Wednesday 1st October 2014
We endured a disappointing end to a disappointing season with just two more fish reported since the update at the weekend.
Unless there are any late repeorts, the total number of salmon / grilse for this season is just 173. This compares with 253 fish last year, 296 fish in 2012, 357 fish in 2011 and 426 fish in 2010.
The good news is that the sea-trout faired somewhat better. At 360 for this season, this was the second-best figure for the past 7 years.
In due course, I will update this page with more specific facts about this year's catches.
In the meantime, we can look forward to next season!
All the best, Jimmy Mitchell
11:15hrs, Sunday 28th Sept 2014
I am pleased to be able to tell you that the second-half of the week proved to be more fruitfull than the first. At least ten salmon / grilse were reported, thus taking the total for the week to at least thirteen. The largest fish weighed 18 lbs and was landed from the Auchernack Burn Pool. I gather there were a couple of fish at 12lbs and a couple at 10lbs. (The shop staff at Mortimer's were just too busy to be give me the details, yesterday. I will update the catch reports page in due course.)
The river is low. It's presently running at just 2 inches, and whilst there is likely to be the odd sprinkle of rain around today, it's unlikely to make any real difference to the river level.
There is no more significant rain in the forecast for the next few days. In fact, it is likely to be largely sunny and bright on Monday and Tuesday.
Conditions are not great, however you might as well have a cast as it could be a long winter ahead.
You will be well aware that our season comes to a disappointing close on Tuesday. I will update this page with final catch numbers when they become available.
In the meantime, enjoy the last couple of days. Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
11:00hrs, Wednesday 24th September 2014
Three salmon/grilse have been reported this week. The largest weighed 12 lbs and was caught in Tarric Mor.
A couple of sea-trout have also been reported.
The river is running low at just 3 inches - it has been that way all week.
Weatherwise, don't expect any heavy rainfall. There might be an odd sprinkle, here and there, but it is likely to remain largely dry for the remainder of the season.
By this time next week, our 2014 season will have finished. There can be no question that, in terms of salmon, it has been a very poor season. It has been difficult for anglers, however it has been soul destroying for me trying to think of something positive to write about. I deserve some sympathy, too!
If nothing else, at least it has been a fairly good year for sea-trout.
We can only hope that next year is better.
Enjoy what is left. Good luck & tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
11:00hrs Sunday 21st September 2014
It has been yet another disappointing week on the river. With mostly warm and bright weather, combined with low water, just one salmon has been reported for the past week.
Tomorrow, (Monday), is the start of our last full week of this season and we can only hope that we enjoy a late rally.
The river is a little low at 3 inches today and, according to the weather forecast, no significant rain is to be expected until our season has finished. What more can I say?
This morning I saw a couple of large formations of high-flying geese heading south. The blackbirds are beginning to gorge on the rowan berries; I guess that Autumn is here.
Make the most of what we have and enjoy our last full week. It could be a long winter!
Expect another update mid-week. Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
11:00hrs, Wednesday 17th September 2014
Disappointingly, no salmon have, as yet, been reported for this week.
The river is running a little low at 5 inches, today.
The next possibility of some rain is on Friday night / Saturday morning - although this is not guaranteed!
During the last couple of days, there have been many newspaper articles regarding reports of increasing pollution in the Spey. The Times mentions that pollution levels are already exceeding safe limits. The Times article also states, 'Pollution has killed millions of freshwater pearl mussels in one of Scotland's best known rivers over the past 15 years and their numbers are in freefall'.
I wonder what the pollution is doing to the rest of the Spey's eco-system. Let's hope that something is being done about it. You can read a little more about this matter here.
Just 12 full days remain of this 2014 season.
Expect another update at the weekend. Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 14th September 2014
With the warm, bright and dry weather, it may come as no surprise that just one more salmon has been reported for the second half of last week, thus taking the week's total to a disappointing four.
Three more sea-trout were reported, bringing the total to five.
The river level has been dropping all week and is presently running about 5 inches, today.
The weather forecast suggests that it will remain largely dry for the first half of this coming week with the exception of the possibility of a light sprinkle on Tuesday morning.
That's all I can tell you for now. Tune-in for another update mid-week. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
10:00hrs Wednesday 10th September 2014
Three salmon / grilse have been reported for this week, so far. The largest was a 14 pounder from the Lurg, yesterday.
A couple of sea-trout have also been declared.
With the rain on Sunday, the river peaked at just over 1 foot and has been dropping slowly since Monday.
Weatherwise, expect it to remain dry, calm and sometimes bright and warm, well into next week.
That's it for now. Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
17:30hrs Saturday 6th September 2014
Nine salmon / grilse have been reported since the last update. I understand that there are still several fish which have still to be reported from the last couple of days, so our total for the week will be more than ten fish.
I also understand that at least five sea-trout have been landed, including a four pounder from the Dulnain Mouth.
For what it's worth just now, the river has been running about 10 inches today. It may be about to rise!
The weather situation for tomorrow looks to be a wet one. The Norwegian forecast from www.yr.no suggests that it won't be too bad. However, the BBC forecast, which can be seen here, suggests that it is likely to rain all day. On this occasion, I'd put my shilling on the BBC's prediction. There could still be a little rain around on Monday, however it is likely to be dry on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
It is a great shame that it seems likely that it will rain tomorrow as the annual Motor Mania event will be held in Grantown. You can read more about the event, here. Remember your umbrella!
That's as much news as I have just now. Expect another update mid-week. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
10:00hrs, Thursday 4th September 2014
Two more salmon were reported on Saturday. However, with bright and warm conditions, just one has been reported this week, so far.
Six sea-trout have been reported since the last update.
The river level is presently running at 8 inches having been dropping steadily from its most recent peak of 2 feet on Sunday.
Weatherwise, there might just be an odd light shower later today, however more persistant rain will arrive about midnight which should dissipate by mid-morning. Tomorrow afternoon may be brighter. There will be rain around on Saturday and temperatures should be about normal for the time of year.
You won't need reminding that we are now into our last month of the 2014 season; I'm afraid that there are just 22 days left to fish!
