The Malloch Trophy Presentation 2013
The beautiful Malloch Trophy was presented to angler Jim Reid at the House of Bruar recently for landing the largest salmon in Scotland last year.
Here is the story about the capture of Jims fabulous 43 lb cock salmon from Bemersyde on Tweed which he sent to me.
The action: The fish was hooked at around 9:30am on a Gold Bodied Willie Gunn tube fly, in a pool known as the Top Corbies, which is at the start of a fast flowing stretch of water. It took Jim and Ghillie Ian Farr some time to realise how big the fish was as even smaller fish can put up a good account of themselves in the streamy water. After a while, the fish decided to head back towards Berwick, and tore off 150 yards down the river into another pool known as “The Dish”. Ian had to quickly steer the boat down the river to catch up with it. Jim said “At this point, an enormous tail appeared out of the water and expletives were uttered as we realised what we had a hold of!” The fish continued down the river to another pool, The Copper Beech, where Jim was finally able to steer it into Ian’s net. All in all it had taken 40 minutes to land. Jim said” This was by far the biggest salmon I have ever caught. It was an amazing experience and I can’t thank Ian enough for his skill, encouragement and moral support. There was no way I was going to land that fish if he hadn’t been there!”
Here are a selection of images taken from the presentation night at the House of Bruar :
The Savills Malloch Trophy
Savills is proud to sponsor the most prestigious and historic trophy in the Scottish angling world, The Savills Malloch Challenge Trophy.
Reinstated at the start of the 2009 fishing season after an absence of 10 years, the Malloch Trophy has regained its place as the premier Scottish angling trophy.
First awarded in 1979 (for a 43lb fish caught on the Tweed by Lady Burnett), the trophy is named after Perth-based manufacturer and retailer of fishing tackle, Mallochs of Perth. It is awarded for catching the heaviest salmon of the season on any Scottish river.
The Tay Foundation reinstated the trophy in 2009 and the last four years have seen winners on the rivers Tweed, Nith, Spey and Lochy. As part of the Tay Foundation’s promotion of conservation, the fish must be caught on a fly and released alive back into the river.
The Winner will have their name, the details of the river and size of fish engraved on The Savills Malloch Trophy. The Trophy is displayed throughout the year at House of Bruar.
If you want to enter this year’s competition, download a Savills Malloch Trophy 2013 entry form.
- The Winner will receive a replica Malloch Trophy and a £250 House of Bruar gift voucher.
- The Ghillie (if it is a ‘ghillied fish’) will receive the Savills Malloch Medal.
- The Beat on which the fish is caught will receive a Savills Malloch Certificate.
- There will be a formal presentation of the Savills Malloch Trophy and the Malloch Medal at a place and date to be agreed by Savills and the committee.
2010 – Huston McCollough, 36lb salmon in the River Spey
2009 – Sandy Walker, 32 lb salmon in the River Lochy
- 1. Entry form: The Savills Malloch Trophy entry form must be duly completed and signed as required and returned to the TDSFB offices as soon as possible and no later that one month after capture.
- 2. The fish must be caught on a fly and must be returned safely to the water. Full details including fishing tackle used (rod, reel, line, leader and fly) should be recorded as should the date, place and time of capture.
- 2. Witness/Photograph: The capture must be verified by a minimum of one independent witness and wherever possible with accompanying photographic evidence.
- 2. Weight: Ideally the salmon should be carefully weighed in either a weigh-net or with scale and net, the weight of the net being deducted. The weigh-net or scales should be available for independent testing if required. Alternatively Sturdey’s formula will be used to assess the weight of the fish in the event that the fish cannot be weighed.
- 3. Measurement: An accurate measurement of the length (from nose to fork of tail) and girth (around the body just forward of the dorsal fin) should be taken with a tape measure. These measurements must be verified by the independent witness/es
- 4. All entries will be considered by the Savills Malloch Challenge Trophy committee.
- 5. The Savills Malloch Challenge Trophy Committee’s decision in all matters is final and no correspondence will entered into subsequent to the award being made.