Week Commencing 11th March 2019

Tomorrow starts cold, it could be midday before the temperatures even get positive but thankfully the rest of the week is a little warmer with some days even reaching double figures. There is very little rain forecast but the snow melt will probably keep the river levels up.

The tides are building all week.


Catches, effectively there were only three or three and a half days fishing this week. The river rose quite quickly on Wednesday, Thursday was probably too high for most beats and it was still dropping back on Friday. There were a number of fish caught on Saturday.

Delfur, Stuart Foxall had this fish from Sourden on Saturday afternoon.

Stuart Foxall Delfur.

I hear Arndilly had  three, one on Monday, Ian Scott had an 8lb fish from the Soo. Bob Newton had a 6lb fish from the Long pool on his first visit to Arndilly and on Saturday Blair Banks had a fish from the Cobble Pot.

Ian Scott’s sea iced fish Arndilly.

Saturday’s fish Arndilly.

Delagyle, Gillie, Dave Smiley told me they had three this week. He also gave a few more details about last week’s big fish. It was 42” long and had an estimated girth of 27” and took over an hour to land.

Wester Elchies continues to fish well. Mungo Ingleby had this fish from Pol Shuan.

Mungo Ingleby Wester Elchies

Laggan, on Wednesday Inverness angler Steve Hulme had this fish from the Gas Pool.

Steve Hulme Laggan.

Carron Neil Borthwick caught this fish on Saturday from the Carron Pool.

Neil Borthwick’s fish Carron

Knockando got their season up and running when Ian Simpson caught a fish from Slioch.

Ian Simpson Slioch Phones Knockando.

Castle Grant, Lionel Main tells me Castle Grant 1 had  two fish, Alan Skinner had them both, one at 10lbs and the other at 14 with just two casts in between, he makes Spring fishing look easy.

If you look closely at some of the pictures you will notice a floy tag.

Brian Shaw explains.

If you are fishing the Spey, or even other rivers, please keep an eye out for adult salmon bearing tags. The Spey Fishery Board and Spey Gillies are running a salmon tagging project to:
– Determine the re-capture rate of released salmon
– Provide information on the movements of rod caught salmon

Gillies along the river have been provided with tags, tagging equipment and training. Tagged fish could be recaptured anywhere in the river, even in other rivers, so we are asking all anglers to look out for fish carrying “Floy” tags next to the dorsal fin. Floy tags are vinyl coated, available in different colours and individually numbered.

What are we asking anglers to do if they catch a tagged fish?

-Take a note of the Floy tag colour and number (take good photo if possible)
– Carefully release the fish, with tag still in place
– Contact the Spey Fishery Board by Telephone number on tag or via the contact details below
– Anglers reporting a tagged fish will receive details of the fish including original tagging place and date, as well as any other information available
– A full report on the tagging study will be published at the end of the season, including details of all fish



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