Saturday 19th December 2015
The AGM will be held in Grantown's Garth hotel on Tuesday, January 5th 2016, at 7.30pm. All fully paid-up members are invited to attend. Agendas will shortly be available from Mortimer's shop.
I have some catch statistic figures concerning our 2015 season which may be of interest to you; they are displayed below.
|Recent season totals||2006||2007||2008||2009||2010||2011||2012||2013||2014||2015|
|Reported catches for 2015||Salmon/Grilse||Sea-Trout|
I have also included some recent pictures, below, of some chaps from the Spey Fishery Board electro-fishing in one of our pools, Slop Aindrea. Their research was conducted in October and I am sure that you will be able to read about the results in the SFB Annual Report which will be published, soon.
Finally, the below picture was taken on the 31st October in a small burn which feeds directly into our own waters. It would appear that an otter has taken a few bites from a hen salmon - that's life.
In the coming weeks I will be updating this website to bring it into 2016. Please bear with me during this transition.
In the meantime, may I take this opportunity to wish all of our members, readers and occasional visitors a really decent and happy Christmas and a good and healthy new year.
Best wishes, Jimmy Mitchell
Thursday 1st October 2015
Well, that's it over for another year! The season seems to have gone quicker than ever.
Nigel Davies boosted our catch numbers again this week with at least another three salmon. Well done, Nigel.
The total of salmon/grilse reported for this season was 316 fish. Despite very low visitor numbers, the salmon catches were good; it was our best year since 2011. This year's total was nearly twice that of last year!
The sea-trout numbers were also good, at 313.
In due course, we will produce an itemised catch break-down.
Keep an eye on this page for any other news including AGM information.
In the meantime, all the very best. Jimmy Mitchell
17:30hrs, Monday 28th September 2015
News of a different sort for you. I'll start with our new lost and found section.
Lost: A wooden landing net in the vicinity of Tarric Mor, (possibly on the left bank), on Friday 25th Sept' by a visiting Dutch angler. If this item is discovered, please could it be handed into Mortimer's where it can be reunited with its owner.
Found: A green 'Vision Hopper' wading boot with black felt sole. Found in the vicinity of Gaich. If you are missing your old boot, give the staff at Mortimer's a wee jingle on 01479 872684.
Many of you will be aware of discussions / consultations by the Scottish Government in relation to the conservation of wild fish stocks, including salmon. There is some fresh news about this matter which has just been released, today. You may feel compelled to respond to these latest matters which can be seen here.
As previously mentioned, I will endeavour to update you with news and catches from the river before the end of this week. Tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
18:00hrs, Saturday 26th September 2015
Fifteen salmon / grilse have been reported for the second-half of this week, thus bringing this week's total to at least eighteen. Nigel Davies has been working hard and I believe that his personal total for this week is now into double figures. Nigel has kindly sent us pictures of some of his fish from this week which are displayed below. Many thanks, Nigel.
Above are displayed some of Nigel Davies' fish which he has landed this week
Sea-trout are still being landed and a couple of fish, each at 5 lbs, have been landed in recent days.
For what it's worth to you now, the river rose by about 4 inches yesterday and is just starting to drop. It's presently about 8 inches and is unlikely to rise again before the close of our season.
Weatherwise, it seems that a large area of high pressure will bring dry, settled and bright conditions for us for most of the coming week. There is nothing that we can do about this!
You will be aware that our last fishing day of this season is Wednesday, so make the very most of what's left....it will be a long winter!
I hope to update this page on Thursday or Friday with the final figures for this season. Until then, enjoy yourselves and good luck. Tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
16:00hrs, 23rd September 2015
Three salmon / grilse have been reported for this week, thus far. This number would certainly be a great deal higher if some anglers were to appear on our banks.
I am told that a huge number of fish are showing, especially grilse. This good run of grilse is better late than never!
I gather that sea-trout of up to 5 lbs are still being landed.
We are grateful to Mark Slight for the below picture of a fish which he landed on a size 15 Stoats Tail; many thanks Mark.
Mark Slight with a good fish from Poll na Creice.
The river level rose about 3 inches over night and is presently running about 10 inches.
If for nothing else, this September will be remembered for its inaccurate weather forecasts. Bearing that in mind, we are told to expect some more showers tomorrow, however it may be largely dry on Friday and Saturday.
The longer-term forecast for the beginning of next week suggests that it might be dry, bright and even slightly warm; never mind!
In case you need reminding, there are just six fishing days left of this season. Enjoy what's left.
