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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). The Morison trophy will be presented at the opening ceremony on the 11th February (10am) at Turriff Angling Association lodge (by kind permission of Turriff Angling Association) and the opening ceremony will follow thereafter.

Special guest, Mr James Stokoe (centre) will present the Morison Trophy and officially open the salmon season with a dram of 18 y/o Deveron malt. James is no stranger to big fish or indeed trophies, as winner of the BBC’s fishing programme, Earth’s Wildest Waters – The Big Fish/Big Catch. James is also an ambassador for the Atlantic Salmon Trust, Angling Trust, Fishing for Schools and is well known for successfully guiding anglers on the River Tyne to many a salmon and is currently working on a new film project called Britain’s Iconic Fish.

Mr Richard Breakell, winner of the Morison Trophy for 2018; will make the first cast of the season. Mr Breakell secured the trophy by landing a 22 lbs spring salmon (below) from Muiresk Fishings. Thanks goes to Henderson’s Country Sports for sponsoring the salmon rod that will be presented to Richard for carefully releasing the winning salmon.

2019 is officially the International Year of the Salmon (IYS). The IYS is an initiative of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization and the North Pacific Anadromous Fish Commission. It aims to inform and stimulate outreach and research that aspires to establish the conditions necessary to ensure the resilience of salmon and people throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Over the coming year the collaboration will bring people together, share and develop knowledge, raise awareness and take action.The extraordinary life histories of salmon in the Northern Hemisphere exposes them to many environmental and human-caused factors influencing their health and abundance. Partners will raise awareness of what humans can do to ensure salmon and their habitats are conserved and restored.

River Deveron