Salmon Fishing Season Opening Day 2016

Following the Opening Day, we would like to thank our sponsors, Aberlour Distillery, Walkers Shortbread, Le Petit Gourmand for their hard work and generosity for making the annual event a great success.  We would also like to thank Fishpal for their donation of a £200 voucher for a raffle prize, the proceeds of which went to the Spey Foundation.  The lucky winner kindly donated the prize to the River Spey Anglers Association to further their Junior Angling Development Programme.

Our thanks are also extended to our guest, Jimmy Gray MBE, former Superintendent of the river from 1978 until his retirement in 2001 and to Allan Sinclair who played the bagpipes whilst Jimmy carried out the tradition of pouring a bottle of 12-year-old single malt Aberlour whisky into the Spey, a superstition said to bring fishers good fortune.

Congratulations to Graham Ritchie who will go down in the Spey records for the first angler to catch the first salmon and then went on to land a 2nd fresh fish on Opening Day, unless we hear otherwise!


Jimmy Gray MBE giving his entertaining speech.


Jimmy Gray MBE performing the traditional task.


Graham Ritchie Presentation by Brian Doran

Anniversary Quaich winner, Graham Ritchie receiving one of his prizes from SFB Chairman, Brian Doran

Brian Doran Spey Board Chairman presentation.

Brian Doran, (SFB Chairman), Rikki Scott (Aberlour Visitor Centre Manager), Graham Ritchie and Rory Paterson (Delfur Ghillie).




There are 2 comments for this article
  1. Bryan Herbert at 11:37 am

    I think the raffle is something you could work on and expand for future years opening day. Possibly ask proprietors to donate to it along with tackle manufacturers and shops or anyone else willing to support it.

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