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Tuesday 20th November 2012

 It would appear that most of the salmon have now spawned. From my own observations of a couple of small local burns, there would appear to be far less salmon this year, than last. That may concur with this season's drop in catches; although some may say that the fish were easier to see in last year's low water.

I did place a camera beside a dead kelt for a couple of days. The camera captured video of Otter, Raven, Pine Marten and Buzzard. The video of the Pine Marten wasn't that great but you might be interested to see the other short videos via the links, below.

The short Otter video can be seen by clicking here.

The short Buzzard video can be seen by clicking here.

The shorter Raven video can be seen by clicking here.

The figures regarding fish caught by which method, etc, are still be collated. The location of the AGM is still being discussed. Watch this space!

 

Wednesday 3rd October 2012

The season has now finished and it may be that you are now be reflecting on the ones that got away. It's time to pack your fishing gear away for a few months and, perhaps, tie a few flies.

The final figures for our 2012 season are as follows:

220 salmon  :  76 grilse  :  255 sea-trout

You can see how this season compared to recent seasons, below.

Recent season totals 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Salmon/Grilse 439 353 444 327 426 357 296
Sea-Trout 536 427 338 263 579 356 255

 

This season was slightly disappointing, in terms of catches. The salmon/grilse catch was down about 17% on last season and the sea-trout was down by nearly 28%. Of course, some seasons are better than others and I guess that this season was just one of those blips which happen every now and then.

There is always next season to look forward to; it's less than five months away! As and when this season's totals are broken down into method caught, average weight, etc, I'll update this page again.

In the meantime, best wishes.

Jimmy Mitchell

 

Sunday 30th September 2012

Just a very quick update for you. At least sixteen fish were declared for the last calendar week. That figure excludes any landed on Saturday. Depending on the numbers for Saturday, our total of salmon/grilse for this season may have reached 300. That's about 15% down on last season.

I don't have the sea-trout totals, as yet. I'll update this page next week with all of the seasonal totals.

Best wishes,

 

 

18:00hrs, Wednesday 26th September 2012

Just a very quick update. I've just heard that another six fish have been declared. I presume that they were landed today but I have no further information at this stage.

J.M.

 

15:00hrs, Wednesday 26th September 2012

Only one salmon has been declared, so far, this calendar week. That's a real surprise.

The rain in Strathspey has not been as heavy, or as destructive, as other areas of the UK. However, the river did start to rise yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. It seems that it has now reached its peak of about 2 foot 9 inches.

This high water will suit the spinners and I am sure that many fish will be landed in the next few days.

Weatherwise, expect Thursday to be mainly dry and possibly bright. There will be some rain around on Friday and Saturday should be largely dry.

That is really as much as I can tell you for the moment. You will be aware that our season closes on Saturday. I'll try and give you a quick report on Saturday/Sunday.

In the meantime, I wish you all the very best of luck.

Tight lines,

Jimmy Mitchell

 

18:00 hrs, Saturday 22nd September 2012

We have had a good week with at least 31 salmon / grilse landed. I think that makes this the best week of the season and that figure excludes any fish landed today.

Perhaps surprisingly, the fish have not been huge; the three largest fish weighed 14 lbs.  I have no information about what percentage of these fish were fresh.  Our salmon / grilse catch is slightly down on this point last year but another good week will boost this season's figures.

For what it's worth to you now, the river has been running steady today at 7 inches.

Weatherwise, there will be rain about on Monday. It is more likely to be heaviest in the evening and into early Tuesday morning. The rest of the week will be a mixture of sunshine with occasional light rain/showers.

I'm sure that you don't need reminding that next week is our last of this season; next Saturday will be the last day. If you're hoping to catch a salmon, or two, you don't have much time left. There's a long winter ahead! As per my comments below, the Dulnain Mouth Pool should be worth a short walk.

I'll update this page again on Wednesday or Thursday.

 

12:00 hrs, Thursday 20th September 2012

I am pleased to be able to tell you that a total of seventeen fish have been declared for this calendar week, thus far. The heaviest of these was a 14 pounder from the Auchernack Burn Pool. Most of the fish were under the 10 pounds mark.

I was trawling through the catch reports from recent seasons and there seems to be a drop in the number of fish caught at the Dulnain Mouth Pool this season. I can only think that it is not being fished as frequently. Previous seasons have shown this to be the most productive pool at this time of the year - give it a go!

The river is presently running about 8 inches, having fallen from its most recent peak of about 11 inches yesterday.

Weatherwise, it's getting colder. There has been fresh snow on the hill tops on at least two mornings of this week. As is usual, the national newspapers have been making wee stories this week about the first snow of the year. However, they are a little late, as the first snow of this season fell on the hills at the end of August!

Expect a pleasant, but cool, weekend. There is a likelihood of rain on Monday and Tuesday as we enter our last week of this season.

I'll update this page on Saturday evening or Sunday. In the meantime, you haven't got long left. Good luck & tight lines!

 

 

Sunday 16th September 2012

The promised heavy rain for Thursday did not materialise; instead we had strong winds with a few showers. Consequently, the river did not rise as expected for Friday. However, it did rise to about the 10 inch mark on Saturday and it was pleasing to see so many anglers on the river banks. The Inverallan car park was full!

The reports from Saturday have not yet been collated, however the total for the week, (excluding Saturday), is sixteen fish. About half of these were grilse-sized. The pick of the week was a 16 pounder landed from Poll Clach: it took a fly.

The forecast for the week is one of sunshine and showers; it will be cool.

This is the time of the season when specimen fish are landed, and with just twelve fishing days left of this season and a long winter ahead, get down to the river and enjoy yourself!

I'll update this page again on Wednesday or Thursday. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines!

 

 

16:30hrs, Wednesday 12th September 2012.

Six salmon / grilse have been declared since my last report, below. None of these were particularly large; the heaviest weighed 12 lbs. However, I thought that you would be interested to see the below picture which features a salmon landed at Knockando last month. It was reckoned to weigh about 43 lbs. It measured 47 inches long and was caught by Jason Drummond. That's all of the information I have.

 

The river has been running a little low at just 5 inches, however I believe that this will soon change for the better. Tomorrow is forecast to be quite wet with strong winds; it will be horrible! It is predicted to rain for the whole day and may not stop until Friday afternoon. This should lift the river level and conditions will suit the 'spinners' amongst you. (Hopefully, the river won't be too high.)

I expect that Friday and Saturday will provide excellent fishing and with only 16 fishing days left of this season, it may be your last chance to catch a salmon or two! For the information of new visitors amongst you, the right bank of the Long Pool fishes well in high water with fish sometimes taking right beside the bank.

I'll try & update this page again on Saturday evening or Sunday. In the meantime, good luck for the weekend and tight lines!

 

18:00hrs, Saturday 8th September 2012

It has been a disappointing week on the river with only four fish declared for the last calendar week. The conditions have been pleasant and warm which hasn't help the fishing; the fish have certainly proved hard to catch.

