Week Commencing 8th July 2019.

Well I go away for a week and when I return the Spey resembles the Yangtze, big and brown. The river has started to drop away but at least a couple of days were lost to high coloured water. The forecast for the coming week is mainly warm and dry but with a little rain mid-week. The tides are building all week.

A big coloured river.

A lot of turbidity.



As I mentioned above at least two days were lost to high coloured water and thunder and lightning.

Gordon Castle tells me the finished in the high teens, thanks to Ian for the photos.

Gordon Castle

Dicken Fawcett Gordon Castle

Flounder(ing) Gordon Castle.

Delfur, Mark said they had twenty for the week with no fishing, Thursday and Friday. Mostly fish between 12 and 18lb fantastic fighters.

Mr Nicky Mountain Delfur.

Nathalie Moutain Delfur.

Mills Mountain Delfur.


Rothes Mike says “We had a few at the start of the week and nothing after Wednesday although a couple were lost on Saturday. Hopefully conditions will be more settled this coming week.”

Camilla Jennings Rothes.

Arndilly. Euan reports “Richard Bardwell caught our first of the week, 10lb sea-liced from the Cobble Pot on a bright cloudless Monday. On Tuesday party leader Simon Browne had two in ten minutes in Back of the Bog neck on the left, 12 and 15lb. Rolls Colman had a 4lb grilse from the Long Pool. Wednesday was three again, George Browne, 12lb, Georgina Munro-Ford  estimated by the gilliesbat 15,75lb, both from Back of the Bog and Jim Browne 15.5Lb from Long Pool. Thursday and Friday were hopeless. We finished with a day of six. Simon and Jim Browne had two each from Cobble Pot and Lucy Bardwell had one from Jock’s Tail.”

Simon Browne Arndilly.

Rolls Colman Arndilly.

Jim Browne Arndilly.

George Browne Arndilly.

Georgia Munro-Ford Arndilly, estimated at 15 3/4 lbs.

9lb Long Pool.

Aberlour had a couple, Neil Borthwick caught one from the Creepie on his first cast and visitor, Paul Irvine. My reporter is on holiday so there might have been more.

Neil Borthwick’s fish Aberlour

Paul Irvine Aberlour.

Wester Elchies had a couple.

Carron had at least five.

Laggan, James Bleaney reports, “ Five for the week, and a great house party eased the pain of not fishing. A tour of the cooperage was a superb non fishing experience.”

Paddy Dangerfield Laggan.

Emma Bleaney Laggan.

Alex Gray Laggan.

You can’t catch fish if your fly is not in the water.


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.

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