Triumphant angler Mark Slight has won the battle to land the heaviest salmon of the year on Glen Tanar Estate’s River Dee beats.
Mark scoops first prize of a weekend break for up to four people in one of the Royal Deeside country estate’s luxury self-catering cottages.
Mark hooked his prized 25.3lb catch on September 19 in the Long Pool on the Headinch and Cambus O’May beat. The competition was a close-run affair, with Richard Ashby from Peterborough’s 25lb catch winning second place. Mr Ashby, who has been a regular visitor to the Estate over the past five years, caught the salmon in May on the Craigendinnie beat, aided by ghillie George Murray. Grant Gibson from Northampton took third place with a 24.5lb catch.
Winner Mark, from Penicuik, a keen fisherman for 30 years, says: “This was my first time fishing at Glen Tanar after being invited up by a friend. I caught the fish on a size 10 double home tied silver stoat. It took about 25 minutes to land and gave a fantastic fight. It was also great to release the salmon afterwards and watch it gliding back into the depths of the pool. I will certainly be back to the Dee.
“This wasn’t my first big catch, having previously caught a 25lb chinook salmon when fishing in Vancouver Island but I had the help of a guide and boat to land the fish.”
Glen Tanar Estate wildlife manager, Colin McLean, said : “Thank you to everyone who took part in Glen Tanar Estate’s heaviest salmon competition and congratulations to our three winners. Salmon fishing on the estate has always been very popular, and the anglers seemed to enjoy the added good natured competition.”
All fishermen who cast their lines on one of the Estate’s four beats at Headinch & Cambus O’May, Deecastle, Waterside and Ferrar and Craigendinnie were eligible to take part in the competition.
The second prize was a made-to-measure Dee wading jacket supplied by Hilltrek Outdoor Clothing. Made at Hilltrek’s workshop in Aboyne, the waterproof jacket is designed for chest wading even in the worst spring and autumn conditions on Scottish salmon rivers. The third prize was a bottle of The Dalmore Dee Dram whisky and some of Glen Tanar Estate’s own venison.