Covid-19

21st May 2020 Update:

As many of you will know the Scottish Government said today that Phase One of the route map out of Lockdown should begin from 28th May 2020 and that fishing is included as one of the permitted outdoor activities for people to enjoy again. This means we are able to re-open the fishery and intend to do so on Sunday 31st May.

There is however a really important part of the Phase One rules on ‘getting about’ and this is as follows:

‘Permitted to travel short distances for outdoor leisure and exercise but advise to stay within a short distance of your local community (broadly within 5 miles)  and travel by walk, wheel and cycle where possible.’ Ref: Scotland’s Route Map Through and Out of The Crisis, Scottish Government 21st May 2020 Pg 39

So anyone considering booking a session with us here at the loch please bear this in mind.

 As we anticipated, re-opening means that we need to abide by guidelines set out by both SANA (The Scottish Anglers National Association) and the Angling Trust. As per our previous update the following measures will now apply for the foreseeable future:

  • No one displaying symptoms or who are in self isolation due to a member of their household displaying symptoms should remain at home as per government guidance.  
  • No communal meeting points e.g. fisherman’s hut to remain closed and good distancing to be applied to he car park. Lunches etc should be eaten in isolation from other people, hence the picnic benches will be out of use.
  • Bookings to be made in advance and payments made in advance where possible (see bank details below). This would mean that people would not be allowed to just turn up on the day and expect to fish.
  • Staggered starting times if necessary
  • 15 metres apart for bank fishermen
  • One person per boat except if fishing with someone from the same household
  • No competition fishing (which would possibly attract large gatherings)
  • Personal protection is the responsibility of each individual but boats etc. will be disinfected by the fishery between each use and during this period of control we are asking everyone to return to using their own nets for both bank and boat and their own motors if using a boat. NB: We will not be supplying motors and batteries for the foreseeable future.
  • The toilet will remain open with disinfectant available for before and after use, but anglers are encouraged to discreetly use the great outdoors but for peeing only. A sink for hand-washing is available in the toilet.
  • There will be disinfectant available at point of contact (such as gates) for anglers to use before and after touching these points of contact.
  • Recording of catches will be co-ordinated by us so there will be no catch returns book on display. Anglers will be asked to let us know their returns before leaving by either text, email or phone call.
  • Flies and line sales suspended.
  • Anglers will be expected to use their own life jackets if fishing from a boat
  • Please note that we will no longer be operating the loyalty card scheme this year

Clearly we are taking every measure to try to protect everyone that visits the loch but we are also conscious of our own safety and would hope that everyone would apply the responsibility required to keep us all safe.

Please contact us to book any fishing.

For advanced payments of fishing once a booking has been made please make bank transfers with your surname as reference & if room the date you are fishing. Our bank info is as follows:

Lloyds bank, A/c name: Coldingham Loch Fly Fishery

Sort Code: 30-90-13 A/C number: 16312660

We prefer you to pay by bank transfer but if this is not possible, then please bring the right amount of cash for your fishing session in an envelope with your name and amount enclosed written on the front. This can be dropped in the box when you are here. We will not be able to give you change.

Once again please note that fishing is by appointment/booking only. There will be no exceptions made for people that turn up on the day expecting to fish. Thank you.

Covid 19 Holiday Cottage Bookings – please do not pay any balances due until we know as and when we are able to re-open the cottages

Please contact us if you want to discuss any bookings made for this year or if you wish to re-schedule any bookings for next year.

If guests are unable to come on their holiday due to the Covid 19 situation the first thing we ask is that if you have holiday insurance, then please check if you can make a claim with your insurers. This would really help us, as it would mean that if you could get your holiday refunded through your insurer then you haven’t lost out financially and neither would we. You could then book in the future with us as normal once we are out of these uncertain times.  

If you do not have holiday insurance then please get in touch with Carmel by telephone 01890 771960 or email info@coldinghamloch.co.uk

best wishes, Carmel & Gareth

11th May 2020 Update

We thought it important to stay in touch and to let you know the current state of play with regards to fishing here at Coldingham Loch.

The Scottish Anglers National Association (a body that represents Scottish game anglers) has been in conversation with the Scottish Government regarding a phased re-opening of Angling in Scotland. The link to their website is www.sana.org.uk. It has produced a set of guidelines broadly similar to the ones produced by The Angling Trust (the body that oversees fishing in England and Wales), who today announced that fishing will be amongst the first wave of activities that the UK Government will allow in England as from Wednesday 13th May 2020. The link to their website is www.anglingtrust.net

It should be noted that both SANA and The Angling Trust have produced a set of guidelines for anglers and fisheries and clubs and much of what they recommend is similar and will no doubt be the type of guidance we will follow once the restrictions on activities in Scotland are reduced.

