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Craigellachie small, and not so small, fry

I provided some information about the Spey mainstem salmon fry monitoring in the last post along with details of the three sites completed at Craigellachie. I had a further look at the size distribution of the fry…

Spey Mainstem Electrofishing

Trying to quantify the juvenile fish population in a river as large as the Spey is difficult if not impossible. However one technique that can be used effectively is a time limited salmon fry survey. Using this…

Steve gets his Loch Spey badge at last

Steve Burns has worked for the Spey Fishery Board/Foundation for 23 years but today was the first time he had made it up the source of the Spey at Loch Spey. Thanks to the gamekeeper…

A spotty fellow

Mark Melville, Delfur Head Ghillie, sent me this picture of a very spotty sea trout. Mark reckons it was the spottiest trout he has ever seen - its hard to disagree. Mark has obviously got…

Escapees on the loose

Over the last couple weeks there have been reports from the middle and upper river regarding well mended escapee farmed salmon. I had a chance to look at one today on Castle Grant Beat 3. The fish…

Middle Dulnain

Home alone today so I took advantage of the weather to go and have a look at the middle reaches of the Dulnain. The River Dulnain is one of the main spawning tributaries of the…

“Dirty Spey” update

If I had anticipated that the earlier blog on the dirty water in the upper Spey was going to feature in the Strathy I'd probably have come up with a better title, but as it…

Out of the office at last

Eight months into the job and at last I got to spend my first full day electrofishing. The electrofishing season starts in July but with the new house, flitting, and a round of Spey Foundation and…

Dirty Spey

On the road south to a meeting in Perth this morning I noted that the upper Spey was very dirty, the colour of milky tea. I like to find out the cause of these events…

Update on activities

Spey Foundation staff have been busy over the last few weeks. Callum and Toby, the summer students completed the invasive weeds survey in the lower river. Target species were Giant hogweed, Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam,…
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