Week Commencing 15th June 2020

I regret that I will not be writing the usual type of report with pictures and catch numbers until the river returns to some sort of normality. Unfortunately my recent reports appear to have upset people, either by encouraging them to travel against the Government’s current guidelines, or by causing jealousy regarding the angling opportunities presently available to locals. I shall therefore look forward to resuming my weekly reports in due course.


Last edited by Roger Knight 21st June 6.23pm


There are 13 comments for this article
  1. Roosterfish at 2:56 pm

    Any of the moaners here related to President Trump?

    There is no virus?

  2. Andrew Laing at 9:20 pm

    to fish the spey is a very special experience : from the water , to the countryside , to the people and maybe , if one is favoured by the raft of fates involved , the fish
    I am sad that people are mis thinking
    fishers want to fish and as long as they are not poaching where is the harm

    • Malcolm Newbould Author at 8:08 am

      The harm is that there is a global pandemic and those in charge think that travel can spread the virus and could lead to a second wave. Anyone who fishes should know that patience is a virtue, the Spey will still be here next month and next year, unfortunately over 43 000 people will not.

  3. Sean Tighe at 2:05 pm

    Such a shame that a few negative comments have stopped this valuable resource! However, hopefully you can get back soon, as the rules are changing on July 3rd, so that travel will no longer be restricted and self catering facilities will open, as long as facilities are not being shared. I don’t know what that means, but presumably you can share facilities with your own household, but not with others? Anyway, it means I can fish from July 6th–Yippee!! All provisional though and to be confirmed on July 2nd.
    Lets hope the locals welcome us back and don’t regard us as English invaders at risk of infecting them and overwhelming their NHS facilities if we get ill. There has been a lot of bad feeling caused by English Holiday Home owners taking up residence and Scots who break the 5 mile travel rule–which is very justified IMHO. However, the tourist industry is a key employer and needs to get back to normality as soon as it is safe to do so. It is now Gov policy that it is likely to be safe to do so.

  4. Michael J Berry at 6:35 pm

    Come on Malcolm, isn’t it time as with many other things at the moment that we stopped the minority from spoiling things for the majority, the idiots you refer to will, no matter what still ignore any advice given, travel and stay overnight.

    Yes, there is a tinge of jealously and green eyed monster seeing the fish being caught when we cannot visit from England, is that any different though to reading the reports on beats that some cannot afford, or seeing the catches after a weeks rain when you have fished in a drought.

    People need to stand up and be counted, not cow tow to each individual whinge!

    The visit or no visit ruling currently in place, again, being recommended by your government is questionable in my opinion, I am convinced that a lot of the differences in the rules is down to politics, agree with independence or not all Nichola is doing is playing games to push her own agenda, she will quite happily take the money for now and even ask for more, you, we, need to get the country working together, get everything back on an even keel and again enjoy the freedom we are all used to.

    Please do not give way to the MINORITY keep the reports going!

  5. Peter hallum at 4:24 pm

    But what of the sand martins?

  6. Ian Vann at 9:01 pm

    You might be annoying some but not me. I am delighted to see the great catches on the Spey even if I am not allowed to join in the fun. It is fantastic to see the river is in such great condition. And whilst I understand your reluctance to continue, I will sorely miss your reports.

    • T P at 10:01 am

      Sorry to read about some people complaining about not being able to fish
      i to have had to cancel my holiday fishing in Scotland which i look forward to
      But i was glad to see your reports and good look to the fishermen that are catching
      Keep up the good work tight lines

  7. Peter Kyte at 7:05 pm

    If only it were fishers “breaking” the rules
    What about all the caravans etc around the area
    Yesterday there was a group of about 20 odd People having a party by Craigellachie Bridge
    My mates who live down south are devastated they cannot be here but have accepted the rules without question
    Lets all do the right thing and await better times
    Fully support you M

  8. Colin Tait at 3:46 pm

    Just because this person is a friend does not make him / her exempt from a 5 mile guidance regarding fishing.

    It makes not a jot of a difference whether key worker or not.

    Personally I think it’s a shame that people have an obvious jealousy and even worse has been issued with a ban.
    From a personal view as you know I think he/she has done little wrong.

    Your report seems to be on the side of favouritism here which is very clear to see.

    Whether you publish a proper report or not , everyone knows the Spey will have had a good week.

    In fact I noticed you sanction a picture in last week’s report of a visiting angler with a fish… what’s changed ?

    Some jealous sniper has had a go at your friend that’s what.

    Sooner or later this country will have to relax and open up..we may as well start as soon as possible using social distancing guidelines which are fairly easy to adher to… especially on the river bank.

    • Malcolm Newbould Author at 4:04 pm

      What has changed?
      The river is becoming a free for all, that’s what has changed. People are travelling from all over the country and breaking the laws set by the respective governments. They are staying overnight, and that in my eyes makes them non-local.

      The rules will have to relax at some stage but should the decision be made by the governments, advised by scientists or by people desperate to catch a fish?

      • Colin Tait at 4:41 pm

        It’s not law, it’s guidance and technically no one is breaking the law.
        I do actually get where you are coming from but beats have to accept customers and using social distance guidelines you know as well as I do there is little harm done.
        No one is mixing freely on the river .
        It’s ridiculous and you know it.

        The Spey has never been a free for all…

        • Malcolm Newbould Author at 5:50 pm

          Overnight stay is against the law under the Covid 19 Bill published on 3rd of March. The quote I published in my report makes that perfectly clear.

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