving one about in the air during a thunderstorm might not be such a good idea. Best lay the rod on the ground and seek shelter in the huts or one's vehicle until the threat has passed.

  • Being situated in valleys and very rural, mobile phone signals at both venues are very weak or non existent. For emergency purposes the location of each site is displayed in the huts.

  • If you think you are the last person fishing on site, when signing out please check the catch return sheets to see if everyone else has also signed out. If not, or there is still a vehicle other than your own in the car park, please have a quick check of the lakes to ensure no harm has come to anyone.

Our Health and Safety Policy Document may be viewed / downloaded here



Infectious Diseases

All persons engaging in some form of activity involving water and the countryside should be aware of the following infectious diseases. Should you be unfortunate to experience any of the symptoms, please seek medical advice and advise the practitioner of the possibility of contracting them as many will not otherwise consider them as the cause of your problem.


Weil's Disease

Weil's disease is an infection carried in rats urine which contaminates water and banks of lakes, ponds and rivers. The disease is serious and requires hospital treatment.

Weil's Disease is a notifiable illness in the UK and it is essential to disclose a confirmed case to the local Public Health office, who will need to know where you believe it was caught.

Symptoms start 3 to 9 days after exposure to contaminated water, with an attack of Weil's Disease resembling a cold or flu in the initial stages.

Early symptoms are: fever, muscular aches and pains, lost of appetite, nausea when lying down.

Later symptoms may include: bruising of the skin, sore eyes, nose bleeds, jaundice.

The fever lasts for approximately five days, then a significant deterioration follows and if untreated, Weil's disease can be serious and become FATAL

If you become ill a few days after a fishing trip, and you have any of the above symptoms, it is extremely important to contact your doctor as soon as possible and say you have been near contaminated water that may have Weil's disease and ask the doctor for a blood test to be carried out. You must tell your doctor that you suspect Weil's Disease, as many of them do not associate it with influenza symptoms without a helpful hint. Treatment with antibiotics is only effective if started rapidly after symptoms develop.

A blood test is conducted to determine the presence of Weil's Disease, the Public Health Laboratory receiving the test should perform an ELISA test for Leptospirosis. If in the United Kingdom, and the local laboritory cannot perform the ELISA test, the sample should be sent to:

The Leptospirosis Reference Unit,

Public Health Laboratory,

County Hospital,


HR1 2ER.   Telephone 0432 277707.

This contact is for UK use only, by the doctor or laboratory staff only.

A few sensible precautions

DO cover with waterproof plasters or gloves all scratches, cuts, sores and breaks in the skin.

DISINFECT any wounds as soon as possible if they occur whilst at the waterside.

ALWAYS wash your hands or cover food with a wrapper before you eat.

NEVER put your hand to your mouth after immersion in river water and never place bait or fishing line in the mouth.

DON'T touch any dead animal especially rats.

NEVER leave food, ground bait or bait on the bank side.



Lyme's Disease

Lyme's disease is a bacterial infection that can be passed to humans through being bitten by ticks (small blood sucking insect).

These ticks commonly feed on mammals such as sheep, deer and mice, and so can be found in areas of woodland, grassland and heath land, both here and abroad.

The most common symptom of Lyme's disease is a red skin rash that looks similar to a bullseye on a dart board. If left un-treated, further symptoms can develop over 30 days, including:

High temperature (fever) of 38oC (100oF) or more

Muscle pain

Joint pain and swelling

Neurological symptoms, such as temporary paralysis of the facial muscles

A person with Lyme's disease is not contagious because the infection can only be spread by the ticks. If caught early the disease can be treated with antibiotics and cleared up within a few days.

However if left untreated it has the potential to become a serious debilitating condition.

The best way to avoid any problems is to check for local information about the area you plan to visit.

Follow advice and take reasonable precautions such as using insect repellent and wearing appropriate clothing. Light coloured clothing allows you to see any ticks and brush them off, and wearing long sleeves, and trousers tucked into socks is sensible to protect bare skin.

If you have been in an area that may have ticks, check yourself over, especially around the backs of knees, underarms, scalp and groin areas. If you find a tick, remove it gently by gripping it as close to the skin as possible (around the head and mouth parts, not the body) preferably using fine toothed tweezers, and pull steadily away from the skin, taking care not to leave any part of the tick attached to the skin. Disinfect the area around the wound. Remember to check children and pets too.

If you develop any symptoms or feel unwell after potentially receiving a bite, seek medical advice.




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Updated May 2020