Salmon Fishing Opening Day 2018

Join us to celebrate the Official Opening of the Salmon Fishing Season on Monday 12th February at 9:00am at Penny Bridge, Alice Littler Park in Aberlour.  To celebrate the Annual opening of the salmon fishing season the Spey Fishery Board is pleased to announce that the Lord Lieutenant of Moray, Lt.- Col. Grenville Johnston OBE OStJ TD will be our guest of honour.

It will begin with the traditional pouring of a bottle of Aberlour 16 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 2018. This will be performed by last year’s winner of the Spey Anniversary Quaich, Evelyn Glass.

To complete the ceremony Rev. Bob Anderson 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 16 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 18 year old Single Malt Whisky and a Walkers Shortbread hamper. The angler who lands the heaviest Salmon on opening day will receive a bottle of Aberlour 18 year old Single Malt Whisky and a Walkers Shortbread hamper.  For the ghillies in attendance, each will receive a bottle of Aberlour A’bunadh and a Walkers Shortbread hamper.

Official Competition Rules for the Spey Anniversary Quaich

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 ghillie in attendance.

Anniversary Quaich:

Awarded to the angler who catches the first salmon on the opening day.

Heaviest Salmon:

Awarded to the angler who catches the heaviest salmon.

Please note the Heaviest Salmon prize cannot be 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 go to the captor of the 2nd fish caught later in the week.

Registering Catch for prize:

All catches must be reported to Spey Fishery Board, I Nether Borlum, Knockando, AB38 7SD, by 5.00 p.m. on the opening day. Tel:  01340 810841.

The prizes will be awarded at Aberlour Distillery, Aberlour at 5.30pm on opening day.

For further information please contact;

Spey Fishery Board Tel. 01340 810841

  

 

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Opening Day 2017

With the launch of the Salmon fishing season, we would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for their continued generous support for our Opening Day Ceremony.  We are very grateful to Walkers Shortbread, Aberlour Distillery and Le Petit Gourmond for providing excellent hospitality and for the generous donation of prizes.

We would also like to thank the River Spey Anglers Association for their support and for providing information about angling and also for providing demonstrations on fly-tying to the many visitors and anglers who braved the chilly morning.

This year we held a raffle draw which raised a total of £450 for the continued work of the Spey Foundation. We would like to thank Fishpal, JAJ Munro Fishing Tackle Shop, Walkers Shortbread and Aberlour Distillery for their generous donation of prizes.  The raffle was drawn at the prize giving at the Aberlour Distillery on the 11th February by Evelyn Glass, winner of the 1st Salmon caught. The lucky winners were:

1st Prize – £200 Fishpal – William  Mountain

2nd Prize – Bottle of Aberlour 15 yr old Select Cask Reserve Single Malt Whisky – George Robertson

3rd & 4th Prizes – Walkers Shortbread hampers – John Trodden & Peter Graham

5th & 6th Prizes – £25 Gift Vouchers Munros Tackle Shop – Steve Gross & Angus Robertson, MP

The winner of the 2017 Anniversary Quaich was awarded to Evelyn Glass for catching the first salmon of the season at Junction Pool, Rothes, with attending ghillie, Robbie Stronach.  This is not the first time that Evelyn has won as she landed the first salmon at Orton in 2009 and also the heaviest a couple of years previously.

 

SFB Chairman, Brian Doran and Winner of the 2017 Anniversary Quaich, Evelyn Glass

2017 Prizes

 

Last Year’s winner, Graham Ritchie pouring the whisky into the Spey with Angus Robertson, MP

May we wish everyone Tight Lines for the 2017 Season!

 

 

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Salmon Fishing Season Opening Day 2017

The Annual Opening Day Ceremony will take place on Saturday 11th February 2017 at 9:00am at Penny Bridge, Alice Littler Park in Aberlour 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.

To complete the ceremony Rev. Shuna Dicks, Minister for Aberlour, 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 2017 season, drams of Aberlour 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, samples of Walkers shortbread and hot drinks supplied by Le Petit Gourmand will be offered during the opening ceremony.  All those involved with the Spey Fishery Board are grateful to the Aberlour distillery and Walkers for their continued generous sponsorship of this event and also to Le Petit Gourmand for their generous support.

There will also be a Opening Day Prize Draw, with the opportunity to win a £200 Fishpal Gift Voucher, a bottle of Aberlour 15 year old Select Cask Reserve Single Malt Whisky and a Walkers Shortbread Hamper.  Tickets will be available at the Opening Ceremony and the draw will take place at the Prize Giving.  See here for details.

