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Blairgowrie, Rattray and District Angling Association.  11/06/20

Information Changes for Fishing 11th June 2020 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 be permitted to fish from July 1st 2020 subject to Government advice and travel distance limit. We look forward to our guests return.

News; Government travel distance limit currently 5 miles.

 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 address and leave contact no’s or Email and we will reply to you.

Boat Fishing on lochs (Single and Pairs) from Monday 15th onward.

Book boats from 9:00 AM to 6 PM for following day or for advance bookings.

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 on the day. 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 booking boats.      New Mobile Number is   07485445762

a. Members may fish 1 or 2 persons per boat. All our boats allow 2.3 metre distance between anglers on provision front and rear seats only are used.

Members from same household fishing / travelling in pairs must observe social distancing requirements and sanitise frequently. They may share equipment e.g. oars, anchors or net. Electric outboards preferred.

Members from different households should not travel together and if sharing a boat must use an electric outboard. They are required to use their own landing nets, oars may be taken for emergency use and one person only to operate anchor or row. Social distancing and frequent sanitisation to be maintained.

b. Initially anglers are requested to be at the boathouse by 9:30 AM and sessions finish at 5:30 pm. (Remember boats and equipment need to be sanitised before ghillie can go home!) If you wish to start later or finish earlier 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 and membership number on it. Show money to ghillie and then seal the envelope and hand to ghillie. 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. 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. 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 or an anchor let the 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 a 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 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 Thursday PM 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 season regarding beat rotation etc.


Information for Resumption of Fishing 11th June onward


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 are 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.

Any 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 decrease, 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, if we are all careful and follow the guidelines then hopefully risk of contamination reduces and we return to normal.


Peter Lock,  BRDAA

Secretary & Treasurer



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