The coming week is expected to be much cooler than of late with rain around on most days. At the moment, Wednesday and Friday are predicted to be particularly wet, but time will tell!

In case you need reminding, only 18 fishing days remain of this season. I am sure that next week will see a good improvement in catches with the autumnal weather settling in.

That is all of the news I have for you at this time. I hope to update this page again on Wednesday or Thursday.

In the meantime, good luck to you all and tight lines!

 

 

13:30hrs, Wednesday 5th September 2012

Two more fish were declared for Saturday and, so far, just two have been declared for this calendar week. A decent fish of 18 lbs was landed this morning in Little Stream having been lured by a fly.

The river is running about 7 inches this morning.

Weatherwise, there will be rain about tomorrow and the remainder of the week is said to be cloudier but mainly dry.

Just in case you need reminding, our season closes on Saturday the 29th of September; that leaves just 21 fishing days left. Enjoy what is left of the season - it could be a long and cold winter ahead!

I should be able to update this page again on Saturday evening or Sunday morning.

 

18:00 hrs, Saturday 1st September 2012

We are finally into our last month of the season. Fish reports are slightly down on previous seasons which may be due, in part, to a drop in the number of anglers. However, I have some good news about the past week.

About twenty salmon / grilse have, thus far, been declared. (I am sure that there will be some more from today which will be reported on Monday.) This weeks' catches include fish of 25+lbs, 22lbs (x2),20lbs & 19lbs. The largest of the aforementioned was landed by Jim Gentleman from the Long Pool with a spinner during the high water of Tuesday.

As per my previous comments on 23rd August, September has frequently proved to be our most productive month, so there is hope yet!

About twenty-seven sea-trout have also been declared for the past week. Please remember that all sea-trout must be returned, now that September has arrived.

The river was running at just over 1 foot today and is likely to continue to fall with no immediate prospect of rain.

The coming week is predicted to be reasonably settled and relatively dry. At this early stage, it is predicted that Thursday is likely to be the wettest day of the week, but that could all change - it's only a forecast!

That's as much as I can tell you for the time being. I will endeavour to update this page again on Wednesday or Thursday.

 

12:30hrs, Wednesday 29th August 2012

I have some decent fish to report! Salmon of 22, 20 and 19 lbs were landed on Monday. Two were caught at Tarric Mor and the other at Poll Clach. Two of them took a fly. Three additional fish have been declared from last week.

One sea-trout has been declared. Whilst on this subject I will take this opportunity to remind you that, as a conservation measure, all sea-trout must be returned in September.

The river peaked at over 2 feet yesterday. It is still dropping and is presently about 1 foot 5 inches.

Weatherwise, tomorrow should be acceptable with odd showers around and Friday is predicted to be wet. It should be more dry and slightly milder on Saturday. Sunday is predicted to be bright & pleasant as it always is when Grantown stages 'Motormania'. You can see the website here.

I'll update this page again on Saturday evening or Sunday.

 

18:30 hrs, Saturday 25th Aug 2012.

It has been a slow week on our own water - not because of lack of fish, but due to a lack of anglers. On three occasions during the week, I had a wee walk below the Old Bridge and there were no anglers to be seen. So, it will come as no surprise that only one other grilse, together with a couple of sea-trout, have been declared since my last report.

I am aware that the Beats immediately below our own having been catching good numbers of fish this week; that includes fresh fish with sea-lice!

For what it's worth to you today, the river rose over 6 inches last night and was running about 1 foot today. However, keep your eye on the river level for this Monday / Tuesday.

Weatherwise, tomorrow should be pleasant for the Grantown Highland Games, however you should expect it to be really wet and windy on Monday. Most of the rest of the week will be cool with occasional rain and some sun. We are fast approaching Autumn.

Hopefully some anglers will materialise to boost our catches. It's a great shame to see our wonderful pools without anglers - especially when the fish are jumping!

I'll try and update this page on Wednesday / Thursday.

 

11:10 hrs, Thursday 23rd August 2012.

Just two salmon have been declared for this calendar week; however four more salmon were reported from Saturday which were all caught at The Bushes. Even although there have been very few anglers recently, I am pleased to tell you that this now takes our salmon & grilse catch to above 200 for this year.

The sea-trout catch is also above 200 with another six fish declared this week, including one of 7 lbs.

You will be aware that there is only one week until September. Catches are presently down in comparison to recent seasons, however the show is not over yet! More often than not, September has proved to be our most productive month, both in terms of numbers of fish caught and heaviest fish.

I had a wee stroll down the Upper Castle Grant waters yesterday and saw plenty of fish showing, but not an angler in sight. It's amazing to think that you could have two miles of prime Scottish salmon water all to yourself!

I have been sent the below picture of a grilse recently caught from Craggan Sands. Thanks for the picture, Marc.

 

The river has been running steady for all of this week and is presently about 6 inches.

Weatherwise, we have been enjoying a pleasant August but, as is to be expected at this time of year, it is beginning to cool down. It should still be fairly pleasant, but expect the odd shower.

I'll update this page again at the weekend.

 

17:50hrs, Saturday 18th August 2012

Sixteen salmon have, thus far, been declared for this calendar week. There may be a handful of fish still to be reported. Most of the fish have been relatively small, however a decent fish of 18 pounds was landed from Tarric Mor on Wednesday: it took a fly.

 As is to be expected, the sea-trout numbers are falling off, with eight fish declared for the week.

I appreciate that there wont be any of you fishing tomorrow, however, for what it's worth, the river rose about 7 inches yesterday evening. It's presently running about 12 inches.

We have enjoyed some pleasant weather for some of this week; it's been quite warm at times. We are told that it will remain pleasant for the first half of the coming week and then become cloudier and more cool into the second half. There will be some showers around.

I note that we have now had over 100 000 hits on this site since it started. We are pleased that the site has proved to be so useful.

If you are in town next Saturday, you may want to have a wee break from the fishing for an hour, or so, and witness Grantown's welcome for the 'Thunder in the Glens' tour. Literally thousands of Harley Davidson enthusiasts from all corners of the world will converge on Grantown's Square on their motor bikes. There will be music and side-shows and I believe that the fun starts around 12 noon.

That's about it for now. Remember to look out for any farmed salmon.

I'll update this page on Wednesday / Thursday.

 

11:00 hrs, Thursday 16th August 2012

A total of thirteen salmon / grilse have been declared since my last report; nine of these have been caught this calendar week. An 11 lbs fish was landed yesterday at Poll a Cearan, however the majority of the recent fish have been grilse sized. 

Four sea-trout have also been declared this week.

Despite some heavy rain last night, the river level is running steady at 6 inches.

Weatherwise, we are told that there is going to be a lot of rain around tomorrow. It may brighten-up when it has past. It should remain mild with further showers for the next few days.

I should manage to update this page at the weekend. In the meantime, all the very best to you all and tight lines!

