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Risk Assessment – Chalkstreams



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 dangerous – approach them with due caution.

Insects 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. Chalkstreams can be deceptive in depth. What looks to be 2ft deep can be 6ft! Some areas will have deep pools.
  2. Silting can cause concerns. Whilst there will be solid ground underneath the depth of silt cannot always be gauged
  3. Weed growth can cause wading difficulties
  4. Trees – beware of falling branches especially in windy conditions.
  5. Animals – Rats, Cattle, Horses, Sheep may be encountered.
  6. Birds – Swans are rarely aggressive but are best left alone.
  7. People – be constantly on the look out for other people on the river bank.

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”