Celebrity angler James Stokoe joined Stirling Council Fisheries today (Friday 1st February) to officially open the new salmon fishing season on the River Teith.
Launch of Fishing Season Crowd Pose in front of Church

Pipers from the Doune and Deanston Pipe Band led the annual parade through the town to the river banks, where James launched the season by throwing the traditional quaich of whisky into the water.

Provost Christine Simpson said: “The opening of the fishing season is one of the highlights in Stirling’s calendar and the turnout this year was just fantastic once again.

“Anyone who visits our shores will be able to experience some of the best fishing the UK has to offer, as well as embrace the local spirit of the angling communities surrounding our rivers.

“I would like to congratulate the team, led by Fisheries Officer Scott Mason, for the sterling work that they do.”

After a successful trial last year, anglers are again being welcomed to fish for free on the Council’s sections of the River Teith between Friday 1st February and Saturday 9th February. This year anglers are not required to attend any permit outlets to pick up a day permit for the free period.

Last year the River Teith produced the Malloch Trophy winner, Scotland’s most prestigious award for salmon fishing, given for the largest salmon caught on the fly and safely returned to the water in Scotland each year.

Stirling Councillors also recently approved the continuation of popular permit prices offering residents and visitors to Stirling some of the best value salmon fishing in the UK. Anglers can fish for nine months for just £200, while youths up to the age of 21 can now fish the whole season for only £15. Up to the age of 12, youths are also welcome to fish for free with a paying adult on a catch and release basis.

Vice-Convenor of the Environment and Housing Committee, Councillor Danny Gibson, said: “We are very proud of our publicly owned fisheries and it is wonderful to see so many people turn out to support the opening of the salmon season on the Teith.

“Our permit price freeze will allow a wider range of anglers than ever before to access our beautiful rivers and I hope that they come to sample, not only some of the best value salmon fishing in the UK, but also the warm and hospitable welcome that is provided by the communities that surround them.”