Allow angling in Scotland during lockdown

Angling should be allowed as it is an excellent way to exercise, as a fly fisherman when I am out on the water I am constantly on the move either walking or casting. The art of fly casting means that even when not walking the upper body is being exercised due to the way we cast a line. Angling by it's nature is a solitary sport and easily lends itself to social distancing. In the case of rivers most anglers by now will have their permits already paid for. Anglers generally fish waters which are closed to hand and require a minimal amount of travel to get to. In the case of fisheries where people may drive a short distance, the risk here could easily be mitigated by arranging the car parking so as to eliminate the risk of people meeting. Pegs on fisheries are usually three to four metres apart, again easily complying with social distancing. Payment can be taken online via various methods. As things stand I can currently walk everywhere I used to fish, logic dictates If it is safe to walk in these areas then it must therefore follow that it's safe to fish in these areas.

Why the contribution is important

This is important as not only does it offer an excellent way to exercise it promotes an enormous sense of well being, being out in the fresh air surrounded nature. Being out in the fresh air also promotes good mental health as well as being a good aid in getting a good restful night sleep.

by ColinDocherty on May 11, 2020 at 09:52AM

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  • Posted by Angie101 May 11, 2020 at 13:43

    I don't see why fishing is on the nono list, fishers go alone or with members of the same household, a long way from the general walking areas. Also a great mental health service for a lot of men in particular to relax and exercise at the same time.
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