There are still many bits of the river I haven’t seen and with the weather turning out much better than forecast at the weekend I had a short but very pleasant walk along the left bank of the river above Grantown. This is the Strathspey Angling Association water. My main objective was to have a look at the famous Tarric Mor pool which lies about one mile upstream of the A95 bridge. I had heard about and seen this pool referred to in a number of books on the Spey, including “Strathspey” by Alex Inkson McConnochie which was published in 1902. In it McConnachie mentions a pool at Auchernack from which a tenant had on a certain occasion landed “a haul not fewer than 220 fine fish“. The pool referred to is almost certainly Tarric Mor as it is a noted holding and angling pool.
The stream running into the Tarric Mor from the Lower Bend pool above is 40m wide and powerful at that river level. The stream gradually fans out and slows as its energy dissapates in the huge pool. The ability to cast a long line would surely be no disadvantage when fishing this fine stream. The bailiffs told me that the edge of the stream can be waded but the exit line has to be back up the same route taken whilst fishing down; there is a deeper channel between the stream and the bank – err on the side of caution if fishing this pool for the first time.
The river level at the time of the visit was only about 1’5″ – the stream must be impressive at higher flows.
Full details of the Strathspey Angling Association water can be seen here .