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 Single Malt Scotch Whisky and a Walkers Shortbread hamper. The angler who lands the heaviest Salmon on opening day will also receive a bottle of Aberlour Single Malt Scotch Whisky and a Walkers hamper.

Official 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 ghillie in attendance.

Anniversary Quaich:

Awarded to the angler who catches the first salmon on the opening day.

 Heaviest Salmon:

Awarded to the angler who catches the heaviest salmon.

Please note the Heaviest Salmon prize cannot be 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 go to the captor of the 2nd fish caught later in the week.

Registering Catch for prize:

All catches must be reported to Spey Fishery Board, I Nether Borlum, Knockando, AB38 7SD, by 5.00 p.m. on the opening day. Tel:  01340 810841.

The prizes will be awarded at the Aberlour Distillery Visitor Centre, Aberlour at 5.30pm on opening day.

For further information please contact;

Spey Fishery Board Tel. 01340 810841

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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!

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Jimmy Gray MBE giving his entertaining speech.

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Jimmy Gray MBE performing the traditional task.

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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).

 

 

 

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Salmon Fishing Season Opening Day 2016

With the new season approaching, the Spey Fishery Board is full of optimism for another successful year following the much improved catch in 2015.  Last year’s grilse catch was the best since 2010, so the prospects are good for the 2016 spring/summer salmon run!

This year we are pleased to announce that Jimmy Gray MBE, has kindly agreed to open the river.  Jimmy was Superintendent of the Spey Fishery Board ftom 1978 until he retired in 2001.

The Annual Opening Day Ceremony will take place on Thursday 11th February 2016 at 9:00 am at Penny Bridge, Alice Littler Park in Aberlour with the traditional pouring of a bottle of Aberlour 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky into the River Spey.

To complete the ceremony, Rev. Shuna Dicks, Minister for Aberlour, 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 the first Spring Salmon of the season.  To help celebrate the start of the 2016 season, drams of Aberlour 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky, samples of Walkers Shortbread and hot drinks supplied by Le Petit Gourmand will be offered during the opening ceremony.  Everyone fishing on the 11th should be grateful to the Aberlour Distillery and Walkers for their continued generous sponsorship of this event and also to Le Petit Gourmand for their generous support.

The ‘Spey Anniversary Quaich’ will be awarded to the angler who catches the first salmon on Opening Day, together with an opportunity to hand-fill and register their personalised bottle of cask strength Aberlour Single Malt Scotch Whisky and a Walkers Shortbread hamper.  The angler who lands the heaviest salmon on Opening Day will receive a bottle of Aberlour A’Bunadh and a Walkers Shortbread hamper.  For the ghillies in attendance, each will receive a bottle of Aberlour 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky and a hamper.

Caroline Mitchell, Visitor Centres Manager for Chivas Brothers said, “We’re delighted to once again sponsor the opening of the River Spey salmon fishing season.  Both Aberlour Distillery and the River Spey have a long history of bringing investment and visitors to the town. Aberlour Distillery was established in 1879 by local philanthropist James Fleming, and we are proud of our strong heritage in Aberlour, where we continue to craft our world-renowned range of single malts to this day.  As with last year’s event, the opening ceremony will take place at the Penny Bridge – which is very fitting since this was also commissioned by Fleming as a gift to the town.”

Official 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 ghillie in attendance.

Anniversary Quaich

Awarded to the angler who catches the first salmon on the opening day.

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.

Aberlour Distillery LogoWalkers Shorbread logo

Le Petit Gourmand

 

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River Spey Salmon Season Opening Day 2015

Duncan Bryden, Convener for the Cairngorm National Park Authority has kindly agreed to be our Guest of Honour at the Opening for the Salmon Fishing Season on Wednesday 11th February 2015.

The opening ceremony will take place at 9:00 am at Penny Bridge, Alice Littler Park in Aberlour 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.  The honour will be conducted by last year’s winner of the Anniversary Quaich, Mrs Anne Cameron to bring luck to all those in pursuit of the elusive Spring Salmon.

To complete the ceremony Rev. Bob Anderson, Minister for Knockando and Rothes, 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 2015 season, drams of Aberlour 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky and samples of Walkers shortbread will be offered during the opening ceremony.  The Spey Fishery Board is grateful to the Aberlour distillery and Walkers for their continued generous sponsorship of this event.

