Latest Situation as at 3rd March 2021

The detailed situation for fishing is not always easy to ascertain, so please read the links provided below, to make sure our general guidance is correct.

Fishing is still allowed, but the ability to fish is greatly restricted by stay at home rules and also accommodation not yet being available. Proposed lifting dates are still uncertain but are:

England: Stay at home rules look like being relaxed on 29th March - see here. In the meantime you can only fish locally. On the accommodation side, self catering and camping sites look like opening on 12th April, but hotels not for some time later

Scotland: Stay at home rules look like being relaxed on 5th April, so you may then be able to travel anywhere to fish, but not staying overnight away from home.
Accommodation has not yet been given any indication of when they may be able to open, but looks like this won't be until May. However there is a slight chance that self catering and camping sites without shared facilities may be allowed to open earlier.
We expect more details to be given in the next Scottish Government announcement due in the middle of March.
In the meantime you can only fish in your own local authority area and 5 miles beyond it, but not elsewhere, and nobody may legally leave home or travel between Local authority areas, or from England, unless for an essential reason - see relevant regulations.

What if restrictions affect my fishing?

If you no longer wish to fish because of travel or other restrictions, you will not necessarily receive a refund, as Fisheries are only obliged to, if they themselves are cancelling the fishing, or altering what was booked by you.

However many fisheries/beats will offer you a voluntary refund, credit note or another date.

If the fishery can't help you, we ourselves can still help by trying to relet your fishing for you.

Please contact us via the Help Centre if you are affected.

What extra rules apply when you can fish?

These coronavirus rules are to help ensure that not only you, but also other anglers, ghillies and walkers, are protected as far as possible. They will apply to all past and future bookings made through FishPal.

  • 1. Social Distancing. Always keep at least 2 metres away from ALL other people on the river (unless in your own household). In particular do not shake hands with anyone.
  • 2. Do not share cars, boats, huts, tackle, nets, crockery, food etc with anyone else (unless in your own household).
  • 3. No longer expect any ghillie to shake your hand, set up your equipment, make you cups of tea, or drive you round the beat. Do not hand any tip directly to the ghillie. Leave it where it can easily be found.
  • 4. Bring your own food and drink and do not share
  • 5. Bring your own hand sanitiser and wipes and use regularly during the day, especially if you have to use any WC provided by the fishery (try to avoid if you can). Wash your hands regularly wherever possible.
  • 6. Wear gloves when touching doors, gates, styles, fences or any equipment that is not your own.

In addition you must use your own common sense at all times to reduce the risk of cross infection. If in doubt, don't do it!

If you have any queries or suggestions relating to this page, please use our Help Centre to contact us .