Thursday, January 15, 2015

Salmon Fishing Scotland Salmon fishing season opens on Tay, Perthshire 2015.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Salmon fishing season opens on Tay, Perthshire 2015.

The dawn rises on the 2015 Salmon Fishing Season on the Tay in Perthshire, Scotland.
The salmon fishing season has been declared open as dozens of anglers lined the banks of the River Tay despite the inclement weather.
Traditional ceremonies were held to mark the first flies and spinners being cast on stretches of the river.

At the Hilton Dunkeld House Hotel Scottish television actor and fishing show presenter Paul Young was given the honour of making the first cast.

William Jack, chairman of the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board, said new legislation which came into effect last week requires all salmon caught by anglers before April to be released back into the water.
He said: “It is encouraging to note that the provisional figure for salmon reported caught on the Tay by anglers to the end of March in 2014 is the highest since 1986.

“It is fair to assume that catch and release in the last few years has contributed to this improvement. It is vital that we retain our spring conservation measures, and the new legislation will help formalise this.”

He added: “Now that releasing fish during this period is a statutory requirement, we look forward to consistent conservation up and down the system.The new season heralds an important milestone in the protection of early-running spring salmon.”

David Summers, board director, said: “We have been greatly encouraged by the improvement in spring salmon catches in the last couple of years, so there is a great sense of anticipation as to what the spring fishing of 2015 is going to be like.

“The new conservation measures are widely welcomed by anglers and ghillies and will not affect this enthusiasm. Quite the contrary.”
A superb first fish of the season for Willie Cummings weighing 19 pounds.
Mike McDiarmid, president of the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “Perthshire is one of the country’s premier fishing locations and the Tay is famous across the world.

“Fishing is often perceived as a traditional pursuit of a select few, when the reality is that a growing number of people from all walks of life and of all ages are participating in, and enjoying, this activity.”
The quiet before the storm at Dunkled.
A large crowd of anglers and local residents gathered at the Kenmore Hotel in Perthshire before a pipe band led them to the water’s edge where they waited for the season to be officially opened.

A dram was poured into the river by Liz Grant, provost of Perth and Kinross, before the fishing got under way.

The pouring of whisky is a symbolic gesture to keep the salmon “in good health”.

Other traditional ceremonies took place up and down the river including the launching of a new boat at Meikleour and David Profumo opening the river at Stanley for the Farlows party from London.
Brian Fratel of Farlows and David Profumo gather the troops prior the the march to the river at Stanley.

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