Happy New Year to all our readers, I hope you all had a great festive break and there were a few wee surprises under the tree that have already been added to this years must have fishing kit!! As we go to press with our first newsletter of 2017 it really is hard to believe that the Helmsdale is opening as we speak and the Tay opens for business on Monday! I am really looking forward to joining in the fun on the Tay on Monday in Dunkeld. Anne will also be on the Tay at Meikleour and Dalmarnock and knowing Anne, as many other beats as she can pop into to get some opening day photo’s!
The forecast for the weekend before opening day will mean that we will be fishing on snow covered banks which I don’t know about you, I actually really enjoy! No matter what, just getting 2017 under way with rod in hand is something special and you never know, an opening day springer? Now that would be nice!
Fast forward a couple of weeks and I will be heading to Banchory to join in on the Dee Opening Day celebrations. The setting on the banks of the Dee for the opening ceremony in the grounds of the Banchory Lodge Hotel is truly exceptional and gets the juices flowing as again thoughts turn to the chance of an early springer!
The Tweed too is of course open for business from the 1st of February and many an angler will be out to try and claim the first salmon landed and with the Tweedside tackle opening day trophy! Tom & Anne will be getting involved on Tweed duty to capture the essence of the day and take some photos.
Then its onto the Spey on the 11th of February and a trip to Aberlour to be part of their opening day celebrations with the traditional dram from the Aberlour foot bridge poured into the river to get things kicked off. The Spey too has much to look forward to this year after a strong 2016 and if the weather is kind to us, I wouldn’t bet against a number of fresh fish being caught. Will Delfur rods catch the opening day fish again this year !
For the first day of the 2017 Spey salmon season Delfur Estate is kindly donating the whole beat with four ghillies. The resulting 5 rods available on Saturday 11th February are being auctioned as a single lot with the auction closing on 6th February.
This auction is to raise special monies for a cause very close to the heart of the Mountains, the owners of Delfur, and all monies raised will be donated to Marie Curie.
There are of course many other rivers opening over the next few months and many a trip in the diary to be looking forward too. If you are out and about in the early part of the year please do send us your photos and story of just where you were and how the trip went – we can then share with everybody as we start to build up the momentum of 2017 – bring it on and tight lines to you all!!