A group of women took to the banks of the Spey this weekend to tackle traditional notions of fishing as an exclusively male pursuit.
The River Spey Anglers Association hosted its first ever Ladies Day on Saturday morning when more than a dozen women gathered to cast their lines.
Three trout and a salmon were landed during the day’s fishing, which took place at the Phones, Knockando and Lower Pitchroy beats along the Spey.
Most of the women taking part were new to the sport and the day was a chance for novice anglers to receive some tuition from experts.
The ladies were split into three groups to fish different areas of the river, with coaches such as champion Spey caster Bill Drury providing support.
The River Spey Anglers Association’s Craig Mackay said: “It was a fantastic day, the ladies hadn’t caught any fish before so it was great to see them take to it so well.
“We gave the participants some equipment to use and guided them on things like the Spey casting technique, which was invented on the river.
“Women get just as much benefit from fishing as men, and some say they make better anglers.”
The Ladies Fishing group was born in 2008 and since then founder Anne Woodcock has travelled Britain introducing women to the pastime.
She offered equipment and support at Saturday’s event, and remained in Moray to fish with Elgin Rotary Club on Sunday.
Ms Woodcock said: “Fishing is great for fitness as well as relaxation.
“The ladies all said when they were out there they forgot about everything going on at home, and I’m sure they will be back to do it again.
“The popularity of fishing with women is just growing and growing – almost anyone can give it a try and it’s good fun.”
Aberlour angler Bill Drury, who imparted his wisdom to the ladies on Saturday at the Spey, previously taught actor Ewan McGregor to fish for a film role.
The Scottish star spent three days angling with Mr Drury before filming Salmon Fishing in the Yemen in 2012.