Despite the gloomy weather forecast Friday started cold and bright.
Brian Doran spoke on behalf of the anglers and thanked Ishbel Grant, Glenfarclas and Marjorie Walker, Walkers Shortbread, for their continued sponsorship of the opening day ceremony and donation of the prizes. The river was blessed by the Rev Shuna Dicks, Minister for Craigellachie and Aberlour. Finally to the accompaniment of Piper Alan Sinclair, Ishbel Grant poured a bottle of Glenfarclas into the river Spey.
There were at least four salmon caught on opening day. The first and winner of the Spey Quaich was caught by Evelyn Glass of Phones Estate fishing at Orton. The biggest was caught by David Smilley fishing at Delagyle. Mike Clark landed a third at Upper Arndilly.
Photos from Jock Royan