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Open At Last

Allan Liddle welcomes in a new season on the River Deveron, in the company of a Ryder Cup star and, of course, a dram to bless the river

Opening Day on the Deveron.
Opening Day on the Deveron.

I was honoured to have been asked down to the opening of the Deveron recently to watch as former Open Champion and Ryder Cup golfing star Paul Lawrie completed the ceremony with the traditional dram or two ‘cast’ into the river to try and ensure good luck for all.

Paul Addresses the Gathering.

There was a decent turn out as well with many (as I was) down to support the opening ceremony, others however were there to start the season in earnest and chance their luck for the elusive Spring Salmon so highly prized on this river.

Sadly as it stands I haven’t heard of any to date from the Deveron, although I’m sure this will have changed from the point of writing this, to the point of publishing, and if not then I know it won’t be to long before someone is celebrating a ‘Silver Bar.’

Not that Craig Wyness would mind too much as the winner of the Morison Trophy for his fantastic 30.5lb fish from Upper Netherdale on the 15th October last year.  Congratulations to Craig, double so as this is the second time he’s lifted this prestigious award and earned the right to open the river with the first cast of the season.

The Morison Trophy.

Not that they have had to wait on the neighbouring Spey with a few fish landed already and the promise of more to come, and not too far distant the Dee has certainly started with a bang given the returns reported from here already.

Great to see not only for the continued recovery of our migratory salmon, especially on our big two North East rivers, but also given the damage and devastation caused throughout (Dee especially) from the well publicised floods that hit the North East through this winter.

For me though I’ve still a few weeks left to wait as my season doesn’t start until March 15th and our browns are back on the agenda once again, hopefully coinciding with good numbers of Large Dark Olives and possibly even a March Brown or two to get those noses poking out the surface of the river.

And from then it’s a case of fast, furious and relentless chasing of our native browns until it all ends once again on October 6th, all I can ask is that 2016 is even half as good as last year, if so it’s going to be a cracker.

Tight Lines everyone, may another season’s adventures begin.

Paul toasts the river.


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