River Dee Park Trophy Presentation-media release

The Park Trophy, for the biggest salmon caught on the fly on the River Dee, which is verified and returned to the river, was launched autumn 2009. The first winning recipient was Jim Coates, who had landed a 32 lb salmon from Park Estates in August 2009, which delighted Park Estates proprietor John Foster. The biggest verified salmon caught on the River Dee during 2010, was landed by visiting angler Jesper Holm Nielsen from Denmark at Lower Dess. The fish, which measured 45 inches and was a male fish, was estimated to be around 32 lbs by two Ghillies Eoin Smith and Colin Simpson, arguably the most experienced Ghillies on the River Dee.

Jesper recalls the moment and commented 'Catching this Salmon was the peak moment in a great week! I like the late season fishing in Dee mainly for four reasons: First: Scotland is a great place to go on vacation – fantastic nature. Second: The people of Scotland are nice to visit – appealing sense of humour, and the know how to tell a tale in a charming and convincing way. Third: The chance of catching a fresh and shiny Salmon, racing upstream just in time for spawning! And finally: Fourth: The chance of catching one of these big and mean Cock Salmon.'
It was a pleasure to present the trophy to Jesper today, with esteemed Ghillie Colin Simpson on hand to assist with photography in capturing the special moment, thus memorialising this for Mr Nielsen. He was also delighted to advise that he had caught a beautiful 12lb Springer on the dry fly yesterday at Lower Blackhall, scene of the award presentation. My sincere thanks to Mr David Payne and Colin Simpson for access to make the presentation to Mr Nielsen on this lovely spring day on the banks of the River Dee.

Ken Reid
Fisheries Development Officer
DDSFB & River Dee Trust Office
Mill of Dinnet, Aboyne
Aberdeenshire, Scotland,AB34 5LA
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E-Mail ken@riverdee.org
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