Mild autumn delays spawning?

We had a wee recce around a few Spey burns upstream of Grantown today. On this date 2 years ago the sea trout spawning in these burns was well underway but there wasn’t much activity today. It has been very mild autumn so far, including today when the air temp was 13oC+.

We did spot a few sea trout or redds in most of the burns visited but it still looks a little early for the main spawning. Given the much improved run of sea trout this year I expect a lot of spawning activity after the next spate or cold snap.

In one burn we were able to observe at close quarters two male sea trout jostling with each other. They appeared to ignore our presence even when we were standing right over them.

Two sea trout lying right in front of Rogie. He was on the lead otherwise he would have been in after them!

Two sea trout lying right in front of Rogie. He was on the lead otherwise he would have been in after them!

I managed to get a short video clip showing them barging into, and grabbing each other across the midriff. Click here to view the short clip. The reason for this behaviour was soon apparent; there was a single female sea trout in the pool above.

A sea trout redd in the Allt Mor, one of only a few seen today

A sea trout redd in the Allt Mor, one of only a few seen today

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