Terms and Conditions


If any angler is found to be in breach of any of the Terms and Conditions, Backney Fishery reserves the right to exclude them. Your booking allows you access to the water on the day of fishing from sunrise until one hour after sunset. There is no night fishing on this stretch. Any complaints or dissatisfaction with the fishing should be made in writing via email. Catch and release for all species. Anglers must familiarise themselves with the National Bye-laws which must be observed at all times. All anglers should be aware of and adhere to The Countryside Code (gov link) All anglers must be aware of, and abide by, security measures. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prevent-fish-or-shellfish-diseases

Like many Wye fisheries, we operate on barbless hooks only. Anyone found in breach of this will be asked to leave the beat.

Anglers are required to carry their national rod licence at all times.


Long term river keeper Keith Maddox is available as a guide if requested. Please contact him direct via email wyeman4@gmail.com or phone/text 07927456214.No other guides or instructors are permitted to operate on Backney Fishery.

Rules and Regulations

Any dogs must be kept under control at all times. There can be cattle in the field adjacent to the river, so please be respectful and responsible. All litter must be taken away from the site.

Canoeing advice for anglers

Canoeists have a right of navigation through this stretch, More information can be found in www.fisheries.org.uk. Please remember that the river is there for everyone to enjoy, so do avoid confrontation and conflict. Canoe traffic can be heavy 10am-4pm at weekends during the warmer months, particularly on bank holiday weekends.

Canoeists are not permitted to land on any part of the fishery. If necessary, please politely direct canoeists to the nearest official landing point approximately 20 mins canoeing time downstream.

Refunds and Re-Booking

We do not offer refunds.

If you are unfortunate enough to find the river in flood, we will negotiate with you to rebook for another day without further payment. The rebooking option only applies in the event of flood or ͚impossible͛ fishing conditions. It is at the owners͛ discretion and their decision is final. In this event, claims for re-booking can only be made by email within two working days of the original booked date and cannot be made prior to the booked date and it must be used on the same beat and within the same calendar year. A rebooking can only be carried over once, not multiple times.


Whilst Backney Fishery owners endeavour to ensure that the information provided on the website is accurate, we cannot be held liable for any errors or discrepancies that occur. As with any fishing, there are risks involved. We cannot be held liable for any accidents, personal injury or damage to property.


*Please do note that access is from the right bank only if looking downstream. No access of fishing is permitted to the left bank.

Roadside lay-by parking on Upper Backney can accommodate 3 cars by the stile. Access from here to the river has kindly been granted by the Duchy of Cornwall. This is on foot over the stile and across the left hand side of the farmed field, then over a second stile. The river is approximately 70 metres from the lay-by. Parking near Lower Backney is on the road verges next to the picnic area. Cars are parked at owner’s risk. Please leave gateways clear at all times. Access to the fishery from this point is on foot, over the stile and down the track that leads to Backney Common.

Whilst we try to ensure that the riverbank remains accessible for anglers, Backney is a wild fishery and bank conditions will vary, being dependent on the weather. Please take care when accessing the riverbank. Backney Fishery cannot take any responsibility for personal injury.