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Coronavirus / COVID-19 Guidance


Guidance on opening fishing on lochs and river has been prepared by the BRDAA committee, during the COVID-19 lockdown legislated by the Scottish Government.

The latest version will be published here, when the Government releases full detail for their phased unlocking, ensuring a safe return to the fishing of BRDAA controlled waters.

(Update 30/5/2020)

Blairgowrie, Rattray and District Angling Association.

Coronavirus - (Covid - 19) Notice to Members & Guests

Members and Guests must adhere to the guidelines issued by the Scottish Government and those listed below by BRDAA. The consequence of your actions may have a severe effect on the health and wellbeing of yourself and others therefore we request you read guidance prior to participating in any angling activity.

                                                       NHS guidance

Please read the NHS guidance and if you are in one of the listed categories consider whether you should risk possible exposure to Covid 19 by going fishing. Guidance is on BRDAA website, Facebook, provided to tackle shops and a copy displayed in the boathouse. Updated information is on Scottish Government Website and is updated as new information becomes available.

People at high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable).

People at high risk from coronavirus include people who:

·         have had an organ transplant

·         are having chemotherapy or antibody treatment for cancer, including immunotherapy

·         are having an intense course of radiotherapy (radical radiotherapy) for lung cancer

·         are having targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system (such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors)

·         have blood or bone marrow cancer (such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma)

·         have had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant in the past 6 months, or are still taking immunosuppressant medicine

·         have been told by a doctor they you have a severe lung condition (such as cystic fibrosis, severe asthma or severe COPD)

·         have a condition that means they have a very high risk of getting infections (such as SCID or sickle cell)

·         are taking medicine that makes them much more likely to get infections (such as high doses of steroids) follow guidelines

·         have a serious heart condition and are pregnant

If you're at high risk from coronavirus, you should have received a letter from the NHS. Speak to your GP or hospital care team if you have not been contacted and think you should have been.

If you're at high risk from coronavirus, you're advised to take extra steps to protect yourself. This includes not leaving your home for any reason (called shielding).

The committee would strongly advise against anglers resuming angling if they are in the High Risk group until further notice.

People at moderate risk (clinically vulnerable), this includes people who:

·         are 70 or older

·         are pregnant

·         have a lung condition that's not severe (such as asthma, COPD, emphysema or bronchitis)

·         have heart disease (such as heart failure)

·         have diabetes

·         have chronic kidney disease

·         have liver disease (such as hepatitis)

·         have a condition affecting the brain or nerves (such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy)

·         have a condition that means they have a high risk of getting infections

·         are taking medicine that can affect the immune system (such as low doses of steroids)

·         are very obese (a BMI of 40 or above)

 If you're at moderate risk from coronavirus, it's very important you follow the advice on social distancing. This means you should stay at home as much as possible. But you can go out to work (if you cannot work from home) and for things like getting food or exercising. Unlike people at high risk, you will not get a letter from the NHS advising you to stay at home at all times.

Anglers in Moderate risk group must pay attention to Social Distancing guidelines and if in doubt, consult their doctor prior to angling.

These guidelines may change as risk diminishes, please visit BRDAA website for latest COVID news and information.

Blairgowrie, Rattray and District Angling Association.

Information for Resumption of Fishing 30th May onward

Persons eligible to fish initially are as follows;

1. Paid, Honorary Members & those in receipt of Riparian Owners Tickets.

Members who have not paid their annual subscription fee must do so prior to attempting to book a boat on either loch or fishing on the river. (see 3.)

 2. Guest Anglers will not be permitted to fish until a minimum of 1 month after initial start date on June 1st 2020. This will be reviewed as government advice is given and regulations change.  We want to encourage our guests but need to be cautious until sure that they are safe to fish, with no risk of cross contamination to them or us.

 Note: A Government travel distance limit for Anglers may be set from 30th May 2020. 

3. Membership payment methods if required, contact Kate Flemings by telephone 01250 873990 answer phone operating or E-mail

If neither method is successful then contact BRDAA website and leave contact no’s or Email and we will reply to you.

Boat Fishing

Members are requested not to visit the lochs unless fishing.

