Matlock Angling Club

Coarse, Fly & Match Fishing

Matlock AC

Matlock Angling Club, offers diverse coarse and game fishing in the picturesque setting of the Derbyshire Dales. join now!

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Matlock AC

The club controls miles of the upper stretches of the River Derwent. Fishing is available for wild brown trout and grayling a growing population of hard fighting barbel, chub, perch, dace and roach. join now!

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Matlock AC

The club also manages a number of ponds and a section of nearby Erewash Canal, offering a variety of accessible pleasure angling opportunities in well stocked waters.join now!

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Matlock Angling Club. Club rules and etiquette.

Club Waters

Matlock Angling Club controls a number of stillwaters, varied beats of the River Derwent and a length of the Erewash Canal.

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Matlock Angling Club has an active match section at both local and national level, all events are open to all Club anglers.

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View some of the venues and members catches from our club waters.

Matlock Angling Club Rules

Matlock Angling Club rules exist for the safety and enjoyment of all our members, the protection of our fish stocks, and the environment. Please familiarise yourself with these rules before fishing.


2. The Directors may appoint life membership as it sees fit and appropriate

3. The funds of the club shall be kept at a bank or in such security as may be decided by the Directors in the name of Matlock Angling Club Ltd. All cheques must be signed by two Directors. Any expenditure in excess of £10,000 shall be placed by the Board before the Directors. The excess (if any) shall be subject to annual review

4. The Directors shall have the power to decide on any matter not provided for in these rules, and expend the funds as they shall decide in the best interests of the club

5. Fishing shall only be between the limits of one hour before sunrise and one hour after sunset. Sunday fishing is allowed

6. All members must be on the alert to prevent irregularities. Membership books must be carried whilst fishing club waters and Bailiffs/Officials are authorised to request a member fishing and unable to produce a current membership book to leave the water. All members must hold a current E.A Rod Licence.

7. A member when fishing shall have the right, if he so decides, to claim 10 yards on either side of his stand, fair rod and line fishing only

8. Only one rod can be used at any one time. Any member wishing to fish two Rods can apply for a Two rod permit costing £5 per year. All applicants must contact David Greatorex 07776132940. The two Rod permit must be produced if asked for by any member or Bailif.

9. Please handle all fish with care and use a unhooking mat for larger fish.

10. No trout to be retained in keep-nets, No fly-fishing at Matlock Bath, No spinning in Lumsdale Dam or Cawder Pond, Barbless Hooks only at Lumsdale, Cawder Pond and Oaksedge Pond.
If carp are to be retained in keep-nets, a separate net is to be used for carp only.
No barbel to be retained in keep-nets, except in matches.
Only minnows to be used as livebait, Livebaiting allowed in river waters only.

11. The close season for fishing shall be:
Course Fish: March 15th – June 15th
Trout: October 8th – March 17th

12. No trout to be killed if less than 12” from the tip of the snout to the extremity of the tail fin and not more than ONE BRACE to be taken on any one day

13. COURSE FISHING: No course fish, including grayling to be killed or taken away from any of the club waters.

14. No trespassing and all waters must be approached by the recognised paths.

15. Members are allowed to take dogs when fishing and clear up any mess made by their dogs. Dogs to be kept under control at all times, ie on a lead. No dogs on Oaker or Snitterton stretches of the River Derwent as these are Live Stock fields.

16. No litter to be left on banks and no fires to be lit.

17. During the course fish close season on rivers only worm on ledger and artificial fly on fly rod may be used. Spinning shall be permitted.

18. The annual subscription shall be determined by the Board of Directors.

19. Members will be expected to conduct themselves properly and show consideration for other anglers whilst fishing in club waters. They must co-operate fully with the club bailiffs when approached by them.

20. Please make sure all gates are closed and locked (Cawdor quarry is a secure site and the club must abide by the owners rules)