Constitution of the Club

1. The number of members is limited to seventy, in addition there may, be at the discretion of the Committee, up to twenty Associate members who shall pay a subscription which will be agreed at the A.G.M.

2. The Club is governed by the President, Chairman, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer and a Committee of six Members elected at the Annual General Meeting of Members who shall, with the exception of the President, Chairman, Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer, retire after five years’ service, but will be eligible for re-election. The Committee has power to fill vacancies, which must be confirmed at the ensuing Annual General Meeting.

3. Five Members present at an Annual General Meeting or Extraordinary General Meeting or three members at a Committee Meeting shall form a quorum.

4. When a Committee Meeting is called, Members to be given seven clear days’ notice, except in cases of urgency. Members to be given twenty-one days’ notice of the Annual GeneraI Meeting.


5. An applicant for membership of the Club must be proposed and seconded by Members of the Club, and shall, before the application be considered, notify the proposer of agreement to purchase 150 £1 Ordinary Shares in the Wyresdale Anglers Limited, at the fair price decided each year at the Annual General Meeting of the Company. 

No persons may be admitted to membership or be admitted as candidates for membership to any of the privileges of membership without an interval of at least two clear days between their nomination or application for membership and their admission.

6. The Committee may appoint up to five members who, having achieved seventy five years and twenty years membership, as senior lakes only members at a subscription to be decided at the Annual general Meeting. In exceptional circumstances the Secretary may, at his discretion, consider applications that fall marginally short of the required qualifications.

7. Any Member residing within twenty miles of the Club House shall be restricted to forty days fishing per season, and not more than two days fishing in any one week. [Bye-Law 4(a)]

Entrance Fees

8. An entrance fee may only be decided upon at an Annual General Meeting of the Club.


9. The Annual Subscription shall be such a sum as may be decided at the Annual General Meeting, which must be paid to the Hon. Treasurer on demand and not later than 1st April. If any member shall fail to pay his annual subscription and any other dues (if due) by 1st April, a notice shall be sent to him calling his attention to his default and if such a sum is not paid within 14 days of such notice he shall cease to be a Member of the Club unless an explanation is given which is satisfactory to the Committee. He shall remain liable for his arrears. Any shares shall revert to the club.


10. No Member or Guest may fish without first obtaining a licence from the E.A. or other appropriate statutory body.

Regulations re Fish Not to be Taken

11. The size limits and categories of fish not to be taken shall be in accordance with the E.A.’s national and local bye-laws.

Number of Fish to be Taken

12. For the number of fish to be taken in any one day, see Notice Board in the Club House.

River Beats

13. The river is divided into Beats, details of which are shown on the map of the river posted in the Club House.

Fishing Regulations

14. (a) Fishing in the Club’s Waters is restricted to Fly and Spinner.

(b) Fly only is allowed on the Lakes. No spinning is allowed on the river before 1st July.

Beat Reservations

15. Members residing at the Club House have first priority in the choice of beats, and members present at the 9 a.m. draw for beats have second priority. After these members have chosen their beats the vacant beats can be reserved for the Member or Members who have telephoned.

No beat can be reserved over the telephone prior to 9 am. on the day of the member’s visit to fish. A Member may telephone the Club Steward to book a particular beat at 9 am. subject to the following:

Beats can be booked by telephone during the day but members must confirm their booking by visiting the Club House within two hours of making the booking, and must initial the beat sheet accordingly, otherwise the beat will be regarded as vacant.



(a) that no Members are residing at the Club House.

(b) that no Members are present waiting to draw for beats.

(c) only one beat may be booked at a time.

Opening and Closing Dates

16. Fishing on the river opens on the 15th of March each year.

The opening of the Season on the Lakes and Other Waters will be decided at each Annual General Meeting, and Members notified accordingly.

The opening and closing dates for brown trout, migratory trout and salmon will be in accordance with national and local bye-laws as set by the appropriate statutory body with which members should familiarise themselves.

Recording Catches

17. All catches must be taken to the Club House, weighed and recorded in the Record Book.


18. A Member wishing to withdraw from the Club must give notice in writing to the Hon. Secretary not later than 30th November in any year, and must pay all arrears due at the date of such notice.

Expulsion of Members

19. (a) The club has power at a Special Meeting called for the purpose by the Committee on their own authority or on a requisition signed by not less than six Members, and at which at least twenty Members are present, to adopt a resolution to remove the name of a Member from the list of Members if in the opinion of two- thirds of those voting (which must be by ballot) the conduct of the said Member has forfeited all rights to membership, and therafter such Member shall cease to be a Member of the Club.

(b) Before calling such a meeting, the Committee may, at their discretion, communicate with the offending Member to offer an opportunity of withdrawing forthwith from the Club.

20. The Committee is empowered to make Bye-Laws supplementary to the Rules.

21. These Rules may be altered at the A.G.M., or an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Members of the Club, of which not less than fourteen days’ notice has been given. 

Please see notice board in the Club House for notices, alterations to Bye-Laws and other information.



1. Members may introduce up to two guests on any one occasion to fish as Temporary Members, sharing their beat with guests, subject to the following conditions:

(a) A guest may not be invited to fish more than twice in any one year without the permission of the Committee, but guests who are resident in the Club, and accompanied by a member, may fish during their stay in the Club House. The Hon. Secretary is empowered to use his discretion in regard to the administration of Bye-Law 1, Clause (a), or in his absence the Hon. Treasurer will act in his stead.

(b) A visitor’s fee as determined at the A.G.M. will be charged for all waters, and will entitle the Visitor (accompanied by a Member) to fish for Salmon, Sea Trout, Brown and Rainbow Trout. Guests fishing the River Wyre or the Lakes must hold the appropriate rod licences.

(c) Visitors’ tickets must be taken out at the Club House by the introducing Member before a guest can fish and an entry be made in the Visitor’s Book.

Advance Bookings

2. (a) A Member may invite guests to stay at the Club House - guests must be accompanied by the Member. No more than three rooms may be booked by members and their guests on any one night unless prior agreement has been sought from the Secretary or Chairman in his absence.

(b) The maximum period for which a room may be booked is fourteen days. Should the room not be required at the end of the period, it may be retained until required by another member or his guest.

(c) A member having applied for a room for a certain period and having been refused, shall be immediately advised by the Club Steward should a room become vacant, and shall have first claim.

(d) A member and his wife may occupy a double room or two single rooms. Should, however, one or both of the single rooms be required by other Members, then, if a double room is available the married pair must occupy it.

House Charges

3. (a) These are as agreed between the Committee and the Housekeeper. Tips are at the discretion of the Member.

(b) A Member wishing to cancel a booking, within 48 hours, is requested to reimburse the Steward for any expense.

(c) Rooms shall be vacated by 11a.m. unless prior arrangements have been made with the housekeeper.

4. (a) No restrictions apply to Local Members while residing at the Club House.

(b) A Member advising the Club Steward before 9 a.m. of his intention to fish and thereafter to stay at the Club House for one or more nights shall, for the purpose of Rule 13, be deemed to be a Resident Member.

5. Providing that only one rod is used members may invite their children (aged 16 or under) or grandchildren (aged 16 or under) to share the member’s rod and beat. This must not inconvenience other members and at all times such members are responsible for the conduct and safety of their invitees.