FishPal Malloch Trophy 2014

The Malloch  Trophy 2014 is now sponsored by FishPal.  The Malloch Challenge Trophy is named after the Perth-based manufacturer and retailer of fishing tackle, Mallochs of Perth.  Its founder was P D Malloch, one of the greatest authorities of his day on salmon.

Malloch Challenge Trophy is open to all anglers hoping to catch the heaviest salmon caught on the fly and safely returned to a Scottish river during the 2014 season.  All entries will be considered by the Malloch Challenge Trophy Committee after the last salmon fishing river closes on 30th November 2014.  The Malloch Challenge Trophy Committee is made up of representatives from the regions in Scotland and the Chairman of RAFTS (River and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland).  The Committee’s decision in all matters is final and no correspondence will entered into subsequent to the award winner being announced. The winner and their guests will be invited to a formal presentation of the FishPal Malloch Trophy and the Malloch Medal.

It was first awarded in 1972 and won by Lady Burnett who caught a 43lb fish on the River Tweed.  After 1999 the trophy remained locked in a cupboard and was not presented for over 10 years.

In 1999 the Tay Foundation was able to acquire the trophy to help promote the conservation of salmon with catch and release programmes on all Scottish rivers.

Recent Winners

2013 – Shamus Jennings, 50 lb – Boleside, River Tweed

2012 – Jim Reid, 43 lb – Bemersyde, River Tweed

2011 – Sam Valentine, 34.5 lb – Dalswinton, River Nith

2010 – Huston McCollough, 36 lb – Delfur River Spey

2009 – Sandy Walker, 32 lb – River Lochy

The Competition Rules are as follows:

The FishPal Malloch Trophy entry form must be duly completed and signed as required and returned to FishPal as soon as possible and no later than one month after capture (except in the case of a November capture, where the entry form must be returned by c.o.b. on 7th December 2014). For entry form click here.

The fish must be a bone fide wild Atlantic Salmon; must be caught on recognised artificial fly tackle and artificial fly in an approved manner; and must then be returned safely to the water.

Full details including fishing tackle used (rod, reel, line, leader and fly) should be recorded as should the date, place and time of capture.

Witness/Photograph: The capture must be verified by a minimum of one independent witness and wherever possible with accompanying photographic evidence.

Weight: Ideally the salmon should be carefully weighed in either a weigh-net or with scale and net, the weight of the net being deducted.  The weigh-net or scales should be available for independent testing if required.  Alternatively Sturdey’s formula will be used to assess the weight of the fish in the event that the fish cannot be weighed.

Measurement: An accurate measurement of the length (from nose to fork of tail) and girth (around the body just forward of the dorsal fin) should be taken with a tape measure.  These measurements must be verified by the independent witness/es