Coronavirus and Covid-19: Challenges for our club

These are very challenging times not only for our club but the country as a whole and as a club there are no easy answers.

Firstly, and most importantly, we hope all our members stay fit and well through this crisis and are able to get back fishing as soon as possible but, as you will understand, this is government dependant and out of our control. 

From a club perspective it is vital that we come through this crisis in a sound financial state and with all our waters intact. FFFC is a prestigious club held in high esteem by riparian owners. It has taken many years for the club to achieve this position, acquire the portfolio of quality waters we currently have and to establish the very good relationships we enjoy with our riparian owners. We look for this to continue. Most leases for this year have already been paid and if we all stick together then we, as a committee, believe we will come out unscathed. Thank you all for your support in this trying time.

So, please, take care, keep safe, follow the government directives and we will notify you as soon as fishing is again an allowed activity.


EA Consultation on potentially extending the sea trout netting season.

Amid the gloom of current Coronavirus crisis we are pleased to report that the EA have just published their decision with regards their recently held consultation on potentially extending the sea trout off-shore netting season. And the decision is ……… NO EXTENSION. So the sea trout netting season remains as specified in the 2019 bye-laws which, for District 1, the North East Coast , is from March 26th to May 31st. Full details of this decision can be found here:


Thornton Steward and Ford & Etal Estate

Because of the Corionovirus Yorkshire Water have closed access to Thornton Steward Reservoir whilst Ford & Etal have closed their estate. Both from Tuesday, March 23rd, for the forseeable future.

CORONAVIRUS & COVID-19: Health and Safety of Members

The Government directive issued at 8.00pm on Monday, March23rd, is clear and unambiguous: LOCKDOWN MEANS NO FISHING at all. 

The directive is clear  - we can't leave our homes for ANYTHING other than the  following purposes:

-Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
-One form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household
-Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
-Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
-Police will have the powers to enforce the rules, including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

To ensure compliance with the instruction to stay at home, the government will:

-Close all shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship
-Stop all gatherings of more than two people in public – excluding people you live with
-Stop all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies, but excluding funerals
-Parks will remain open for exercise, but gatherings will be dispersed.

Thornton Steward Reservoir:

To help our bailiffs at Thornton Steward maintain "social distancing" and follow Coronavirus/Covid-19 government advice they will no longer be checking day tickets at the waterside. Instead we are asking all day tickets holders to display their day tickets in their car windscreens so a numbers check can be conducted from the car park. For this to work it is important that all our club members fishing at Thornton Steward remember to display their FFFC badge along with the number of people fishing in their car windscreeens. Please follow government advice and always maintain a distance of at least 2m from each other. Thank you. 

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