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River Teith Opens for 2016. TV Mini-Series Ray Mears and Storm Henry.

Ray Mears Opens the Teith.

Ray Mears Opens the Teith.

An impending forecast came to fruition on Monday the 1st February 2016 in the form of Storm Henry. Those of us that drove from Stirling for the 9am gathering at Ancaster Square in Callander were faced with the heaviest rain we’ve seen since the start of one of the wettest winters we can remember across Scotland and the UK. Topped with “Gaelforce” wind the morning was exactly the opposite of what the Stirling Council Fisheries Team were praying for.
Despite the weather, a huge attendance, possibly matched only by last season’s opening with Adam Henson on a fine day we must add, braved the march down the main street to the river. The opening speeches by Provost Tim Robbins and Special Guest Ray Mears were projected over the few hundred huddled folk. Ray Mears, as if oblivious to the storm, made a fabulous speech and spoke of the celebration of the indigenous species of Atlantic Salmon being welcomed back year after year. This tradition should be shared with the youth of today to carry on this important occasion through the generations exposing the importance of Salmon to the community, and the entire surrounding ecosystem.
The river was blessed by Ray and the pouring of a dram of Deanston Malt into the water – fitting that this tribute of a Teith appellation product is returned to the river just like the Salmon on its journey. A symbol for catch and release perhaps too. After the first cast by Mr. Mears the Teith/Forth and connecting systems were declared open for the 2016 salmon and seatrout fishing season. Here’s to a fantastic season…
Scott Mason, the Stirling Council Fisheries Officer, was grateful for the fantastic turn-out celebrating the day that he and his team had painstakingly organised, he also made sure the sponsors of the day were recognised, being Mhor Bread, Campbells Shortbread, Deanston and us here at Angling Active.
Ancaster Square, Callander gathering at 9am.

Ancaster Square, Callander. Anglers gathering at 9am.

Brian Stewart wins Talbott Memorial Shield.

Brian Stewart wins Talbott Memorial Shield.

A special mention goes to Brian Stewart whom, for a 25lb salmon caught and released on a home-tied fly, was awarded the Talbott Memorial Shield. Fantastic that these fish are consistently recognised in the system year after year. Angling Active invites you to watch and share these films with your friends and family to help the exposure of this incredible river system in the heart of Central Scotland doing the very best it can and holding a tradition strong.
James Chalmers of Gaelforce Fly Fishing Equipment with Ruth Mears.

James Chalmers of Gaelforce Fly Fishing Equipment with Ruth Mears.

Lastly, and rather conveniently named for the conditions out there, Gaelforce Fly Fishing representative James Chalmers made the day that little bit extra special showing off his incredible products that we stock here at Angling Active. Check them out here: https://www.anglingactive.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?q=gaelforce

The FishPal Malloch Trophy 2015 Winner

An account from Tom Buchanan the winner of the FishPal Malloch Trophy about his winning fish, but also a delight in music and infectious enthusiasm.

The FishPal Malloch Trophy sitting proud in the Meikleour Boat House

The FishPal Malloch Trophy

FishPal The winner of the FishPal Malloch Trophy for the 2015 season was Tom Buchanan from Glasgow with his 35lb spring salmon caught on a monkey in the Rock Pool on the South Chesthill Estate, River Lyon, a tributary of the River Tay. It was presented by Dr Aileen McLeod, Minister for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform.
Tom and Anne Woodcock of FishPal holding Mackenzie DTX and Caledonia Fly Company prizes.

Tom and Anne Woodcock of FishPal holding Mackenzie DTX and Caledonia Fly Company prizes.

Congratulations to Tom on such an epic catch and better still in knowing it went back to the river to complete its task. Having met Tom today, you could not meet a nicer chap, with songs, stories, a smile, and infectious enthusiasm. He said with a glint in his eye “My favourite part of all this, was the memory of watching that fish swim away, I just love seeing them go back.”
Tom Buchanan

Malloch Trophy Winner 2015. Tom Buchanan, 35lb, South Chesthill Estate, River Lyon

The Malloch Challenge Trophy was named after the Perth-based manufacturer and retailer of fishing tackle P.D. Malloch. The trophy was first awarded over 40 years ago to Lady Burnett and with a very different set of rules being for the biggest fish caught and killed. In 1999 the trophy was locked away and forgotten for a decade until the Tay Foundation acquired it and reinstated it with sponsorship from Saville’s. The trophy is today known as a conservation icon promoting catch & release. In 2014 FishPal became the main sponsors of the trophy. It is awarded annually to the captor of the best salmon caught and released in Scotland on a fly. Although the biggest fish applicant is a key factor in the decision of the winner, it is not necessarily the deciding factor: how the fish is handled and released, the condition of the fish and probably a few other factors are all considered. The official presentation of the trophy takes place on the river that the winning angler caught his or her fish. This was started by FishPal and, going by this year’s successful opening and presentation to Tom Buchanan, it turns out to be an excellent concept, exposing the trophy and winners further and celebrating its cause on one of the biggest angling events of the year.
Tom Buchanan wrote a song to salmon in the 70's.

