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Which rod licence should I buy?

Find out what types of licence are available, and which one is right for you.

Find out what types of licence are available, and which one is right for you.

Licence types

There are two categories of licence –

  • Salmon and Sea Trout licences allow you to fish for salmon, sea trout, non-migratory trout, char, coarse fish, eel and smelt;
  • Trout, Coarse Fish and Eel licences allow you to fish for non-migratory trout, char, coarse fish, eel and smelt. You may not fish for salmon or sea trout, but if you subsequently decide you would like to, you can upgrade your licence.

Annual or short term licences are available for each category –

  • Annual licences run from 1 April to 31 March;
  • Eight-day licences are available for any period of 192 consecutive hours, for example 18:00 on a Friday to 18:00 on the following Saturday;
  • One-day licences are available for any period of 24 consecutive hours, for example 12:00 on a Saturday to 12:00 the following day.

Concessionary licences are available for each category. You are entitled to a concession if:

  • You are aged 12 to 16 inclusive (youngsters who have not reached their twelve birthday do not need a licence);
  • You are aged 65 years or over;
  • You have a Blue Badge parking concession or are in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (any rate).
  • Please note, concessionary licences are only available for annual licences.