The first reports of salmon spawning lower half of the Spey mainstem were received last week from Castle Grant. Following that report I had a quick look in the Aberlour area last week where I saw about 12 pairs of salmon spawning in a run just out of the main flow. The fish were all spawning in the run just below the bank I on which was standing. I was able to watch a couple fish cutting redds about 3m away but the low afternoon light meant I couldn’t get any decent photos or footage so aplogies for the poor quality video. If you look closely you will see the hen cutting the redd on two occasions, once just before the end (it is much easier to see on the original video than on the lower resolution Youtube clip).
The onset of spawning in the mainstem is of interest for many reasons not least of which is to provide information regarding any potential season extension.
My videoing and editing skills are rudimentary to say the least but this little video provides an indication of the sort of places used by salmon in the mainstem. If you had the time and the equipment you could make a superb salmon spawning video at that point and many other places on the Spey. Click here to see the video.