Hereford & District Angling Association

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15 September 2020

Club Match September 20th 2020- cancelled

 The Club Match scheduled for this Sunday 20th September on the Bartonsham stretch has been cancelled and this section is therefore open to individual anglers. Sorry for any inconvenience.

09 September 2020

Tennis Courts section- Damage to banks


It has been brought to the attention of the Committee that some anglers are digging the banks on the Tennis Courts section of the River Wye. Some of this damage has been caused by anglers night fishing, If it continues then the night fishing may have to be banned on this section. The land here is owned by the Church Commissioners and they have received complaints from residents opposite including the Dean of Hereford. Therefore this cannot and will not be accepted and so anyone caught digging or changing the riverbank in any way, will face disciplinary action and possible expulsion from the Association.

03 August 2020

58th Wye Championship 2020 (Individual) SOLD OUT- see below

Update 7/8/20 - All tickets have now been sold and there is a long reserve list. If your application is not already in the post ,please do not apply.

Applications are now being taken for the 2020 event and you are invited to apply. An application form can be downloaded hereIf sending several applications, please complete separate application forms for each person and write their details on the form. It is not necessary to write individual cheques if applying for more than one person providing, they are received in the same envelope. Please write the names of the anglers on the back of the cheque

The cost for 2020 will again be £32 which includes an admin fee for the return of tickets and rules. Please DO NOT include a Stamped Addressed Envelope with your application.

 Due to the Coronavirus situation this year’s match will be limited to a maximum of 100 anglers with a section draw taking place on either the Friday or Saturday preceding the match. Anglers will have their peg drawn for them by the Steward when they arrive at their section. 

As last year’s match had to be re arranged there are a number of anglers (approx. 38) whose places were held over to 2020. This means that the number of tickets available this year will be further restricted. If you had your 2019 application held over until this year there is no need to re-apply but please let me know if any of your contact details have changed since last year.

I am sure that there will be a strong demand for tickets, and I urge you to get your application posted as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis and will be allocated in the order I receive them.

All applications should be received by 1st September 2020. Any applications received after this date will not be considered unless there are insufficient applicants to fill the places available

You will be emailed once your application has been received confirming if you have a place or if you are on the reserve list.

 Full details of the day will be sent with your ticket but there will be no socialising at the Rugby Club before or after the match. Results will be posted later in the evening of the match and prizemoney will be paid remotely. No cash transactions.

 As Coronavirus is ongoing these details are subject to change depending on government guidelines.

02 July 2020

Lighting of Fires

It has come to the attention of the Committee that anglers are building and lighting fires on the bank. This may be down to new members who have not read the rule book and are not aware of the rule. The rule states that "anglers must not under any circumstances light fires on any Association waters".
Anyone caught doing so is likely to face disciplinary action by the Association.

26 June 2020

Car Parking at Eign.

The combination lock on the bollards at the Car Park in Outfall Works Road has been changed this morning and is as shown in the back of the 2020 Membership Book. Some of the locks are a little stiff to open but apart from 2 which are currently inaccessible, all are functioning. The other 2 will be changed as soon as possible. Please raise the bollards as you leave and re lock them.

18 June 2020

Brookmeadow Pool(Pencoyd) Update

Pencoyd Pool- Re-opening ,Saturday 20th June 2020.

H&DAA Committee would like to apologize for the continued closure of Pencoyd Pool. 
Covid-19 has brought in a whole list of new guidelines, restrictions and risk assessments that have had to be met before the fishery could be re-opened.
From a committee point of view this was made more difficult by having an unmanned fishery with gates, locks, and chains.
Although we know and understand that most members would adhere to all or any new rules, there are always others (that have proved in the past, even before Covid-19) that do not and will not.
Therefore, the Committee has had to consider this when carrying out a risk assessment to satisfy our insurers.
H&DAA must be seen to put all members safety first and so get the risk score into the low risk category.
However, following further talks with the Angling Trust, our legal team and with less government restrictions in place, we are now able to open the fishery but with some restrictions. These restrictions have been put in place to protect both the Member and the Association. They are temporary and will be reviewed regularly, therefore changes could be made at any time.


1.       No member is allowed to visit the pool unless they have pre booked a peg.

2.       Any member wishing to fish Pencoyd Pool must pre book with Chris James on 07737 684963 between 9am and 8pm only. You will need to provide your name and membership number.

