Edinburgh angler wins Savills Malloch Trophy

    Edinburgh angler lands the Savills Malloch Trophy

    Salmon weighing more than 40 lbs from the river Tweed wins coverted trophy.

    This year’s Savills Malloch Trophy has been won by Jim Reid, from Edinburgh. Mr Reid was presented with the Trophy at the House of Bruar on 6 June for landing — and safely returning to the water — the largest salmon caught on the fly in Scotland last year. His magnificent fish, weighing over 40 lb, was landed from the Bemersyde beat of the River Tweed in the Borders in October 2012. It was measured and witnessed by boatsman Ian Farr before being carefully released back into the river unharmed, in accordance with best catch-and-release practice.

    Jim Reid’s salmon is the largest fish to have won the trophy, and the first weighing more than 40 lb, in the four years since the Tay Foundation purchased the Malloch Challenge Trophy and reinstated Scotland’s most prestigious annual angling award. And it reflects the strength and quality of current salmon stocks, as David Summers of the Tay Foundation pointed out. ‘Large salmon seem to be making something of a comeback, he says, ‘perhaps aided by conservation measures and increasing catch-and-release, which is a major part of the ethos the Savills Malloch Trophy competition seeks to promote.’

    Savills Director Roddy Willis agrees. ‘It was a good season overall, with a larger number of contenders for the Savills Malloch Trophy,’ he said. ‘A number of fish weighed over 30 lb. There have been some encouraging signs this season on some rivers: the Tay, in particular, appears to be benefiting from its conservation policy.  Recent reports from the river suggest that catches for April were up by 73%, and in May by 90%, and virtually all these fish will have been released.’

     
     

    Key contacts

    Roddy d’Anyers Willis

    Roddy d’Anyers Willis

    Director
    Rural

    Savills Brechin

    +44 (0) 1356 628 620

    +44 (0) 1356 628 620