Just as the river is dropping away there is more rain forecast. There will be around 17mm or ¾” of rain tomorrow. Things will brighten up as the week progresses with temperatures reaching the high teens or even low twenties by the end of the week. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water till Friday.
Catches, again I am pleased to hear of catches from Abernethy to the sea.
The Fochabers’ Angling Club were regularly catching fish last week.
Gordon Castle, Ian Tennant tells me they were in the high twenties again this week although they were still not fully rodded. It is good see we have a Spey Board Chairman who can catch fish, a pleasant change!
Orton I hear were close to double figures, it is nice to get pictures of happy anglers at Orton.
Delfur had around twenty, thanks as usual to Mark for sending me some pictures.
Rothes another good week at Rothes. Mike Ewan tells me “David Curtis’ party had a good week with fifteen fish landed and the same amount lost. The party all agreed they had never seen such aggressive fish”
Arndilly, Euan reports, “ Again we had an excellent week with a group of regular guests with lots of fun and laughs. We finished with thirty-three. Group leader Alistair Erskine got us started on Monday with a couple, David Bonnington, and Brian Mclean had the other ones on Monday. Tuesday was disappointing with only one again to David Bonnington. Wednesday was four again with Tom Abraham and Alistair Crawford the new scorers. David McLean had two as he did everyday for the rest of the week. Thursday kicked on with eight including four for Duncan Fletcher Jnr. and a Cobble Pot path fish for Bill Trusswell. Friday got even better with eleven landed. David Lang had the biggest of the week, 18lb from the Arns. Duncan Fletcher had another three and Donal Stewart had a lovely 14lb fish from the Cobble Pot. Brian McLean had nine, Duncan Fletcher seven, Tom Abraham had four and only a single day rod on Wednesday blanked, everyone else caught fish. We had three grilse within the total but the salmon were mostly between 10 and 14lb.
Craigellachie it was good to hear from Nigel Arthur who told me
Tough week at Craigellachie fishing with Mike Broadey and the team not seeing many fish.Ian Henderson top rod three fish 8 ,7 and 10 pounds, Giles Catchpole 10lbs and myself 14lbs great conditions, pleasure to be up here again.
Aberlour Angling Club had nine salmon and a seatrout with regular visitor, Harry Boyle getting a couple.
Wester Elchies was fished by the Banks family, thanks to Richard for the update and pictures, they finished the week with eight.
Kinermony, Davie Brand tells me they had four salmon and some good sea-trout up to 9lb.
Carron a lightly fished Carron had five.
Castle Grant, David Harvey’s party finished with six salmon and a handful of sea trout from Castle Grant 2. Lionel was pleased to see a couple of nice grilse among the catch, as this class of fish has been missing in the past couple of seasons. I understand that Beat 3 caught nearly as many.
Abernethy and Aviemore, Gary Grant reports, Monday saw a busier day on the river with 2 salmon and 2 sea-trout landed Tuesday saw a 6lb sea-trout landed Wednesday saw another salmon and sea-trout landed Thursday produced another sea-trout and 1 sea-trout on Saturday with the water settling down this week should produce better returns.
In light of the fish disease affecting many rivers both here in Scotland and abroad the Spey Board have increased the bio-security. Your gillie will decide whether to disinfect your tackle after assessing the risk.
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.