2.       Bookings can only be made up to 48 hours in advance of fishing.

3.       The chosen peg will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. You must fish the allocated peg only. No moving to another peg.

4.       When arriving and leaving the fishery you will be solely responsible for your own protection. Hand sanitizer/gloves are a must so that the fishery is left safe for the next person.

5.       You will use one gate only to access the pool via the otter fence. Please keep it closed at all times.
6.       Please always park sensibly and practice safe distancing.

7.       Car sharing is not allowed by members of different households.

8.       No non fishing visitors allowed.

9.       All litter to be taken home.

10.    The pool must be cleared by 8pm. No night fishing.

11.   Anyone arriving at the fishery who has not pre booked will face disciplinary action.

The Bailiffs will be made aware of who has booked a peg and will enforce compliance with the above restrictions.

12 June 2020

Covid -19 update 12/6/20

Changes for the Upcoming Coarse Season

With the new Coarse Fish Season due to start on June 16th and Covid -19 still around, we have had to carry out risk assessments on how we operate  and so we have made some temporary changes to help protect both the tackle shops and you the angler. With the rivers still on the low side some changes have also been made to help protect the fish.

Day Tickets: These will  be available again from tackle shops from June 15th. Tickets will be strictly CASH ONLY and to avoid excessive handling of coins, the price for a Coarse ticket (River only) will be increased to £10 for 1 rod and £15 for 2 rods. Day tickets allow you to fish Dawn til dusk only. Please try to tender the correct amount to avoid change having to be given and if possible, use notes as these can be easily disinfected. Please always follow the shop’s social distancing measures and maintain a 2m distance. Please try and support your preferred tackle shop by buying a few other items when you visit.

Fish Welfare: As the river levels are still very low and water temperatures relatively high, we have implemented a No Keepnets rule for the time being, effective on both the rivers and our still waters. Please use common sense and return fish to the water as soon as possible making sure they are able to swim away strongly.
Pencoyd Pool: A risk assessment of Pencoyd Pool means that it will remain CLOSED for the time being. While we appreciate that most anglers will sanitize their hands when opening and shutting gates, there will be a minority who will not, therefore increasing the risk to others.
Belmont Pool: This pool remains open for 5 pre booked members. Fishing will now be extended from Dawn til Dusk, and any Member wishing to fish should contact the Bailiff Dave Symonds on 07590035031.

All of these measures will be kept under review and amended as necessary.

Please remember to keep a 2m distance from others at all times whilst fishing and carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you to use when opening and closing gates or when touching other items that may have been touched by the general public

01 June 2020

Covid -19 Update june 1st.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Work Party scheduled for Sunday 7th June has been CANCELLED.
Pencoyd pool remains closed until further notice due to the on going issues and the fact that the fish are currently spawning. We have no intention of keeping the pool closed longer than we have to and will re open as soon as possible. Belmont Pool remains open, but you must book in advance with the bailiff Dave Symonds on 07590035031. Please see the previous post for more details.

11 May 2020



COVID-19 is responsible for over 30,000 deaths in the UK alone. We must remember it has not gone away, neither do we have a cure or vaccine, therefore great care must still be taken going forward to protect ourselves and others.

We understand the need to get out and about, we also understand the need to express our freedom, go fishing and enjoy the sport we all love.

After careful consideration, understanding and following the government guidelines, H&D.A.A. will re-open our River Fishing on Wednesday 13th May for members only. No day tickets will be issued until further notice, however membership is still open and can be applied for in the usual way.

With the coarse fishing closed season still in force until June 16th this will only apply to certain members.

Salmon Members….

Trout Members…. Fly fishing only.

Government guidelines regarding social distancing must be adhered to.

If approached by a bailiff, please hold your membership card clearly out in front of you for them to check.

If for any reason, the bailiff asks you to leave the water, you must do so immediately, failure to comply may result in the police being called and/or your membership suspended.

Do not allow anyone to touch or share your equipment.

Take particular care when using gates or stiles, but always remember some gates may need to be kept closed due to livestock. 

It is very important that all members are vigilant and considerate, we need to show the government that angling is a sport that can continue during these difficult times. This way at least we can prove, that June 16th will bring a lot more freedom and positivity to the country.

