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Risk Assessment – Spate Rivers



NB. It is the duty of the Worcester Fly Dressers to familiarise its members with the principles of Safety and Risk
Assessment. Members must be aware of the risks involved in angling. It is a requirement of partaking in this

organised fishing day that all anglers read, understand and accept this Fishing Day Safety & Risk Assessment

Statement by signing the acceptance form.

General Risks associated with Angling:

Paths Slips, trips and falls can be dangerous so only use obvious paths beside the river.

Banks Beware of undercuts in banks and take particular care when banks are wet and slippery.

Wading When wading do not get out of your depth, only wade where it is safe to do so and take great care in fast water and on stretches with a rocky river bed. Use a wading staff for stability and to test the depth of your next step. Wear correct soles for the conditions. If in doubt always wear an automatic lifejacket.

Power Lines Beware of walking or fishing under power lines and remember that electricity can travel over considerable distances. You are ideally earthed when in the water and graphite (rod?) is an excellent conductor!

Lightning You are ideally earthed when in the water or on a damp bank. Take cover well away from trees – a car is a good refuge!

Casting Always show consideration towards other people on the banks and ensure you have suitable eye protection and appropriate clothing.

Trees Fishing under trees can be unsafe in windy conditions. Beware of falling branches.

Animals Cows – especially with calves and bulls can be unpredictable and hence

Insects dangerous – approach them with due caution. Use insect repellant when necessary.

Diseases Wiels disease is transmitted in Rat and Cow urine. Never put wet line or equipment in your mouth. Wash your hands or use antiseptic wipes before eating or smoking. Use waterproof plasters on cuts or abrasions. Undesirable bacteria may be present in animal droppings and the brook water – take suitable precautions.

Hypothermia Ensure that suitable clothing, including waders, is worn.

Sun Suitable clothing, high factor sun screen and sun glasses are advised.


Location:                                                                       Date:

Specific hazards leading to the associated risks noted above:

  1. Deep pools and Strong currents – wade with extreme care.
  2. Trees, undercut steep and slippery banks.
  3. Rocky and uneven river bed.
  4. Unstable gravel beds.
  5. Animals – Rats, Cattle, Horses, Sheep may be encountered.
  6. People – be constantly on the look out for other people using the river or banks.

Note: Worcester Fly Dressers accepts no liability of whatsoever nature arising from death or bodily injury or for loss of, or damage to, property of any kind.


Catch Return – return to trip organiser.

Name of angler:                                                                                  Date:


Type of fish Up to 8” 8 – 10” 10 – 12” 12 – 14” over 14”