Week Commencing 29th August 2016.

Let me begin by saying that the Spey will remain in Category 1 for next season from the provisional announcement from the Scottish Government and MSS. If anyone has a few hours to spend it is all here. http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0050/00505047.pdf

Salar the leaper. One of the 200 000estimated to run the Spey!

Salar the leaper. One of the 200 000 estimated to run the Spey!

 

Last week’s forecast was reasonably accurate, next week it will be hot and sunny most of the week, with perhaps Wednesday more overcast. There is no rain forecast till Saturday evening. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water all week.

Catches. Gordon Castle continued to catch fish finishing the week with around forty landed.

Delfur finished with over sixty landed, I asked Mark why he thought they were fishing so well. Mark thought that this week’s tenants fished the beat really lightly and gave the fish a chance to stay on the take rather than thrashing the water and putting the fish off. Mark and Rory generously gave up their time to send me some photographs.

Grace Douetil Delfur.

Grace Douetil Delfur.

Simon Jones Delfur.

Simon Jones Delfur.

Robert Bodnar-Horvath Delfur.

Robert Bodnar-Horvath Delfur.

Louise Bodnar-Horvath Delfur

Louise Bodnar-Horvath Delfur

Jamie Hardy Delfur

Jamie Hardy Delfur

Fran Jones Delfur

Fran Jones Delfur

Dane Douetil Delfur

Dane Douetil Delfur

Robert Bodnar-Horvath Delfur, (1st fish)

Robert Bodnar-Horvath Delfur, (1st fish)

Robert Bodnar-Horvath, again.

Robert Bodnar-Horvath, again.

Abbi Douetil Delfur

Abbi Douetil Delfur

Rothes ended close to double figures.

Craigellachie had another good week landing fish everyday and almost averaging two a day.

The rest of the river has been pretty quiet although there are plenty fish in all the pools to test your luck against.

Edwin Whyte kindly sent me these pictures of a fish he had from Lower Wester Elchies.

Some big ugly things down the river!

Some big ugly things down the river!

Guess the Fly?

Guess the Fly?

David Brand sent me this picture of NickPlumb with his first ever salmon, estimated at 12 lbs.

Nick Plumb Kinernomy

Nick Plumb Kinernomy

Last week I was not told till later in the week that Eloise Stewart-Richardson landed her first ever salmon from Pol Shuan late one evening, too late for a decent photo I’m afraid.

My Grantown correspondent and I were debating why the Association waters were so quiet and we decided that people booking on to the private beats had already committed where as the Association Anglers could pick and choose and wait for better conditions to fish. Those who did were rewarded, Nigel Davies had this one from Dulnain Mouth.

Nigel Davies Dulnain Mouth Grantown

Nigel Davies Dulnain Mouth Grantown

Kevin Shanks was back at Kinchurdy and said they fished last week and had a great week with twenty-eight seatrout and a salmon landed. He said they had a great week helped by gillie Bobby Hall who he described as a “fantastic bloke”

A section of Kevin’s pictures.

Sea Trout Kinchurdy.

Sea Trout Kinchurdy.

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Sea Trout Kinchurdy.

Sea Trout Kinchurdy.

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Sea Trout Kinchurdy.

Sea Trout Kinchurdy.

Sea trout Kinchurdy

Sea trout Kinchurdy.

Authored by: Malcolm Newbould

There are 4 comments for this article
  1. Euan Reid at 11:01 pm

    Hi Malcolm,
    I have two points, the first being congratulations on a good report which I read every Sunday to find out what is happening up and down the river.
    Secondly I would be interested in finding out where you found the figure of an estimated 200 000 fish that run the Spey? Having looked into the official figures for the North Esk and Helmsdale which state roughly 10 000 and 5000 respectively(figures derived from fish counters) it seems to me that the estimates for the Spey are at best optimistic.
    I look forward to being enlightened.
    Yours, Euan.

    • Malcolm Newbould Author at 8:40 am

      Euan, thank you for your kind comments but a lot of the time I am just a conduit for the gillies and anglers on the river who send me their stories and pictures. It is a pity not every beat can keep me posted.
      I too thought the figures from the Spey were a tad optimistic! If you go to http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0050/00505047.pdf and trawl through to page 74 of 507 you should see the graph where I got the figure from! To save everyone I have taken a screen shot.

      Graph.

      • Euan at 11:28 pm

        Thank you Malcolm for your reply and I get the message!
        I understand the information displayed in your screen shot is not your own so I assume you are as baffled as I am by the line below the graph explaining where the estimate came from.

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