At this moment in time H&D.A.A. have no plans to organize or allow any competitions on our waters. This situation could change as the situation unfolds, therefore regular updates will be made as and when.


Due to security and gates etc... Pencoyd Pool will remain closed until further notice.

Belmont Pool will be open with conditions,

Only five members on the water at any one time.

You must book in the day before fishing with Dave Symonds he can be contacted by phone. Tel;  07590035031.

Fishing will be from 8am until 8pm only….( No night fishing).  Government guidelines state that you must return to your residence on the same day.

One member per peg…. No Sharing….Social distancing must be adhered too.

All rubbish must be taken home with you.

No keepnets to be used.

Two rods may be used but MUST be no more that 6ft apart.

Anyone choosing to go fishing during these difficult times please adhere to all government guidelines (these are liable to change on a regular basis) be safe and considerate to others. We advise you all carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you, and use this if you touch anything that may have been touched by others before you, ie; gates, railings etc…

Over the last three years we have had everything thrown at us, severe drought, record floods and now Covid-19. But our spirits will not be broken, we move forward united, we will come through this like everything else. Angling will remain the country’s number one sport.

Also remember that all measures are under constant review, so keep looking out for changes.

Have fun but stay safe.

Chris James


Hereford & District Angling Association.

24 March 2020


Update  26/3/20

In accordance with government guidelines restricting unnecessary travel, all our waters on the Wye and Lugg are CLOSED with immediate effect until further notice.

 Please note fishing is not a necessity, therefore we have no choice but to follow Government advice and suspend all fishing on our pools.

  This is for your own safety and for the safety of others.

 This means that both Pencoyd and Belmont pools are now CLOSED until further notice.

We regret having to enforce this decision but, unfortunately, we have had no choice in the matter.
Whilst able to do so our bailiffs will still be working.

ANY member choosing to ignore this notice and putting themselves and others at risk will face an instant life ban from the Association.

At this moment in time we urge all members to think very carefully before you consider going to the river. Follow the guidelines and avoid any unnecessary travel.

Please stay safe.

H.&D.A.A. Chairman & Committee.

23 March 2020

New Salmon Angling Byelaws

National Resources Wales have introduced new byelaws which came in to effect on January 1st 2020.

Salmon anglers should be aware that you are now only allowed to use single hooks on lures when spinning. There are also some restrictions on the use of flies.
A full list of the current byelaws can be found at…/fisheries/angling-byelaws/…

17 March 2020

Mick Pritchard- Funeral arrangements.

The funeral of our respected bailiff Mick Pritchard will take place at Hereford Crematorium on Wednesday 8th April at 3pm.
Refreshments will be served afterwards at Hereford Rowing Club from 3.45pm.

16 February 2020

""River Wye 2 day Spring Festival and River Wye Feeder Championship"

Due to the recent and current high water levels on the River Wye the 2 day Spring Festival scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday 19th/20th February has been postponed until the following week 26th/27th February.
The River Wye Feeder Championship has also been re scheduled for Sunday 1st March. This means that the Club match for this date has been cancelled. Further information can be found on the River Wye Match Fishing page. Sorry for any inconvenience. Please share.

08 January 2020

Pike Anglers

Do you fish the Association waters for pike? If so we would like to hear from you. We have been contacted by a student from Durham University who is doing a Masters degree and is investigating the use of lamprey as a pike bait. In order to carry out his research he needs pike anglers who are prepared to answer a series of short telephone questionnaires during February and March. If you are prepared to help please email

