Following Covid delay, 2019 winner of Scotland’s most prestigious angling award, is finally presented with the Malloch Trophy on the banks of the River Tay
The 2019 winner of the Malloch Trophy – for the most outstanding salmon caught by an angler on a fly and safely returned during the year in Scottish waters – was announced back in December 2019. However, the successful angler, Ian Mitchell (of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire), was unable to be presented with the Trophy until now because of Covid restrictions. Mr Mitchell caught a 32 lb salmon in the River Conon, understood to be the heaviest caught in the Easter Ross river for 35 years.
Iain Mitchell, who is a frequent visitor fishing for salmon on the River Tay, will be presented with the Malloch Trophy at 1pm on Friday 6 August 2021 at the Fishponds Fishing Hut on the River Tay. The presentation will be made by Bob White, who is not only a ghillie on the Tay and Trustee of the Tay Rivers Trust which now owns the prestigious trophy, but fittingly, a past winner himself.
Calum Innes, Chairman of the Tay Rivers Trust commented: “We are delighted that after all the difficulties caused by Covid, we have at last found a fitting opportunity to present Mr Mitchell with the Malloch Trophy, formally recognising his great achievement. Although the winning fish was caught on the River Conon, there is something fitting about the presentation being at “Fishponds” a name that is associated with the founding P D Malloch himself”.
1)The Malloch Challenge Trophy is named after the former Perth manufacturer and retailer of fishing tackle, Mallochs of Perth – recognised as the greatest name in Scottish tackle history and founded by P D Malloch, one of the leading salmon authorities of his day. The Trophy was first awarded by P D Mallochs in 1972 for the largest fly caught salmon in Scotland.
2) After 1999 the trophy was not presented and it remained locked in a cupboard for over 10 years; it was lost to the salmon fishing world until the Tay Foundation, now renamed as the Tay Rivers Trust, was able to acquire it. The Trophy is now owned and presented annually by the Tay Rivers Trust.
3) Ian Mitchell’s name will be engraved on the Malloch Trophy, joining an illustrious list of previous winners which stretches back to 1972. He will also receive a replica of the Trophy and some fishing tackle.
4) The Fishponds Hut is easily accessible near the village of Stormontfield, Scone, Perth, PH2 6BJ or Grid Ref NO 102 306. See enclosed directions. Photographs can be provided after the event should it not be possible to attend.