That's it for now. Tune-in at the weekend for another update. Until then, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 31st August 2014
Six salmon have been reported since the last update. The pick of these was a 17 pounder caught by John Davis on a spinner from Tarric Mor, yesterday. John also landed three sea-trout on the same outing.
A total of six sea-trout have been reported since Thursday.
The river started to rise yesterday morning and continued to do so overnight: it's presently about 2 feet.
The weather forecast suggests that it should be largely bright and slightly warm for the first half of this coming week.
Just a wee reminder about our Association's conservation policy with regard to sea-trout - all of which must be returned alive during September. If you do land any sea-trout next month, please report your catches in the normal way.
That's it for now. Tune-in for another update mid-week. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines. Jimmy Mitchell
15:30hrs, Thursday 28th August 2014
Sorry I am a little late with this update, it has been a bit hectic.
Six more salmon/grilse were reported for the end of last week , thus bringing last week's total to thirty-one.
The sun shone in Grantown from Monday to Wednesday and consequently there are just three salmon/grilse to report for this week, so far.
Fifteen sea-trout have been declared since the last update, including fish of 6 lbs, 5 lbs and 4.5 lbs.
I have just discovered a picture, as below, which was sent to me last week which features Bobby Hall with a 5 lbs sea-trout. It looks to me as if the location might be Balliefurth but I'm prepared to stand corrected. Many thanks to Shaun for the picture.
The river is presently running at a decent 10 inches and I gather that salmon are making a bit of a splash on most pools.
Weatherwise, it's just possible that we could catch an odd shower during the remainder of what has been a reasonable day. However, tomorrow's forecast is apparently a wet one and you should also expect some showers around on Saturday. Tomorrow and Saturday will be cooler than today, both peaking about 15ºC.
You may recall that the Spey Fishery Board (SFB) installed some baffles in the culvert of the Glen Beg Burn under the A95 road in early 2013. The SFB have been back to the burn and conducted a survey upstream of the culvert. They have some good news to report which can be read here.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in for another update this weekend. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
12 noon Sunday 24th Aug 2014
At least a further thirteen salmon/grilse were reported for the second half of last week, thus bringing the total for the week to at least 25 fish! That's our most productive week of the season, so far.
Surprisingly for this time of the year, the total of sea-trout for the week is at least 82 fish.
Pictured below, are some of this week's fish. Thank you to all of the contributors.
Above is pictured local member, Bobby Hall with one of his many fish for the week. (Sorry, I have no further details)
Above is pictured local member Cosimo Imperialle with a rusty 5lbs grilse from the Long Pool
Above is pictured local member, Jerry Gallienne with a 6lbs fish from Poll na Gower.
The river is dropping reasonably quickly from its recent highs. It's presently about 1 foot 5 inches and is now at its lowest level for two weeks. It will continue to fall as we head into the first half of this coming week.
Weatherwise, it is predicted to be largely bright and dry through to Wednesday. There might still be a slight nip in the air as we are subjected to an easterly breeze. There could be some rain towards the end of the week.
Here's an interesting (???) fact for you. During the past two weeks, we have endured about 16cm of rain in Grantown. (About 6½ inches in old money.) That's 160 kg of water per square metre which equates to 160 000 metric tonnes of water per square kilometre. That's many millions of tonnes for the whole of Strathspey, and it has all fallen out of the sky!
Expect another (interesting) update mid week. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
12:00hrs Wednesday 20th Aug 2014
I am pleased to be able to report that at least twelve salmon have been reported this week, so far. The largest was a 16 pounder from Poll na Gower on Tuesday. Perhaps we're in for a late rally.
Forty-one sea-trout have also been reported this week, thus far.
I understand that local member, Bobby Hall, has been leading the way with four salmon and three sea-trout, yesterday. He has had at least one of each, so far, this morning. Keep up the good work, Bobby.
Another very wet day on Sunday caused the river to rise to just under 5 feet on Monday. It has been dropping steadily since then and is presently running at just over 2 feet.
Weatherwise, expect some heavy showers later today. Tomorrow is looking quite wet; Friday should be not quite so wet and there will be showers around for Saturday. We could have done with some of this rain at this time last year!
Finally, some local information for you. If you fancy a short break from fishing on Saturday afternoon, Grantown will be hosting a visit from over 1500 Harley Davidson motorbike enthusiasts as part of their 'Thunder in the Glens' tour. As normally happens, the town will be closed-off and you can expect to see stalls and the likes in the town's square. See more info here.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in for another update at the weekend. Until then, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
18:00hrs, Saturday 16th August 2014
The flood has subsided and the river is now fishable. At least eight salmon/grilse and fifty-two sea-trout have been reported this week. Most of these fish were taken on spinner; the largest of the salmon weighed 14 lbs and was caught at the Dulnain Mouth, yesterday.
For what it's worth to you today, the Spey's level is still dropping from its present 1 foot 9 inches; the Dulnain is very much back to normal. You can see the height of the River Dulnain on Monday, as pictured below.
Weatherwise, expect a fair amount of rain for the first half of the coming week, especially on Sunday. It will more cool than of late. Temperatures are expected to remain below normal for the whole week.
Tune-in for another update mid-week. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
12:00hrs, Wednesday 13th August 2014
The weather reports were correct in their predictions about the rain for Sunday night and into Monday. The Spey rose to just under 5 feet on Monday and it's still much the same just now. The Spey has been lapping at the steps of the hut on the Lurg pool and the River Dulnain went into a huge dirty spate, as you can see pictured at Carrbridge, here.
Not surprisingly, our water has been effectively unfishable and, as yet, there are no reports of any fish. If you do go near the river, please remember your life jackets as the banks are soft and slippy and the water is a raging torrent.
Weatherwise; it is predicted to remain cool with frequent showers.
Tune-in for another update this weekend. Tight lines, Jimmy Mitchell
17:00hrs, Saturday 9th August 2014
I'm delighted to be back, however the news is still not great. Eight salmon / grilse have been reported during the past two weeks; five of these were landed on Monday when the river rose to about 1 foot 9 inches. I wish that I had something more positive to tell you.
About forty-two sea-trout have been reported for the same period.
Pictured below is a 10 pound salmon which was caught by Mike Rockall in Boinne Uaine on the 24th July on fly.
