On Wednesday, February 1, the river Teith will be officially opened for salmon fishing by guest of honour, Jo Stephenson, the fly fisher who was a contestant in BBC TV's ‘Earth's Wildest Waters – the Big Fish' and also appeared on the front cover of FF&FT's December issue.
Jo is no stranger to fly fishing shows these days, having been introduced to fly fishing eight years ago she featured in the BBC TV programme and has since demonstrated fly-tying at shows in UK and Ireland. Jo will be officially opening the river, and later demonstrating her fly tying skills.
The Teith is publicly owned and managed by Stirling Council, who introduced tagging alongside catch-and-release to maintain numbers of migratory fish.
Stirling Council Environment Convenor, Danny Gibson said: “The protection measures are an example of how committed we are to responsible management of our waterways while also seeking to extend opportunities to enjoy the angling experience to as many adults and youngsters as possible through our generous permit rates. It’s a balance that will hopefully mean people can enjoy the fishing experience on the Teith for many years to come.”
Qualified coaches from SANA/Scottish International Ladies Fly Fishing Team will be available to give a basic induction to fishing and will have kit available, local anglers will be demonstrating the art of fly tying and Team Gaelforce will be on hand to offer advice about tackle, and giving casting demonstrations. Stirling Council Fisheries Officer, Scott Mason said: “The theme this year is engaging new anglers into the sport, so I really hope people take advantage of the experts who are going to be in attendance.”
The event takes place in Callendar at 9.15am, where a parade led by Jacobite actors from Clan Ranald Trust will travel from Ancaster Square to the Meadows Car Park, where free hot food and drinks will be provided, as well as a whisky tasting.In addition, Callander-based charity Trossachs Mobility will be demonstrating their new all-terrain wheelchairs, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park will be giving advice on new byelaws within the national park, Lantra will be promoting employment opportunities in the Fisheries Management sector, and Atlantic Salmon Trust will showcase the work they do to conserve salmon worldwide.