Now that all the beats along the River Spey have declared their catches for 2010, the Spey Fishery Board can announce that a total of 9,231 salmon and grilse were caught during the 2010 season, slightly more than in 2009. The River Spey’s successful voluntary catch and release policy has also continued to prosper, with 81% of salmon and grilse being returned.
Sea Trout numbers in 2010 were also significantly up on previous years with 3,290 caught, of which 68% were voluntarily returned. The Spey Fishery Board is most grateful to all the anglers, gillies and proprietors for their continuing support for this policy.
The Board is also delighted to congratulate Huston McCollough from East Sussex, who caught and released a 36lb fish at Delfur in May, on becoming the winner of the Savills Malloch Trophy. This Trophy is awarded each year for the biggest Salmon caught on a fly from a Scottish River and subsequently released to spawn.
We now look forward to the opening of the next season on the 11th February 2011.