- Sep 22, 2017
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I am a little late but this isn't quite correct. There is a legal right for anybody to fish tidal water, including tidal rivers, from boat or bank. Except in very unusual circumstances (Royal Charter, special/local legislation ) this applies to all tidal rivers in England . But the right to fish from the bank is largely illusory , as there is no legal right of access above the high watermark - so when your club book gives you the right to fish on a tidal river , it is actually giving you the right of access , as you already have the right to fish the water.Even if you launch a boat on a navigable water, this doesn't mean you have the right to fish from the boat. For example, I occasionally fish the Yorkshire Ouse and the Ure (essentially the same river), which is navigable from the sea up to Ripon. One of the clubs I belonged to had to take legal advice about non members fishing the club's stretch of the Ure from boats. The legal advice was that on this stretch of river, fishing rights belong to the riparian owners and their tenants and anglers fishing from boats are poaching unless they have consent from the riparian owners or tenants.
The rules for the Thames might be different.
Going by his details he is from the USAIs this safe to click from a new paddlers first post in answer to a post started in 2016?