Well it is just a week till opening day on the Spey. Today the weather is warm and pleasant and the river is at a perfect height I just hope it remains so next Tuesday.
Euan McIlwraith, BBC Presenter from the series ‘Landward’ and BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Out of Doors’ has kindly agreed to open the River.
Euan will carry out the traditional opening ceremony on Tuesday 11th February 2014 at 9:00am at the Penny Bridge, Alice Littler Park in Aberlour. Accompanied by Piper Alan Sinclair, last year’s Anniversary Quaich winner Davy Leith will pour an entire bottle of Aberlour 12 Year Old 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.
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 Spring Salmon of the season. To help celebrate the start of the 2014 season, drams of Aberlour 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky and samples of Walkers Shortbread biscuits will be offered during the opening ceremony. Everyone is grateful to the Aberlour distillery and Walkers of Aberlour for their generous sponsorship of this event.
The ‘Spey Quaich’ will be awarded to the angler who catches the first salmon of 2014 together with a bottle of Aberlour Bicentenary (limited edition) Single Malt Scotch Whisky and a Walkers of Aberlour hamper. The angler who lands the heaviest Salmon on opening day will receive a bottle of Aberlour A’Bunadh and a Walkers hamper. For the ghillies in attendance, each will receive a bottle of Aberlour 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky and a Walkers hamper.
Peter Prentice, Heritage and Brand Experience Director for Chivas Brothers – owners of Aberlour Distillery – said: “We’re delighted to sponsor the opening of the River Spey salmon fishing season for 2014. Aberlour distillery and the River Spey are both excellent tourist draws for the town. We have crafted Aberlour single malt here since 1879 when the distillery was established by local philanthropist, James Fleming, so it is very appropriate that the ceremony will take place on the Penny Bridge which James Fleming himself commissioned as a gift to the town.”
Fish must be caught by use of fly rod and line, must be fresh run, released back to the river, and the gillie in attendance must verify any catch.
Awarded to the angler who catches the first salmon of the 2014 season.
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.
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.