More than 70 anglers celebrated the first day of Stirling Council Fisheries 2013 Salmon Fishing Season on the River Teith at Callander Meadows on Friday.

And joining the celebrations was world-renowned fly caster and salmon fisherman Peter Anderson who performed the official toasting ceremony along with Stirling Provost Mike Robbins.

The 2013 fishing season parade left Ancaster Square led by Bannockburn and District Pipe Band and proceeded along Callander’s Main Street to The Meadows carpark for the official toasting ceremony and opening day competitions. Deanston Distillery, in partnership with Stirling Council, provided prizes for the first salmon and heaviest salmon caught and released.

Anglers have to adhere the Council’s strict new catch-and-release rules for all salmon and sea trout caught on the Rivers Forth and Teith before June 1.

The new rules were agreed in 2011 in an effort to stop the decline of spring salmon and sea trout on the strong recommendations from the Forth District Salmon Fisheries Board.

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