Week Commencing 18th August 2014

Well it seems floods are a little like buses you do not get any for ages then two turn up at once. The heavy rain last Sunday caused the river to rise on Monday morning and most beats were unfishable till Tuesday, the turbidity remained all week and the rain at the end of the week pushed the river up again. The forecast for the coming week is for some sunshine for the first 3 days followed by about ¾ inch of rain overnight on Thursday. The tides are building all week.

Catches There have been good catches up and down the river, from what I can gather it is mainly older fish being caught with a smattering of sea-liced grilse in amongst them. The Gordon Castle beats finished the week with over eighty fish landed. Delfur had a good week considering there was no fishing on Monday and the river never really fell to a good Delfur height. Being away I missed out on Rothes catches but I understand the beat above had over fifty by Friday evening. Craigellachie were into the mid teens. Sam at Wester Elchies told me they were into double figures by Friday. Henry Spence, family and friends were fishing at Laggan and Carron, they finished the week with a respectable thirty-six from both banks. Five youngsters all managed to catch their “first fish” and all chose to return them to the river, a fine example and a lesson to others on the river. Paul Hawkins was top rod with nine for his week. Pictures of all first fish returned below.

Grantown had a better week again the continued high water has helped to keep the catches coming and up to Friday night have had at least twenty-five salmon and grilse have been recorded for the week, the largest of which was a 16 pounder from Poll na Gower. The numbers of sea-trout continue to be high with at least 82 for the week!

Ollie Cook Carron & Laggan

Ollie Cook Carron & Laggan

Ollie Green Carron & Laggan

Ollie Green Carron & Laggan

Maddy Spence Carron & Laggan

Maddy Spence Carron & Laggan

Emily Green Carron & Laggan

Emily Green Carron & Laggan

Angus Weir Carron & Laggan

Angus Weir Carron & Laggan

Authored by: Malcolm Newbould

There are 6 comments for this article
  1. Alan Robinson at 12:15 pm

    its great to see all the young fisherman catching fish. just wondering who long it will last for them with no hatchery or any other stucture in place to save the salmon only natural replenishment.The writhing is on the wall.The decline over the last 10 years has reached a low on the Spey that the rod catches will not excede 3,000 if we are lucky, from an average of 10,000. How can salmon servive if there numbers year on year are declining.

    • Malcolm Newbould Author at 1:30 pm

      Alan, do you not read my weekly reports? I am not sure where this mythical 3000 figure came from but I would be prepared to bet that the river has already achieved it.
      Think positive, no more negative vibes, with a little help, the river can return to its former glory.

      • Alan Robinson at 10:07 am

        Hi Malcolm, sorry for the negative vibes. I got my figures from two weeks fishing we had on Speyside one in May and the other on a very good lower Beat,fishing conditions where perfect. My Pal fish for two weeks with out a pull, I caught 1 and lost one in May, June had 5. So fishing the river over the last 10 years im seeing less fish year on year. Reading your reports to the letter I came up with the amount of fish that may be caught this year. My figure only includes fish caught once. Do you have a total for the year?
        Regards
        Alan

        • Malcolm Newbould Author at 2:22 pm

          Alan, I do not have all the figures, I am but a simple scribe and just disseminate the information I receive from beat owners and gillies, and I wish more would give me information. I do know the spring catch to 30th June was 1700 give or take a couple of fish, this last week 300 would be caught below Aberlour and this leaves 1000 fish to be caught on the Spey in 6 weeks and another 4 to go. I am sure even the biggest pessimist would concede that this is easily achievable. How many have been recaptures? I have no idea but the studies carried out here and on other rivers suggest somewhere between 8 and 18%.

          • Keith Johnson at 2:40 pm

            As a Spey fisher for over 25 years I love the river and the people that I meet, and I would hate to give off ‘negative vibes’. But we mustn’t hide our heads in the sand, there is a distinct lack of fish this year in the Spey, and virtually every other river in Europe. If we don’t make some sort of fuss about this, our concerns will be ignored and things will only get worse

  2. Peter Spence at 9:32 am

    It was a fun week . Well done the youngsters for returning their first fish a fine example to us all.

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