The Malloch Challenge Trophy is named after the Perth-based manufacturer and retailer of fishing tackle P.D. Malloch, one of the most legendary names in Scottish fishing tackle. It's founder, Peter Duncan Malloch, was one of the greatest authorities of his day on salmon.
The trophy was first awarded in 1972 for a 43lb fish caught on the Tweed by Lady Burnett and last awarded before going into abeyance in 1999 for a 33lb fish caught on the Spey by Mr J Montupet.
During these early 28 years the winning fish have come from a variety of Scottish rivers including the Dee, Spey, Tweed, Tay and Naver.
Two ladies, including Lady Burnett, have been winners of the trophy with fish caught on Tweed at 33lbs and Spey at 35lbs.
Abeyance and revival
From 1999 the trophy was not presented and was subsequently locked in a cupboard and lost to the salmon world for over 10 years.
In 2009 the Tay Foundation acquired the trophy and revived what had been the most keenly contested angling award in Scotland for the best part of thirty years.
With new sponsors the Savills Malloch Trophy was launched in 2009 with the aim of promoting the conservation of salmon.
In 2014 the sponsorship of the trophy was taken over by FishPal. A quarterly competition with rod manufacturer Mackenzie
DTX was introduced and every entry to the FishPal Malloch Trophy now receives a fishing hat.
The 2016 winning river was the Tay and the event was held on opening day on the banks of Dunkeld Fishing. Scottish Environment minister Dr. Aileen McLeod presented this years winner with his award. See pictures from the day.
In 2015 FishPal launched a Junior Award to increase participation among younger anglers. The top four junior anglers who catch and release a salmon on a Scottish river, using any legal method, won a day to remember with World Spey Casting Champion Scott Mackenzie on FishPonds beat, River Tay, on Monday 15th August 2016.