It was another wet week, the river remained high, then it dropped slowly away. There is yet more rain forecast for next week, the only dry day will be Thursday and next weekend the rain is forecast to be heavy. Hopefully the river will continue to drop back. The tides are still dropping away, they start to build again on Wednesday evening.
Catches I have reports of fish from Aviemore to the sea.
Visitor George Titley tells me he had a great few days on the Lower Spey fishing both Gordon Castle and the Association.
Gordon Castle, Ian tenant tells me they had twenty-five for the week, with all the beats catching. Ian said “cracking shape of fish, like little barrels, with plenty of running through.”
Delfur finished in the low teens, thanks to Johnny Grey for the pictures.
Rothes had another good week, with sixteen landed for the third week on the trot.
Alan Williams’ party were fishing at Rothes and Carron, they had five at Carron as well.
Arndilly, Euan tells me “Monday was surprisingly difficult but Will templar had a lovely 19lb fish from Gilmour. Anyone who knows Gilmour will understand how difficult it is landing any fish, let alone a big one in big water, as the main current is at your feet. Will managed it with a 12foot rod and Keith netted it. Tuesday Martin St Quinton had an 11lb fish from Cobble Pot and the gillies did a nightshift with the guests which resulted in a sea trout for Julie Devine and Gilly bate. Will Templar had had another of 13lb on Wednesday. Thursday we had five fish for the host Richard Hollingbery and, Mr and mrs John and Alison Bladon and Viscount Petersham. John Bladon fulfilled his own prediction and caught two on Friday afternoon from the Cobble Potafter a very quiet morning on the beat. Mrs Alison Bladon finished the week off with an 11lb fish on Saturday Afternoon. Mr Jim Stevens had a 5lb sea trout and the Doc did a lot of flapping about.”
Aberlour Angling Club had another productive week, with eleven salmon and two sea trout landed, thanks to Ken Davies for the pictures, I hope I have all the names correct.
Wester Elchies had three with even more lost.
Kinermony, Davy Brand tells me they had four for the week and sent me these pics.
Garry Grant from the Abernethy and Aviemore Angling Club tells me “Despite the river level being so unsettled Monday started slowly with 2 seatrout landed Tuesday we managed to find our 1st salmon on the fly a nice 9lb cock fish Wednesday another salmon landed 12lb Saturday a 2lb seatrout and 9lb salmon were landed on the Aviemore section despite being so lightly fished.”
I received a report from the Knock of Kincardine beat. “Duncan Ferguson was down on our beat at Knock of Kincardine with his son, Charlie (15 years old) he only fished for one hour on Tuesday afternoon and caught this 8lb Sea Trout on the Bay Window Pool on a # 8 silver stoats tail
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.