Tune-in for another update at the weekend. Meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
16:30hrs, Saturday 19th September 2015
At least seven more salmon / grilse have been reported since the last update, below. The largest fish for the latter half of this week was another 16 lbs fish caught from Nethy Pool on fly.
Jerry Gallienne has kindly sent us the below picture of Cosimo Imperiale with a fish of 11 lbs which Cosimo caught in Tarric Mor. The fish looks as if it was trying to jump out of Cosimo's grasp when the picture was taken!
Cosimo Imperiale with an 11 lbs fish, in spawning colours, from Tarric Mor
The river has been, and is presently running, a little on the low side; the level is just 5 inches, today.
There may be a sprinkly of rain around on Monday but the forecast suggests that the remainder of the coming week will be largely dry. Time will tell about that.
Monday will be the start of the last full week of this season. There are only 9 fishing days left, so make the most of what is left!
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in for an update mid week. Until then, as always, good luck and tight lines. Jimmy Mitchell
10:30hrs, Thursday 17th September 2015
A total of ten salmon / grilse have been reported for this week, so far. The pick of the bunch was a 16 pounder from Tarric Mor, caught by John Davis on fly. Well done, John!
The rain which was forecast for Monday did not materialise, consequently the river has been running slightly low, and although it rose about 1 inch overnight, it is presently only about 5 inches.
Unfortunately, the weather outlook is apparently largely dry.
That's it for now. Tune-in for an update at the weekend. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 13th September 2015
The summer weather continued up until Friday, meaning that both fish and anglers were in short supply for the whole week. Not surpringly, just one more fish was reported for the week. Paul Russell managed to hook and land a 19 lbs fish from the Dulnain Mouth Pool. The fish took a fly. Well done, Paul.
The river level has suffered with the recent dry spell and is presently running at just 5 inches.
Weatherwise, it should be largely dry today and overnight, however it is likely that we will have some rain tomorrow. It is forecast to be particularly heavy between 07:00 and 11:00 and this may help the river level. It is expected to be mostly dry thereafter with the next lot of of rain predicted on Thursday.
Just in case you need to be reminded, only 15 fishing days remain of this season!
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in for another update mid-week. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
11:00hrs, Wednesday 9th September 2015
Although officially now into Autumn, some Summer weather has eventually arrived in Speyside. It has been a beautiful warm and sunny week, so far, if perhaps a little bit chilly at night.
Unsurprisingly, this weather has affected the fishing and consequently only three salmon have been reported for the week, thus far. With the present conditions, the keener anglers amongst you will probably find it more productive to fish early and late.
The river level has been falling steadily since its peak of about 2 feet on Friday; it's presently about 7 inches.
Weatherwise, it is expected to remain bright and Summer-like, up to Friday. Saturday will become more cloudy with the possibility of some rain.
That's it for now. Tune-in for another update at the weekend. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
18:00hrs, Saturday 5th September 2015
What a difference a bit of rain and some anglers can make! With the river level running around the 2 feet mark on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, there has been plenty of action. At least twenty-one salmon/grilse have been reported since the last update; there will likely be some more fish from this afternoon.
Many of the fish have been grilse, although salmon of up to 14 lbs have also been landed.
A handful of sea-trout have also been reported.
For what it's worth to you now, the river level is presently about 1 foot 4 inches and falling slowly.
Weatherwise, next week's conditions may not be ideal as a large area of high pressure builds over the UK from the west. Conditions for much of next week are expected to be bright and largely dry. However, make the most of what we've got because just 21 fishing days remain of this season!
Expect another update mid-week. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
11:00hrs, Wednesday 2nd September 2015
We are now into our last month of this season and it's now officially Autumn.... it feels like it, too.
Five salmon / grilse have been reported since the last update. The majority of these were 5 lb grilse, however a 15 lb fish was landed from Poll Clach, yesterday. It took a fly.
You will be mindful that this Association's own conservation policy prohibits the taking of any sea-trout during the month of September. Although, if you do catch any, please report them in the usual way to keep our catch records in order.
The river rose quickly during the night. It's presently running about 2 feet. This will suit the spinners amongst you!
Weatherwise, it is expected that we will be be stuck in this cold and damp northerly wind until Sunday. Expect it to remain cool with frequent wet spells.
Tune-in for another update at the weekend. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 30th August 2015
Five salmon / grilse have been reported for the last week, the largest of which was a 14 pounder from the Dulnain Mouth on Monday.
From the couple of times that I have been down to the river in the past week, I can tell you that there does seem to be plenty of fish, including some rather stale looking specimens. Perhaps they are just not keen to take. Of course, our recent catch reports are inextricably linked to the number of anglers fishing our waters; I'm afraid that our pools have been devoid of anglers!