There was a good deal of rain last night, however it would appear to have been mostly localised as the river has not risen significantly. It's presently running about 6 inches.
The weatherforecast is a wet one for tomorrow. The Met' Office has issued a weather warning as can be seen via this link here. There is a possibility of heavy rain also for Wednesday and Thursday; this is not surprising as the Grantown Show, (see website here), will be held this Thursday.
With the promise of lots of fresh water, I am hopeful that fresh fish will start moving into our waters.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Expect another update mid-week. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
14:00hrs, Tuesday 22nd July 2014
This update is a little earlier than usual as I am going away for a couple of weeks. I am afraid that there is no improvement in the situation on the river. We need water.
No salmon have been reported this week, so far. However, at least eight sea-trout have been declared. One of these weighed 9½lbs and was landed by visiting angler, Mr Brain from Upper Bends. It took a fly.
The river continues to run at 3 inches and there is still no prospect of rain for this week. It is expected to remain dry, bright and warm - it's presently about 28ºC and is our warmest day of this year, so far. There may be a dribble of rain on Sunday.
Graham, at Mortimer's shop, will be keeping the FishSpey catch report up to date which you can see, here. If you need any further information from or about our waters, staff at Mortimer's shop will be delighted to help you. They can be contacted on 01479 872684.
Until my return, I wish you good luck, tight lines and lots of rain! Jimmy Mitchell
11:00, Sunday 20th July 2014
It has been another poor week on our water with just two salmon reported.
About thirteen sea-trout have been reported for the week.
The river is presently running low at 3 inches and I'm afraid that there is no immediate prospect of it rising. Weather reports suggest that the entire week ahead will be largely dry and fairly bright.
We are in desperate need of some water. The fact that about 20% of the Spey's water is already abstracted for various causes is not helping our situation. You will, or should be aware that SEPA is planning to divert more water from the Spey catchment with which it hopes to re-water the River Garry. This proposal would further reduce the water flow at Grantown by 6%; thus reducing the natural river volume at Grantown by over one quarter.
In the absence of any other real news or photographs from or own waters, I thought that I would enlighten you as to the fate of some of the salmon in the Moray Firth. The Firth is home to the world's most northerly population of Bottlenose Dolphins. It is reckoned to contain about 130 of these large mammals which have been resident there for many years. The dolphins are each thought to consume 15 to 33lbs of fish per day.
I had a wee trip to Chanonry Point last week and took some snaps, three of which are shown below. The salmon in these pictures were likely destined for the Rivers Ness and Beauly.
No catch & release in the Moray Firth! We must hope that a dolphin's diet does not consist entirely of salmon.
Surpringly, the local seal was feeding on something a little more cod-like.
Tune in for another update mid-week. Until then good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
16:00hrs, Wednesday 16th July 2014
This mid-week report is a disappointing one.
No salmon have, as yet, been reported.
Five sea-trout, of normal size, have been reported since the last update.
We badly need some decent rain to bring fish into our waters. The river is running low at just 3 inches. There is no significant rain forecast for this side of the weekend.
Expect some bright and warm weather for the next few days with a likelihood of heavy showers on Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon.
Tune-in for another update at the weekend. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
20:00hrs, Saturday 12th July 2014
Three salmon were declared for the whole of last week, weighing 10, 9 and 8 pounds. I don't know what has happened to the salmon this season; our catches are now well behind previous seasons at this point.
Thirteen more sea-trout were declared for the latter part of the week, thus bringing the weely total to over twenty fish. They were all of an expected size.
The river level has been a little low recently; it was running at 3 inches today. It is raining now and is forecast to do so until about 04:00hrs tomorrow, so let's hope that helps.
The weather for the rest of the week is unhelpful for fishing. It is anticipated to be bright and pleasantly mild with just an odd shower, here and there. It is July!
That's about it for now. Expect another update mid-week. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
09:00 hrs, Wednesday 9th July 2014
One salmon has been reported, so far, this week. Local member, Jerry Gallienne, was fishing for sea-trout in Tarric Mor on Tuesday night when a 10 pound salmon took his fly. Jerry has kindly sent us the below picture of his catch. Thank you, Jerry.
Seven sea-trout have been reported since the last update - all have been around 2 to 3 pounds.
The river may have risen overnight, by one inch! It's presently running about 5 inches.
Weatherwise; it's not looking great for fishing. It is is predicted to be dry, bright and mild up to, and including, Saturday. It will be warmer on Saturday and the heat may help to produce an odd shower in the afternoon.
Expect an update at the weekend. Until then, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 6th July 2014
The decent spell of rain, which was predicted for Friday, failed to impress. It did eventually rain a little, however most was obsorbed by the ground and vegetation. Consequently the river only managed to rise by a couple of inches. As is often said in these disappointing situations, don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger!
The salmon catch reports are equally disappointing with just two fish reported for the whole of last week. One of these was a 17 pounder caught in the Lurg on fly.
About twenty sea-trout were reported for last week; this number included a 9½ lbs fish, as reported to you on Thursday.
As mentioned, the river rose slightly, yesterday. At one point it rose by a whole 2 inches but has now returned to its pre-rain level of 5 inches.
Weatherwise, the predictions for the whole of the coming week are unremarkable. Expect to see sunshine, with showers; it should be pleasantly mild.
That's really as much news as I can tell you for now. Expect another update mid-week. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
09:30hrs, Thursday 3rd June 2014
Still no fresh salmon to report from this week. I can tell you that plenty of fish are being seen and can only suggest that a change in the weather may encourage them to take. (That may be coming tomorrow.)
The sea-trout are still around and at least fourteen have been reported since the last update. A specimen fish of 9½ lbs was caught by local member, Jerry Gallienne, at Auchernack Burn Pool during the wee small hours of Tuesday morning.
The river is running just a wee bit low at 4 inches, however I am hopeful that, with the predicted weather tomorrow, it will rise.
Expectations are that we should receive some rain tomorrow. It is expected to arrive just after midnight tonight and continue until about 18:00hrs tomorrow. That should lift the river for Saturday which is expected to be bright with an odd shower, or two.
Tune-in for another update at the weekend. Until then, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
09:40hrs, Monday 30th June 2014
As promised, herewith is the update for last week. I'm afraid that it does not make exciting news with only three salmon declared for the whole of the last calendar week. Our salmon numbers for this season are already well down from where we were at this point last year.
