Opening Day for 2014 Salmon Fishing Season

Euan McIlwraith, BBC Presenter from the series ‘Landward’ and BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Out of Doors’ has kindly agreed to open the River Spey Salmon Fishing Season on Tuesday 11th February 2014 at 9:00am.

The traditional opening ceremony will take place at Penny Bridge, Alice Littler Park in Aberlour with the pouring of an entire bottle of Aberlour 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky into the fast flowing waters of the River Spey by last year’s winner of the ‘Spey Quaich’, Davy Leith – 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 and Alan Sinclair will perform on the bagpipes. 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.  The Spey Fishery Board 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 on the opening day, 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.”

Official 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 Aberlour Distillery, Aberlour at 5.30pm on opening day.

For further information please contact;

Spey Fishery Board Tel. 01340 810841