There was a big turnout for the occasion at the fishery between Brechin and Laurencekirk as owners and ghillies of neighbouring beats turned out to join in Thursday’s ceremony.

And the event gave fishery board figures the opportunity to reinforce their ambition of 100% catch and release on the river to try and reverse the alarming decline in Scottish salmon numbers.

Balmakewan Fishing owner Symon Jacobsen said: “Thankfully the weather has been kind to us and it is fantastic to see a good crowd come along to the opening day event.”

He reserved a special welcome for young anglers who were part of the opening day celebration.

“They are so important to the future of salmon fishing and looking after our rivers,” added Mr Jacobsen.