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