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The official opening ceremony for the salmon fishing season on the River Tay is held in Kenmore on January 15th each year. There has been an opening party in Kenmore since the turn of the century. The event always has a good following. In 1998 there were over 300 people present as well as radio and TV crews. The event was sponsored by Tennents.

Opening Ceremony

Festivities began at 9.00 am with a gathering of rods in the square. A good few drams were passed out so as to ensure that the day went with a swing.

Opening day Picture

At 9.30 the piper then lead the procession to the river bank.

Opening day picture

The traditional blessing was then given by casting a quaich of whisky over the boat. This year the ceremony was conducted by Rob Wainwright of Scotland Rugby Union fame.

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Fishing

Rods were then invited to fish the Kenmore, Point and Bolfracks Beats. To accommodate the large number of rods on opening day, and to give everyone a cast, fishing is according to gentleman's rules. Rods are asked to leave a good space between themselves and to take two steps between casts, joining a pool at the head.

Kenmore Trophy

The Kenmore Trophy is awarded to the angler who takes the largest bag (greatest weight) of salmon on the Opening Day anywhere on the Tay System.

Evening Events

In the evening there was a firework display outside the Kenmore Hotel, followed by a gala dinner at the Kenmore Hotel attended by dignitaries, celebrities and local folks celebrating in the normal Scottish fashion!

 
 
 

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