The river level rose by over 5 inches late yesterday. It's presently running steadily at 1 foot 2 inches.
Meteorologically speaking, Tuesday is the first day of Autumn. It should therefore come as no surprise that the wind direction is expected to change tomorrow. It will come from the north for the foreseeable future. This will mean cooler temperatures with regular showers.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in for another update midweek. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
14:40 hrs, Wednesday 26th August 2015
Just a quick update for you as there is no real news to report. Just one salmon, of 14 lbs, has been landed this week; it was caught on a spinner from the Dulnain Mouth.
The river level was running about 6 inches this morning, having dropped a couple of inches since yesterday. However, it has been raining frequently today which may affect the level.
As you will, no doubt, have read in recent updates, the accuracy of recent weather forecasts has been, at best, poor. Bearing that in mind, we are told that the next few days will be largely dry and bright with some showers, too! Temperatures will be normal with winds mostly from the south. There is the possibility of heavy rain on Monday.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Expect another update this weekend. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 23rd August 2015
Eight salmon and a handful of sea-trout have been reported during the last calendar week: the largest of these was a 13 lbs salmon from Tarric Mor on Monday.
The river level is presently about 6 inches and is falling slowly.
Weatherwise, the forecasting of late has been somewhat inaccurate, however after a warm, dry and sunny day today, expect the temperature to become more normal with an increasing number of showers as we head into Wednesday.
Visiting anglers are still in short supply, so your own choice of 32 named pools, (all to yourself), is almost guaranteed.
If you are heading up to Speyside in the very near future, below are some local events which may interest you, if you can pull yourself away from the river!
29th August: Thunder in the Glens. The largest Harley Davidson Rally in the UK stops in Grantown when the town will be closed-off to other traffic. There will be stalls of all kinds in The Square. Have a wee look here - http://www.welcometoscotland.com/things-to-do/events/aviemore-cairngorms/thunder-in-the-glens
5th September: Carve Carrbridge. An annual chain-saw carving event held in neighbouring Carrbridge. Have a wee look here- http://www.carvecarrbridge.com/
6th September: Motor Mania. A massive display of vintage and interesting cars and other vehicles in Grantown's Square. The town will be closed-off to other traffic for this event at which there are stalls and other features of interest. Have a wee look here- http://www.grantown-motormania.co.uk/
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in for another update mid-week. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
17:00 hrs, Wednesday 19th August 2015
Five salmon / grilse and two sea-trout have been reported since the last update. The largest of these was a 13 lbs salmon which took a fly in Tarric Mor on Monday.
The river level is presently running steady at about 8 inches.
The weatherforecast in the last update proved to be slightly incorrect. A whole day of rain on Tuesday did not feature in any of the predictions. I'll just remind you not to shoot me in these circumstances, I'm just the messenger! Anyhow, I have checked both the Norwegian forecast, (as per the link above), and also the Met' Office, (via the BBC), in the hope of being able to give you a more accurate forecast for this update. Both services agree that, with the exception of a little more rain this evening, and an odd shower or two along the way, it will be largely dry until Saturday evening. They also concur that day-time temperatures should peak about 18ºC on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We are told to expect a day of rain on Sunday.
The Grantown Highland Games will be held this Sunday, so hopefully the weather won't ruin the day.
That's really as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in for another update this weekend. Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 16th August 2015
Last week was a little more fruitful than the previous one. Eleven salmon / grilse have been reported from last week, the largest of which were a couple at 12 lbs.
A handful of sea-trout have also been reported.
With the unexpected rain from yesterday morning, the river rose during the afternoon. It peaked at midnight at 18 inches and is just starting to fall back. This could prove fruitfull for the Monday morning anglers amongst you.
Weatherwise, the predictions for the week ahead are not ideal. It is expected to be largely dry, bright and mild. The temperature may dip to about 5ºC tonight, however nocturnal temperatures for the rest of the week should be somewhat higher than this.
Having succombed to yet another tick bite, yesterday, it seems appropriate to remind you of how to deal with these little critters and their potential to infect you with a most harmful disease. Our helpful guide contains pictures and professional advice of what to do if bitten. Importantly, it explains when to seek medical assistance. It can be viewed in pdf format here.
Finally, having just scrutinised my calendar, I can tell you that just 39 fishing days remain in this season....isn't that depressing? So, if you fancy landing a fish, or two, from our waters, why not come and join us. If you have any questions, staff at Mortimer's fishing shop, (from which this Association is administered), will be delighted to help you.
