RFA Fisheries

The River Rother, (RFA Waters) 

[Information supplied by Rother Fisheries Association]

Clive Vale Angling club members can fish RFA waters but must have a sticker attached to their membership card. See Rule 1 at bottom of page.

Long stretches from Robertsbridge to B2244 at junction road, Bodiam, Newenden and Blackwall bridge, upstream (North bank)




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Up to two cars can park free in the castle car park (NOT the Castle pub car park!).
Members must show their membership card to the ticket office and up to two permits on any one day will be issued (i.e. up to two cars).
The permit must be displayed within the car, and returned to the ticket office upon departure.
Members will have to purchase a ticket from the machine if the permits have already been issued.
If the property is closed to the public, RFA members may park free of charge in the car park.

The River Rother varies from a small stream in its upper reaches to a wide deep river in the lower areas. Around Robertsbridge the river is narrow with deeper pools, containing some good chub. Other species are Roach, odd native Brown Trout and occasional Sea Trout.  The river becomes deeper towards Bodiam with Bream, Tench and good Roach the main species. At Newenden the river becomes even deeper, better sized Bream are present but Bleak can be a nuisance when targeting the better fish.


Newenden                         Blackwall Upstream


The RFA also have water on the left hand bank downstream of Blackwall Bridge. Walk through first field until sign board.

RFA waters also include a section of the Royal Military Canal on both banks (see map below).



Royal Military Canal



Rother Fishery Association (“RFA”) – Rules 2018

  1. Only those possessing a current RFA Member Club Membership card with RFA sticker attached, or who hold a current RFA Complimentary Permit, or who have (where appropriate) purchased a day ticket, or who are members of authorised visiting clubs, or who have other authorisation given by the RFA may enter onto and / or fish RFA properties and waters.
  2. Any RFA Member or riparian owner may demand sight of any angler’s permit to fish RFA waters.
  3.  Angling shall be by rod (MAXIMUM TWO — NO MORE!!) and line only using bait, fly or lure. No nets or other devices (except for landing nets used in conjunction with fishing rods) shall be used, and for disease control purposes, no live fish to be used as bait.
  4.  Any persons fishing must hold a current EA Licence to Fish and will obey all EA or RFA  Bye – Laws and other regulations as may be applied — it is rightly assumed that every person will be made aware of RFA Rules by their club.
  5.  In any one day, no more than two sizeable game fish may be retained per angler. All other fish must be returned alive to the water.
  6.  Night fishing is prohibited (NOTE!!) unless with the express WRITTEN permission of the RFA or relevant riparian owner.
  7.  Visiting and Member clubs must hold public liability insurance to indemnify the RFA against any and all costs or other liabilities which might result.
  8.  Access to RFA waters shall be by way of authorised gates and paths only. Any person trespassing onto adjoining fields or other property will be banned from further access to RFA waters.
  9.  The ‘Country Code’ must be observed at all times, and also in particular;
    1. No gates to be left open or unfastened;
    2. Livestock must not be harassed or otherwise interfered with;
    3. No bait is to be dug for in adjoining fields or banks;
    4. No damage is to be caused to any fence, hedge, noticeboard, bank or other structure;
    5. No fires to be lit;
    6. No dogs to be bought onto RFA waters and properties;
    7. No firearm, trap or other snare to be carried or used;
    8. No game to be interfered with or otherwise damaged;
    9. No tents, ‘bivvies’ or similar structures to be pitched;
    10. No vehicle to be parked on or driven onto any bank or adjoining field, or in any way which might cause an obstruction;
    11. No litter or rubbish to be left;
    12. No radio, tape recorder or similar noisy appliance to be used;
    13. No gaff to be used;
    14. No commitment of any act which might in any way prejudice any rights held by the RFA, or might bring disrepute upon the RFA;
  10.  The Committee of the RFA shall have the right to ban or expel any person or Member club or other organisation if in its judgement there is a breach of the Rules. Before exercising this right the Committee shall enquire into the case and the person or persons concerned shall be given the opportunity to defend or justify their actions by appearing before the Committee. Any decision then made by the Committee concerning any such matter shall by simple majority vote. Chairman to have the casting vote. Any decision then resulting shall be final.