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Video: First River Helmsdale Salmon 2011

Sir Michael Wigan formally opened the 2011 season on the River Helmsdale, Sutherland on Thursday 13th January, along with Icelandic guest Orri Vigfusson, Chairman of the North Atlantic Salmon Fund.

Three-times world Spey casting champion Scott Mackenzie gave an impressive demonstration to an enthusiastic crowd on Kilphedir Pool, Beat 1 and hooked and released a grilse kelt during the casting session. Anglers were given tuition by Scott and Ron Sutherland of Helmsdale Tackle, using the latest rod designs from Scott’s new range of fly rods.

The statutory season starts from January 11th, and the first fish was taken on opening day by Torrish Estate’s gamekeeper, Richard Bain, a fine fresh-run 8 pound springer, carefully released after photographing.

With such an early start and the record catches in the north last season, the hope is that there will be a continued improvement in early spring runs this year.

Video from Mike Shepley

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