About fifty sea-trout were reported for last week.
The river level has risen about 1 inch overnight and is presently running about 6 inches.
Weatherwise, expect it to remain largely dry today and tomorrow. You may see more brightness tomorrow. There is the chance of some rain later on Wednesday. It will remain a little cool.
Tune-in for another update on Wednesday/Thursday. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
17:15hrs, Wednesday 25th June 2014
I'm afraid that, as yet, no salmon have been reported this week. This is a little surprising as I understand that many salmon are being seen. However, we have been sent the below picture of a 20 lbs fish landed from Little Stream on the 28th May by Mr Harvey. You may recall the fish was caught on fly. Thanks for the pictures.
At least twenty-four sea-trout have been declared this week. I understand that they have all been around the 2 to 3 lbs mark.
Local member and regular contributor, John Gray, has kindly sent us the below picture of a 3lbs sea-trout which he landed in the wee small hours of Monday morning. Thanks for the 'arty' photo, John.
Another regular contributor, Mark Slight, has sent us the below picture of a 3lbs sea-trout which he landed on Tuesday from the Lurg. The fish took a size 13 squirrel, blue & silver and, from the picture, it looks as if the fish was caught during the day. Thanks for the picture, Mark.
As a result of some steady rain on Monday night, the river rose on Tuesday and peaked early afternoon about 1 foot 3 inches. It's been dropping steadily since and is presently about 9 inches.
Weatherwise, it has been warmer and brighter this week than was predicted. Expect it to remain largely dry and bright tomorrow and Friday. It may be more dull at the weekend with occasional showers around. Temperatures may be tempered by a northerly edge to the breeze.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in for the next update on Monday morning. In the meantime, get down to the river and relax.................it's good for you!
Tight lines, Jimmy Mitchell
17:30hrs, Saturday 21st June 2014
It's been a quiet week in Grantown, and with the hot start to the week, just two salmon have been reported. The latest fish weighed-in at 18 lbs and was caught in Tarric Mor of fly.
As you would expect at this time of year, the sea-trout have been more productive with at least eight fish being declared since Thursday. This number included one of 5 lbs and two of 4 lbs. Please remember to report all sea-trout catches, as an artifically low number could provoke a catch and release policy in the future.
The river level has been dropping steadily since last Saturday and is presently about 5 inches.
Last night and tonight are the two shortest of the year, thus making today the longest day. Let's hope it's not all down hill from here! There might be a sprinkle of rain around tomorrow and Monday. Tuesday might be brighter and Wednesday slightly more dull. It is expected to remain cool.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
11:00hrs, Thursday 19th June 2014
We have experienced a few hot days in Grantown. With bright skies and the mercury around the 25ºC mark, the fish have been keeping their heads down. Consequently, just more more salmon has been declared since Monday's update - a 9 pounder from Lower Bend which was caught on fly.
Five sea-trout have been reported, including two fish at 4 lbs.
The river level is dropping very slowly from its last peak on Saturday; it's presently about 6 inches.
Weatherwise, it's a very different day today. It's cool and dull with a northerly edge to the breeze. It's presently about 15ºC and conditions are more suited for fishing. It is predicted to remain cool and largely dry with occasional bright spells tomorrow and Saturday. It is possible that we may have some rain late on Monday and on Tuesday, but time will tell.
So, conditions are looking better for the second-half of this week. I hope to be able to confirm this for you when I update this page at the weekend. Until then, good luck to you all and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
17:00 hrs, Monday 16th June 2014
Twenty-two salmon have been reported since the last update. The largest of these, a 23½ pounder, was landed by local member, Dave Woodcock. The fish took a spinner and was caught in Little Stream. This was just one of several salmon landed by Dave on the 11th and 12th of June and is pictured below. Thank you to all who were involved in sending the picture.
Another local member, John Petch, has kindly sent us the below picture of a fresh 12 pound fish which he landed from Auckernack Burn Pool on the 3rd of June. The fish took a fly. Thanks, John.
About 29 sea-trout have been declared during the last two weeks. This number has included one fish at 5 pounds and a couple at four pounds.
The river is running at a very pleasant 11 inches today and is falling slowly from its most recent peak of about 15 inches on Saturday.
Weatherwise; expect it to be dull tomorrow, brighter on Wednesday and dull again on Thursday. It should be largely dry but always with the possibility of an odd shower, or two. Temperatures will fall as we head through the week with the increasing effect of a northerly wind.
I hope to update this page again on Thursday. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
17:00hrs, Saturday 31st May 2014
The improvement continues............. at least fourteen salmon have been reported since the last update. This number includes one fish of 20 lbs landed from Little Stream by visitor, Mr Harvey; the fish took a fly. Another good fish of 17 lbs was landed at the Dulnain Mouth.
Six sea-trout have been reported since Wednesday.
I am reliably informed that a 29 lbs salmon was landed at Ballindalloch on Thursday. When it was returned, it was last seen heading in the direction of Grantown!
If you missed the 'Landward' TV programme on BBC2 Scotland, yesterday evening, (which featured the Spey), you can still watch it via the BBC web site here.
For what it's worth to you today, the river is presently running about 7 inches.
The whole of next week may provide a mixed bag of weather. The next decent spell of rain is predicted to fall on Tuesday.
I had my first cast of the season on the river during the week and within a couple of minutes, I had caught my first fish - a pike of just under 2 lbs. There is now one less pike in the river!
I'll be having a wee break during the next couple of weeks. It follows that this page will not be updated until about the 16th of June. Graham, at Mortimer's shop, is hoping to keep the catch reports up to date on the fishspey website, here. If you are keen to know more about what's happening, feel free to contact Mortimer's on 01479 872684.
In the meantime, enjoy the fishing - it's top class. Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
09:30hrs, Wednesday 28th May 2014
It gives me pleasure to be able to report that at least six salmon have been landed in the past couple of days. The largest was a 13 pounder caught in Tarric Mor, yesterday.
There are no reports of any sea-trout since the weekend.
It is pleasing hear that the salmon fishing is recovering after a slow start.
