Rules & Regulations

1. Subscriptions and membership

1.1 Subscriptions must be paid prior to 1st March. Any subscriptions received later than 1st March but prior to 1st June will incur a surcharge as decided annually at an A.G.M. Any member who has not renewed their membership by paying in full all the relevant sums due by 1st June will cease to be a member and will have to reapply for membership.

1.2 A joining fee will apply to anyone who did not have membership the previous season.

1.3 Youth members do not pay a joining fee when first joining or when attaining the age of 21 providing a permit was held whilst a youth.

1.4 Juniors (Under 12) should be accompanied by an adult

2. Permits and Licences

2.1 Anglers must carry their KAA permit and appropriate Environment Agency Licence when fishing and produce them when asked by any KAA officer, bailiff of the Environment Agency, police officer, or any angler who produces their own permit and Environment Agency licence. Failure to do so will result in the angler being required to cease fishing until they are able to produce them.

2.2 Any person fishing shall permit any KAA officer, bailiff of the Environment Agency, police officer, or any angler who produces their own permit and Environment Agency licence to inspect the fish, baits and tackle in their possession.

2.3 Permit holders shall be granted temporary membership of the association for the duration of the permit. The temporary membership does not grant voting rights or the right to use exchange tickets.

3. Preservation of Fish Stocks

3.1 KAA are committed to preserving fish stocks for generations to come. From the start of the 2024 season all KAA waters are catch and release for all species. All species must be handled with consideration to its survival.

3.2 Live baiting is strictly prohibited on all KAA waters.

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4. Trout Fishing

4.1 For all rivers – The fishing method is restricted to fly only with barbless or de-barbed hooks at all times. KAA officers may inspect to ensure hooks used are barbless or de-barbed at any time.

4.2 For Derwentwater – Any legal fishing method may be used with barbless or de-barbed hooks at all times.

5. Salmon Fishing

5.1 Fly fishing allowed at all times. Spinning, prawn and shrimp fishing are allowed when river height and colour are suitable. Worming is not allowed – as per 2024 Environment Agency byelaw changes.

5.2 All fishing for salmon is to be with barbless or de-barbed hooks.

5.3 Any fishing upstream of Threlkeld Bridge to be fly only for trout – strictly no deliberate salmon fishing at any time and any salmon caught to be returned but notified in annual catch returns

6. Coarse Fishing.

6.1 For all rivers the fishing shall be restricted to fly only with barbless or de-barbed hooks at all times.

6.2 All coarse fish are to be returned to the water with careful handling.

6.3 For all coarse fishing on Derwentwater barbless or de-barbed hooks must be used and a landing mat is advised.

7. General Rules

7.1 Dogs must be kept strictly under control.

7.2 Anglers must avoid damaging fences and crops or unnecessarily disturbing animals.

7.3 The cutting of vegetation in fenced off areas is governed by a management agreement with Natural England. Anglers shall proceed within the fenced off areas by the most direct route from the access stiles and gates direct to the river. Where cut or marked paths exist these must be used as the only route to the river.

7.4 Leave all gates, open or closed, as they’re found. If in doubt (e.g., if farm stock looks likely to escape from a field) close the gate.

7.5 No litter to be left

7.6 Strictly no fires

7.7 Park only in designated parking places. See maps

7.8 Anglers must carry a suitable method of unhooking fish and attempt to minimise damage to fish while removing hooks.

8. Fishing Etiquette

8.1 Anglers, when fishing downstream, must commence fishing from the head of a pool and must move down the pool if other anglers are waiting to move in behind. Be courteous.

9. Working Parties

9.1 KAA arrange working parties from time to time to maintain access, pick litter etc. You may be asked if you can help. If you have relevant skills, knowledge or experience and would like to get involved please contact the Secretary. (

10. Monetary Gains

10.1 The use of Association waters in return for payment shall only be permitted by written agreement of the committee.

10.2 No more than two individuals at any one time shall be allowed to be tutored on the Association waters and each must hold a valid permit.


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