Actors and anglers land lead role in opening of River Tay salmon fishing season in Perthshire

By Robbie Chalmers

The official opening ceremony of the River Tay salmon fishing season will take place in Perthshire this weekend.

The opening will be hosted by Meikleour Fishings and the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board tomorrow (January 15) from 9.30am.

In contrast to previous years the ceremony, held immediately downstream of Kinclaven Bridge, will not be a public affair given COVID guidelines.

The event will be scaled-down and limited to some 36 pre-booked anglers together with a handful of Meikleour Estate and Board representatives in attendance.

A procession of anglers will be led to the river by single piper Ian Duncan, pipe major of the Atholl Highlanders.

The traditional blessing, with a silver quaich of Glenturret Single Malt whisky, of the boat will be followed by the first casts of the year by the guests of honour, actor and presenter Robson Green and actor Jim Murray.

They will make the first casts of the season after popping a magnum of Pol Roger Champagne.

Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board convener Toby Metcalfe said: “COVID restrictions have prevented us from enjoying the usual completely relaxed and jovial opening day on the 15th but we are determined to make the most of the day.

“Gatherings for the time being may not be encouraged but fishing continues – indeed it is definitely encouraged as a safe socially-distanced outdoor activity.

“We are delighted to welcome Robson Green and Jim Murray to fulfil the time-honoured opening day ceremonial tasks ”

Robson Green added: “Jim Murray and I are greatly flattered and honoured to be asked to open the mighty River Tay this year.

“Whilst the Omicron variant prevents us from fully getting on with normal life, fishing remains a healthy, safe and socially-distanced sport in the great outdoors.

“The opening on the 15th will be a real celebration of this famous and mighty salmon river that is loved all over the world.”


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