4. Boat booking and payment methods as follows; there will be a new number for booking boats, it will be in the control of the Ghillie who is dealing with the boathouse duties. Although the ghillies may change, the phone number will be the new number until further notice. Please do not call old number (as it will not be in use for boat bookings).  New Mobile Number to call is   07485445762

a. Book boats from 9:30 AM to 6 PM for following day or for advance booking. 

b. Initially anglers are requested to be at the boathouse by 9: 30 AM and sessions finish at 6 pm. (Remember boats and equipment need to be sanitised before ghillie can go home!) If you wish to start later in day discuss with the ghillie.

c. Payment methods for boats, by cheque or a combination of plastic notes and coins placed in an envelope with your name on it. Show money to ghillie and then seal the envelope and hand to ghillie. We may have a method of paying by electronic payment transfer in place if required in future. As both ghillie and member should be wearing gloves then this lessens the risk of cross contamination and both cheques and money can be sanitised. The ghillie will enter member details as required from details on envelope.

Strictly one angler per boat unless other angler is from same household.

Members are requested not to enter or touch any items in the boathouse. Gloves and Sanitiser available from ghillie on request, bring your own if you wish.

 5. On arrival by 9:30 AM member to park vehicle, sanitise hands and wear safety gloves to pay ghillie. Member will be allocated a boat to take from the pier and can then transfer tackle to boat with engine and battery and leave the pier area. Members can “tackle up” rods when out on the water or if in car park, must socially distance from any others present. If you require oars let ghillie know. Please do not congregate on the pier or in car park area and socially distance. Let ghillie know what time you intend to finish your session. Gloves and sanitiser available from ghillie if required.

 6. Nets, anchors & drogues, please use your own, if you have no anchor let the ghillie know as anchors are available and will have been sanitised with disinfectant night before by immersion of anchor and rope in disinfectant solution.

 7. On return by 6 P.M. after fishing moor the boat at pier and secure. Fresh pair of gloves on, sanitise hands / gloves and remove all belongings from boat and place in vehicle. If you wish to weigh fish ask for bag and place your fish bag inside bag provided prior to weighing. (No contact, no Risk) Do not enter the boathouse. Let ghillie weigh your fish and report weight to you.

 8. If you wish to finish session early, secure the boat at pier, remove belongings from boat and let ghillie know (text or phone) 07485445762. Include fish caught / kept details.

 9. Members currently not working or retired are requested to give consideration to those who are working by not booking weekend boats. If boats are not booked by Friday 11pm then they are then available to all members to use

 10. For members to note:

The ghillies operating on a daily basis are doing so voluntarily and we request that all members respect this and adhere to the rules. If members do not follow the guidelines then they may be asked to leave the location and may be denied future opportunities to fish Association waters on the decision of the committee.


River Fishing

River fishers are at far less risk, but must still follow social distancing rules. Do  not congregate in car parks or on the riverbank. (No contact, no risk)

Normal rules apply for river season regarding beat rotation etc.


Information for Loch Ghillies

Instruct Members to arrive by 9:30 A.M. and finish session by 6 P.M.

No members to enter boathouse or unit except in an emergency.

Ghillies to ensure social distancing prevails and to wear gloves.

Hand sanitiser and gloves will be available for all members and ghillies. 

Check membership card, collect monies by cheque or combination of plastic notes and coins, place in envelope with members name and number on front and these can be sanitised after collection. Monies collected to be recorded on loch sheets with member details.

 Allocate and release boats from pier, one angler per boat unless 2 from same household. If many members present then release at intervals as required, so only one boat occupant is on the pier at one time.

Do not allow members to congregate if waiting. (No contact, no risk) 

Boats allocation; use outside boats first, if all outside boats used then as spaces become available at the pier they can be taken by inside boats if booked. Remember yellow boats are too long to fit in boathouse.

Boats used to be sanitised at the end of each session using wipes, spray and immersion for anchor ropes.

 Spray in correct ratio will be available in pressure containers and used to spray gunwales (sides),  transom, seats, oar handles, row locks and securing ropes/ chains at the end of session. This gives approx. 15 hours minimum for disinfectant to work effectively before next possible use.

 If only ghillies enter boathouse and unit then cross contamination risks decreased, sanitise on the principle of, if it’s been touched spray it - do not forget door handles and boathouse sliding gates and gates for Whiteloch.

Please consider carefully if you are in a position to donate a day and act as ghillie, advice will be given and it would be good to have a small list of volunteers who would be prepared to do this task. This is open to all members, if able.

 All of the above will be subject to change as we progress through this pandemic, but if we are all careful and follow the guidelines then hopefully risk of contamination reduces and we can all safely return to normal.


Peter Lock,  BRDAA

Secretary & Treasurer




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