Please just let people fish our rivers and relax. You can’t fish beside someone. Allow us to travel to and from a river in a day.

This will allowNglers the tranquillity and peace needed.

Why the contribution is important

Forums across Scotland are screaming out for this.

The salmon season is at its peak and we need the economy going. This will get a part moving with no risk.

by Houston1970 on May 06, 2020 at 05:42AM

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  • Posted by Marcincalka May 08, 2020 at 10:12

    No risk at all
  • Posted by Dalvorar May 08, 2020 at 10:22

    Agree this is an activity that encourages social distancing and allows both recreation and mental stimulation. Anglers enjoy being on their own in the middle of a river. Much safer than visiting the supermarket. Sea fishing from the shoreline is equally isolated.
  • Posted by Andymilne May 08, 2020 at 10:56

    Absolutely no risk of passing on or contracting the virus when salmon fishing.
  • Posted by colindolbear May 08, 2020 at 14:10

    Following on from this, Stillwater fisheries could open with same results and benefit to wellbeing.
  • Posted by HighlandLass May 08, 2020 at 17:25

    No risk and fantastic for good mental health - advice to follow Social Distancing no competitions through 2020 etc. Clear guidelines.
  • Posted by Whiskers May 09, 2020 at 11:19

    It is bewildering why most forms of angling have not been considered to be ideally suited for compliance with the current lockdown conditions. By the very nature of fishing, anglers carry out their sport at least 100ft apart, and usually much more. Angling should be immediately encouraged with the following advice:-
    1. Travel to the fishing alone, other than with household members.
    2. Wear gloves to open gates, padlocks or climb fences.
    3. Fishing huts to remain closed.
    4. Maintain social distancing.

    Could any other activity be carried out so simply and safely?
  • Posted by lochfisher May 09, 2020 at 13:03

    Fishing, particularly fly fishing on rivers, is a solitary activity that carries little or no risk from Covid 19. On local association waters fishing should be allowed with the proviso that visitors are not allowed until the current restrictions are lifted. Anglers are frustrated, having followed the lockdown rules for 6 weeks, that it makes no sense that fishing in a totally safe environment is not allowed. Dog walkers, cyclist and hikers are taking exercise along the river banks every day. Please lift these unnecessary restrictions for the mental and welfare benefits it would bring to anglers.
  • Posted by mikeglass May 09, 2020 at 16:38

    Angling is a solitary pursuit making the possibility of contracting or passing on covid highly unlikely.
    I can see no reason why local anglers especially cannot resume fishing.
    Please consider easing these restrictions.
  • Posted by Steven1983kv May 10, 2020 at 09:16

    Fishing is exercise for body and mind!
    Help us please and get us back out there
  • Posted by Abby May 10, 2020 at 13:10

    I totally agree with all these comments regarding fishing during these challenging times.
  • Posted by Andyspeycaster May 10, 2020 at 19:54

    I agree with these comments, we could start with anglers fishing local to where they live then open this out when travelling becomes more acceptable and there are places open for travelling anglers to stay in
  • Posted by AMMAC May 11, 2020 at 00:23

    Not something I do personally but would certainly support this.
  • Posted by KenmoreGold May 11, 2020 at 10:01

     There's a number of good reasons why angling should be an early candidate for consideration including:
        • being a largely solitary sport where self isolation occurs naturally
        • proven benefits for mental health and social well-being
        • a reduction in pressure on other public open spaces
        • evidence that non-contact outdoor activities will not increase infection rates
    • angling appeals to people of all ages and backgrounds and engages able-bodied and disabled participants alike
        • the majority of the population live close to a waterway minimising the need for significant travel.
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