Name the Spey tributary?

How well do you know the Spey catchment? I still have lots of places to visit some of which are quite spectacular, including this tributary. Can you name it?

Can you name this Spey tributary? Salmon spawn here but not in big numbers nowadays. I will let this run to the weekend unless someone gets it right!

Can you name this Spey tributary? Salmon spawn here but not in big numbers nowadays.
I will let this run to the weekend unless someone gets it right!

 

There are 3 comments for this article
  1. Olivier Devictor at 6:50 pm

    Quite interesting to find salmon fraying in very low water and therefore possibly seen by many predators.Foxes ? Badgers ? Crows ? Otters ?
    Our King of Fish is really a special animal!

  2. Mel McDonald at 1:34 pm

    Possibly the Calder,if not Calder probably Feshie ?

    • Brian Shaw Author at 12:32 pm

      Hi Mel,

      Thanks for having a go, not correct unfortunately but you were in the right area. The photo was of the Allt Gharbh Ghaig (pronounced “Garry Gig” according to the keeper. It is an upper tributary of the Tromie, located above the Loch an-t Seilich hydro dam in the Gaick deer forest. The distinctive hill in the background is the Sgor Dearg. The Gharbh Ghaig could be classified as extreme habitat for salmon. The river bed is about 50m wide, although in low flows the channel itself will be less than 10m wide, and obviously subject to violent flows on a regular basis. The hills surrounding the burn are very steep and heavy rain or snow melt will run-off very quickly.
      Our electrofishing in the Gharbh Ghaig shows that is supports a very low population of juvenile salmon. The other branch of the Tromie flows through two further lochs and is more stable habitat. However this is very peripheral/marginal habitat for salmon but Bob Laughton told me that he once took two ghillies, now retired, up the lochs tributary to the very top to count redds. Not surprisingly after seeing the terrain and the dam the ghillies were highly sceptical that salmon would ever reach there. However they stopped and stepped out of the vehicle and right before them was a salmon redd with several other pairs of fish seen in the immediate vicinity. Results from our monitoring site below the upper loch shows that salmon are present every year, generally in the low or very low categories with the occasional better year.

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