River Spey Salmon Season Opening Day 2015

Duncan Bryden, Convener for the Cairngorm National Park Authority has kindly agreed to be our Guest of Honour at the Opening for the Salmon Fishing Season on Wednesday 11th February 2015.

The opening ceremony will take place at 9:00 am at Penny Bridge, Alice Littler Park in Aberlour with the traditional pouring of a bottle of Aberlour 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky into the fast flowing waters of the River Spey.  The honour will be conducted by last year’s winner of the Anniversary Quaich, Mrs Anne Cameron to bring luck to all those in pursuit of the elusive Spring Salmon.

To complete the ceremony Rev. Bob Anderson, Minister for Knockando and Rothes, 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 2015 season, drams of Aberlour 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky and samples of Walkers shortbread will be offered during the opening ceremony.  The Spey Fishery Board is grateful to the Aberlour distillery and Walkers for their continued generous sponsorship of this event.

The ‘Spey Anniversary Quaich’ will be awarded to the angler who catches the first salmon on the opening day, together with an opportunity to hand-fill and register their personalised bottle of cask strength Aberlour Single Malt Scotch Whisky and a Walkers shortbread 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 shortbread hamper.

Peter Prentice, Heritage and Brand Experience Director for Chivas Brothers said: “We’re delighted to once again sponsor the opening of the River Spey salmon fishing season. Both Aberlour Distillery and the River Spey have a long history of bringing investment and visitors to the town. Aberlour distillery was established in 1879 by local philanthropist James Fleming, and we are proud of our strong heritage in Aberlour, where we continue to craft our world-renowned range of single malts to this day. As with last year’s event, the opening ceremony will take place on the Penny Bridge – which is very fitting since this was also commissioned by Fleming as a gift to the town.”

The Competition Rules can be found here.

To celebrate this event a Buffet Supper will be held at the Craigellachie Hotel on Wednesday 11th February at 6:00pm.  All are welcome to attend, although we would be grateful for confirmation of numbers in advance. The buffet will be at a cost of £18.95 (including VAT) per person which is payable to the Hotel on the night.

If you would like to attend this Celebratory Supper, please kindly advise the number of people in your party by telephone on 01340 810841 or by email to admin@speyfisheryboard.com by Friday 30th January at the latest.