Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board

Protecting and Improving The Tay System

  • Salmon Season Opening at Meikleour



The Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board and the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce hosted the opening of the 2017 Salmon Fishing Season at Meikleour. Led by Pipe Major Ian Duncan dozens of anglers and enthusiasts welcomed with great cheer the speech made by our guest of honor James Smith, managing director of generation at SSE. Mr Smith announced a landmark agreement to restore water flows on the River Garry. Work is already underway and started with the removal of Struan Weir, built 60 years ago to prevent salmon from entering the Garry and meeting a dry riverbed upstream. This is a real milestone in salmon conservation and will further boost the reputation of the Tay system as a prime Spring river. It is expected that in few years times an extra 1500 mainly spring salmon could run the Garry. Following the tradition Mr Smith blessed the river with a bottle of Perthshire single malt Glenturret followed by a less traditional pouring of Pol Roger Champagne, in memory of the late Odette Pol Roger, a keen Meikleour angler. For a £10 donation to local charity Angling for Youth Development anglers were welcomed to fish the beat, and a fabulous £545 was raised.
Anglers competed for the Redford Trophy, the biggest spring salmon caught on opening day and safely released, and once more Dunkeld House Fishings scooped the price with a stunning 19lb fish. Overall it was a superb day along the main river and on Loch Tay , with very positive news.

The Opening ceremony and the announcement of the restoration of the River Garry was covered by national TV and the press.