Club Rules

Club rules

The Club is committed to the conservation of the river, its habitat and maintaining fish stocks. A full copy of the Association Constitution is available from the Secretary. A summary of our club rules are shown below.

As well as holding a permit to fish, all anglers (12 or over) must hold a valid Environment Agency licence and at all times abide by EA bye-laws regarding closed seasons, catch limits, size limits, fishing methods and permitted baits lures and tackle. Click here to buy your EA licence on line.

The Nevern season opens on the 1st April but from the 2020 season, all salmon and all sewin over 60cm must be returned. There are further restrictions listed below.

An angler’s brief guide to the introduction of new salmon and sea trout byelaws
River Nevern
All salmon must be released with minimum injury and delay
Salmon season – 1st April to 17th October
Fly 1st April – 17th October
Spin 1st April – 17th October
No worm fishing
Shrimp and Prawn 1st September – 7th October
Sea trout
All sea trout caught prior to the 1st May to be released with minimum injury and delay
All sea trout greater than 60cm to be released with minimum injury and delay
Worm fishing is only allowed for sea trout with a single worm using a single barbless hook with a gape less than 8mm.
Please note that dates are inclusive
Sea trout season – 1st April to 17th October
Fly 1st April – 17th October
Spin 1st April – 17th October
Worm 1st May – 7th October
All hooks must be barbless or de-barbed
On artificial flies with a hook gape greater than 7mm, hooks are restricted to singles or doubles
On artificial flies with a hook gape 7mm or less, hooks are restricted to a maximum of two hooks with a total of four points between them
No treble or double hooks are permitted on lures used for spinning
Spinners and spoons can have only one single hook with a gape of 13mm or less.
Plugs can have a maximum of three single hooks, each with a gape of 13mm or less.
Shrimp and prawn fishing for salmon is allowed from the 1st September until 7th October with the use of a single treble hook with a gape of less than 7mm.
Further details of byelaws affecting the rivers in Wales, non-migratory trout, coarse fish can be found on the NRW fisheries pages.

The club has an overall catch limit for each angler each season. For the 2020 season it is 25 Sewin. Please respect this limit as we feel it generous and essential to help preserve fish stocks.

You must submit a catch return to the Membership Secretary at the end of the season.

Crosswell Club Rules

There are additional club rules that apply to the Crosswell water (both upstream and downstream at Crosswell bridge).

A catch limit of 4 sewin per week. A week is defined as 12midnight Sunday to 12 midnight Sunday.

The water above Crosswell bridge is now open until the season.

General Rules

Please take care to park in a safe position and do not cause obstruction.

When night fishing remember others are sleeping. Do not make noise on the riverbank or slam car doors, sound horns etc when leaving the river.

Angling courtesy should be observed at all times. Any fishing spot should be offered to another waiting angler after 30 minutes.

Dogs to be kept on a lead at all times. ~No dogs allowed above Crosswell bridge.

Please take your litter home. Do not discard tackle on the riverbank.

Float fishing is only permitted in the tidal waters.

You must return small trout/parr to the river unharmed. Do not worm fish with a small hook if you are likely to catch small trout/Parr and take care to carry a disgorger so that you can release small fish uninjured after removing the hook. Recommended minimum hook size when worming is 4.

Please immediately report poaching, pollution or suspicious activity using the Environment Agency  hotline – 0300 065 3000

Please also report to a committee member so we can follow up.

Please report infringements of Club rules to a committee member as soon as possible.

Do not place yourself at risk and do not try to tackle poachers.