Week Commencing 26th August 2019.

Another wet end to the week and another big river for Monday morning. There is some rain forecast, Monday, Wednesday and Friday but only Wednesday’s will be significant. Temperatures remain just into double figures. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water till next week.



Ian Tennant tells me they finished the week just short of sixty fish, a mixture of fresh and coloured fish. At the start of the rise on Saturday, there were plenty of fish showing. Ian wasn’t sure if it were the guests or the fish that were camera shy this week, just one picture.

Gordon Castle.

Orton were just short of twenty, thanks to Richard for the pictures.





Delfur were mid teens again, with another fin clipped grilse landed.

Abi Douetil Delfur.

Abi Douetil Delfur.

Fin Clipped grilse Delfur.

Rothes, thanks to Robbie for the picture.

Sarah Lambert Rothes.

Arndilly.  Another lovely week at Arndilly. Although the fish were being a bit difficult and there were plenty of them, we managed to get thirteen including four first ever fish. Freya, March and Rose Hollinbery brought a young and lively team to Arndilly which kept the gillies on their toes. The first fish were for firstly Joe Sanson, a grilse from the Long Pooland then on the same fly- a size 12 Jeanie tied by Blair-an 8lb fish for Lucas Fabbri in the Arns. Lucas also had our first sea liced fish for a few weeks later in the week. Archie Leschallas had his first in the Long Pool and Teddy Hansen had his first in the Back of the Bog on Friday along with Archie’s second fish. Rupert Boddington had two, Will Templar one and Richard Hollinbery had three. Other notables are Kristina Beddall (1) and Orin isin (2) who lost what would have been their first fish almost at the finishing line.

Teddy Hansen Arndilly.

Lucas Fabbri Arndilly.

Joe Sanson 1st Fish. Arndilly.

Archie Laschallas Arndilly.

Freya Hollinbery Arndilly.

Bob Boddington Arndilly.

James Stuart Richardson sent me this photo of Wilfred Harvey’s first fish from the Rhynd at Wester Elchies.

Wilfred Harvey 1st fish Wester Elchies.



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 is 1 comment for this article
  1. Colin G. F. Smith at 3:56 pm

    great report as per usual

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