Scottish Salmon Season - Sir Ian Botham Toasts the new Season
Cricketing legend Sir Ian Botham has joined anglers to celebrate the opening of the salmon fishing season on the River Teith at Stirling.
STV report that:
Sir Ian performed a toasting ceremony to mark the opening of the season on the River Teith and was piped to the river at Callander by The Tulliallan Pipe Band, accompanied by Stirling's Provost Mike Robbins and local anglers.
A Riverwatch scheme, aimed at reducing illegal fishing and other river-associated crime, was also launched as part of the celebrations; the scheme encourages members of the public to report any suspicious riverside activity to the authorities.
Formula One team principal Ross Brawn cast the first fly to open the season on the River Dee at Potarch, Aberdeenshire. Mark Bilsby, river director of the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board and the River Dee Trust, said:
"The opening of a new salmon angling season is always a time for optimism.
Our efforts towards the restoration of north-east Scotland's most iconic river continue and we are backing a scheme that will open up access for salmon and sea trout to 80 miles of tributaries this year."
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