COVID-19 Update


Thornton will reopen for fly fishing on the 20th May 2020.

To ensure we comply with social distancing & government guidelines I have produced new operating guidelines for everyone to follow which are highlighted below.

I would ask during these difficult times & to ensure we keep within the COVID-19 guidelines which could change at any time, you comply with any daily instructions issued by fishery staff & our landlord’s representatives Tata Steel.

Staff working the pontoon will be wearing Face Shield & disposable gloves with all touching points on the pontoon regularly disinfected. All boats & lifejackets will be disinfected after every session.

Staff in the lodge will be wearing Face Shield and have access to hand sanitiser.

All customers will have access to hand sanitiser at the lodge & the pontoon

All touching points at the lodge, doors, handles, desk, phone, till, PDQ machine etc will be disinfected at least once every hour & more often if required.

New Operating Procedure While Visiting Thornton Trout Fishery

  1. Pre-Booking: All Bank & Boat anglers, including season permit holders will be required to call the lodge & pre book your visit. We will only accept anglers who have pre-booked
  2. Pre-payment will be required at your time of booking, this will reduce the necessity for you to enter the lodge, and for the staff to handle cash & visit banks.
  3. Pre-payment will be made once your booking for the Boat or Bank is confirmed with payment made via BACS, PayPal details below or via credit / debit card.
  4. Confirmation of your Boat Booking along with your receipt, allocated boat number & confirmation of the booked bank anglers will be posted on the outside of lodge window for you to pick up
  5. LOYALTY CARDS: You will need to keep hold of any receipts issued by the Thornton lodge from May 20th 2020 to claim your Day permit loyalty stamp at a later date to be announced, when normality returns to the fisheries & we once again start issuing permits across the lodge desk
  6. To comply with COVID-19 guidelines you will travel to the fishery by yourself unless you are travelling with a family member & you live at the same address.
  7. You will be required to meet social distancing rules.
  1. Lodge, Booking In & Out, & Tackle shop: Observe Social Distancing at the car park & lodge area
  • The lodge will remain closed as will the toilets.
  • A one-way system will operate outside the lodge to book in and pick up your permit, follow the signs.
  • Staff members will book you in, your permit and boat number allocation will be posted on the outside of the window for you to pick up, hand sanitiser provided.
  • We will operate a click & collect for pre-paid tackle items which will be available for you to pick up outside the lodge door, you can also visit our online shop
  1. Boats: New operating procedure to ensure we comply with COVID-19 guidelines
  • Maximum 1 person per boat.
  • Husband & Wife / partner, parent & child who live at the same house may share a boat.
  • Boats & life jackets will be fully disinfected after every session.
  • Thornton Boat availability is reduced to 10 boats to allow staff adequate time to disinfect & rotate boat usage.
  • By reducing the available boats, it allows us to use every other boat on the pontoon, limits the number of people on the pontoons & it will ensure we meet social distancing requirements while you get in and out of the boats.
  • Fishery Ranger staff will control the number of anglers on the pontoon.
  • To speed up the angler usage of the pontoon, DO NOT sit in your boat tied to the pontoon to tackle up or take your tackle down. Once in your boat we expect you to leave the pontoon area as soon as possible. On your return have your tackle ready to vacate the boat and pontoon as soon as possible.
  • We are lowering our wind speed limit for boat usage down to 20mph
    1. Bank Anglers are to ensure they observe social distancing and while fishing keep a minimum of   15 meters apart. Maximum of 10 Bank anglers
    2. Life jackets worn by bank anglers will be disinfected after every session
    3. The front walkway of the lodge will be restricted to anglers only, we will be operating a one-way system for the walkway in front of the building. Follow the signs. Observe Social Distancing.
  • Toilets will remain closed.


Pre-Payment Options over the phone with Debit or Credit Card

BACS Payment details

Nat West Bank     Business Account: Fishery Management (UK)Ltd

Your Booking Reference: Your Name & Date of your booking

Sort Code 60 15 48   Account No 71544380


PayPal Payments to:

Fishery Management (UK) Ltd   email

Your Booking Reference: Your Name & Date of your booking