Expect another update midweek. Until then, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
11:20hrs, Wednesday the 12th August 2015
I am pleased to be able to tell you that things have improved since last week. Five salmon/grilse have already been reported for the week. A handful of sea-trout have also been landed.
Russell Dilks has kindly sent us the below picture of a fish of about 14 lbs which he landed from Poll Clach, last week. Many thanks, Russell.
Russell Dilks with a 14 pounder from Poll Clach
The river level peaked about 1 foot 2 inches during the night and has dropped a little; it's presently about 1 foot.
Weatherwise, it could turn out to be quite bright today and tomorrow, however Friday will be dull with a possibility of some rain. Saturday should be dry.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in for another update at the weekend. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
17:00hrs, Saturday 8th August 2015
The fish were in short supply this week as just three salmon and three sea-trout have been reported. Like everyone else, I was hoping that some runs of grilse would provide some sport, however these also seem to be in short supply.
The river has been running at a good level throughout the week, although it was a little dark on Friday.
Other than a sprinkle this evening, it is expected to remain largely dry throughout the weekend and into Monday. Early predictions suggest that we can expect some heavy rain later on Monday which may impact on the river level on Tuesday. Thereafter, the remainder of the week is expected to be largely dry and settled.
That's really as much as I can tell you for now. Expect an update midweek. Good luck and tight lines. Jimmy Mitchell
11:30hrs, Wednesday 5th August 2015
Despite the good conditions, our waters have barely been fished. Consequently only one salmon and one sea-trout have been reported since the last update.
The river level is presently running about 1 foot, having risen by a couple of inches overnight.
It's a cool and dull day and we may experience some rain later today and into tomorrow morning. Thereafter, it is expected to brighten and could be pleasantly mild on Thursday afternoon and into Friday. Saturday will be relatively dry, dull and cool.
Advance notice of the Grantown Show; an annual agricultural event held in Heathfield Park. This will be staged next Thursday 13th August.
Expect an update at the weekend. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
18:30hrs, Saturday 1st August 2015
A total of twenty-eight salmon/grilse have been reported since the last update. This includes a couple of around 14 lbs and one of 15 lbs.
At least forty-six sea-trout have been reported for the same period and this total includes one fish of 8 lbs.
The river level is presently running about 9 inches, however with the unsettled weather conditions, this may to change.
There could be some rain around tomorrow afternoon which may affect Monday's river level. The rest of the week is predicted to be somewhat brighter and milder than of late, although the weather has been so unsettled recently that anything could happen! During a heavy shower this afternoon, the temperature dropped to just 8ºC; that's a little too chilly for mid afternoon on the 1st of August!
If you are planning a visit to Grantown later this month, it may interest you to know that the Highland Games will be held in the town on Sunday the 23rd.
That's it for now. Expect another update midweek. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
13:30hrs, Tuesday 14th July 2015
Four more salmon have been reported since the last update, below. The largest was a 10 pounder from Poll Clachan Lios.
Sea trout are continuing to provide action for the few who venture out after dark.
The river is presently about 10 inches and is falling slowly.
Weatherwise, it should remain largely dry until early Friday morning when there could be a spell of heavy rain. You may also encounter a further sprinkle, or two, as we head into Saturday. Temperatures look as if they will be disappointing for the time of year.
For technical reasons, this page will not be updated again until at least the 29th of July. If you would like to keep an eye on the latest catches, they will be updated, (almost daily), on the FishSpey website, which can be seen here. If you need more specific information, staff at Mortimer's will be delighted to help you if you care to telephone 01479 872684.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 12th July 2015
A further ten salmon have been reported since the last update. The largest of these was a 15 pounder landed from the Dulnain Mouth. This takes this year's total to 186 salmon, so far, and I'm pleased to say that this is already more than the final total for the whole of last season.
Sea-trout continue to provide good sport with at least a dozen fish being reported since the last update. Two of these weighed 5 lbs each.
For what it's worth to you today, the river is falling from its most recent peak of about 15 inches on Thursday. It's about 9 inches, today.
Weatherwise, it should remain largely dry today and tomorrow. There may be a light sprinkle tomorrow evening. Thereafter, the only other predicted rain for the coming week is on Thursday night. It should be a fairly pleasant week. (However, if that proves to be wrong, don't blame me, I'm just the messenger!)
The fishing continues to be good. The coming week should provide excellent conditions for the fly fishers amongst you. Nocturnal conditions for sea-trout would also appear to be favourable.
That's it for now. Tune-in for another update on Tuesday. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
10:30hrs, Wednesday 8th July 2015
A quiet start to the week with just one salmon reported, so far.
