As you know, the government has now confirmed the lockdown with immediate effect.

I have copied some of the information from the Angling Trust below and you can view the whole thing by going to their website –

The regulations are clear and you can only leave home to fish with members of your own household, your support bubble or with one other individual. The Rule of Six is now effectively the Rule of Two for most of us. The tightening of the rules on ‘gatherings’ means that match fishing or any other organised fishing event is prohibited by law during lockdown. However, competitive fishing will be able to resume once there is a return to the three tier system of restrictions.

Please follow these rules and respect social distancing at all times and if part of the river looks busy, please have a look elsewhere.

We have also decided that for the duration of the lockdown we will restrict visits to the Thames at Nuneham Courtenay to two members a day.

If you have any concerns – please contact a committee member.

Chub alley field now open

The owner of the field opposite the Esso station (Pegs 34 to 37) has now given us permission to fish in the field. All the current rules regarding the coronavirus apply.

The laundry field (pegs 37a to 47 remains closed

New Season Update

We have had a great response from existing members and a lot of interest from new members all looking forward to the new season which starts on Tuesday.

The committee would like to remind all members of a few important points regarding fishing our club waters this season.

  • There are currently only two fields that are available to fish around Thame.  The land owners have asked us not to fish in the paddock field and the laundry field.  These are the two fields downstream from the Esso station which have peg numbers 34 to 47.  Weare in constant touch with the land owners and we hope that we will be able to open up the fishing in these fields very soonIn the meantime, please do not enter these fields as any contravention of this rule could lead to us losing the fishing rights for the future.
  • The other two fields are open to all and a lot of work has been done to improve the access to the river.  These are upstream of the Esso Station and downstream of the OLD Crendon Road.  Please respect the current guidelines regarding social distancing on all our waters.
  • If you want to fish at Nuneham Courtenay please remember that you must book in with Ian Horrocks (Tel No is on your permit) before your visit. 
  • Please note that you must carry your club permit with you at all times.  This is very important at Nuneham Courtenay as you are now required to leave your permit on the dashboard of your car when you fish here.

We wish you all a great seasons fishing.

Thame Angling Club committee.


New seasons permits will soon be available. Please note that they will not initially be on sale at either Browns of Haddenham or Mr Mend in Thame.

If you were a member last season you will receive a letter and and application form in the post inviting you to join for the new season. If you were not a member last season please contact the membership secretary as below and request the application form.

Dave Lyne
7 Harrison Place

River permission

Thame Angling Club – clarification of access rights.

The three fields upstream of the bypass bridge are private and the club only has access to these during the fishing season and members must not enter the fields during the closed season.

By kind permission from Mrs Gibb the Prebendal field is made available for anyone to use for dog walking and exercise.  Thame Angling Club only control the fishing in this field.

River closed season.

Good afternoon everyone.        All THAME ANGLING CLUB river stretches are closed until further notice and have been from the end of the season. MARCH 14th. Our land owners do not want the general public entering their fields. None of us have a rite of way without their permission until the COVID outbreak allows us to re-negotiate the new rent with them and the EA allows angling to begin again too. If anyone enters any of the fields and as a result upsets the land owner enough to lose the rite to fish there the club will NOT RENEW your permit.                                                                                                Take heed of this rule by order of the committee. I hope this is clear enough.                            Regards for now Dave Lyne.

Thame angling clubs AGM 2020

As most of you are no doubt aware the Thame Angling Club AGM scheduled for Thursday 2 April 2020 has been cancelled.

In these exceptional circumstances the committee have proposed that the Club continue its present arrangements for the 2020/21 season.

The main proposals are as follows:

  1. The 2019 AGM minutes (available on request) are deemed accepted
  2. Incumbent committee members have all indicated that they are happy to continue in their present positions and will do so.
  3. Permit and Day Ticket prices will remain as per the 2019/20 season
  4. The Club will continue to use Nuneham Courtney waters but further liaison on issues such as parking will be carried out with the managing agent when possible
  5. Accounts will be made available for audit
  6. The Club will retain the current waters and, subject to landowner’s consent, will continue to fish them
  7. The Club will continue and maintain the Club’s Website, Instagram and Facebook accounts

It will be assumed that these proposals are deemed acceptable to the membership and will be adopted as passed unless there are any objections or counter proposals.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the committee members for their sterling work throughout the year. In particular, thanks to the committee members and 

volunteers who help maintain the river, access and fishing platforms, whose contribution helps what makes our Club such a great one.

I wish you all a safe and healthy year with a hope that we can all be back out there on the bank very soon, fishing again.

Barry Mullen

Chairman Thame Angling Club

River Thame Championship

The annual River Thame Championships took place yesterday on the river at Thame and Wheatley. During the week it looked very likely that the match would have to be rescheduled due to heavy rain on Tuesday. However, after rising quickly, the river dropped and the match was on. It was tricky to peg due to high levels but on Saturday it looked as though it would fish well. But it rained on Saturday night and this seemed to put the fish off feeding and it was hard all round. There were a few half decent weights but anyone with more than a couple of pounds was rewarded with good section points. The full results will be posted soon but congratulations to Cuddesdon Mill A who won the match. Thanks are due to Dave Lyne and the guys from Thame and Geoff Bond and the lads from the Wheatley and the New Club who put a huge effort in to prepare the river for the match and Tony Gee for running the raffle which raised money for both clubs.

Ian Horrocks

Fishing news

Fish Survey carried out by the EA at the Old Crendon Bride.
Initial indications are that there are lots of small chub ( probably from the restocking) and a good number of dace. Some small pike were also found but we won’t tell Dave about those. Finally as yet they have found no Barbel!