 

Sunday 12th August 2012

We have enjoyed a fine spell of weather in Grantown with temperatures around the mid 20's for the last few days. This has been a pleasant change for those of us who have to live here but the bright weather has not helped the fishing.

The week got off to a poor start with very muddy water afflicting the river for a couple of days - and then the sun shone! With hardly an angler in sight, it's a wonder that seven salmon / grilse have been declared for the week. None of these fish were particularly large; 9lbs was the heaviest.

About nine sea-trout were declared for the week with the heaviest of these at 6lbs.

I understand that some 'farmed' salmon have been caught recently in the river, some of these have been quite large. Often difficult to spot, they can be identified with their larger head and ill-fitting gill covers. They are usually very much fatter than the native fish and can have larger and more frequent spotting to their flanks. Their tails and fins can be ragged. These fish have to be removed to prevent genetic contamination with the native brood-stock.

For what it's worth to you today, the river is slowly dropping and is presently about 6 inches.

Weatherwise; we are told that it will be a little cooler and more cloudy for this coming week. Expect showers/light rain on some days.

The regular visitors amongst you may recall 11 year old Wayde Buley who caught fish on each of his first two visits to the Spey. Herewith is another picture which I have been sent by his Grandad. Thanks, Dave.

 

I'll try and give you an update on Wednesday/ Thursday.

 

13:20hrs Wednesday 8th August 2012

I'm afraid that it has been quiet on the river. This is due to what was thought to be a landslip in the Nethy / Dorback area where there was a period of torrential rain late on Sunday afternoon. The Spey was really brown and muddy on Monday; thankfully it has now almost cleared. As a direct consequence, no salmon have been declared this week, thus far.

The river peaked at 2 feet 3 inches on Monday morning and after dropping slightly, rose again yesterday afternoon. It is falling back now and is presently about 1 foot 2 inches and looking much better!

Weatherwise it seems that the forecasters have got this week about right. It is warming-up and getting brighter. This settled spell is expected to last for the next week, or so, with just an odd bit of rain here and there.

I am sure that the most recent high water will encourage fresh fish to move into our waters and conditions are now looking good with the river level falling.

As usual, unless there is anything of great importance, I'll update this page again at the weekend.

 

Sunday 5th August 2012

It's been a quiet week on the river with surprisingly few anglers. In fact, during my several visits to the Upper Castle Grant water, I have only seen one angler during the whole week.

As a consequence, only five salmon / grilse have been reported - the heaviest of which weighed 13 lbs and was landed at Tarric Mor yesterday. It took a fly.

About ten sea-trout have been declared, the best specimen of which weighed 8 lbs and is pictured below.

For what it's worth to you today, the river level is about 6 inches having fallen steadily for most of the week from its peak of about 1 foot 2 inches last Monday.

As is becoming a wee pastime of mine, I was having a look at www.strathspeyweather.co.uk/monthlystats.htm This is the site of a small weather station based in nearby Cromdale. The data makes interesting reading and shows that we enjoyed more sunshine in the dark months of January and February than we did in June and July. There were also more rain-free days in the individual months of January, February and March than there were in June or July. Finally, as you probably will recall, we enjoyed a hotter day in March than in June or July. And just to cheer you all up, it will be September in just over 3 weeks!

This week's weather is predicted to be showery, up to and including Tuesday. There is hope that an area of high pressure will build over the UK from Wednesday which may settle and improve the weather situation until the end of the week.

I'll do my best to update this page mid-week.

 

Friday 3rd August 2012

Pictured below is a very decent 8lbs sea-trout landed & photographed by local member, Jerry Gallienne, this morning. Jerry caught the fish on fly in Tarric Mor. Thanks for the picture, Jerry.

 

 

14:00hrs, Thursday 2nd August 2012

I'm afraid that don't have much news for you; one salmon of 10 lbs was landed from Poll na Gower on Tuesday. Three more sea-trout have also been declared.

Today is cool and dour; it's barely 14C. I suppose that it's all downhill from here now that we're into August! There is still a fair amount of showery rain in the forecast and it may become slightly more mild.

The river level has risen nearly 4 inches overnight and is presently about 1 foot. I'll try and update this page again at the weekend.

 

10:00hrs, Tuesday 31st July 2012

At least twelve salmon / grilse have been declared since my last report, below. The pick of these was a 16 pound fish landed at Tarric Mor. It seems that the huge numbers of fish caught on the lower beats a couple of weeks ago have yet to arrive in Grantown; they could be here any time soon!

Our salmon / grilse total presently stands at 163 compared to about 200 at this point last season.

The sea-trout numbers are also a little low with about ten fish declared for the last week.

The river level has been rising steadily since Sunday and is presently about 1 foot 2 inches.

Weatherwise, it seems that the prediction about the jet-stream moving north was a false alarm! Our weather remains unsettled with no sign of summer arriving at all.  I was just having a wee look at the statistics on our local weather site, www.strathspeyweather.co.uk/monthlystats.htm which shows that we had more sunshine in the dark month of January than we did in June.

 After a cold night, today is bright and pleasant; however it's back to normal tomorrow, and also for the remainder of the week, with plenty of rain to be expected. That makes a change.

 That is as much news as I have just now. If I'm not dragged off to Marks & Spencers, I'll try and update this page again on Thursday.

 

18:00hrs, Saturday 21st July 2012

At least nine more salmon / grilse have been landed since my last report. The pick of these was a 19 pounder landed from Poll na Gower today; it was caught on spinner.

About eighteen sea-trout have also been declared.

The river level peaked about 2 feet on Thursday, when most of the recent fish were caught. It's currently about 1 foot and falling slowly.

Weatherwise, expect some rain tomorrow and occasional smaller amounts of rain during a reasonably mild week.

I know that you will all be sad to hear that I'll be having a wee break for a week but I'll do my best to update this page on Tuesday, 31st July.

 

11:00hrs, Wednesday 18th July 2012

One salmon of 10lbs and a grilse of 4 lbs have been declared this week, thus far. About 11 sea-trout have also been reported.

Following on from very large numbers of fish caught in the lower beats last week, I am still hopeful that good runs of fish will appear in our waters soon. Today's rain should encourage them towards Grantown.

The river level is presently about 8 inches but I expect that it will rise as we go though the day.

St. Swithin may have got it wrong with his fable. There is some hope that the 'jet stream', which controls our weather patterns, is moving further north to where it should be. Consequently, in the next few days, our weather is expected to become more normal for the time of year. Better late than never!

And finally...... if you happen to be fishing the right bank of the Long Pool, you will notice a very nice new fishing hut. This has been sited affording good shelter and an excellent view of the entire pool.

My next report should be at the weekend. In the meantime, good luck & tight lines!

 

Sunday 15th July 2012

About forty-one salmon / grilse have been declared since my last report, below. Nineteen of these were landed during the last calendar week. Grilse have made up the bulk of these numbers, although a fish of 21 lbs was landed at Macleod's Pool of Friday.

