The Devon Angling Association note the guidance provided by the Scottish Government’s document ‘COVID-19 – Framework for Decision Making – Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis’ published on 21st May 2020. On the basis the Scottish Government are planning to allow angling providing that anglers adhere to the well-established social distancing measures and are only active in their ‘local area’ which is defined as being broadly within 5 miles of your own community; then fishing on the River Devon will be permitted from Thursday 28th May 2020. It will be the responsibility of individual anglers to justify to FDSFB Bailiffs , Police Scotland and their own consciousness that they have only travelled by car, broadly, within 5 miles of your own community.
In line with the guidance provided limiting travel by car to, broadly, within 5 miles of your own community it is not possible at this time to permit angling at Glenquey to commence until the Scottish Government announce that Phase 3 of their route map has been reached and we have the permission of our landlord Scottish Water to reopen the Glenquay for angling. We will continue to work really hard to accelerate the reopening of Glenquay at the earliest opportunity.
Bryan Anderson (DAA President) has been very busy lobbying the Scottish Government and our local MPs/MSPs on our behalf, to encourage the opening up angling on our waters for the well-established benefits of exercise and mental benefits that our wonderful sport provides. We will continue to review the situation and seek advice from the Scottish Government, MPs, MSPs, Forth Rivers Trust, Forth District Salmon Fishery Board, Angling Trust, SANA etc. for greater clarity on the Scottish Government’s route map regards angling.
We hope that our members respect the requirement to travel broadly no more than 5 miles of your own community, the requirements for social distancing and that until the 28th May our fishery remains closed. We know that to date, a few selfish individuals have chosen to ignore the restrictions on angling on the Devon, but the DAA are really proud that the vast majority of our members have behaved so responsibly during the shutdown. Now is a great opportunity for angling to demonstrate that in grasping the opportunity to get angling again, we can provide an example of an activity that can be undertaken responsibly with minimal Covid-19 risks.
Tight lines for the remainder of the 2020 season