COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are only allowing fishing through the Fish pass app for the time being. The single exception is that Upper Yealm is accepting paper tokens ONLY that can be purchased at Snowbee’s shop, please check their website for more details https://www.snowbee.co.uk/.

Fishing During the Second Lockdown

Fish Pass remains open to anglers through the second Lockdown. The following extracts were taken from the latest update from the Angling Trust (4th Nov 2020), and relate to anglers fishing during the second lockdown (a link to the full statement can be found below).

“The regulations are clear and you can only leave home to fish with members of your own household, your support bubble or with one other individual.”

“A ‘public outdoor space’ is defined as an ‘outdoor place to which the public have, or are permitted, access (whether on payment or otherwise).’ We believe this clearly includes riverbanks, towpaths, beaches and stillwaters that can either be accessed freely or on the payment of a day ticket or subscription levied by the owner or leased to a publicly available fishing association.”

“Whilst the government have chosen not to write their travel guidance into law we are urging anglers to respect the advice which states that it is permissible to travel in order to: “to spend time or exercise outdoors – this should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)” Put simply, you can travel to go fishing but long journeys should be avoided ‘wherever possible’.”

Full statement can be found here – https://anglingtrust.net/2020/11/04/fish-safely-locally-and-respect-the-rule-of-two-during-lockdown/

Angler, beat owner and public safety

We ask all anglers to follow current Government guidelines on the Lockdown and social distancing.  In addition to general Government guidance, please follow the recommendations below to ensure the safety of yourself, other anglers, beat owners and the general public:

  • Please Fish local venues and try to avoid long distance travel
  • Please use hand sanitizers before and after opening and closing gates, and fishing.
  • Please use line snippers instead of biting through tippets. This will avoid potential transmission of viruses as well as other pathogens.
  • Some of our beats have honesty boxes’ containing flies for anglers to use, add to and swap. Please refrain from using these until further notice.
  • Please park with consideration and do not obscure farm vehicles, gate entrances or paths.
  • Follow the normal Check, Clean Dry procedure with all equipment.

Fishing is a wonderful way to escape the mental and physical constraints that we have been experiencing in this unprecedented time.  The WAP and Fish Pass app have always been schemes which have trusted Anglers to conduct themselves in a safe, considerate manner and to follow the rules on each Beat. As such, we hope these extra measures will be embraced by all in order to protect one another and do our bit in the fight against coronavirus.

Finally, we hope that the rest of the 2020 season is a safe, productive and enjoyable one, with plenty of fish landed.