About forty sea-trout have been landed, too.

I understand that the lower beats had something of a bonanza last week. I am hopeful that the higher water will encourage these fish into our own waters for the coming week.

I have been sent the below picture of 11 year old Wayde Buley who, on only his second visit to the Spey, caught this 6 lbs fish with his first cast at Poll a Cearan. On his first outing the day before, Wayde landed an 8 lbs fish. Well done Wayde and thanks to your Grandad for the picture.

 

 

Today is St Swithin's Day and if you believe in the folklore, the next forty days will suffer the same weather as today. It's presently cool, cloudy and showery, so I'll let you make up your own minds about the future! The official weather forecast suggests that, with the exception of this Tuesday, we can expect cloud, rain and cool breezes for at least the next week.

The river level peaked at 3 feet on Wednesday; it has been dropping slowly since and is presently about 1 foot.

My next report should be mid-week.

 

Sunday 1st July 2012

At least 22 salmon / grilse were landed last week. The largest of these weighed 13 lbs; many were caught in The Long Pool in high water.

About 30 sea-trout have also been declared.

Pictured below is an 8lbs fish caught by local member, Jerry Gallienne at Upper Bend on the 28th June 2012. This fresh fish was returned to the river. Thank you for the picture, Jerry.

 

The weather is predicted to remain unsettled for this coming week with showers forecast for every day. There may be more in the way of brightness on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The river level is dropping slowly from its peak of 1 foot 6 inches on Friday. It's about 11 inches at the moment.

I am hopeful that the recent higher river levels will have encourage more fish into our own waters.

I'm afraid that I'm going to be out of action for a few days and will be unable to update this page. In the meantime, I have asked Graham, (at the shop), to update the catches on the Fishspey site. You can see that page here.

That's about it for now.

 

 

16:00 hrs, Wednesday 27th June 2012

What a difference some rain makes!  Fifteen salmon / grilse have been declared so far this week. None of these fish have been particularly large but it certainly lifts the spirits to hear that our water has been fishing well.

The river was running at just under the 2 feet mark on Monday when at least nine salmon were caught. The Long Pool proved quite fruitful, as it tends to, in higher water when fished from the right bank.

At least sixteen sea-trout have been reported in this same period. Incidentally, at the risk of boring you, please remember to report all sea-trout as any apparent shortfall in their numbers may result in further conservation measures.

Below is another picture sent in by local member, Jerry Gallienne; thank you. It's a 12 pounder caught yesterday by Richard Ewbank. (You will notice that I have changed the format of this latest picture as I suspect that I will have to create a gallery in the near future.)

 

I was driving past the Auchernack Burn car park on the Nethybridge Road yesterday and I noticed that there were four anglers' vehicles using up the entire available space. Just a polite suggestion here, as I don't mean to offend anyone: perhaps if you are parking at this small verge-side car park, you could park diagonally nose, or rear, towards the fence. This way there will be available space for more anglers. Hope you all agree!

Now to the weather; it was quite pleasant and warm on Monday afternoon and Tuesday, however, it's back to normal today. It is forecast to rain heavily tomorrow and Friday with some lighter rain on Saturday and Sunday too.

This precipitation will undoubtedly lift the river from it's present 9 inches.

 

Sunday 24th June 2012

At the risk of spoiling you, this is my second report within 24 hours!

It has been raining heavily all night and the river is running about the 3 feet mark. This will get some fish moving! It's still raining now, however it is forecast to stop later this afternoon. If you're heading to the river on Monday, check the river level height, via the link above.

I am very grateful to Mr Jerry Gallienne who is the first of our members to send us a picture, via the link above. Pictured below, is a 9 lbs sea-trout which Jerry caught in Little Stream on the 19th.

That's about it for now.

 

A 9 lbs sea-trout landed by local member, Jerry Gallienne on the 19th June.

 

18:00 hrs, Saturday 23rd June 2012

It really has been a horrible couple of days here in Grantown. The wind has been largely from the north, it's been cool and the rain has been chucking it down.

Anyway, now to the fishing! A total of eight salmon / grilse have been declared for this calendar week; the heaviest of these was a 19 pounder which was caught at Nethy Pool on fly.

About twenty sea-trout have also been declared for the week.

Despite our awful weather,  the river has not risen too much - as yet!  It probably hasn't been raining as hard in the hills as it has in Grantown. The river has been running about 8 inches today but is likely to rise further.

Weatherwise, expect it to be brighter and warmer from Monday onwards with a likelihood of rain on Thursday and Saturday.

The more astute amongst you will have noticed that I have added a new link to this page; I am hopeful that this might encourage some of you to send us pictures of the fish which you have caught in our waters. Just use the new link above!  Mr Gallienne, the picture of your large sea-trout from last week has disappeared into cyberspace - perhaps you would be good enough to try out the new link and I'll post the picture on this page.

And finally.........I appreciate that I mentioned this matter last weekend, but with the possibility of better weather, I thought I'd better mention it again. It's a reminder of the potential danger caused by Ticks and Lyme disease. This is a matter about which you should make yourself aware. With the kind assistance of local member and GP, Dr Boyd Peters, I have produced some information dealing with the facts and health risks associated with this matter. Importantly, it contains information about when to seek medical assistance. This short and easy to read report, including photographs, is in pdf format and can be downloaded by clicking here.

 

Wednesday 20th June 2012

Five salmon / grilse have been declared since my last report; four of these have been landed this week. The pick of the bunch was a 15 pounder which took a fly at the Dulnain Mouth on Monday.

A handful of sea-trout have also been landed including a 9 pounder caught on fly at Little Stream by Mr Gallienne. I understand that our local member also landed a 7 lbs salmon and a 4 lbs sea-trout, all on the 19th. I am hopeful that we should have some photos of these fish in the very near future. Congratulations Mr Gallienne!

If you happen to be fishing for sea-trout tonight, you are bound to notice, (of course), that this is shortest night of the year. From 00.09 hours (BST), we will start to head back to winter.

Weatherwise, expect a reasonable amount of rain for the next couple of days. There is no foreseeable change in the weather which is predicted to remain unsettled.

The expected rain will help the river level which has been running a little low at 4 inches for the past few days.

An interesting piece of news for you. An Inverness man who regularly fishes for salmon in Loch Ness caught a 12 lbs brown trout whilst trawling in the loch last season. Last month, again whilst trawling, one of his party landed a 20 lbs brown trout. The fish took a Rapala in  shallow water.

 

Sunday 17th June 2012

It has been a cool and dull week in Strathspey with a low river level. Six salmon have been declared this week; the heaviest of these was a 22 pounder caught yesterday at the Dulnain Mouth Pool by visiting angler, Mr Norris. This year's salmon catch is, at this stage, well down on previous years; hopefully things will improve.

The sea-trout are still proving hard to tempt too.

It rained for most of the day on Saturday in Grantown and I was hopeful this would have helped the river level. Alas, the rain must have been fairly local as the river level has not moved from the 3 inch mark.

