Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Salmon Fishing Scotland Billy Connolly Opens the River Dee in Aberdeenshire 2010.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Billy Connolly Opens the River Dee in Aberdeenshire 2010.

This was an article in yesterdays Sun by Stuart Patterson.
All fishermen are certainly not fat Businessmen. There are a variety of different people that enjoy salmon fishing and angling in general.
Billy Connolly certainly has not lost any of his wit. Recently i was privileged to see him at the Hammersmith Apollo and he demonstrated he is still one of the kings of comedy.

FUNNYMAN Billy Connolly opened a river's fishing season yesterday - then took a cheeky swipe at other anglers.

The Big Yin told a 200-strong crowd at the River Dee that he rarely fishes in Scotland because of his fellow enthusiasts - whom he branded "fat businessmen".

The 67-year-old comic said: "I haven't done a lot of salmon fishing.

"First I couldn't afford it, then I found I didn't like the people who did it very much.

"In Scotland you're shoulder to shoulder with fat businessmen. It's not my idea of a laugh. I like doing it in America and Canada where it's more open."

Former Glasgow shipyard welder Connolly now fishes on his own private loch, at his luxury mansion in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire.

The keen angler also uses the River Don near his home.

He was invited to yesterday's ceremony at Crathes, Aberdeenshire, by a pal who is a ghillie on the River Dee.

His grumpy comments came after an early rise to travel from London to make the opening bash. He finished his smash hit run at the Hammersmith Apollo just hours before heading north.

Connolly said: "A couple of months ago it seemed like a smashing idea.

"Then you find yourself in Piccadilly at six in the morning packing. But I'm delighted to be here. I love it."

He added: "Fishing takes the world away. You can forget all about the world and its daft little problems."

After casting a line into the water, the guest of honour usually opens the season by taking a sip of whisky and pouring the rest into the river.

But teetotal Connolly changed the traditional toast by swapping his dram for a cup of IRNBRU.

Connolly follows chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and telly host Clive Anderson as celebrity guests at the river.

Mark Bilsby, director of the River Dee, said: "We were delighted to have Billy. It's a bright start to the season."

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