Tom Buchanan wrote a song to salmon in the 70’s.

As if in preparation for this day, 40 years ago Tom wrote a song dedicated to his pursuit of Salmon and remarkably the release of it too, there are not many catch and release stories as old as 40 years. He sang it on the riverbank and everyone was just captivated by it. Watch the video at the header of this post.
Tom's family all shared in the day.

Tom’s family all shared in the day.

For results on the Junior Malloch Award please see FishPal’s website. Regarded as the most recognised angling award in Salmon fishing we hope you get a chance at it this season. Tight lines to everyone for the 2016 season. Make sure you take a few photo’s… Here’s the brief straight from FishPal:   Trophy rules In brief, the fish must be: • Bona fide wild Atlantic Salmon • Caught on the fly and returned safely to the water. • Properly weighed and/or measured. • Independently witnessed. • Reported on time by valid entry form  

2016 River Tay Opens at Dunkeld. TV mini-series.

This year Dr Aileen McLeod, Minister for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform was invited to open the River Tay at Dunkeld and was grateful to be taking the first cast. After recent announcements of the Wild Fisheries Reform all going ahead from the 1st of April 2016, this interview, the first of it’s kind we believe with the Minister couldn’t be better timed.   Dunkeld: The opening of the Tay at the idyllic Hilton Dunked House Hotel stretch of the river is significant in many angler’s calendars. Needless to say, this event is loved by many.  
The 2015 FishPal Malloch Trophy was presented in the morning to Tom Buchanan from Glasgow for his 35lb spring salmon caught on a monkey tube fly in the Rock Pool on the South Chesthill Estate, River Lyon, a tributary of the River Tay. Congratulations to Tom on such an epic catch and better still in knowing it went back to the river to complete its task. Having met Tom at the Dunkeld opening, you could not meet a nicer chap, with songs, stories, a smile, and infectious enthusiasm. He said with a glint in his eye “My favourite part of all this, was the memory of watching that fish swim away, I just love seeing them go back.” Then he proceeded to play the guitar and blow us away with a song he wrote 40 years ago about catch and release and the pursuit of ‘his salmon’. Love it!  
David Summers of the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board (TDSFB), has observed a gradual increase in the size of salmon returning to the Tay – More Springers – Less Grilse. Can we expect a “Genuine 40lb’er” for 2016 we asked?  
Simon Furniss, manager of Dunkeld Fishings is pleased with the current state of affairs in the waterway. Pleased with last Spring’s fishing, he is optimistic. He also mentions his gratitude to the Scottish Government for actually listening to the people involved in the Salmon industries/communities and acting on the comments and observations made. Most importantly, Mr Furniss is pleased with the nets coming off the system and anglers happy to return their fish. Additionally, Dunkeld Fishings have announced that they are operating the Delvine & Burnbane beat now, available on FishPal.  
Mark Cockburn, Chief Exec. of FishPal is very happy that his team are able to offer so much fishing availability on the Tay and of course across the UK. Prices are as affordable as they ever have been and it couldn’t be easier to book. Visit http://www.fishpal.com to book fishing across the country and subscribe to their newsletters.  
Gary Scott, needing no introduction other than World Champ Fly Caster, globe trotting guide and Shakespeare consultant loves the Rock Pool on Dunkeld beat, casting a stunning line with a Shakespeare Oracle series rod. He explains what’s to come from the Oracle range in 2016. To see the new Skagit rods click here.

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Stirling Council Fisheries Opening Day 2016

Stirling Council Fisheries Opening Day 2016

The opening of Stirling Council’s Fishery will take place on Monday 1st February on the River Teith at Callander at 9am. The river will be officially opened by extreme survival expert and conservation enthusiast Ray Mears.

The piper led parade of anglers will leave Ancaster Square at 9:15 where they will march down Callander Main Street to the river bank where they will be welcomed by the Provost of Stirling. Once the river has been officially opened the annual competition for the first spring salmon caught will commence. As an added bonus this year there will be casting demonstrations from team Gaelforce, why not come along and witness a master class in various techniques of spey casting. There will also be an introduction into the craft of fly tying. We are very grateful for the support of our sponsors Angling Active, Deanston Distillery and Mhor. If anyone would like any information on opening day please contact the Fisheries Officer on 01786 237792. We look forward to seeing you on the 1st February! Teith forth stirling fisheries opening

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