Rugby legend takes up fishing tackle to officially open Dee salmon season

Hundreds of onlookers lined the riverbank by Banchory Lodge Hotel with glasses charged, ready to toast the River and launch the 2019 season.

Mr Wainwright, a keen angler, said that since moving to the Hebrides, he didn’t “get much” salmon fishing, but instead enjoyed trout and sea-fishing.

The former Scotland captain said: “It’s great to be here on such a beautiful day – it’s fantastic to see such huge support for the sport.

“I have fished up at the top end of the Dee before, but have made poor record unfortunately – I once accidentally poached one from Balmoral, because I slipped over the wrong side of the boundary I didn’t know existed.”