Last updated Mon 29th June 2020 11.30am

Fishing restarts

You can now fish again in all areas of the UK.


  • TRAVEL: In Scotland you have to stay local. The guidance given for this is 5 miles but they are proposing to relax this completely from 3rd July. In England you can drive as far as you like.

  • ACCOMMODATION: Providers everywhere are still closed but in Scotland it is proposed that from 3rd July you can stay in self catering accomodation and from 15th July all holiday accommodation will be permitted including Hotels etc.

What if this still affects my fishing?

New bookings
From now on, if you book fishing, and later either you or the beat decides that you cannot fish because of the travel and accommodation limitations, you will NOT get a refund, so please think it all through carefully before booking.

What about bookings already made?

Your ability to fish will depend on your home location and where the beat is that you are meant to be fishing. This is difficult for us to adjudicate on, so we will ask beats to contact you if they feel you can't fish and to make you an offer of some sorts to move your dates.

Many fisheries give you the option of moving your dates to later this year or to the same time next year, sometimes without charge even if the rent would otherwise be greater.

Some may offer you a refund, but are only obliged to, if they, not you, are cancelling the fishing, or they are very materially altering what was booked by you.

What extra rules now apply when fishing?

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 .