Today saw the opening celebrations for the river Teith and Forth in Callander and despite the -5 degree temps and hard ground frost, the sun was shining brightly as a parade of over 400 anglers, locals and folk from all over the country gathered in Ancaster Square for the opening celebrations. The pipe led anglers were walked down to the Meadows on the river bank for the speeches and opening ceremony, where celebrity angler James Stokoe and Stirling fisheries manager, Scott Mason were full of optimism for the season ahead. It wasn’t long after the blessing that the first Salmon was caught – albeit, a kelt.

This can only be a good sign for things to come!

“FREE Fishing on the Teith for 8 days – 1st Feb to 9th Feb”

The opening day also marks an 8 day period of FREE salmon fishing on Stirling Council Fisheries Teith stretch at Callander. Day permits are not required between 1st Feb – 9th Feb. Anglers can show up on any of the given free days and fish. All anglers should adhere to the rules and regulations that will be presented around the various beats.

Below are a series of images from the day.

Gathering at Ancaster Square, Callander

Gathering at Ancaster Square, Callander

Anglers braving the cold temps

Anglers braving the cold temps

The parade walking down Callander high street

The parade walking down Callander high street.

Angling celebrity James Stokie with the first cast of the season.

Angling celebrity James Stokoe with the first cast of the season.