The 2013 salmon fishing season has got under way with a ceremony on the River Tay.

William Jack, chairman of the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board, said catches of spring salmon rose in size to more than 12lbs last year, compared with 10lbs a few years ago.

It is estimated that nearly 7,000 salmon and grilse were caught on the Tay in 2012.

The board has adopted a policy of 100% catch and release for spring salmon.

A ceremony to mark the opening of the season, organised by the Dunkeld and Birnam Tourist and Angling Associations, with the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board (TDSFB), the Tay Foundation and the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, took place at the Hilton Dunkeld House Hotel.

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