Week Commencing 25th March 2019

Last week was a better week again on the Spey with fish reported from Kinchurdy to Fochabers. Last week’s forecast was well off, temperatures were much higher than I forecast, but the wind was a real annoyance. This coming week will be cooler with temperatures struggling to reach double figures. It will also be wet, with significant amounts of rain Wednesday, Thursday. The tides are building all week.


Catches, as I mentioned above a very encouraging week for catches.

Gordon Castle had their first of the season, I’m sure if the effort increased so would the catches.

1st fish Gordon Castle.

Orton had four, many thanks to Richard for the picture.

Alistair Hamilton Orton.

Delfur had six. Mark tells me it was a week of two halves, the start of the week much more productive than the end. Thanks to Mark and Grant for the pictures.

John Hackney’s fish Delfur.

Danny Mcgrath Delfur

Beaufort Delfur.

Rothes also had four and a large seatrout.

Arndilly, Euan tells me eight for the week, Two “first fish’ David Sanderson had a 9lb fish from the Cobble Pot and Geoff Smailles had one from the Soo, just before rushing to catch his flight home.. Head of the party Nick Smith had two from the long Pool. Retired Head Gillie Tony Green making a guest apperence had a couple. The dream team of Lucy and Richard Bardwell with Blair Banks had a 23lb fish to Richard and Lucy a smaller one from Jock’s Tail.

Richard Bardwell’s fish Arndilly.

Lucy Bardwell’s fish.

David Sanderson 1st fish Arndilly.

Geoff Smailles.

Tony Green Arndilly.

Nick Smith’s fish Arndilly.

Another for Nick Smith.

Geoff Smailles’ fish

Aberlour Angling Club had a couple both to Neil Borthwick and both on the fly.

Neil Borthwick, Boat Pool Aberlour.

Neil Borthwick Aberlour.

Kinermony did well with five landed and as many lost. Mike Broadey kindly sent me these pictures.

Mike Broadey Kinermony.

Another for Ian Henderson.

Gillie Davy Brand Kinermony.

Ian Henderson Kinermony

Ian Again.

Wester Elchies had a couple, both early in the week.

Delagyle was fished by the Gordon Group.three fish were landed and a sea trout on Saturday.

Stuart Yates Delagyle.

Ross Wood’s fish Delagyle.

Graham Ritchie’s fish Delagyle.

Laggan was fished by a party of Norwegians who are regulars on the Spey and they were pleased with their week.

Thomas Larsen Laggan

Steiner Christensen Laggan.

Odd Nakland Laggan.

Jon Asle Sjoli Laggan.

I heard of a couple of big fish further up the river but have no more retails.

Can I ask that if any estate, association or anglers have any stories or pictures please get in touch either by email or text message?

malcolm@speygillie.co.uk or 07967970704.


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





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