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Drying Equipment

It is requested that anglers ensure that all nets, weigh slings, unhooking mats and stink bags are dried completely, in direct sunlight if possible, between fishing any venue. 

There have been a number of outbreaks of Koi Herpesvirus (KHV) throughout the country, and in particular in South and West Yorkshire, over the past couple of years. This virus is easily spread on any equipment which makes contact with infected waters and causes large scale fish fatalities, especially in species of the carp family. There is no known cure for the disease so any fish which aren't killed by the virus may still act as carriers to spread the disease and may be present in waters which, up to now, haven't yet to been confirmed infected sites. If anglers do not ensure all nets, ect. are dried completely, this virus, along with many others, may spread to club waters, causing fish stocks to be wiped out.

Drying and cleaning equipment can also stop the spread of invasive species, such as signal crayfish eggs and floating pennywort, so these simple steps are not just advised for still water anglers, but also on rivers and canals.

It is now a rule (Rule 70) that anglers at Knotford must use the dip tanks which are in place prior to fishing, following the instructions on display at the fishery. 

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