Up 'til now, many of them haven’t carried out that threat. However, the current situation we are
now in and the prospect of a blank season may be the excuse some have been looking for to end their ties
fishing the Dee. Hopefully not.
If, by some chance, fishing resumed later in the season, what would the attitude of locals be? Yes, businesses and everyone would like to return to normal but, as many fishers come up from the south where the virus problems may be greater, would locals be happy?
At present all hotels, boarding and holiday houses are closed, so where would fishers stay?
With this warm spell of weather, river levels are low and smolts are waiting for a rise in water levels for their journey down river to sea.
With inactivity and little disturbance on rivers, the impact goosanders have on smolts in these present conditions are a major worry.
Due to the close down, poaching on the river Don was a concern but thankfully, after three weeks, the water bailiffs managed to get on top of the situation.
A worry for many gillies laid off due to the current situation, is the lack of keeping on top of river bank vegetation. If nothing is done to water banks, it's a mammoth task getting them back in order for the following season.
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