The forecast is for another cooler week with temperatures struggling to reach double figures. Although a little windy tomorrow the wind will drop away as the week progresses. There might be some rain on Friday. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water till next week.
I heard my first Chiffchaff of the year this week, it shouldn’t be long before the hirundine arrive as I hear they have been seen in the central belt.
Catches, were a little bit disappointing but the high water and fluctuating water levels coupled with a strong gale force wind certainly did not help.
Arndilly Euan Reid tells me Dave Wilmot caught his first Spey Spring fish from the Tail of the Long Pool on Tuesday.
I hear on the grapevine that Ian Simpson followed his Knockando success last week with a fish from Easter Elchies.
Ken Davies tells me Stuart Wilson had a small fish from Aberlour Angling Club on Tuesday.
Willie Bruce had Kinermony’s only fish of the week, a 6lb from the Boat Pool.
Castle Grant Phil Barlow from Rhynie had a 7lb fish from Beat 2 on Thursday. Frazer Paterson had his second of the day from Castle Grant Beat 3 having already having a larger, 11 lb fish from the Grantown Association water earlier in the day.
I hear that Grantown Association had a couple of fish and Abernethy one better with three but unfortunately have no details.
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