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Salmon season starts ... but there's a catch

A young girl became the first catch of the salmon fishing season after she became tangled in a net.

Kiera Gowan, two, from Pitlochry in Perthshire, was given a taste of what it feels like to be a salmon at the official opening at Kenmore on the River Tay.

The light-hearted moment came as anglers lined the banks at the ceremony, watched by around 100 people. The first cast of the year was made by TV presenter Cat Cubie.

About 20 miles downstream, crowds gathered at Hilton Dunkeld House hotel before a piper led them to the river where they enjoyed a dram and some fish-shaped shortbread at the snow-covered water's edge.

Bill Jack, chairman of Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board, gave an address in which he said he hoped people of all ages and backgrounds will get involved this year.

A traditional blessing saw the rowing boats doused with whisky to wish them and their passengers well for the coming season. A dram was also poured into the river "to keep the salmon in good health".

Mr Jack said: "I couldn't be more pleased. This is one of the first rivers to officially open.

"It's a symbolic thing. It's not exactly the best of fishing conditions. The river is freezing. But nonetheless, it symbolises the fact that the river is now open."

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