A group of 28 children from the West End Primary School, Elgin came to visit the Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery on Thursday 14th June, 2012. The opportunity to try fishing was provided by the Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Fisheries Trust, Spey Fishery Board and the River Spey Anglers Association who kindly supplied the fishing, equipment, assistance and sponsorship. Under the watchful eyes of Richard Whyte and Jason Hysert and other SFB staff, pupils were given tuition on how to set up their fishing rods and cast a fly and they were then practice their new found angling techniques which lead to some fortunate enough to claim their first catch! The pupils also enjoyed an electro-fishing demonstration and also a ‘Bugs and Beasties’ hunt.
Melville McDonald from the River Spey Anglers Association said, “We are delighted to support this initiative which provides an excellent chance for children to learn about the importance of the salmon and sea trout to the economy and also to encourage for them to come and try angling.”
This was the final part of their programme which began with an introduction to the ecology of the salmon and other fish by Marine Biologist, Bob Laughton. The ‘Salmon Go To School’ project was set up 10 years ago throughout that time nearly all the schools within Speyside have been visited. The project also provided the pupils with an insight into the importance of fishing to the local community, with a hands-on approach to practical projects including operating a classroom hatchery setting up an aquarium of salmon eggs in their classroom setting. They would then monitor the eggs until they hatched and were then released as young Alevin into the Broad burn.