Anglers gathered on the banks of the river Tay earlier this week to take part in the traditional opening of the river on Meikleour Fishing.
Anglers on the River Tay at Meikleour Fishing
The river was opened by Dougie Maclean, who sang his iconic song Caledonia. He said "It's a huge privilege to open the river. I'm a local lad who has lived on the banks of the river my whole life. I've watched it over the years and see the importance to the area and its identity with salmon."
Other rivers have also opened this week. Gordon Stronach (14) had the fist cast on the River Moriston. He said "I never thought I would get this opportunity at my age, but turns out that I could. It was such a good day and a surreal moment."
Gordon Stronach on the Moriston
There was a great turnout for the opening of the 2020 salmon season on the upper Ness system despite horrendous weather conditions and high river levels. No reports of 'fresh' fish have been received to date, however a tagged kelt was captured by John Macisaac on the River Garry. This fish was originally captured by Ronnie Fraser on the River Moriston on the 9th April 2019 and recorded as a 'fresh' 12 pound female.
It's good to see rivers, owners, angling clubs encouraging the next generation of anglers. Claire Mercer Nairne donated all proceeds from the opening on Meikleour Fishing to Angling For Youth Development, AFYD.
First Spring salmon off the Tay caught by Stewart Voce on Taymount beat
If you are out and about this week do keep sending in your photographs to [email protected] we love to see where you are and what species of fish you are catching.
Please call the office on 01573 470612 if you would like more information on beats across the FishPal system, along with places to fish for all abilities and budgets. For the latest availability online visit our
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18th January 2020
Mark handed over a cheque for £567 from angler donations made when booking fishing on FishTay to the Tay Rivers Trust. The money will be used to facilitate more projects on the river system which will ultimately benefit fishing.
The early part of the season kelts can be commonly mistaken for a fresh run salmon and this week we've seen some well mended kelts caught on the Tay.
Kelts must be returned unharmed to the water.
The Atlantic Salmon Trust have produced an anglers guide to salmon recognition - read more.
Fishery owners, angling clubs and river managers have been adding availability across the FishPal site this month. We still have more to add, so if there is a fishery with little or no availability please call the office on 01573 470612 or email [email protected]
This month we have added more fishing for the Rivers' Tay, Dee, Spey, Tweed, Tyne, Annan, Findhorn, Ness, Nith, as well as Yorkshire. Find Fishing.
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With the new seasons opening up on rivers across the country, everyone is getting excited about the prospects for the year ahead. To keep anglers up to date with what is happening out on the river our fantastic river reporters send in the latest news.
We are looking to widen our river reports in 2020. Are you an angler or do you know someone who has the latest news with what is happening on the ground? If so, we would love to hear from you and discuss how we might be able to work together.
If you would like to know more, please call 01573 470612.
Great to see current status of Scotland's wild Atlantic salmon continuing to be raised at the highest level following last week's round table meeting at the Scottish Parliament.
First Ministers Questions January 16th 2020. Read more.