Spey Opening 2016

It does not seem that long since I was looking forward to having a day of rest on Sunday, but the season is due to start again this Thursday 11th of February 2016 so I had better get my keyboard polished for the coming season. Unlike many other Scottish Rivers the Spey was not damaged by major floods over the winter, the pools will be pretty much where we left them at the end of last season.

The Opening Ceremony will take place at 9.00 AM at the Victoria Bridge, Alice Littler Park Aberlour.

This year Jimmy Gray MBE former Superintendent of the Spey Fishery Board will open the river.

Piper Alan Sinclair will provide a musical accompaniment and the River will be blessed by the Reverend Shuna Dicks. As is traditional now a whole bottle of Aberlour 12 year old single malt whisky will be poured into the river, thankfully there will be plenty more to keep out the chill. There will also be Walkers Shortbread and hot drinks supplied by Le Petit Gourmand.

This year’s competition to catch the first fish of the season is again sponsored by Aberlour Distillery and Walkers Shortbread.

Competition Rules

Fish must be caught by use of fly 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 of the season.

Heaviest Salmon

Awarded to the angler who catches the heaviest salmon. Please note the Heaviest Salmon prize cannot by 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 to the captor of the 2nd fish caught later in the week.

Registering Catch for prize

All catches must be reported to the Spey Fishery Board, 1 Nether Borlum, Knockando, AB38 7SD by 5:00pm on the Opening Day.  Telephone: 01340 810841.

The prizes will be awarded at the Visitor Centre, Aberlour Distillery at 5:30pm on Opening Day.

Can I just take this opportunity to wish everyone tight lines for the coming season and to remind anglers that it is now an offense to take a fish before 1st of April?