Week Commencing the Glorious Twelfth 2019

The forecast for the coming week is to be drier than of late, although Monday will have a few heavy showers. It will be generally be overcast with temperatures slightly below average, great fishing weather. I would think the river will slowly drop away. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water this week.


Catches, well what can a say, spectacular, wonderful?

Gordon Castle finished the week just short of two hundred, and Angus Gordon Lennox was telling me they were not fully let!

Ian Tennant says mostly fresh grilse with some salmon from all the beats. Tuesday was the best day landing forty-six. Algernon Percy’s party who have been fishing the Brae for generations had a week to remember with sixty seven landed. John Hickman’s party who had never fished the Brae before had forty-three fish. Here’s hoping it lasts to the end of the season.

Orton, I hear that the beat was lightly fished only averaging two rods a day.  Wednesday was the best day of the week with eight landed before lunch, the total for the week was somewhere oin the mid thirties.  Kevin Stuart from Inchberry on his first day at Orton managed 4 on the Wednesday. There was a mixture of fish with some fresh fish and also some colouring salmon.


Delfur. Were also into the mid thirties with catches being steady all week although on Saturday the fish appeared a little dour.

Mr Trafford 21lb. Sourden Delfur.


Rothes, James Bladon’s party had seventeen for the week with five first fish caught. Monday, Mark Struthers had two from Creeky. Tuesday RupertBurnell-Nugent had his first and second fish from Burnmouth. Wednesday four were caught, Sophie Pollock getting her first from Junction. Two on Thursday four on Friday with James Pollock getting his first fish. Saturday two fish with Andrew Miles getting his first from Burnmouth 13lb.

Will Kipling Rothes.

Sophie Pollock Rothes.

James Pollock Rothes.

Ed Clive Rothes.

Andy Miles Rothes.


Arndilly, This week was donated to the Atlantic salmon Trust by Arndilly Fishings to help fund the very interesting Missing salmon Project. The winners in the auction was Iain Laing and what a lovely week they had, finishing with thirty-eight salmon and grilse. Iain got us going with two on Monday morning and we had seven for the day with Mrs. Shona Martin getting her first ever. On Tuesday Claire Newlands got her first fish and followed it up with the only two fish caught on Saturday.  Every guest caught at least one fish this week. George Lyon had five salmon averaging 12.1lb. including the biggest of the week at 14.5lb. John Martin had four and Simon Johnson had five for his three days. Geoff Fisher had a couple and Jamie (check his pockets for worms) Hammond had six for his 2.f days. Scott Mackenzie joined us on Wednesday and had four and Jack Meredith had a fish and a 6lb sea-trout for his few days.

Iain Laing Arndilly.

Ian again.

Iain’s 9lb safely landed. Arndilly.

John Martin Arndilly.

Jamie Hammond Arndilly.

Jack Meredith Arndilly.

Claire Newlands Arndilly.

George Lyon 141/2 lb. Arndilly.

Geoff Fisher Arndilly.


Aberlour had around sixteen for the week. As well as the usual suspects catching fish, regular visitor Andrew Goodenough had five on Friday. Bill Gill (10) a young visitor from Yorkshire had his first and second salmon. I’m sure after a start like that he will be a life long angler.

Bill Gill Aberlour first fish.

Bill Gill Aberlour

Tim Betts Aberlour.

Tim again Aberlour.

Jim Sivewright Aberlour

Jim Cowie Aberlour.

Andrew Goodenough, one of five.

18lb Aberlour. Kenny Davies.

Wester Elchies were into double figures.

Carron finished with half a dozen, a couple of well kent faces.

Ian Borthwick Carron.

Neil Borthwick Carron.


Red Vent


Red Vent.There is no evidence at present to suggest that the condition affects the survival of returning Atlantic salmon or that it impacts on spawning success. The likely cause of the condition is a nematode worm infestation and Anisakis sp. and Hysterothylacium sp., both very common parasites, have been found around the vent area of all fish examined with RVS.

The nematode has a complex life cycle with the adult worms found in seals, whales and other marine mammals. Wild salmon become infected at sea when they ingest prey items which are infected with the nematode larvae. These symptoms have not been reported in farmed Atlantic salmon or sea trout (S. trutta) and seem to be restricted to wild Atlantic salmon.

Whilst the parasite can be carried into freshwater by migrating fish, it is unable to be transmitted between fish in the freshwater environment, so it is safe to return infected salmon to the river.

 Health Risk
Parasites in fish, particularly Anisakis, can, if eaten alive, cause serious health problems. Therefore, the Food Standards Agency has issued new guidance for anglers who may want to eat their own catch.


  • Visually inspect the wild salmon to detect and remove parasites. Those fish which remain obviously contaminated should not be consumed.
  • If wild salmon is to be eaten raw or almost raw it should be frozen in all parts for at least 24 hours, at a temperature of –20 deg C or colder. This will ensure that any non-visible parasites or undetectable larvae of nematodes are destroyed.
  • This freezing advice also extends to wild salmon that are to undergo a cold smoking process or to be eaten after marinating or salting i.e. as in Gravadlax.
  • Where wild salmon is to be hot smoked (internal temperature above 60 deg C), which is sufficient to kill any parasites present, then it is safe to eat without freezing first.
  • Where it is not possible to carry out adequate freezing it is advisable to cook the wild salmon. A temperature of 70 deg C for two minutes will kill any parasitic contamination present. As there is no infallible method of detecting and removing larvae, this advice is particularly relevant for pregnant women and elderly people, where ingestion of live parasites from fish could pose a serious health risk.

This guidance document has been issued because of an increased prevalence of wild salmon in UK rivers infected with the parasite and can be downloaded from the Food Standards Agency’s website:


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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