22 December 2019

H&DAA Event Calendar 2020

Details of all events taking place on H&DAA  waters can be found here

02 December 2019

Membership information 2020

Membership of HDAA runs from 1st January until 31st December and is open to everyone.
There is no reduction for joining later in the year.
Membership is by postal application only.
 PLEASE ENSURE YOU ATTACH SUFFICIENT POSTAGE TO THE ENVELOPE YOU ARE POSTING AND TO YOUR RETURN ENVELOPE. Envelopes with insufficient postage will not be accepted and will be returned to sender by Royal Mail after 18 days. The Association will not pay excess postal charges and applications will not be processed.
To download an Application form please Click here
Application forms can also be obtained from the tackle shops or direct from the secretary (a stamped addressed envelope MUST be included) at
PO Box 35,
Station Approach,
Hereford. HR1 1AA.
Requests for Application forms which do not include a Stamped Addressed Envelope will not be processed.
There are two classes of membership:
1. Full Members - open to anyone over the age of 18 living in the County of Herefordshire.
2. Associate Members - open to anyone over the age of 18 living outside of Herefordshire.
Each class of membership is further divided into six grades:
Full Salmon Trout and Coarse: £90.
Full OAP Salmon Trout and Coarse: £50.
Full Reg. Disabled Salmon Trout and Coarse: £70.
Full Trout and Coarse: £55.
Full OAP Trout and Coarse: £35.
Full Reg.Disabled Trout and Coarse: £35.
Associate Salmon Trout and Coarse: £90.
Associate OAP Salmon Trout and Coarse: £50.
Associate Reg. Disabled Salmon Trout and Coarse: £70.
Associate Trout and Coarse: £55.
Associate OAP Trout and Coarse: £35.
Associate Reg. Disabled Trout and Coarse: £35.
To qualify for OAP rates you must have been a member of the Association for at least one year prior to to the date of application for OAP grade.
Registered Disabled persons must include proof of eligibility with their application.
Members who complete a Working Party and pay the full price for their class of membership are entitled to a discount of £20 off their subscription in the following year.
OAPs are not entitled to claim a £20 discount on their membership.
Junior Membership is available at £15 by application to the tackle shops in Hereford.
Completed forms should be sent to the Secretary at P. O. Box 35, Station Approach, Hereford HR1 1AA. together with a cheque  or Postal Order for the appropriate fee, 2 loose passport sized photos and a stamped addressed envelope, (size C6 - 114mmx162mm).Please ensure you attach sufficient postage. ALL of the above items must be included or your application will not be processed. Please allow 15 days for processing.

11 November 2019

Wye Championship 2019 results

The overall weights and positions can be found here. and the results by section can be found here

08 November 2019

"Wye Championship 2019" Final Update.- MATCH ON

This year's event has certainly given be some headaches with river levels constantly fluctuating. I have decided to run the match despite around half an inch of rain expected around Builth on Saturday morning leading to the river rising on Sunday.
Sections have been altered to try and give the majority a chance of a decent days fishing, but as usual we are in the lap of the gods. If necessary a shorter match will be fished, with draw starting at 7.30 and fishing from 10.15-3.15pm.
Please share this information with others competitors who may not see this post.
I look forward to seeing you all Sunday morning.

29 October 2019

***Wye Championship*** - Now November 10th 2019.

This years River Wye Championship has now been rescheduled for November 10th. I have made contact with many entrants but still need others to contact me by phone, text, messenger or email advising me whether they are able to fish on this date. I am aware that this date may clash with the Riverfest final and is not ideal, but if for any reason you are unable to fish the Wye on this date then you will have the choice of a refund of the match fee(£30) or of having a guaranteed place in the 2020 event. It is likely that the match will have a reduced number of entrants this year which will have a knock on effect on the prizes awarded. Arrangements for the match are the same as originally advised but sections may change. 
The river will be closed to all anglers on Saturday 9th November.
Please share with fellow entrants who may not see this post.

25 October 2019

Wye Championship 2019 - POSTPONED

***Wye Championship***- UPDATE-MATCH POSTPONED
Please read and share with fellow entrants who may not be on Facebook or have internet access.
With the River Wye expected to peak in Hereford on Sunday morning at over 5metres, it is with regret that the match will have to be postponed. It will now hopefully take place on Sunday 10th November. Anglers who were due to fish on Sunday should hold on to their tickets as they will be valid for the re arranged date. All details for the match currently remain the same, I just need to confirm with the Rugby Club that they can host us again. Anyone who is unable to attend on the new date has a choice of either having a refund of the match fee, or carrying over their ticket to the 2020 match where they will have a guaranteed place in that match. Anyone on the current reserve list will be offered a place on the new date if a space becomes available. Those that have had to cancel prior to the original match will be added to the end of the reserve list. Please contact me, preferably by email, if you are unable to fish on the revised date and how you would like to proceed. You can email me at
Sorry for any inconvenience and financial burden this has caused but the weather is outside my control and I am afraid that conditions on this river can and do change dramatically over a relatively short period of time. Hopefully I will see the majority of you on November 10th.