Anglers were greeted with what can only be described as near perfect conditions at the opening of the Spey last Monday. New Sponsors Glenfiddich’s Global Brand Ambassador, Ian Millar said a few words on behalf of the anglers and declare the river open, followed by a lament on the pipes from keen anglers Alan Sinclair. To complete the formalities, Rev Shuna Dicks, Minister for Craigellachie & Aberlour, blessed the river and last year’s Spey Quaich winner Bruce Cameron poured a bottle of 12 year old Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the suspension bridge at Aberlour into the river as a toast to bring luck to all those taking part.
Before heading out in search of the spring salmon, anglers were offered a small dram of Glenfiddich Single Malt Whisky along with some delicious Walkers shortbread. The mild weather resulted in most beats being fully rodded and the conditions ensured that the majority of anglers connected with fish although admittedly, mostly were Kelts. In recent years around 4-6 fresh fish had been caught on average and this years opening day was no different.
At the presentation, held in the hospitality suit at the Glenfiddich distillery, 4 fresh fish were confirmed. 2 were landed at Rothes & Aikenway, the largest of which weighed 11lbs and earned Bill Lasseter from Craigellachie a bottle of Glenfiddich18 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky a luxury Walkers of Aberlour hamper. Head Ghillie Mike Ewan was also presented with a bottle of Glenfiddich 15 year old and a Walkers hamper. The other Rothes fish was caught by Bill’s son Ross which incidentally was his first ever fresh Salmon! A fantastic achievement especially at this time of year and a very worthy entry for our Glenfarclas Fish of the month Competition.
Delfur also registered a 7lb fish caught mid way through the afternoon by Alex Robertson in the Holly Bush. There was little surprise that Delfur registered a fish and again few surprises that Alex landed it as his spring record speaks for itself.
The first fresh fish of the season however was caught at Kinermony by 80-year-old Davie Leith, who incidentally won the Quaich in 2006. The fish weighed 8lbs and was caught on a Kinermony Killer. Along with the Anniversary Quaich, Davie was also presented with 2 bottles of Glenfiddich; 21 and 18 Years Old respectively and a Luxury Walkers of Aberlour hamper. Along with Davie, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and was delighted to receive a bottle of Glenfiddich15 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky together with a Walkers hamper.
Currently we are experiencing pretty mild weather on the whole, therefore I’d encourage all fair weather fishermen to visit the river. There is a variety of availability from Spey Bay to Grantown which can be seen on the FishSpey website at www.fishpal.com and also at very realistic prices. You will always be made welcome the team of very knowledgeable and welcoming ghillies.
FishPal’s CEO Mark Cockburn attended the opening day ceremony and would like to thank Jock Royan, and his hosts Ella and David Egan for the excellent hospitality they provided on the day.
If you would like more information about fishing the River Spey please contact the FishPal office on 01573 470612
Any news you have during the season about your catches and stories on the River Spey please send them to Jock Royan at firstname.lastname@example.org