The ‘Spey Anniversary Quaich’ will be awarded to the angler who catches the first salmon on the opening day, together with an opportunity to hand-fill and register their personalised bottle of cask strength Aberlour Single Malt Scotch Whisky and a Walkers shortbread hamper. The angler who lands the heaviest Salmon on opening day will receive a bottle of Aberlour A’Bunadh and a Walkers hamper.  For the ghillies in attendance, each will receive a bottle of Aberlour 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky and a Walkers shortbread hamper.

Peter Prentice, Heritage and Brand Experience Director for Chivas Brothers said: “We’re delighted to once again sponsor the opening of the River Spey salmon fishing season. Both Aberlour Distillery and the River Spey have a long history of bringing investment and visitors to the town. Aberlour distillery was established in 1879 by local philanthropist James Fleming, and we are proud of our strong heritage in Aberlour, where we continue to craft our world-renowned range of single malts to this day. As with last year’s event, the opening ceremony will take place on the Penny Bridge – which is very fitting since this was also commissioned by Fleming as a gift to the town.”

The Competition Rules can be found here.

To celebrate this event a Buffet Supper will be held at the Craigellachie Hotel on Wednesday 11th February at 6:00pm.  All are welcome to attend, although we would be grateful for confirmation of numbers in advance. The buffet will be at a cost of £18.95 (including VAT) per person which is payable to the Hotel on the night.

If you would like to attend this Celebratory Supper, please kindly advise the number of people in your party by telephone on 01340 810841 or by email to admin@speyfisheryboard.com by Friday 30th January at the latest.

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“Opening up Spey burns”- Mackalea Burn fish pass

The Mackalea Burn is a small tributary of the Fiddich which suffers from an unusual fish passage problem. The burn flows under the Dufftown to Huntly road via twin 2m diameter culverts. There is a concrete bridge apron on the downstream side but the major problem was the set of concrete steps on the upstream side of the road. These steps were apparently created by the road engineers in an attempt to control sediment movement. However it would be hard to envisage a more fiendishly difficult obstacle for fish passage. The steps aren’t totally impassable, in high water conditions they are effectively drowned out and some fish would get over if the water arrived at the appropriate time. Timing in this case is everything as spawning fish would only enter a wee burn such as the Mackalea on the point of spawning.

In May this year myself, Duncan Ferguson and Brian Davidson from RAFTS met at the site with Alasdair Donnelly of Moray council to discuss the improvements.

Alasdair Donnelly, Duncan Ferguson and Brian Davidson of RAFTS discuss the Mackalea steps.

Alasdair Donnelly, Duncan Ferguson and Brian Davidson of RAFTS discuss the Mackalea steps.

Happily I can report that Moray Council subsequently agreed to our suggestion to remove a notch from the upper step with the creation of a ramp constructed from timber. We were also granted permission to fit timber baulks to the concrete apron on the downstream side to create depth over what was a very flat surface and shallow water.

Last year we entered into a sponsorship partnership with Speyburn Distillery in support if our conservation work in the Spey catchment. The Mackalea Burn was an ideal project to take forward under this partnership and in September we were able to engage local contractors to carry out the planned works.

Mark Strathdee Ltd at work installing the timber modifications to the Mackalea Burn

Mark Strathdee Ltd at work installing the timber modifications to the Mackalea Burn

The timber ramp installed on the Mackalea Burn steps

The timber ramp installed on the Mackalea Burn steps

Timber baulks to create depth on the formerly shallow concrete bridge apron ont he downstream side of the culverts

Timber baulks to create depth on the formerly shallow concrete bridge apron on the downstream side of the culverts

Since the works were completed the flows in the burn have been low, this part of Scotland having missed the recent heavy rain on the west, however it is pleasing to report that a few sea trout redds have appeared in the burn upstream of the culvert.

One of two sea trotu redds in close proximity a short distance upstream of the new fish pass.

One of two sea trout redds in close proximity a short distance upstream of the new fish pass.

Salmon have also been seen trying to ascend the steps in the past, indeed we have stocked upstream of the culverts in recent years with salmon parr. I will keep an eye on this burn in the next few weeks to see if there is any evidence of salmon above the road. A nearby B&B proprietor is also a keen fisher and he also keeps a close eye on the burn. An additional temporary baffle has been placed across the left hand culvert to create more depth at the foot of the fish pass. Subject to further observation this baffle will be a permanent fixture.

This was a nice wee project; it won’t suddenly transform the fortunes of the Spey but all the burns in ths part of the catchment are highly productive for juvenile fish given access. I would expect that in due course the population structure of the trout in this burn will become more consistently good and it will be interesting to see how the salmon respond.

We are extremely grateful to Speyburn for the sponsorship they provide and we look forward to developing other improvement projects in the future.

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