Week Commencing 1st July 2019

You may have to forgive a few errors in this week’s report, I am fishing in Norway and the Norwegians did not benefit from the teachings of John Knox so they allow salmon fishing on a Sunday, the report is hastily written between eating, casting, and sleeping.

The forecast was not too far off though there was a little more rain than I suggested. This coming week is forecast to be wet in the middle of the week with some sunshine by next weekend. Temperatures are around the mid teens. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water till the weekend.


Gordon Castle, Ian Tennant tells me they were into the mid thirties, mostly salmon.

Gordon Castle.

Gordon Castle.

Gordon Castle.

Gordon Castle.

Gordon Castle.

Orton were into the high teens, thanks to Richard for sending me some photos.







Delfur Mark says they landed over forty, the best 26lb. Thanks to Mark for the photographs.

Ed Hamilton-Ely Delfur

Jamie Cuthbert 26lb Delfur

Lisa Lubbock 1st fish Delfur

Ali Cuthbert Delfur

Mike Cuthbert Delfur.

David Lubbock Delfur


James Hamilton-Ely finclipped fish

Rothes, Mike Euan tells me, Andrew Hudson came with his daughter for the first two days of the week to try to catch her first salmon, it took her six casts in Town Road to land an 11lb fresh salmon. On Tuesday we had three, with Mrs Hudson getting a 14lb fish in Gene Tree. We ended the week with ten salmon and a seatrout.

Fenella Hudson Rothes.
1st fish

Mrs Hudson Rothes.

Arndilly Euan tells me “Another lovely week on Arndilly with 21 fish landed and an 8lb and 7lb sea trout. Mr Will Beardmore-gray started us off with his first ever salmon from the long pool, 13lbs. Will caught another 3 before he left on Wednesday! Sam Langmead also had a grilse from the concrete path. Tuesday had me running about, Will Beardmore-gray hooked a fish in front of the hut and as i was on my way his wife sofie called to say she might have hooked one. Long story short both were landed , Will- 11lb Sophie- 18lb. Party leader Nick Smith had a 9.5lb fish above the concrete path on the blue rocks, unusual. Wednesday saw David Sanderson catch a 12lb sea liced fish from Jocks Tail boat with Blair. Will also had a 7.5lb fish from bulwark right. Thursday we had 8, 3 for Mr Luke Axel-Berg, 2 for Mr Rob White, 2 Sam Langmead and a first ever salmon for Mr Tom Walker from piles left. On Friday Nick Smith had a 7.5lb fish from Jocks tail right bank followed by an 18lb fish from above the groyne in the neck of cobble pot, not an easy mission! Saturday was slower with only one but what a lovely fish it was, 12lb sea liced for Mr Rob White.

Sam Langmead 3lb Arndilly

Sam Langmead 11lb

Rob White, 12lb sea liced. Arndilly

Sophie Beardmore-gray , 18lb Arndilly

    Sam Langmead Arndilly


Nick Smith Arndilly

    David Sanderson 12lb Arndilly

Wester Elchies were in the high teens.

Carron had half a dozen.

Abernethy and Aviemore, Gary Grant tells me

“Monday started of well with a visiting father and son duo both landing there first ever salmon 12lbs and 6lbs. Another 10 lbs salmon and 3 seatrout were landed Tues 1 salmon 4 seatrout wed 8seatrout Thurs 9 seatrout Fri 10 seatrout sat 1 salmon 3 seatrout a good week at Abernethy


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.

Please note the latest tags are yellow.

New Yellow tag.

There are 4 comments for this article
  1. Fisher0807 at 12:46 am

    You need to explain yourself in more detail please James, all anglers appear to be following protocol?

  2. James Morrison at 1:24 pm

    Some of these Anglers need to show a bit more respect to the Salmon.

    The handling is some of the worst I’ve seen.

    And the Ghillies need to make sure their guests are responsible whilst taking photos.

  3. James Morrison at 1:19 pm

    Some of the Anglers in these photos should not be allowed to handle Salmon in such a way.

    Absolutely ridiculous.

    As bad as I’ve seen.

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