Week Commencing 21st September 2021, the last full week of the season.

Well that’s about it, the forecast for the last three days of the season are a mixture, sunshine, clouds and a bit of rain on Wednesday. The tides are building still.


The new Scottish Government regulations for no meeting in other people’s houses will, after a few days of confusion, will they or won’t they, apply to holiday lets so unfortunately only one household in each lodge. It’s a pity the Spey could not have totally finished the season before these came into effect.


The river was quiet till Saturday when suddenly for no apparent reason the fish suddenly started to take.


This was fortunate for the RSSA who had a Junior Day on the Rothes Beat.

Dani Morey tells me. “It was my privilege to be coaching Cheyenne Stronach when she hooked her first ever salmon! Then hooked another which she lost, only to follow up with a third fish! One 9lb and one 6lb, all from Gean Tree. What a day, one she’ll remember forever. We finished with 5 fish in total, the biggest a 14lber caught by Cheyenne, a 6lber to her brother Gordo and a 6lb to fellow committee member Sue Cunningham.”

Cheyenne Stronach Rothes.


Graham Ritchie was having his last day of the season at Inver Fiddich, he landed eight, the best 41 ½ inches pictured.

Graham Ritchie’s fish Fiddichmouth.


Carron also had a good Saturday with three fish landed, they had four for the week.

Neil Borthwick Carron.

Neil Borthwick Carron.

Fiona Brodie Carron.


As Bugs Bunny would say That’s all folks.

There are 8 comments for this article
  1. Alan Williams at 8:47 pm


    My understanding is that you are “retiring” your pen, at least for these reports. I think that you only started because you had your arm twisted. But I am glad that you did and you have made a significant contribution to many people’s knowledge of and enjoyment in the fishing story of the Spey over the last few years, Thank you.


  2. Malcolm Newbould Author at 12:58 pm

    Hello Admin – first of all, thank for the updates thrugh the year, it has been interesting. For our own trip to the river, the decease blocked it, this year, but we will hope the best for a vacine and next year.

    Regards and thanks from Denmark

    Steen Vinkel

  3. Andrew Wren at 11:19 am

    Malcom, big thank you for a shot of good cheer on some awful monday mornings through lockdown.
    hugh and I cant wait to get back up again in March

  4. Dinty leach at 1:46 am

    So good to hear that early July at Laggan was successful. Living in Canada made it impossible for us. We just hope next year will be better. But one family group per house. That will take away half the fun of a group fishing for a week.

  5. Ben Bullough at 9:17 pm

    Thanks for the reports this year Malcolm … all in all with the late start. To the season it’s been a bit frustrating to say the least for the higher beats … I have been fishing the Spey on a new beat this last few weeks and have found a few fish taking but yet to land one for the season … still it gives me fresh hopes for next week and after that there is always next year. Tight lines everyone!

  6. David Barker at 5:40 pm

    Fantastic reports Malcolm in a difficult season. We more than made up for missing early fishing with that fantastic week at Laggan at the start of July. Sorry not to be seeing you on Wednesday.

  7. Peter Kyte at 5:23 pm

    Cheers M. Thanks for all your reports .Enjoy your winter

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