Guidance for the 2021 fishing season

January 27, 2021

Beats and anglers alike will need to follow the government guidance on fishing activity during the restrictions occasioned by the coronavirus. The guidance can be accessed here.

The isolationist nature of fishing means that it can be permitted in the current environment. However, the social interaction with ghillies and other anglers which is all a big part of a normal day’s fishing cannot be permitted. We ask everyone involved, please do not turn a blind eye to this as to do so is (a) to risk the health of others; (b) unfair to the many people who are currently not permitted to participate in their desired sporting and leisure activities; and (c) giving the authorities a reason to stop all fishing.

Although there will not be an Opening Ceremony this year the annual awards – best fish, young angler etc – and other announcements will be made on 1st February.

Tight lines to all anglers, and please, please remember to follow the Conservation Code particularly with respect to (a) disinfection of waders and tackle and (b) fish handling.

Lawrence Ross – Chair DDSFB

Edward Humphrey – Chair DSFIA

Lorraine Hawkins – River Director

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