It was confirmed by the Scottish Government earlier this week that angling is included amongst the outdoor activities allowable under Phase 1 of Scotland’s route map, with effect from today Friday 29th May.
Whilst this is welcome news, a key factor in the resumption of angling in Scotland remains the Scottish Government regulations on travel for the purpose of leisure or exercise.
The First Minister has indicated that the reference to ‘broadly 5 miles’ is only an indicative guide as circumstances will differ throughout Scotland. It is therefore important that both anglers, fishery proprietors and clubs use their judgement to determine what constitutes an appropriate distance of travel within their locality.
The principal issue is the ability of fishery proprietors, angling clubs and associations to ensure that participation in their respective fisheries can be permitted in a manner fully consistent with current social distancing regulations and hand washing/sanitising requirements.
A copy of the recommended guidelines for fishing on Tweed can be found in our 18th May Tweed News article.