There were some rumbles of thunder around the Strath, yesterday and with some heavier rain in the hills, the river has risen by 5 inches overnight and is presently at 1 foot 2 inches.
Weatherwise, it is expected to remain cloudy for the next 24 hours, then brighten on Thursday afternoon. There might be an odd shower, however there will be no more significant rain this side of the weekend.
This is your last reminder to watch / record 'Landward' on BBC2 Scotland at 19:30hrs this Friday. The programme will deal with the River Spey including ranunculus weed and its associated problems.
That's about it, for now. Tune-in for another update at the weekend. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
09:30 hrs, Monday 26th May 2014
Apologies for the delay with this update. An unexpected event at the weekend kept me from obtaining the latest catch reports.
Now to the fishing which is showing great signs of improvement. Six more salmon were declared for the latter half of last week. Five of these weighed above 10 lbs and one of them tipped the scales at 15 lbs.
One more sea-trout was also reported.
I understand that salmon are being seen in increasing numbers throughout our waters. Conditions could not be better!
The river rose about 1 inch last night and is presently running about 9 inches.
This week's weather should suit us just fine. It is expected to remain fairly dull and cool with occasional showers and longer spells of rain as we head through this week.
Don't forget to watch 'Landward' this coming Friday at 19:30hrs on BBC 2, Scotland.
Expect another update mid-week.
That's it for now. Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
09:45 hrs, Wednesday 21st May 2014
I am pleased to be able to report that, despite the warm and bright weather, at least four salmon have been declared since the last update. The pick of the bunch was a 15 pounder landed from Poll Clach on Monday which took a spinner.
Two sea-trout have also been declared, so far, this week.
As most of you will know, anglers from all over the world come to fish in our waters. Last week, we were host to some visitors from France who thoroughly enjoyed their time fishing at Grantown and engaging with local anglers. Although the salmon managed to elude them, one of their party, Jean Etienne Delsuc, managed a fine brown trout from just below the Old Bridge, (pictured below). Merci pour la photo fantastique. Nous espérons vous revoir l'an prochain.
The river is running at a very steady 8 inches this morning.
Weatherwise, from this evening winds will turn northerly which will drop temperatures and bring some rain. This will provide the better fishing conditions that you have been waiting for.
I am hopeful that we have now 'turned the corner' and that the fishing is now beginning to improve. Salmon, (and anglers!), are being seen in increasing numbers and I expect to be able to continue with the good news in this weekend's update.
A polite request for those of you who park at Auchernack Burn on the Nethybridge Road. May I suggest that cars are parked diagonally against the fence? This will allow room for more cars and keep everyone happy. Many thanks.
A matter of interest to us all will feature on BBC 2 (Scotland) next week. On Friday 30th May at 19:30hrs, 'Landward' will feature the River Spey and deal with water abstraction, ranunculus weed and related issues.
Tune-in for another update this weekend. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
17:00hrs, Saturday 17th May 2014
No exciting news to report, as yet. One salmon has been reported since the last update. The salmon is pictured below and was caught by local member, John Davis. The fish took a fly in Tarric Mor.
A 4 lbs sea-trout was landed at the Dulnain Mouth.
There will be rain tomorrow so keep an eye on the river level via the link, above.
Monday and Tuesday may be largely bright and warm. There is a suggestion that Wednesday and Thursday may bring heavy rain.
My next update should be on Wednesday. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
11:00hrs, Wednesday 14th May 2014
I'm afraid that it's still quiet on the river - both in terms of anglers and fish! I am told that just one salmon has been reported this week, so far.
The slightly better news is that the sea-trout are now reaching our waters; four fish, each about 3 lbs, have been declared this week.
Local member and regular picture contributor, John Gray, has kindly sent us the below picture of a decent 2½ lbs brownie which he caught whilst fishing in the River Dulnain for sea-trout. Thanks, John.
The river is running at a particlarly nice height of 11 inches having been falling steadily from its most recent peak of about 1 foot 9 inches on Saturday.
Weatherwise; we have had a bright start to the week. From tomorrow, we may see a little more cloud. With the exception of an odd shower, it should be quite settled.
Tune-in for another update at the weekend. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines. Jimmy Mitchell
18:00hrs, Saturday 10th May 2014
Not too many anglers have been on the river and that may go some way to explaining why only two salmon have been reported for the week. Both fish took a fly, one from Tarric Mor at 9 lbs and one from the Long Pool at 11 lbs.
A sea trout was also reported which was landed at Tarric Mor. Expect more of these in the coming weeks.
Steady rain lifted the river level by about 8 inches overnight. The river was slightly coloured this morning and is presently running about 1 foot 8 inches.
The weatherforecast is mixed. It will remain cool with the wind from the north until Tuesday. Thereafter the wind will come from the west, producing more moisture and lifting temperatures, a little.
There has been much recent news about Ticks and Lyme Disease. With the mild winter Ticks are expected to be plentiful and more of a problem this year, than of late. Refresh your memory about their problems and potential dangers, here.
That's about it for now. Expect an update mid-week. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
17:00hrs Saturday 3rd May 2014
Four more salmon have been declared since the last update. The pick of the bunch was a 15 pounder caught at Poll Clach on fly. Our catch numbers are still ahead of last year's at this point.
May 2013 was a very productive month for salmon on our waters. So, if you are thinking about having a cast, it could prove fruitful for you. Some of the larger sea-trout should be appearing soon, too.
The river level is presently at its lowest level of this season at 7 inches, having dropped from its most recent peak of 14 inches on Sunday. There is still a reasonable amount of snow on the hills which should keep the river running as it melts.
Weatherwise, it is expected to remain fairly cool for the whole of next week with periods of sun and rain. Winds will be from the south and west.
Due to some computer work, this page will not be updated until next weekend. However, if you want to know what's happening or have any other enquiries, please telephone Mortimers on 01479 872684.
In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines. Jimmy Mitchell
13:30hrs, Wednesday 30th April 2014
Two more salmon have been reported since the last update. This brings our total for the start of this season to sixteen; just ahead of last year at this point.
I am told that fish are being seen in increasing numbers - always a good sign!
The river is presently running about 9 inches and has been dropping from its most recent peak of 14 inches on Sunday.
