11th February 2012

On Saturday 11th February the River Spey was opened by Brian Doran, the Rev Shuna Dicks, Minister for Craigellachie & Aberlour blessed the river and the anglers. Mrs Effie Glass completed the ceremony by pouring a bottle of Glenfarclas Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky into the river.

As far as I have been informed there were four fish off the river, the first fish of the 2012 season was caught by Bruce Cameron from Aberlour; Bruce wins the Spey Quaich a bottle of Glenfarclas 30 Years Old Highland Single Malt and a Walkers of Aberlour hamper. The heaviest fish entered in the competition was caught from Lower Altderg on Brae four by Darren Harrison and new gillie David Bulay. The two other fish caught were after four o clock and were caught by Mike Murdoch Laggan Gillie and Aberdeen angler Ian Laing.

At 9 A.M. on Saturday the 11th February, the opening ceremony for the River Spey Salmon fishing season will be performed at the Spey Foot Bridge, Alice Littler Park, Aberlour.

The traditional opening ceremony will include pouring an entire bottle of Glenfarclas Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky into the fast flowing waters of the River Spey – a toast to bring luck to all those in pursuit of the elusive Spring Salmon. Mr Brian Doran has also very kindly agreed to say a few words on behalf of the anglers. Gary Wilson and Alan Sinclair will also play a few tunes on the bagpipes to entertain the gathering of keen anglers. To complete the ceremony Rev Shuna Dicks, Minister for Craigellachie & Aberlour, will bless the river.

Anglers are invited to attend the opening ceremony, before starting on their quest to catch their first Salmon of the new season. To help celebrate the start of the season, George Grant, Director of Sales for Glenfarclas, will be offering a dram of Glenfarclas Single Malt Whisky to anglers and spectators, Walkers Shortbread will be providing samples of their renowned biscuits during the opening ceremony.

The ‘Spey Quaich’, sponsored by Glenfarclas, will be awarded to the angler who catches the first salmon on the opening day. The winner of the Spey Quaich will also be presented with a bottle of Glenfarclas 30 Years Old Highland Single Malt and a Walkers of Aberlour hamper. The gillie in attendance will receive a bottle of Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength Highland Single Malt, together with a Walkers hamper.

There will also be a generous prize of a bottle of Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky for the heaviest Salmon caught on the opening day out with the Spey Quaich winner. The Gillie in attendance will also receive a bottle of Glenfarclas together with a Walkers hamper.

Competition Rules
Fish must be caught by use of fly rod and line only, must be fresh run, and any catch must be verified by the gillie in attendance.

Spey Quaich
Awarded to the angler who catches the first salmon on the opening day.
Heaviest Salmon
Awarded to the angler who catches the heaviest salmon.
The Heaviest Salmon prize cannot be won by the Spey Quaich winner.
If the Spey Quaich winner (first fish) is also the heaviest, then the heaviest prize would go to the second heaviest fish caught.
If there is only 1 fish caught on the opening day the heaviest fish prize would go to the captor of the 2nd fish caught later in the week.

Registering Catch for prize
All catches must be reported to J.A.J. Munro Tackle and Countrywear, 77 High Street, Aberlour by 4.00 p.m. on the opening day. Tel:  01340 871 428.

A copy of the competition rules will be on display at the J.A.J. Munro Tackle and Countrywear.

Walkers Shortbread Ltd
Based in the Speyside village of Aberlour, Walkers are known around the world for their Pure Butter Shortbread. www.walkersshortbread.com

Glenfarclas Distillery
Family owned by the Grant family since 1865, Glenfarclas is known for producing a traditional Speyside style single malt, with a heavy sherry influence. www.glenfarclas.co.uk

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