Spey Fishery Board Opening Day Ceremony – Monday 11th February 2019

River Spey’s Official Opening of the Salmon Fishing Season 2019

The River Spey is one of Scotland’s finest Salmon rivers and to celebrate the opening of the salmon fishing season the Spey Fishery Board is pleased to announce that Mr James (Jim) Walker, Joint Managing Director of Walkers Shortbread will be our guest of honour.  The Annual Opening Day Ceremony will take place on Monday 11th February at 9:00am at Penny Bridge, Alice Littler Park in Aberlour.  It will begin 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, a gesture to wish the salmon good health and to herald the official opening of the salmon fishing season for 2019. This will be performed by last year’s winner of the Spey Anniversary Quaich, Kevin James.

To complete the ceremony, Rev. Morris Smith 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 new salmon fishing season, drams of Aberlour 12 Year-Old Single Malt Whisky, samples of Walkers Shortbread and hot drinks supplied by Aberlour Bespoke Catering will be offered during the opening ceremony.  The Spey Fishery Board is grateful to the Aberlour Distillery and Walkers Shortbread for their continued generous sponsorship of this event and also to Aberlour Bespoke Catering for their support.

The ‘Spey Anniversary Quaich’ will be awarded to the angler who catches the first salmon on the opening day, together with a bottle of Aberlour Wooden Boxed 13 Year-Old Sherry Site Exclusive Whisky and a Walkers Shortbread hamper. The angler who lands the heaviest Salmon on opening day will receive a bottle of Aberlour Wooden Boxed 13 Year-Old Sherry Site Exclusive Whisky and a Walkers Shortbread hamper.  For the ghillies in attendance, each will receive a bottle of Aberlour 16 Year-Old Single Malt Whisky and a Walkers Shortbread hamper. The official competition rules can be found on here.

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