Articles Written By: Brian Shaw

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Salmon skin damage and disease 2019

Over the last week or two many reports of disease in wild adult salmon populations have been reported. These reports have been widespread ranging from Scotland to Scandinavian. The common factor is death through fungal…

2018 Spey Electrofishing Report

Described recently as the "Rolls Royce" of electrofishing reports the Mach 2018 version is now available see here. The report details the timed salmon fry index surveys on the Spey mainstem, as well as in…

Spey Catch Declaration 2018

Spey Fishery Board Declare 2018 Catch The Spey Fishery Board is now able to declare the River Spey’s catch for 2018. A total of 3,178 salmon and grilse were caught throughout the season, together with…

Dulnain salmon fry index surveys update

On the first of August we provided an interim report on the Dulnain salmon fry index surveys 2018 see https://www.speyfisheryboard.com/dulnain-salmon-fry-index-surveys-2018/. At the time there were two sites still to do. These were isolated sites, each…

A’an surveys 2018

The River A'an (Avon) is the largest tributary the Spey and is normally a highly significant producer of smolts. It is a diverse and productive river in its own right although it begins as an…

River Calder stocking monitoring

The River Calder is generally taken to mean "hard water" i.e. a bouldery stream, very apt for this mobile river which has its headwaters in the high grounds of the Monadhlaiths before joining the Spey…

Dulnain salmon fry index surveys 2018

On Monday and Tuesday this week we completed all but two of the River Dulnain mainstem surveys. The remaining sites are in the upper reaches and each site entails a long drive in, these will…

Hot weather angling precautions

Weather conditions in 2018 have been extreme, the long cold winter followed quickly by the current extended hot and dry conditions. These conditions are far from ideal for salmon angling and they are also challenging…

Spey juvenile stocks

This graph intrigued me when I produced it Conveniently the Spey rod catch is approximately 10% of the Scottish catch; as you can see the Spey catch on the left axis extends to 12,000, compared…

Tommore trap update

The Tommore Burn smolt trap will be familiar to Spey followers. The Tommore Burn is a lower tributary of the River Avon (A'an), which it joins a short distance upstream of the Delnashaugh Hotel. This…
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