[updated Mon 23 Mar 2020]
In light of the Scottish Government’s advice to avoid all but essential travel, and that hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation should not be accepting visitors (as well as requests by rural communities across Scotland for visitors to stay away), we have taken the decision that it would be irresponsible to continue to operate fishing trips under these circumstances.
We have postponed all Fishinguide trips in March and April, and will be reviewing those in May and June (and beyond) as the situation develops. It looks likely that most, if not all, will have to be rescheduled.
[updated: Fri 20 Mar 2020]
This is a difficult time for everybody, so we at Fishinguide would like to keep our clients informed of what is happening at our end.
We have received no official advice to postpone or cancel any upcoming activities; however, we are monitoring the situation and will follow advice and guidance from all relevant Government agencies.
Most of the fishing venues that we use remain open for business – the only change is that beats that have a fishing hut may not offer the use of the hut.
Fishing is essentially self-isolating by naure, but there are the associated problems of transport and accommodation – disrupted travel, potential bans on movement, and hotels and restaurants being closed down.
As you’ll be only too aware, this is a rapidly changing situation. We’ll continue to follow Government advice as it develops and will let you know if we need to make any further changes.
In the meantime we would like to wish you and your families well, and we look forward to sharing Scotland’s fishing with you when the situation improves.
We understand that our clients may need more flexibility than usual, so we will be amending our cancellation policy as follows:
If you have booked and paid in advance for a fishing trip that is due to take place between now and October 2020, then we will offer the facility to reschedule your trip (at no extra cost) for any time in the 24 months following the date of your original booking.
You do not have to choose a new date right away, but can wait until it becomes clear when something approaching normality might resume.
If you decide not to reschedule, and there is a travel ban still in place at the time of your booking (ie your own government and/or the UK or Scottish government has advised against all but essential travel, or flights and/or hotels are not available) then you can ask for a full refund minus a £30 administration fee.
If you decide not to reschedule, and there is no travel ban in place at the time of your booking, and you simply choose not to go ahead with your trip, then our normal cancellation policy applies.
When the government ban on non-essential travel is lifted, and it is deemed safe to resume fishing trips, we will consider implementing the following precautionary measures:
- We will only guide clients who can make their own way to the fishing venue, either in their own vehicle or a rental, so as to maintain a safe distance between client and guide.
- Our rods, reels, lines and waders will be sanitised at the end of each trip.
- Your guide will maintain a safe distance (minimum 2 metres) while guiding. And no handshakes after landing a fish!
- Our guides will not attend any fishing trips if they are showing symptoms of covid-19, or if they have tested positive for coronavirus, and we would ask our clients to do the same.
Please take the following precautions in public places:
- clean your hands often – do this for at least 20 seconds (use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available)
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in a bin or plastic bag immediately, and clean your hands afterwards
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Scottish Government advice about covid-19/coronavirus can be found here