Weatherwise; we have had a bright and warm start to this week although it's presently fairly cool and damp. It's just below 9ºC. Expect more rain later today and tomorrow. It may start to brighten tomorrow afternoon with a frost expected tomorrow night. Friday will be bright and Saturday should be cool, but dry.
Undoubtedly encouraged by the recent pleasant weather, yesterday I became host to my first 'tick' of this year. If you are unfamiliar with the potential danger that these tiny critters pose, have a look at our information sheet, here.
Tomorrow will see the start of a new month. For those of you heading to Speyside for this weekend, you may be interested to know that the annual 'Spirit of Speyside' whisky festival will be running at different locations throughout the valley. Have a look at www.spiritofspeyside.com for further details.
That's as much news as I have for you just now. Tune-in for another update this weekend.
In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
17:00hrs, Saturday 26th April 2014
This week has seen an improvement with five fresh salmon declared for the week, thus far.
The pick of the bunch was caught at Poll Clachan Lios by local member, Bobby Hall. The fresh 16 pounder took Bobby's fly and, after a bit of a battle, it was landed and photographed, as below, before being returned.
Bobby Hall with a 16 pounder from Poll Clachan Lios on 23rd April 2014
Mr. J Chambers with a fresh fish of 8 lbs, also from Poll Clachan Lios on 24th April 2014
For what it's worth to you now, the river has been running at a decent 9 inches today. It had been dropping steadily since Thursday.
Weatherwise, expect it to be reasonably mild for the first half of next week with some rain around. We are being warned that temperatures may drop towards the end of the week.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in for another update mid-week. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
10:30hrs, Wednesday 23rd April 2014
One more fish to report, and 8 pounder from Tarric Mor on spinner.
I gather that salmon can be seen splashing in many of the pools.
The river level rose about 1 inch overnight. It's now running steady about 11 inches and looking very good.
Weatherwise, it has been pleasant, bright and warm for the past week but that seems to have come to an end. Expect some better fishing weather with more in the way of cloud and showers.
Tune-in for another update at the weekend. Tight Lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 20th April 2014
Just one fish declared for the whole of last week and that was a 10 pounder from Poll na Gower which was landed on Friday morning.
I gather that only a handful of people have been fishing and this may have something to do with the recent catches.
The river level is presently about 8 inches and the weather predictions for the the first half of the week suggest that it will be largely dry and bright.
Expect another update mid-week.
Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
10:00hrs, Thursday 17th April 2014
I've been holding back with this update in the hope that I would have some good news for you. Alas, there is still nothing to report.
I did have a wee wander down the Upper Castle Grant Beat during the week and did not see anyone fishing. Perhaps this might have something to do with the present situation!
On the plus side, if you fancied the whole of the Upper Castle Grant Beat to yourself, get down there today. There are fresh salmon in there just waiting to be caught!
The river is running at a terrific height; it's about 10 inches. The water is still a bit on the cool side from the melting hill snow, but at least we have a decent river level.
Weatherwise, it will brighten this afternoon and is expected to stay bright and sunny into Monday. There should be a good frost tonight.
Tune-in for another update at the weekend. Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
17:30hrs, Saturday 12th April 2014
It's a quick report this evening, however it's also a disappointing one. Not one salmon has been reported for the past week. I can't offer you any explanation as to why this should be but can only add that as we are nearing mid-April, things are bound to improve.
Conditions on the river are good, with the exception of the strong wind, today. The river level is presently at 1 foot.
Predictions for next week's weather are unremarkable. It will remain fairly cool with the odd shower and some brightness. It is likely to warm-up towards next weekend.
I'll update this page mid-week when I hope to have more exciting news. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
14:50 hrs, Wednesday 9th April 2014
I'm afraid that I don't have much to tell you. No more fish have been declared since the weekend. Perhaps we will hear of some more in the next day, or so.
The river is presently running very nicely about 1 foot above summer level and it's cloudy, but dry. It is 12.5ºC.
Weather predictions suggest that it will remain largely dry and fairly bright up to the weekend. It might still be a little cool with temperatures maxing-out around 10ºC.
Tune-in for another update this weekend when I hope to have some better news for you.
In the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
17:00hrs, Saturday 5th April 2014
There was a quiet spell on the river during the week but it picked up, yesterday. Three fresh salmon were declared on Friday including two fish of 9 lbs from the Long Pool.
It may be that more fish were landed today and have yet to be reported. There is talk of larger fish running through. I was down on our Upper Castle Grant beat this afternoon and it was pleasing to see some anglers. There was someone on every pool, including Slop Thomas. There seems to be an feeling of confidence on the river - that's great!
The river level is at about 14 inches and conditions are looking really good. It's always difficult to predict the weather up here, especially at this time of year, however after some rain tomorrow next week should be largely dry. Winds should settle to come mainly from the west. It will remain cool but without frost.
Expect another update mid-week. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
10:00hrs Wednesday 2nd April 2014
One more salmon has been landed since my last update. It was a 9 pounder caught in Poll Clach on spinner.
The weather is a mixed bag for the rest of this week. The river is running at a very decent height; it's presently about 1 foot.
Conditions are looking great!
Tune-in for another update at the weekend.
Tight lines, Jimmy Mitchell
17:00hrs, Saturday 29th March 2014
It has been a very good week on our water with a total of four fresh fish landed since last Saturday.
This afternoon, I was having a wee walk on our Upper Castle Grant beat when I witnessed the fourth fish of the season being landed. Visiting angler, Paul Russell from Lossiemouth, was playing a nice fish on the Long Pool. It had taken his fly presented somewhere towards the middle of the pool. The fish was fairly slow in the cold water, but it was strong. It was played well.
The fish, of about 13 lbs, was too well hooked to deal with at the water's edge and had to be landed. I took the opportunity of taking some snaps, as below. Well done, Paul!
For what it's worth to you today, the river has been running about the 1 foot mark. Weather predictions for next week suggest that it will be largely dry with a fair amount of brightness. Winds will be from the south-east for most of the week with temperatures just into double figures on most days.
We will see an increase in our catch numbers during the coming weeks. For those of you who have been holding back until the fish arrive, it's time to get down to the river!