Clearly this has been a very difficult time for us and for all the other fisheries in the country and we are keen to re-open as and when the Scottish Government give us the go-ahead.

When we do re-open, it will have to be under strict adherence to any guidelines that might be in force and once we know exactly what these are we will of course keep you updated.

We are guessing that many of the measures that we had already introduced before the lockdown will be imposed:

i.e.

  • No one displaying symptoms or who are in self isolation due to a member of their household displaying symptoms should remain at home as per government guidance.  
  • No communal meeting points e.g. fisherman’s hut to remain closed and good distancing to be applied to the car park. Lunches etc should be eaten in isolation from other people, hence the picnic benches will be out of use.
  • Bookings to be made in advance and payments made in advance where possible. This would mean that people would not be allowed to just turn up on the day and expect to fish.
  • Possibility of staggered starting times.
  • 15 metres apart for bank fishermen
  • One person per boat except if fishing with someone from the same household.
  • No club bookings at this stage
  • Personal protection would be the responsibility of each individual but boats etc. would be disinfected by the fishery between each use and during this period of control we would be asking everyone to return to using their own nets for both bank and boat and their own motors if using a boat. NB: We will not be supplying motors and batteries for the foreseeable future.
  • The toilet will remain open with disinfectant available for before and after use, but anglers are encouraged to discreetly use the great outdoors but for peeing only. A sink for handwashing is available in the toilet.
  • There will be disinfectant available at point of contact (such as gates) for anglers to use before and after touching these points of contact.
  • Recording of catches will be co-ordinated by us so there will be no catch returns book on display. Anglers will be asked to let us know their returns before leaving by either text, email or phone call.
  • Flies and line sales suspended.
  • Anglers will be expected to use their own life jackets if fishing from a boat
  • Anglers please bring own nets
  • We will not be supplying motors at this time – anglers can bring their own or oars are supplied in each boat

These are just a few of the more important measures that we expect that we will have to adopt in the event of re-opening and we thought that it might be useful to share them with you as a precursor to the start of fishing. Clearly we will take every measure to try to protect everyone that visits the loch but we are also conscious of our own safety and would hope that everyone would apply the responsibility required to keep us all safe.

Please note that we are  NOT YET OPEN   but remain optimistic that it might not be too long before we are and are therefore giving you advanced notice as to what some of the changes might be.

Clearly this pandemic has had a profound effect on us as a fishery and business and as such has forced us into re-thinking how we might operate in the future to ensure the fishery remains viable. We are considering all options so that we may remain here and continue offering a service to the fishing community and our holiday guests. As such, the eventual ‘new normal’ for us might look different in future but more of that as and when we know how things develop. We guess that many fisheries will have the same dilemma.

I know that you might not want to hear this, but the loch is at its absolute best at the moment with fish rising in all areas and keen to take the fly. I know this because, this being my back garden I have been lucky enough to cast a line once or twice and believe me it has been epic!

The swallows and house martins have once again returned albeit a little bit later this year and they are busy working the loch and picking off a variety of flies including a plentiful supply of hawthorns just now. The swans are also nesting and we are expecting to see cygnets any time very soon.

So that’s it from us just now. We hope that those of you who are lucky enough to return to fishing in England, enjoy yourselves and stay safe and that things here in Scotland continue to improve such that we might also follow suit at some point. We have included a few photos from recent weeks which included yours truly enjoying a spot of bank fishing.

Covid 19 Holiday Cottage Bookings – please do not pay any balances due until we know as and when we are able to re-open the cottages

Please contact us if you want to discuss any bookings made for this year or if you wish to re-schedule any bookings for next year.

If guests are unable to come on their holiday due to the Covid 19 situation the first thing we ask is that if you have holiday insurance, then please check if you can make a claim with your insurers. This would really help us, as it would mean that if you could get your holiday refunded through your insurer then you haven’t lost out financially and neither would we. You could then book in the future with us as normal once we are out of these uncertain times.  

If you do not have holiday insurance then please get in touch with Carmel by telephone 01890 771960 or email info@coldinghamloch.co.uk

We send our very best wishes to all anglers and holiday guests for the coming weeks & hope that you and your loved ones all remain safe and well. We hope that we will be able to re-open soon and look forward to seeing you all again back at the loch. We will post on the website information re when and how we can re-open as soon as we have ir ourselves. Thank you to all those who have been in touch and who have bought vouchers for fishing it has been a big help to us, thank you

best wishes, Carmel & Gareth