Week Commencing 28th May

Well last week’s forecast was wrong, the rain promised for midweek failed to turn up till Saturday and even that was patchy. This coming week is more of the same, no precipitation and plenty of sunshine, temperatures reaching twenties most of the week. The tides peaked last week and there will be no new water till next weekend.

Bit bright

Saturday’s rain pushed up the Avon and the main river is running quite coloured.

Avon rise.

Putting main river up.


The warm weather is a least good for my blue tits and the caterpillar crop seems to be keeping the family well fed.

Hungry hoard.

Dad with food.



We had a reasonable week at Delfur by this year’s standards, both guests and gillies worked hard, fishing the mornings and evenings but we finished the week into double figures. As I don’t have many pictures from elsewhere you will have to make do with the team Delfur photos.

Solid fish from Sourden.

Davy releasing a fish.

Dave Sadowski, with one of his three fish.

Dave with another.

Jordan Henderson

Another one with Jordan

And the third

Alan Brown

Rothes were a more social party and ended with four, James and Heather Bladon had a fish apiece.

Euan from Arndilly says,

Five on Saturday boosted the weekly total to six, Mr Sutterthwaite had a “first fish” on Wednesday. A well-travelled Charlie Walker had a brace and George Hollinbery, Will Daniels and Jonathon De Jongh also had fish.


Kinermony started the week well when Ian Pawley had an 8lber from the Boat Pool on Monday morning but alas that was it.


I hear Delagyle also had one but have no details.


Knockando had a least a couple.


I was pleased to hear from Simon Cozier on Castle Grant 3 who sent me this picture of his son Jack with his first fish caught late on Saturday night.

Jack Crozier’s 1st Salmon Castle Grant 3


Grantown had a least four salmon, 18, 14, 13 and 6 with a handful of seatrout.

Stuart Voce from Abernethy tells me,

The river dropped this week to it’s lowest level for a few years. Thinking that that would be the end of the fishing for a while I was proved wrong with 3 Salmon and 9 seatrout. Just goes to show we don’t know it all!

The Salmon best was 14lb taken by our member Stephen Dawson. All fish returned.

On Friday night our member Ian Mc Bean had a night he will not forget for some time by landing 7 Seatrout on the fly! and losing 6 others !! best 5lb .What dreams are made of ?

On a sadder note I have to report that we lost one of our oldest members last Saturday, Bill Norman who sadly passed away after a long illness. Most of those who knew him will remember him as ‘  Big Bill ‘ a builder by trade, a true fisherman by nature,

He will be sadly missed. God bless.




There are 6 comments for this article
  1. Robert mclachlan at 4:55 pm

    Dear sir the time was around 3 _4 o’clockpm and very bright not a fishing day ,by any means ,but back to my child hood at carron salmon where still caught on sunny days,i am happy my hard opinion has got attention I full well know a ban on fishing is not in nobody,s interest for the valley, but what are ,is the solution
    I have ideas, but again,at Boers head in the stake net day,s certain folk relocated .Sammy seal,s by the dozen ,flipper and his pal,s are also not helping but in modern time wee have to be sensitive. for the planet and the future, to many takers and not enough givers. I respect the s.f.b. are doing every thing and very dedicated beyond there means, to make a turnaround if I had a answer ,I would freely give, you it. how do you breed a more resilient,hatchery stock . the amount of Parr over the years must run into the million,s to what affect,preditation is the ?

    Robert mclachlan

  2. Robert mclachlan at 8:49 am

    Had a run up spey side last week ,is there any fishermen or, ladies , fishing saw one fisher at rothes is the spey, in as big a decline, as , opinion have us not believe,sat at Kingston for two hours , and never saw a fish jump, sat at Boers head for two hours never saw a fish ,things are bad in my opinion, time to call it a day. Will head back to alaska my last trip I and two mates, landed and released 68 red salmon in two hours,stopped fishing, to cool down,don’t let you fish .till ,sustainable fish have ,passed thru counter,king salmon numbers had not reached numbers , so no permit ,permitted,the spey needs a total ban on fishing for five years,alaska no number no fishing,scotland wring the last £ out of a dreamer of days gone by ,in five years time , if still around,history, will prove me right,. So sad……

    • Malcolm Newbould Author at 10:50 am

      Robert, you don’t say what time of day you were travelling around, but I can assure you there were plenty of anglers on the river.
      If there were no fishing allowed for five years could you explain how the “Board” would be financed? If no money there would be no balliffs and the river would become a poachers paradise.
      How much would you like to wager on the Spey being back to its best in five years time?

      • Euan Reid at 12:01 am

        Malcolm, would you put your pension on it? I doubt it.
        5 years would involve an excellent spawning this year and next. You have spent enough time on our river this year to know that this scenario is highly unlikely. Feel free to explain to me and all the anglers why you think we’ll be back to where we should be in 5 years.

        • Malcolm Newbould Author at 10:39 am

          Euan, first of all my apologies I have been spelling your name incorrectly for most of the season, you should have said.
          As the advert keeps telling us, Keep Gambling Fun and putting my pension on salmon’s behaviour would not be wise.
          I am prepared to stand by my prediction, which is based on three sources.
          1. Malloch wrote his book in the early part of the 20th centaury and was far ahead in his thinking, he clearly recognised the cyclical nature of salmon runs. In one of his graphs, which I concede is Tay based, it is quite clear that between the grilse dominant cycle an the spring dominant cycle there is a distinct drop in the run numbers. This period lasts about ten years. If 2018 is the first of this poor run period we are in deep trouble but I think we entered this phase around 2011 and therefore are coming towards better times.
          2. The juvenile counts are much better which suggest the next couple of years will be better; I concede they could not be much worse.
          3. Optimism, you need to be optimistic to be a salmon angler.

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