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100th Anniversary – The UK Record Fly Caught Salmon, 61 lbs

The River Deveron District Salmon Fishery Board (RDevDSFB) and The Deveron, Bogie and Isla Rivers Charitable Trust (DBIT) are delighted to announce the opening of the Deveron salmon season in association with The Deveron Single Malt Whisky (Bacardi).

The Morison Trophy and The McConnell Major Contribution Award will be presented at the opening ceremony on the 12th of February (10am) at Turriff Angling Association lodge and the opening ceremony will follow thereafter.

Special guest, Mr. John Beattie will officially open the salmon season with a dram of Deveron whisky from Macduff distillery. John is a former Scotland rugby international and toured twice with the British Lions to South Africa and New Zealand. More recently John hosted the very popular BBC Drivetime radio show and is a presenter on BBC Scotland’s news programme The Nine.

Mr Andrew MacGarvie, winner of the Morison Trophy for 2023 will make the first cast of the season. Mr MacGarvie secured the trophy by landing a 28lbs salmon from Upper Netherdale. Thanks goes to Henderson’s Country Sports (Turriff) for sponsoring the salmon rod that will be presented to Andrew for carefully releasing the winning salmon.

Richie Miller, River Director said “This is a very special year for everyone associated with our beautiful river. This season will mark the 100th anniversary of Mrs Clementina “Tiny” Morison landing the UK record fly caught salmon from the Deveron at Mountblairy. The opening ceremony is the first of several events and projects to honour and celebrate Mrs Morison and her extraordinary record. We are very much looking forward to the season ahead and we are delighted to have John join us to open the salmon season. I wish all our angler’s tight lines for the season ahead”.

SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 1980: John Beattie of the Lions pictured during the British and Irish Lions Tour to South Africa in 1980. (Photo by Adrian Murrell/Getty Images)

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