Week commencing 22nd April.

The forecast for next week is to start bright but then a decent amount of rain mid week, which ought to lift the river level. The tides are building all week.


I have been asked by Brian Shaw to mention fish handling, he has been contacted by anglers complaining about poor fish handling on the river, no one is perfect but a bit of pre-planning and thought can make a huge difference. When you hook a fish, look around for help, if there is none available look for somewhere to beach the fish without harming it. If possible net the fish and keep the fish in the water, in the net, whilst you unhook it, then get ready for the photograph, then the fish only needs to be lifted out for a matter of seconds.

Not the way to land a salmon.

Is this how you want to remember your fish?

Much better.

There have been another couple of recaptures, one fish was caught twice at Delfur, first in Hollenbush and the second time a couple of pools downstream in Beaufort. The other was recaptured from Knockando Home Beat having been caught originally at Rothes.




Ian Tennant is on holiday and I have no news from Gordon Castle.


Orton were again lightly fished but Richard sent me a couple of pictures.




Delfur were just short of double figures this week. Plenty of pictures from Mark and Grant.

Colin Jones Delfur.

Neil Menneer Delfur

Neil again.

Graeme Davis Delfur.

Angus Macrae and son Delfur.

Recaptured fish Delfur



Arndilly, Euan tells me they had ten for the week, none were sealiced, John Lawson and Dr Rodney Owen-Jones had three each Team leader Dr David Solomon and Tim Wade had one each and Pat Harkin had a couple.

Pat Harkin “pancake fish” Arndilly.

Another for Pat.

John Lawson’s fish Arndilly.


Aberlour, had four for the week, James Christie, Ian Morrison and Stuart Wilson  and pictured Jim Seivright.

Jim Seivwright Aberlour


Kinermony, had six, thanks to Davie Brand for updating me.

Robbie Finney Kinermony.

Robbie again.

Mark Holmes Kinermony

James Galbraith Kinermony.

Delagyle, Bobby Hall sent me a picture of his fish from the Gene Tree.

Bobby Hall Delagyle.

Alan Williams had a party fishing at Carron and Phones, Knockando and had two from each beat.

Ruth Hosker’s fish Carron.

Peter Hosker’s fish Knockando.

Alan Williams’ fish Knockando.

Knockando had at least four fish, I hear the younger gillies were busy fire fighting, well done to them. Well done as well to Blair Watt for catching his first salon.

Blair Watt 1st fish Knockando.

Again I am disappointed to get no news from further up the river but Stuart Voce tells me that

Abernethy and Aviemore Angling Association had a 12lb salmon caught by Start himself, and Johnny Gordon had a salmon and a seatrout.



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


There is 1 comment for this article
  1. Iain Ogden at 11:43 am

    Good to see careful handling being promoted on these pages, again! Sand and mud on the fish removes protective slime and promotes disease. Photographing fish still in the water [within the net] might not make the best of pics but the fish will certainly benefit. Large mesh nets aren’t great either leading to split fins and possible disease, rubberised small mesh nets are best and are not expensive.

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