Opening Week 2018

It has been a cold start to the season, the river has remained low. Next week temperatures are expected to rise and there will also be some rain at the start of the week. Hopefully the river will rise; I do not like it low and clear at this time of the season. The tides peak on Tuesday.

The Opening of the Spey took place at the Victoria Bridge Aberlour. Lord Lieutenant of Moray, Lt.- Col. Grenville Johnston OBE OStJ TD was the guest of honour. Evelyn Glass, last years winner poured a bottle of Aberlour 16 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky into the River Spey. Local Minister Bob Anderson blessed the river.

Roger Knight Director with Bob Anderson Minister.

Evie Glass lat year’s winner pouring the Aberlour whisky . Assisted by Alan Sinclair, piper and Grenville Johnston.

Evie Glass almost done.

Kevin James landed the first fish of the season from Burnmouth Rothes. Kevin received a bottle of Aberlour Whisky and a Walkers Hamper along with the Spey Quaich. Mike Ewan his accompanying Gillie also received a bottle of Aberlour Whisky and a Walker’s Hamper.

Kevin James Rothes 1st fish.

Brian Doran presenting Kevin James with the Spey Quaich.

Brian Doran presenting Kevin James with his Walker’s hamper.

Brian Doran presenting Head gillie Mike Ewan Gillie for the 1st fish.


Graham Ritchie had the second fish from Delfur.

Graham Ritchie Delfur 2nd fish.

Ed Douglas had a fish from Rothes on Saturday.

Ed Douglas Rothes.



There are 4 comments for this article
  1. Speyfisher at 10:32 am

    Malcom, thanks for your report but you don’t make mention of opening week catches whilst there are several pictures of fish caught. Has the Spey Politik struck even deeper?

  2. Florence Newman at 8:57 pm

    Kevin James is a very fine angler–and a damned handsome man to boot!

  3. David Barker at 4:54 pm

    Tight lines for 2018 Malcolm. Always look forward to reading your reports.

    • Bill Goodlad at 8:58 am

      Great to hear that the”dream team” of Kevin James and Mike Ewan had first fish of the season at Rothes!
      Well done to both and tight lines for the rest of the season.
      Regards to all
      Bill Goodlad

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