Weatherwise, expect a mixed bag through this coming week with occasional showers and a hint of brightness. It will still remain a little cool. Mid-summer's day is later this week - let's hope that it's not all downhill after that!

Just a little reminder of the potential danger caused by Ticks and Lyme disease. This is a matter about which you should all make yourselves aware. With the kind assistance of local member and GP, Dr Boyd Peters, I have produced some information dealing with the facts and health risks associated with this matter. Importantly, it contains information about when to seek medical assistance. This short and easy to read report, including photographs, is in pdf format and can be downloaded by clicking here.

Hopefully, I'll have some better news for you around mid-week. In the meantime, good luck to to you all and tight lines!

 

09:30hrs, Thursday 14th June 2012

I've held back with the timing of this report in the hope that I would have some good news for you. Alas, just one salmon and a handful of sea-trout have been declared this week. I am aware that the beats immediately below our own waters have been catching salmon this week - so there are fish in the river!

The river level has been running at 4 inches since Monday.  There is rain in the forecast for every day of the coming week, so there is some hope of a small rise in the river level.

My next update should be at the weekend.

 

17:30 hrs, Saturday 9th June 2012

It's been a frustrating week on the river. Plenty of fish are being seen but they have proved hard to tempt. Five fish have been declared since Monday, the heaviest of which was a seventeen pounder caught at the Long Pool on fly.

The sea-trout are also proving quite elusive with ten declared for the week. It is essential to declare all sea-trout which you catch. If declared numbers appear low, this could invoke some stronger conservation measures for the future.

The river level is presently steady at 5 inches. This may lift a little as we head through this coming week; the weather situation is predicted to be dull and cool with rain on most days.

As has now become the norm, unless anything terribly exciting happens, my next report should be mid-week.

 

19:00 hrs, Wednesday 6th June 2012

Five salmon have been declared this week, so far. None of these fish were terribly big; 10 lbs was the weight of heaviest specimen. Our total salmon count currently stands at sixty. At this point last year, it stood about seventy-five. Let's hope things improve!

The sea-trout are also proving hard to tempt with only four fish declared this week, to date.

The river level is presently a little low at 4 inches. However, I'm sure that it will rise a little with the rain which has plagued us for most of today.

Weatherwise, this should be 'flaming' June, but as you might expect, it's nothing like it! Temperatures peaked about 11C today. The next week is expected to remain cool with showers or longer outbreaks of rain on most days. I guess that's ideal for the fishing.

Unless anything terribly exciting happens, my next report should at the weekend.

 

18:00hrs, Saturday 2nd June 2012

It's been quite a bright couple of days here in Grantown, even if it has been a bit cool. I guess that this sunshine hasn't really helped the fishing because the week got off to a very good start, but slowed down towards the end. Just two more salmon have been declared since my last report.

Only one more sea-trout has been declared, however there will be anglers on the river this evening, so that figure should change.

The river level has been running steady at about 7 inches today. Most of the snow has now gone from the hills, so we will need to look to the skies for water to keep the river level up!  It is predicted that there will be showers and longer periods of rain during next week. It is expected to be dull from Tuesday onwards; it will remain cool.

 

A 9 lbs salmon landed from Tarric Mor on 31st May 2012

And finally, I have been receiving some very complementary remarks about this website from some of our visitors. Thank you for your kind words; it's good to hear from you.

 

Thursday 31st May 2012

The fishing has improved with nine salmon declared for the week, thus far. The majority of these were caught on fly, the heaviest of which was a 20 lbs fish landed from Finnock Pool on the 28th.

Five sea-trout have been landed this week with the pick of the bunch being a very decent 5 pounder.

As forecast, the weather turned cooler and wetter at the start of the week; I'm sure that's what has helped the fishing. It has become a little too cool for comfort, peaking at only about 10C for the last couple of days.

Meteorologically speaking, summer starts tomorrow. That will coincide with some sunshine which is forecast for us for the next couple of days - but it will still remain a little cool! Thereafter, it is forecast to remain cool and showery.

The river level is steady at 7 inches and everyone who is on the river is seeing fish. It's looking very good.

That's as much as I can tell you for now.

 

Sunday 27th May 2012

It has been a hot and sunny week here in Speyside; it has been above 28C on at least two of the days. Whilst it's all very pleasant for those of us who live here, conditions have not been great for fishing. Only four salmon have been declared for the week.

The sea-trout numbers have increased with at least ten fish for the week. This number includes a couple of decent fish of 5 and 4 lbs.

Last weekend, there was plenty of fresh snow on the hills and there were lots of people skiing up there. However, with the hot weather, the snow has melted away and there is not much left. The river peaked at 1 foot 2 inches on Wednesday with the snow melt; it has been dropping steadily since to its current level of 10 inches.

Weatherwise; it will gradually become cooler as we head through this week with occasional showers.


 

A fantastic sea-trout of nearly 10 lbs,  landed by Brian Stewart on the12th May 2012

 

Another beautiful sea-trout of 7 lbs, also landed by Brian Stewart on 12th May 2012

 

10:50hrs Wednesday 23rd May 2012

Two more salmon have been reported since my last report, the heaviest of which weighed 14 lbs and was caught at MacLeod's Pool on spinner.

Five sea-trout have been declared, so far, this week. The pick of these was a 5 pounder.

The pleasant weather continues on Speyside. It is predicted to remain pleasant for nearly the next week.

The river level rose by nearly 3 inches last night which I presume was related to melting snow on the hills. It's currently running about 1 foot 2 inches.

That's all of my news for the moment.

 

Sunday 20th May 2012

Eight salmon have been declared for the past week. The heaviest of these weighed only 10 lbs. However, I've heard of a couple of 30+ lbs salmon landed on The Braewater during the last week. It seems that there could be a run of large fish heading our way!

It's quite a pleasant morning in Grantown. It's quite bright and currently only 14C, but it feels like summer because our weather has been so horrible for the past seven weeks. The sun is predicted to shine for all of this coming week and temperatures will rise. This may not be quite so good for the fishing, but for those of us who have to live here, it's a pleasant change!

The river is falling slowly from its recent high; it is 1 foot 4 inches today. There is a fair amount of recent snow on the hills which will help the river level as it melts.

 

Looking towards Poll Caich in May

 

Friday 18th May 2012.

Just a quick update regarding pictures of the two large sea-trout from last Saturday. Both fish were landed by Brian Stewart and were estimated to have weighed nearly 10 lbs and 7 lbs. Brian caught the largest fish in the Long Pool and the 'smaller' fish in Poll Scriodan. I am very grateful for the pictures, which I have kept on the large side so that you can appreciate the size of the fish.

 

Thursday 17th May 2012

I'm a little late with this mid-week report - sorry about that. Six salmon have been declared this week, so far. Interestingly, the two heaviest of these weighed only 8 lbs and some were reported to weigh less than half of that!

