Coronavirus

Restrictions to change in July 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. The main thing being if you have any symptoms, you must not travel to fish. You should remain at home, take a test and isolate.

England: In England, Hopes are to move to step 4 of the roadmap from the 19th July. While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. That is why certain key protections are being kept in place after July 19th: See the latest Government guidance for England.

Scotland: Scotland follows a COVID-19 levels system (0-4). Each has a different set of rules on what you can and cannot do. From 19 July ALL of Scotland will move into Level 0, however you will still be required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing in some circumstances. Find out more about the changes from 19th July. More details can be seen in this PDF and on the Scottish government website.

More guidance can be got from Marine Scotland.

Wales Regulations are to ease into Level 1 in Wales from the 17th July, however 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. We suggest you consider a travel insurance of which there are now a number of annual packages around.

However many fisheries/beats will offer you a voluntary refund 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 1 metre 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 .