If there is any news, I'll try and update this page mid-week. Failing that, expect another update next weekend.
Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
16:10hrs, Wednesday 26th March 2014
Just another quick update for you. Two more salmon have been landed: a nine pound fish from Lower Bend, which took a fly yesterday and another fish of nine pounds today from Poll na Gower, which took a spinner.
Remember that you can check the river level, predicted weather conditions and up-to-the-second web-cam pictures from the links, above. Feel free to send us some pictures of your fish via the above link.
It's looking great! Tight lines, Jimmy Mitchell
10.20hrs, Monday 24th March 2014
Just a quick update for you. The first fresh salmon of our season has been reported! Local member, Alan Grant landed the 7 lbs fish from Poll a Clachan. He caught it on a spinner on Saturday afternoon. Well done, Alan! Jimmy Mitchell
Saturday 22nd March 2014
Still nothing to report from our own waters. However, I can say with 100% certainty that there are now fresh fish in our own waters as several fresh salmon have been landed nearby. I am convinced that if some anglers materialise - so will the fish. With the river running about the 3 feet mark, (as it has been most of this week), the far side of the Long Pool would be a very good place to make a start!
Weatherwise, expect a fairly cool week with a frost first thing on Monday morning. There may be some rain around on Tuesday and Wednesday and the wind will come from all points of the compass during the week.
There are now fresh salmon in our own waters; they will only be caught if some anglers make an appearance on the river bank!
I am hopeful that this coming week will provide our first fresh fish of this season. I'll let you know here as soon as I am told.
Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Saturday 15th March 2014
For the most part, it has been a pleasant week on Speyside. Still no fresh fish to report from our waters, as yet, however virtually no one has been fishing! I really do think that fresh salmon are now here. If some anglers appear, we may hear of some fish soon.
For what it's worth to you today, the river is running at just over 2 feet. This high water is as a result of snow-melt from the hills..... and there is still plenty of snow up there.
Weatherwise, we are told to expect a frost-free week with an odd sprinkle of rain here and there. Winds will be from the west at the start of the week, changing to the south towards the end.
The Spey Fishery Board's 2013 Report is now available on-line via the above link.
That's really as much as I can tell you for now. Unless I hear of anything exciting, my next update for you will be next weekend. Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Saturday 8th March 2014
Still no surprises, yet! However, during this coming week of last season, Tulchan landed their first fresh fish and there is every chance that history will repeat itself.
With good water level and increasingly mild day-time temperatures, conditions are improving. There has been a distinct lack of anglers on our own water, so far, but I do believe that the time is now approaching to get down to the river.
If I hear of any news, I'll let you know as soon as I'm told.
The river is running high with snow melt from the hills; it's presently about 2 feet. The forecast for the coming week is dry, fairly mild and bright. There may be occasional night-time frosts.
Unless there is any news, my next update will be next weekend. In the meantime good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 2nd March 2014
It's a difficult time of the year to be trying to provide news from our waters. In a nutshell, it's been a quiet week with just a handful of kelts to report.
I am aware that fresh fish numbers are beginning to increase in the lower beats of the river and, with some good fortune, it wont be too long before they arrive at Grantown.
The river is presently running about 1 foot 3 inches.
Weatherwise, expect some heavy rain tomorrow. The coming week should be frost-free, however, it may be a fairly 'grey' week as far as cloud cover is concerned.
That's about it for now. Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Saturday 22nd February 2014
No fresh fish to report, as yet. Some kelts are being landed, however there does not seem to be the numbers of these that there have been in previous seasons; perhaps their low numbers are connected with last season's drought.
I understand that fresh fish are being landed further downstream; they should be here soon.
It has been a fairly pleasant week on Speyside with long and pleasant bright spells. I have some Snowdrops in flower in my garden - they have never flowered in February before. That's an indication of the pleasant winter weather we have been enjoying.
On the subject of our winter weather, we have had it slightly wetter than recent years, however nothing like the rainfall experienced in the south and south-west of England. Our November to January (inc.) rainfall this winter has totalled 240.8 mm, compared to 141.9 the previous year and 210mm the year before that. Thank you to www.strathspeyweather.co.uk , based in Cromdale, for the statistics.
The forecast for next week is, once again, not bad for the time of year. We should see a fair amount of the sun. There will be an odd shower, or two and it is likely to become colder towards the end of next week.
The river level was up at 3 feet, yesterday. That was purely because of snow melt. It has dropped to 2 feet today and you can expect there to be good water next week, too.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines, Jimmy Mitchell
Saturday 15th February 2014
I've been holding off with this update in the hope that I might have some news for you. Alas, I have none!
There is mention that someone landed a large brown trout, however there have been no fresh salmon reported from our own water. I understand that a handful were landed on opening day from the beats much further down river.
This week's weather has not been ideal; it has been a fairly cold with frequent squally sleet showers. Thankfully, we have not experienced the heavy rain or storms which have affected much of the rest of the UK and Ireland.
For what it's worth to you today, the river is running at about 1 foot 3 inches.
The weather people have promised us a much more settled week, next week. You might just see an odd drop of rain, or even some snow flakes, but not many!
The Spey fishery Board's 2013 Annual Report has been published, however it is not yet available online. I'll update the link at the top of this page when it become available.
Unless there is any special news, I'll update this page next weekend.
In the meantime, tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 9th February 2014
This Tuesday sees the start of our 2014 season and I know that many of you will be keen to have a cast, or two.
After a cold start, conditions on Tuesday are predicted to be cool at about 2 to 3ºC, (max). There may even be some snow for you. There is a strong liklihood there that there will be a light covering of snow on the ground at the start of the day.
As you might
expect at this time of year, the water is presently running at over 1 foot,
and with snow melt from the hills, (on a relatively mild Monday), it may
rise more by Tuesday. The
water is cold and the banks are slippy so please remember to wear your
The water is cold and the banks are slippy so please remember to wear your life-jackets.
On the subject of snow, there is a great deal of it on the hills which should provide assistance in the event of drought conditions in the forthcoming Spring. Grantown has enjoyed an unusually mild winter, thus far. We have not experienced any of the usual damaging frosts. With the absence of northerly winds, we have had very little snow, at this level. Of course, our winter has not finished, yet!
