Pupils embarking on a rural skills qualification have joined Wester Ross anglers to open the 2016 salmon fishing season.
The event at the River Broom, on the Inverbroom Estate, saw Ullapool High School pupils – who are studying their course at the nearby Leckmelm Farm – join to cast the first flies of the season.
Following a piped entrance for those gathered at the riverbank, the first flies were cast by Inverlael Estate proprietor Johnny Whitteridge and Inverbroom keeper Craig Mackintosh at the Bridge Pool and students quickly followed, showing considerable skills at casting.
This is the third year that Wester Ross Fisheries Trust has held the ceremony, which is carried out at different rivers in the system by rotation.
Dundonnell Estate’s Head Keeper and Ghillie Alasdair MacDonald said: “We were keen to create an annual event that will give a boost to the excellent salmon fishing we have in Wester Ross, and coming to the River Broom in 2016 also gave us the opportunity to involve the next generation of anglers who are coming out of Ullapool High School. It’s great to see such enthusiasm from the boys and girls and from their teachers.”
Student Erin Meek (16) had the honour of blessing the river with a dram to ensure a good season of fishing. Ullapool High School Headmaster Robbie McFedries said he was delighted to be able to bring his students to the gathering and participate in an important aspect of community life in Wester Ross.