Our thoughts remain with families and friends who have been affected by Coronavirus and to the amazing NHS and all key workers keeping our day to day lives as normal as possible.
Today has seen the announcement from Nicola Sturgeon on the Scottish Government's plans for starting to be released from lock down. The presentation and document of course addresses many aspects of our daily lives but I just wanted to confirm our understanding of how this affects fishing in Scotland going forward. England have of course been back fishing since the 13th of May and great to see so many anglers back out on their favourite river.
The 46 page document is attached in case you want to read it. The good news is that it refers to us in Scotland being able to get back fishing as part of phase 1 with confirmation from the 28th of May along with the likes of tennis and golf. The bad news is that on page 39 it refers specifically to "only being permitted to travel short distances for outdoor leisure and exercise, but advice to stay within a short distance of your local community (broadly within 5 miles) and travel by walk, wheel and cycle where possible".
Please also remember that all accommodation providers remain closed and if you are travelling and require accommodation, there will be nowhere to stay until accommodation providers are released from lockdown.
This will be a huge frustration for some and good news for others - it's a start, it's baby steps to start with, as we anticipated, but at least fishing is back on the agenda.
We will keep you up to date with developments as and when we get them. Please respect the 5 mile rule and don't be tempted to travel further than these restrictions allow us to go fishing, you may be turned away on arrival and you will not receive a refund of payment.
For those lucky enough to be getting out, remember to adhere to the governments overriding conditions of keeping a safe distance etc - we have updated our Coronavirus advice page with some simple thoughts and ideas that you should be thinking about ahead of your trip and indeed whilst you are on the beat.
Take care and stay safe.
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Former art and design teacher Ranald Hutton has joined forces with Fishing Mugs to create a unique commemorative mug in honour of frontline health service workers. The NHS Warrior salmon fly fuses together the colours of the NHS logo and was the winning entry in FishPal's lockdown fly tying competition - read more.
This special mug is available online and £5 from each sale will be donated to the NHS through Captain Tom Moore's heroic fundraising drive - read more.
The David Miller collection consists of designs depicting classic salmon flies of a bygone era. Each one is individually hand printed to ensure the colours remain sharp, vibrant and clear. They are microwave and dishwasher friendly - read more.
David and his team are able to offer a bespoke service which includes personalising mugs for larger orders. They are the perfect fishing gift.
Now would be a good time for you to take the opportunity to look through your fly boxes and fill any empty spots with a few of your old favourites or maybe something new that catches your eye.
As a lot of you know, looking after your gear is paramount to landing that fish of a life time, putting flies back in your box wet is not the best plan or leaving your leader material wet and lying in the sun or in a damp jacket or bag. Always leave the fly boxes open after a trip and make sure they are properly dried before putting them away until the next outing.
So if you find time to sort through your boxes do not throw old but good patterns out as there are always anglers taking up our great sport and looking for flies to start off with - read more.
Tyne fish caught near Hexham.
During lockdown the Northumbria Branch of Salmon & Trout Conservation have continued to work on behalf of their members. They noticed that this is the fourth year running the Tyne system has witnessed a dry Spring and have asked the Environment Agency if they could consider a review of the target curve for Kielder reservoir.
There was a release earlier this month which helped to support the smolt migration on the Tyne and also coincided with the release of the restrictions on angling. It could not have been better planned!
Anglers were grateful to be back on the river after lockdown restrictions in England were eased earlier this month. Catches have been reported in and around the main Tyne with the largest reported off Syford at 16lb.
The winners of the annual Bemersyde Trophy, which honours the largest salmon landed on a fly on the River Tweed have been announced. Jonathan Murray from Ballymena is the overall winner and Aberdeen University law student, Samuel Ackroyd the junior winner - read more.
Henry Giles in Norway last August.
Is there a casting metaphor? You look back to see the line straighten behind you then look forward to where you want the fly to land.
Either way, looking back in time then forward from the lockdown bridge, it seems a spell of recalibration and fishing reset has characterised the lockdown.
Looking back, then, in Norway last August, there was much to learn, about holding the loop. Jigging the fly. Turning when Spey casting to deliver a 90 degree cast. Setting the reel tighter so a taking fish takes up the loop then sets the hook hold - read more.
Mark Rogers fish off Lower Birgham.
On Wednesday 13th May a very unique situation arose on the River Tweed which has never happened since the very first of the River Tweed Acts in 1807. The announcement from the Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the Sunday evening that England was relaxing their Covid 19 restrictions and fishing was allowed from the Wednesday.
92 Salmon and 3 Sea Trout were recorded, with Tillmouth beat & Horncliffe beat both catching a salmon at 15lb - read more.
With restrictions starting to be lifted in Scotland please email the office on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information about fishing in Scotland and the Scottish Borders, whilst remembering the 5 mile restriction.