The River is now open for fishing – with new guidelines and you still need a permit

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Water of Leith Fishery: Rules for Anglers during Covid-19

  • Obtain a permit before Fishing and abide by fishery rules. Remember the Water of Leith is Catch and Release Only.
  • Angling to be undertaken on a solitary basis unless with members of the same household: Maintain social distancing, Scottish Government guidelines must be maintained at all times.
  • Anglers should fish at a minimum distance of 15 metres away for each other and other members of the public.
  • Fish locally, avoid travel: to help reduce the spread and risk of transmission to other areas anglers shouldfish locally and follow all Scottish Government guidance on travel.
  • Do not share tackleout with the members of your household.

Anglers should be aware of Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum), an invasive non-native plant that is toxic and whose sap can cause severe skin burns.  For this reason, the plant is normally treated to prevent growth and seed.  Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, there has been a delay in this treatment which means there are a number of mature plants along river banks/on islands.

Anyone displaying symptoms of Covid-19 or shares a household with any individual displaying symptoms, should not go fishing and continue to follow the Scottish Government guidelines on isolation.

The Water of Leith Visitor Centre is closed so to get a permit please send a Stamped Addressed Envelope to the Water of Leith Visitor Centre, 24 Lanark Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1TQ or put one through our letterbox at the back door by the sheds and ONCE A WEEK permits will be posted back to you.

(The Visitor Centre is closed to the public and you will not be able to get a permit in person)

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