As I usually
mention at this time of year, many of you will land kelts. Please treat
these fish with care in the hope that they survive and come back to join us at Grantown
in a year, or so. Of course, there is always the chance of a fresh fish,
Of course, there is always the chance of a fresh fish,if you persevere!
will enjoy a better season than last. For the benefit of new visitors to this web
last season was going very well up until the point when the rain stopped -
on the 22nd of June! Thereafter, the river shrunk and very few anglers even
bothered to cast a line. The drought of last season continued from June
right through to the end of our season. (Hence the drop in fish numbers
for last season.)
(Hence the drop in fish numbers for last season.)
I will endeavour to give you an update later this week. In the meantime, good luck to you all.
Tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Wednesday 8th January 2014
There was a reasonable turn-out last night for the AGM at Grantown's Garth Hotel. It was a convivial meeting at which it was agreed that there would be a nominal price increase of some fishing permits.
The cost of a local adult season permit will rise from £225 to £240
The cost of a local senior citizen permit will rise from £135 to £150
The cost of a local / visitor youth permit will rise from £100 to £115
The cost of a visitor's weekly permit will rise from £195 to £210
The cost of a visitor's daily permit (high season) will rise from £50 to £55
The cost of a Guest Permit will rise from £20 to £25
You will be aware that the costs of fishing permits has been frozen for the past three years and that the Association has previously absorbed the increase in VAT from 17.5% to 20%.
The visitor's season permit price remains unchanged and represents outstanding value at just £595.
Permits will soon be available to purchase from Mortimer's Shop in Grantown's High Street, Tel. 01479 872684. However, if you so choose, permits will shortly be available to purchase via www.fishpal.com. Permits purchased on-line carry a small surcharge which covers the commission this association has to pay.
The existing committee members will remain in post.
That is really as much as I can tell you for now. As we approach the start of our new season, on Tuesday the 11th of February 2014, I will update this page with conditions and any other points of interest. In the meantime, best wishes, Jimmy Mitchell
Friday 3rd January 2014
I have enquired about the forthcoming AGM and can now tell you that it will be held in Grantown's Garth Hotel at 7.30pm on the 7th of January 2014. All fully paid-up and qualified members are invited to attend. Agendas are available from Mortimer's. In due course, I will update this page with any salient points from the AGM.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy new year. Please bear with me whilst I bring this site into 2014. I have archived both the 2013 news page and the 2013 catch report page, both of which can be accessed from our recent seasons page. Finally, depending on the outcome of the AGM, I may have to change some of the permit prices.
Best wishes, Jimmy Mitchell
To wet your appetite - herewith are some of the many pictures from our 2013 season.
A 4½ lbs sea-trout landed from Balliefurth Pool and photographed by John Gray.
Fantastic sea-trout of 7lbs and 5lbs caught & photographed by John Gray on the 5th July 2013
Mark Slight's 12 pounder from the Lurg of 25th June 2013. Thanks for the picture, Mark.
Bobby Hall with sea-trout of 7 lbs and 5 lbs.
Bill Walker with an 8 lbs fish from Poll Scroidan on the 20th May 2013.
Local member, Bobby Hall with a 22 lbs fish from Tarric Mor on 23rd May 2013.
A 6 lb salmon from Lower Bend landed & pictured by Jerry Gallienne on the 14th May 2013.
An 11 lbs sea-liced fish landed by Jerry Gallienne on 11th May 2013 from Lower Bend.
Peter Page, kindly sent us this photo of a 9 lbs fish which he landed from the Long Pool 4th May 2013.
Shungo Yoshino, a visiting angler from Tokyo, with a 17lbs fish from Poll na Gower on 29th April 2013.
Pictured above is local member, Bobby Hall, with a 12 lbs fish which he caught on fly in the Long Pool on the 25th April.
Specimen sea-trout from 2012
A fantastic sea-trout of nearly 10 lbs, landed by Brian Stewart on the 12th May 2012
Another beautiful sea-trout of 7 lbs, also landed by Brian Stewart on 12th May 2012
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Our Association brochure includes a detailed map of our fishings on the Rivers Spey and River Dulnain. If you would like a glossy A3 sized copy, please send us your details via the contact us page. Alternatively, our brochure can be downloaded and viewed/printed from the three pdf files as follows. (Remember to set you printer paper orientation to 'landscape'.)
Click on each of the three images above to download our new brochure.
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Please read the below information, about a parasitic fluke, Gyrodactlyus salaris.
There is grave concern about a parasitic fluke, Gyrodactlyus salaris, (GS), which lives on freshwater fish. It is less than 1 mm long and is barely visible to the naked eye. It can be carried by brown trout, rainbow trout and other fish but is lethal to Scottish Salmon.
GS is native to rivers in Sweden, Finland and Russia where local salmon have evolved a resistance to the parasite. During the 1970's it was accidentally spread to rivers in Norway, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France and Portugal. The U.K. is currently GS free.
GS rapidly infests juvenile salmon causing mass mortality. In Norway, infected rivers lost 98% of their salmon within 5 years. Fishing in infected rivers becomes unfeasible due to lack of fish and restrictions on anglers' movements.
GS is most likely to be introduced to the U.K. by the movement of live fish from the continent. GS can survive for 5 to 7 days without a host, (fish), in damp conditions. The parasite could survive on wet angling clothing, nets, waders or other equipment or on canoes, rafts or boats.
Once a river is infected, all fish must be destroyed to remove potential hosts. The Spey could easily be infected by anglers carrying the parasite from infected countries on their damp clothing or equipment including waders and nets.
If you have fished or canoed on the continent, please, please take the following precautions before visiting the Spey.
You will be asked to declare yourself GS free before you fish on the Spey.
......and finally, some other news.
An article from the Atlantic Salmon Trust deals with the catch and release policy and mortality rates of fish which have been released. It acknowledges that salmonoids are more susceptible to injury/damage than other fish when removed from water - if you can keep your fish in the water whilst removing the hook, the more likely it will be to survive.
Also, older style landing-nets with 'knotted' type nets are believed to harm fish in that they damage and remove scales. This leaves the fish prone to infection. So, if you are treating yourself to a landing-net, make sure that it's of the 'knotless' type.