Not Long till 2013 Season Starts.

2013 River Spey Salmon Fishing Season Opens. 

Speyside, February 2013:  At 9 A.M. on Monday 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 last year’s winner Bruce Cameron pouring an entire bottle of  12 year old Glenfiddich 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. ( Some of Bruce’s friends have asked me to remind him to keep his speech short as they want to get fishing whilst it is still light)  Glenfiddich’s Global Brand Ambassador, Ian Millar has also very kindly agreed to say a few words on behalf of the anglers and declare the river open. 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 setting off to catch their first Spring Salmon of the new season. To help celebrate the start of the season, Glenfiddich , will be offering a dram of Glenfiddich Single Malt Whisky to anglers and spectators, Walkers Shortbread will be providing samples of their renowned biscuits during the opening ceremony.

The Anniversary Quaich sponsored by Glenfiddich, will be awarded to the angler who catches the first salmon on the opening day. The winner of the Anniversary Quaich will also be presented with a bottle of Glenfiddich 18 Years Old Highland Single Malt and a Walkers of Aberlour hamper. The gillie in attendance will receive a bottle of Glenfiddich 15 year old Single Malt, together with a Walkers hamper. There will also be a generous prize of a bottle of Glenfiddich18 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky for the heaviest Salmon caught on the opening day out with the Anniversary Quaich winner. The Gillie in attendance will also receive a bottle of Glenfiddich15 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky together with a Walkers hamper.

Links to Sponsors.

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

Glenfiddich Distillery Based at Dufftown and famous for its whisky www.glenfiddich.co.uk

Competition Rules

Fish must be caught by use of fly rod and line only, must be fresh run, released back to the river, and any catch must be verified by the gillie in attendance.

Anniversary 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 Anniversary Quaich winner.

If the Anniversary 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 Spey Fishery Board, I Nether Borlum, Knockando, AB38 7SD, by 5.00 p.m. on the opening day. Tel:  01340 810841.

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

The prizes will be awarded at Glenfiddich Distillery, Dufftown at 5.30pm on opening day.

For further information please contact;

Spey Fishery Board Tel. 01340 810841

Authored by: Malcolm Newbould

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