I can confirm that a fish of 29 inches, weighing about 10 lbs, and caught in the Long Pool on Saturday was a sea-trout. It was landed and returned by visiting member, Mr Stewart.  I was hopeful of a picture of this fish; perhaps one will materialise soon . I am told that amongst another four declared sea-trout, was another specimen fish of about 7 lbs.

The river is currently running about 1 foot 8 inches, however it has been raining steadily for most of this morning, so I expect it will begin to rise again.

Weatherwise, it is predicted to continue raining for most of today and again tomorrow. There is a possibility that we just may see some sunshine from Sunday onwards. That should melt some of the recent heavy snow on the hill tops.

 

Sunday 13th May 2012

Four more fresh salmon have been declared since my last report, thus bringing the total for the past week to nine. The heaviest of these weighed 23 lbs and was caught at Poll Caich, on fly, by Mr John Davis. Congratulations to you, John!

I have heard some information, (from a very reliable source), that a 29 inch long fish, reckoned to be a sea-trout, was landed at the Long Pool on Saturday. There are rumoured to be photographs of this fish which has yet to be confirmed. Keep an eye on this page for further information.

Incidentally, at this point last year, our salmon catch number stood at 21. This season's total currently stands at 29.

Regular visitors amongst you may recall that I made mention of March 2012 being the driest month since records began, as recorded by a local weather station, when just 6.8mm of rain was measured. See www.strathspeyweather.co.uk  Conversely, it may interest you to know that April 2012 was the wettest month since its records began, with a total of 155.9 mm rain. I guess that just confirms what we all thought!

Whilst on the subject of the weather, expect it to be a little milder than of late but it will remain unsettled.

Despite a pleasant day yesterday, the river rose a couple of inches with the snow melt on the hills. It is now dropping slowly and is currently 1 foot 9 inches.

I have heard that a good number of fish were seen on Friday and Saturday. It should be a good time to have a wee cast or two.

 

Thursday 10th May 2012.

Just a very quick update for you. Another 23 lbs fish was landed yesterday at Poll Caich on fly. Additionally, one other fish has been reported which was landed on Tuesday, a fresh 13 pounder from Saddle Pool.

It's a horrible day here in Grantown today and the river will be rising. Conditions can only improve!

Tight lines.

 

Wednesday 9th May 2012

Just three fish to report this week, so far. The best of these was a 16 pounder from the Long Pool on Monday, taken on a fly.

Incidentally, I think it's highly likely that you will see a picture of the 30+ lbs salmon, (landed just below our waters last Thursday), in the next edition of Trout & Salmon. The specimen fish was landed by a regular visitor to this site. Belated congratulation, Sandy!

It's cool with heavy showers around. I'm afraid that this unsettled spell of weather is expected to continue for at least the next week. There is still a good deal of snow on the hills and more is expected to accumulate tomorrow.

The river rose 2 inches yesterday and is currently running steady at 11 inches.

That's as much as I can tell you for the moment.

In the meantime, good luck and tight lines!

 

Sunday 6th May 2012

It has been a fairly quiet spell on the river at Grantown with five fish for the week. The heaviest of these weighed 14lbs and was caught in Poll an Eilean on spinner.

You may or may not have heard of a beautiful fresh fish of over 30 lbs which was landed just below our waters on Thursday; it was returned to the river and may currently be resting in one of our own pools!

Weatherwise; we seem to be locked into a perpetual north and east wind which is making it unseasonably cold and unsettled. We have suffered many snow flurries and hard night-time frosts during the past few days. Predictions for the coming week suggest that it will remain cold with varying amounts of rain on most days.

Melting snow on the hills may have some effect on the river level during the week.

 

Wednesday 2nd May 2012.

It's a new month and a very pleasant day today however, as far as I am aware, there have been no salmon caught since my last report below.

River conditions are good with the level currently about 1 foot 2 inches and falling slowly. The snow melt from the hills will help with the water level for the next while.

Latest weather predictions suggest that it will now remain largely bright until Friday. However temperatures will drop on Friday for the foreseeable future. Expect some periods of rain next week.

 

Monday 30th April 2012

Just a quick update for you. One other fresh fish of 12lbs was caught in the Saddle Pool on Saturday. We have kindly been sent a picture of this fish which is pictured below. Also below, I have pleasure in posting the picture of the 23lbs fish which was landed from the Long Pool on Saturday.

As far as I am aware, one fish was landed from Tarric Mor today. It weighed 10lbs and was caught on spinner.

The river is falling slowly and is currently about 1 foot 4 inches.

Weatherwise, expect it to be bright and sunny until Thursday when it will be back to normal with rain and north-east winds.

Tight lines!

 

A fresh 23 lbs salmon landed and returned from the Long Pool on 28th April 2012.

 

A very fresh 12lbs salmon caught and returned from Saddle Pool on 28th April 2012.

 

Saturday 28th April 2012

Weatherwise, it's been a dreadful week here in Grantown. It has been cold with very heavy and persistent rain. There is a good deal of snow on the hills and the skiing is back on again.

Until today, the weather has prevented many from venturing down to the river. Consequently, I have just two more salmon to report, both of which were caught on spinner from the Long Pool. One of these fish weighed a very decent 23 lbs and was caught by visiting angler, Mr Nelson. This is our heaviest fish of the season, to date. I am informed that there should be a photograph of this fish which I hope to post on this page in a day or two.

The river level rose to nearly four feet yesterday but is currently falling back.

Weatherwise, expect it to remain cool with some rain around during the week. It wont feel like May but it should be better than last week!

I hope to give you an update during the week. In the meantime, good luck to you all.

 

Wednesday 25th April 2012

I'm afraid that the horrible weather has been the talking point of this week, so far. We've have been subjected to a cold north-east wind with heavy frequent rain, and hail.  This has put off all but the most hardy of anglers. As a consequence, I have only one more salmon to report and one other sea-trout.

The river level rose by over one foot late yesterday and has dropped slightly; it's currently about the 2 feet mark but with the current weather, it may rise a little again.

Weatherwise, expect a day of rain today and tomorrow. There will still be rain around on Friday but it could be drier on Saturday. The predictions are that the weather will remain unsettled with a north to North-East wind for the next week.

 

Sunday 22nd April 2012

Three more salmon and one sea-trout have been declared since my last report. A decent fish of 15lbs was landed at Clach na Strone on Thursday by local member, Bobby Hall. This brings our running total to twelve salmon for this season, thus far.

Despite a good water level, conditions have been unpleasant with a cold north-east wind and plenty of heavy rain, hail and snow showers. I note that there is no sign of weather conditions improving; rain is forecast for every day of the coming week. It will remain fairly cool too.

The river is running about 2 feet today and will probably remain on the high side with the rain which is forecast. This higher water will encourage fish to run and should bring more fresh fish into our own waters.

