Coronavirus

Latest Situation as at 12th May 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.

England: In England, stays in self-catering accommodation, as well as campsites, caravans, boats and second homes, have been allowed since 12 April – but you can currently only go with others in your household or support bubble. However, that's changing soon. From Monday 17 May: Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen for people on holiday, with restrictions so check your number of households and party size. You no longer need a reasonable excuse to leave England to travel to other parts of the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland – but this does rely on the rules in these regions allowing people from England to enter, so check before booking what you can and can't do.

Scotland: From 17 May, mainland Scotland and some islands will move to Level 2. Some islands will move to Level 1. However, Moray region is likely to remain at Level 3 so some rivers will be affected. Find out more about the changes from 17 May. More details can be seen in this PDF and on the government website.

Travel between England and Scotland will now be allowed. Previously you had to have an essential reason - see relevant regulations.

More guidance can be got from Marine Scotland.

Wales Maintaining physical and mental well-being is important, but if you are fishing in Wales please follow and respect the Welsh Government coronavirus regulations and guidance.

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 .