Juro, you are very welcome, though I'm not sure if I can get a pipe band, even Madona, only got a lone piper when she came up for her wedding.
I will have the Meiser out on Saturday, when fishing with Gordon I need all I can to get an edge. The Meiser is an excelent kelt cather, but it would be great to get a new model on it.
Andre, if tradition was followed some whisky was gently sprinked into the river to bring goodluck, I'm not sure what is used on the Helmsdale but on the Spey we use a 10 year old Glenfarclas. Rumour has it that some of the older gillies will only drink water from the river as it will always have a wee drop of critter in it.