It was only last month when we were concerned about low water levels. I was having a wee look at www.strathspeyweather.co.uk, which I believe is run by one of our local members from Cromdale. There are detailed weather statistics on the site which show that March 2012 was the driest month on record! Apparently there was a total of only 6.8mm of rain last month. By comparison, in March last year, the monthly total was 70.5mm. However, I do get the feeling that this current month has more than made up for last month's drought.

That's all of my news for you just now. I will give you another update during the week and if anything really exciting happens, I'll let you know as soon as I am informed.

In the meantime,

Get fishing & tight lines!

 

Wednesday 18th April 2012

I'm pleased to be able to tell you of more fish. Five fresh salmon have been landed since my last report, below. All of the fish weighed between 7.5 and 9 lbs and were caught throughout our water. That brings our total to 9 fish for this season, so far.

Conditions are typical for the time of year. After a frost tonight, expect a horrible day tomorrow with rain and possibly some snow on a north-east wind. Thereafter it will remain cool with rain/showers most days for the foreseeable future.

As a result of the rain at Grantown level and snow on the hills yesterday, the river level has risen about 4 inches overnight; it is currently steady at just over 1 foot. It will probably rise again tomorrow!

Thankfully our season is now underway with fresh fish about. I'll let you know about more catches this weekend.

 

Saturday 14th April 2012.

I'm pleased to say that we seem to have our season properly under way here in Grantown. This week has seen three more fish, bringing our total to four. I would expect that catches will continue to improve as we head through this month.

Weatherwise, it will remain cool for at least the next week; expect some brightness during the first half, however there should be plenty of heavy showers around, particularly during the latter half.

The river level is currently running steady at 11 inches. There is some fresh snow on the hills which may help to keep the level steady for another day or two.

Incidentally, if you manage to take any reasonable pictures of any fish which you catch, please feel free to email them to us here and I'll try to feature them on this page.

I will give you another update mid-week.

 

17:00hrs Friday 13th April 2012

There were actually two fish landed on our waters yesterday. The second fish, pictured below, was caught by local member Mr Gallienne in the Long Pool on a spinner. You can see that the fish is quite obviously fresh and appears to be of the salmo salar genome, however it only weighed about 2 lbs. The fish was safely returned to the river. I will let you decide what it is. Thank you to Mr Gallienne for the photograph.

At the risk of spoiling you, I'll do my best to give you another update over the weekend.

 

 

17:15 hrs, Thursday 12th April 2012.

I am very grateful to Graham at Mortimer's shop who has just been on the phone once again. He tells me that another salmon was landed today; this was a fresh fish of about 14lbs caught on spinner at Saddle Pool. The fish was landed and returned by visiting angler, Mr White.

It's cool and showery in Grantown but the fishing is improving!

I'll try and give you another update at the weekend.

 

17:00hrs, Wednesday 11th April 2012

I have just heard from Graham at Mortimer's shop that another salmon has been caught. This happened this afternoon at Balliefurth Pool when local member, Simon Munro, landed a 9 lbs fish which he caught on fly. (Any similarity to the first fish landed on Saturday is purely coincidental!)

That is the only news that I have from the river which is currently running steady at one foot.

Weatherwise, expect some bright spells tomorrow and Friday but it is predicted to remain cool with showers for at least the next week.

And finally............you may have heard of Loch Dallas which is a small stocked loch near Boat of Garten. (Permits for this loch are available from Mortimer's.) This loch is regularly stocked with a good head of rainbow trout as, other than a few indigenous brownies, there was never thought to be anything else in the water. A couple of visiting anglers were having a go for the rainbows yesterday with gold-headed nymphs. One of these anglers hooked a big fish that fought for nearly 1 hours. To their amazement, they discovered that this fish was a hungry pike which was eventually landed: it weighed 24 lbs. That would give you a bit of a fright!

 

17:30 hrs, Saturday 7th April 2012

At last we have some good news with our first fresh salmon of this season, detailed below. With the higher water, fish will be moving up into our waters and I expect that we will hear of more action during this forthcoming week. I am also aware of a really fresh 2.5lbs sea-trout which was caught just downstream from Grantown; now that's a little earlier than expected!

Cool temperatures and rain are to be expected for just about every day of next week; this will keep the river level up.

I will endeavour to update this page mid-week. If I hear of any action before then, I'll let you know here.

 

12.30 hours, Saturday 7th April 2012

Just some quick news for you. The first fresh salmon of this season has been landed on our waters this morning. A beautiful fresh fish of 9 lbs was landed from the Long Pool by visiting member, James Chalmers. The fish was caught on a spinner.

The river peaked at 2 ft 9 inches at 01.00hrs this morning and is currently 2 ft 6 inches.

I'll be back with more news either later today or tomorrow.

Get fishing!

 Jimmy Mitchell

 

Sunday 1st April 2012

March was a wonderfully mild and dry month. However, as far as I am aware, it is the first ever month of March when no fresh salmon have been landed from our own waters. Having said that, I reckon that it must have been the driest March ever recorded; the river level only ever rose above one foot for one day - on the 9th. The level is currently running at only 3 inches but conditions could be about to improve.

I have heard rumours of a fourth fresh fish of this season from one of the Tulchan Beats and also of a fresh fish from Abernethy waters, but these reports are unconfirmed.

Now that April has arrived, so has the colder weather. In fact, we may even experience some sleet & snow on Monday and early on Tuesday. Light rain / showers is expected for most days of the coming week, which will remain largely cool.

The dry ground will absorb most of the early rain but the river level may rise a little as we head through this week.

I am hopeful that we will hear of some fresh salmon from our own waters this week: if that's the case, I'll let you know as soon as I'm told. Failing that, my next report will be next weekend.

 

 

Saturday 24th March 2012.

Would you believe that I still have no news for you from our Association. The weather has been wonderful, the river level is low and the fishing has been quiet! The previous two seasons have both seen one fish landed from our waters in March; we had to wait until April for the real action to begin.

I can now confirm that three fresh salmon were landed on one of the lower Tulchan beats the week before last. There is no news of any fresh fish closer to us than that.

The river level is running steady at 5 inches. The weather has been really pleasant and is forecast to remain pleasant until Thursday when it will become cooler. There may even be some spots of rain around next Friday and Saturday - just in time for the school Easter holidays!

In the absence of any other news, I thought that the below picture of a large 'dog' otter may interest you. It was taken on our Association waters about 4am this morning!

 

As usual, if I hear of any news I will post it here. Failing that, my next report will be next weekend.

 

Sunday 18th March 2012.

Alas, I have no news to add to the last report, below. There have been very few anglers on our Association waters recently. However, I think that a fresh fish is a distinct possibility during the next week, provided that some anglers materialise! There must be fresh fish in our own waters now.

As far as conditions go, we have had a very pleasant late Winter with very little snow. In fact, I have seen more snow on the mountains in mid-Summer than there is at present. Unfortunately, this will have an affect on water levels as we head through Spring. There are some showers about today and tomorrow but thereafter, the following week is predicted to be dry, bright and mild.

As a consequence of the pleasant weather, the river is currently running about 6 inches.

If I hear of any fresh fish, either from our own waters or nearby, I'll let you know as soon as I am told. Failing that, my next report will be next weekend.

Tight lines!

 Jimmy Mitchell

 

Friday 16th March 2011.

Just a quick piece of news for you. I understand that a fresh fish was landed on one of the lower Tulchan beats towards the beginning of this week. (For those of you who are not familiar with the locality, Tulchan waters are only about 4 miles downstream from our own.)  I think it's a reasonable assumption that fresh salmon may already have reached our own waters.

The river is currently running at a very fly-fishable 5 inches. There is rain around this afternoon but it may miss us altogether. Expect an odd shower tomorrow during an otherwise bright and fresh day.

 

Sunday 11th March 2011

There is still no news of fresh fish from our own waters, although there are reports of fresh fish not too far away down-stream! Most of you will be aware that there has been a trend for the fish to run that little bit later, but I am hopeful that we will hear of some good news from our own water very soon.

The river is currently running about ten inches and may drop a little more as we head through this coming week which is predicted to be mild and largely bright. There is currently a lack of snow on the mountains; this may impact on the river level as we head into April and May, however time will tell.

The Spey Fishery Board's 2011 report has recently been published. There are some interesting matters within which you can read by downloading the 11.3mb pdf file here

If I hear of any exciting news, I'll post it here as soon as I'm told. Failing that, the next update will be next weekend.

In the meantime,

 

Sunday 4th March 2012

Another month and, as yet, still no news for you. I can tell you that during the last three seasons, the first fresh fish from our own waters has been landed in March. In fact, in 2009, the first fresh fish of the season was landed on the 4th of March!

The river level is running steady at 9 inches. This week's weather is expected to be a little cooler than of late, with night-time frosts and only occasional rain, so don't expect the river level to rise.

Despite the very pleasant conditions, there are not many anglers about. I am hopeful that we will have some good news during the next couple of weeks.

For the benefit of new visitors, I have archived most of last year's news page, including pictures, which can be found by clicking here.

 

Sunday 26th February 2012

Still no news of any fresh fish, as yet, but conditions have been, and are good.

The river peaked about 2ft 6 inches on Thursday and has been dropping steadily since. It's currently about 1 foot and probably will be much the same on Monday too.

Air temperatures are mild and it may even hit the mid-teens this coming Tuesday. The whole week is forecast to be mild with only a little rain here and there. Fair numbers of fresh fish are being reported downstream; this mild weather should bring fresh fish a little further upstream and possibly even to Grantown!

There are still some particularly well-mended kelts being caught - please treat these with care.

The spring birds, including Oyster-Catchers and Lapwings, have been arriving this week. That's always a good sign.

If there's any news, I'll let you know as soon as I hear about it. Failing that, my next report will be next weekend.

 

Sunday 19th February 2012

Weatherwise, we have enjoyed an ideal week with temperatures into double figures! However, as per recent seasons, I have no fresh fish to report at this early stage. I understand that there was a report of fresh fish at Aberlour.

I am aware of a number of very well mended kelts which have been caught on our own water, together with some fairly large sea-trout kelts. It might be another 2 or 3 weeks before any fresh fish are landed in our own waters, but I could be wrong!

The locals amongst you will be aware of our short return to winter this weekend, however for the next week, it is forecast to be mild and sometimes wet.

Again, unless, there is any significant news, my next update will be next weekend.

 

Sunday 12th February 2012

It was good to see quite a large number of anglers on the water on Saturday for our opening day.

I understand that a few kelts were landed but I have no fresh fish to report.

At this quiet time of the season, unless there is any exciting news to report, I will only update this page weekly. In the meantime,

I wish you all the very best for the new season and trust that it will be a good one for all of us.

 

Friday 10th February 2012

As if you need reminding, our 2012 season gets under way tomorrow. Weatherwise, it has been a pleasant winter thus far; it should remain largely dry and and peak about 3C tomorrow.

Next week is currently forecast to be frost-free with occasional rain. This gradual thaw may lift the river level a little as some of the snow melts on the hills.

The river level is steady and running at 8 inches today.

As is normal at this time of the year, many of you are likely to catch a kelt or two. Do remember to take it easy with these fish in the hope that they make it back to the Spey in the future! I am aware of one kelt which was caught and tagged on Tulchan waters a couple of years ago. Within 10 minutes of the fish being returned to the river, it was caught by another angler. Please treat them with care.

Of course, there is always the chance that someone will land a fresh fish. I would appreciate any pictures that you manage to take of this: if the quality is good enough, I'll post them on this page. Pictures can be sent via the 'contact us' page.

I can now tell you that 8607 salmon/grilse were caught by rod on the Spey last season. That figure is slightly down on previous years. The good news is that, 4.1% of this total were landed on our Association waters. Sea-Trout numbers also suffered a dip last season at 1975 for the whole river. However, a whopping 18% of these were caught in our own waters.

Finally, please remember to wear your life jackets!

 

Sunday 22nd January 2012.

Grantown has, thus far, experienced a reasonably mild winter. To the best of my knowledge, none of our local lochs have frozen-over, as yet. We have had some snow, but just as soon as it settles, it melts!

Hopefully, we'll have a pleasant Spring and a good start to our 2012 season which commences on Saturday the 11th of February 2012.

For the benefit of any new visitors, fishing permits are now available to buy on-line from www.fishpal.com Fishing permits bought on-line carry a surcharge which covers the commission that our Association has to pay for this privilege. Some anglers from the USA have already booked some fishing on our waters for later this season using the fishpal website.

You can, of course, just buy your permits from Mortimer's Shop in Grantown's High Street. Please remember you can only use cash or cheques to do this as we are charged commission for credit card transaction. Permits are always available during normal shopping hours. However you choose to pay for your fishing, please be aware that you must be in possession of your actual signed permit, (only available from Mortimer's), before you start to fish.

Also for the benefit of new visitors, I have archived most of last year's news page, including pictures, which can be found by clicking here.

For the time being, I have kept some pictures on this page from our 2010 season. These are displayed below.

Regular visitors may already have noticed a few changes to this web-site which is now up-to-date for the start of our new season. If I have any further news, I will post it here.

In the meantime,

With very best wishes,

 

Saturday 7th January 2012.

First of all, may I take this opportunity to wish all of our members and visitors a very happy and healthy new year.

I was informed today that the AGM was held on the 4th of January 2012. Permit prices will remain unchanged for this coming season. Also, the sale of permits on the Fishpal will site will continue permanently.

I am struggling to think of any news about our Grantown waters. The only matter which I think may interest you is that our local Co-op supermarket has now been extended; they now have a greater selection of wines!!

You will be aware that this season commences on Saturday the 11th of February. I am looking forward to the season getting under way.

I think that's as much as I can tell you for the moment.

 

 

 
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