There are still plenty of sea-trout in the river although nocturnal conditions are not as pleasant as last week.
Chris Shanks came to Grantown to fish our waters for the first time last week. He tells us that thoroughly enjoyed himself and had a brilliant time. He has promised to return next season. He has kindly sent us the below pictures of three of the salmon which he landed. One of these was caught during the night on sea-trout tackle and took over an hour to land! Thanks for your email and photos, Chris.
Above 3 pictures of Chris Shanks with various salmon from his week's fishing in July.
The river level has risen since 7 pm yesterday. It's presently about 1 foot 1 inch but may rise a little more with today's rain.
Weatherwise; it's quite cold at just 10ºC at present. In fact, there is possibility of fresh snow on the tops of the highest hills, tonight. We are presently in the grip of a northerly wind which should turn more westerly by tomorrow. Thursday should be a little brighter, however the outlook remains cool and unsettled.
The latest catches have been updated on our catch reports page.
Expect another update at the weekend. Until then, enjoy yourselves. Tight lines, Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 5th July 2015
First of all, let me start with a wee apology for being 'off-air' for far longer than expected. Hopefully, all will now be running smoothly.
The fishing continues to be good, both in respect of salmon and sea-trout.
Our salmon total for this season presently stands at about 175 fish, which is far better than the last three seasons. The figures are similar, at this point in time, to our 2011 and 2009 seasons. The largest salmon for this season, thus far, weighed 29 lbs.
Even in the hot sun of last week, at least seven salmon were reported; this included one fish of 15lbs and two of 13 lbs.
Our sea-trout number presently stands at about 220 fish. Again, a very good figure for this stage in the season. This includes a fish of 10 lbs which was landed last month.
At least 40 sea-trout were landed last week including a couple of fish at 5lbs.
Your prospects for salmon this week are better than last. It is predicted to be less warm with spells of rain around as we head through the week.
With the rain of yesterday, the river rose in the evening to about 1 foot. It will have dropped a little by Monday.
Our waters are still under-fished and you can still almost be guaranteed your own choice of pool to yourself. Kenny Carr, Bill Cook and Brian McKaskie came to our waters for their first time during the last week of June. They loved it here and have promised to return. The three intrepid anglers notched-up six salmon in their first three days; one of those was caught on the very first cast of the first day! We are grateful to Kenny for the below picture. Thanks for your email, Kenny.
Kenny Carr's fish of about 14lbs on 22nd June 2015
John Gray, our resident sea-trout photographer, has kindly sent us the below pictures of fish which he has landed recently. Thank you John.
Above pictures of sea-trout recently landed by John Gray, the lower fish was estimated at 7.5 lbs
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Expect another update mid-week. Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
18:00hrs, Saturday 6th June 2015
At least ten more salmon have been reported since the last update. There may be a few fish more which have still to be reported from today, however the largest fish from this recent number was a 13 pounder from Saddle pool; it took a fly.
We are grateful to Marc Hewitt for the below picture of one of his recent fish which he caught on something similar to a Cascade.
An 8 lbs salmon caught by Marc Hewitt on 29th May 2015
Some specimen sea-trout have been caught by anglers fishing for salmon. In the past few days, one fish of 7 lbs, one of 6 lbs, two at 5 lbs and two at 4 lbs have been landed.
For what it's worth to you now, the river has risen by a couple of inches today and is presently about 13 inches.
Weatherwise, there is still no immediate sign of the weather becoming more settled. The coming week may be brighter at the start than at the end, however expect an odd shower.
As a consequence of some much needed computer/softwear repairs, this page may not be updated until next weekend. However, we will endeavour to maintain the the fishspey catch reports service which can be found, here.
The fishing at Grantown is presently particularly good and, considering the few who are fishing, lots of fish are being landed. If you fancy landing some salmon, or maybe enjoying some of our excellent sea-trout fishing, why not come and join us?
Grantown is a small touristy town with accomodation to suit all tastes; from the very best Caravan Park in Britain, (Practical Caravan 2015), to wildlife hotels, guest houses and B&Bs...........you will find them all here. If you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Mortimer's of Speyside on 01479 872684.
That's it for now. Hopefully, we'll have another update for you by late next weekend. Good luck, Jimmy Mitchell
10:00hrs, Wednesday 3rd June 2015
At least eight salmon have been reported since the last update. The largest of these was a 14 pounder from Tarric Mor.
Niall Douglas with a recent salmon from Craggan Sands.
Our salmon total presently stands at 98. Last season, we only reached that number on the 13th of August! Despite the very few anglers, our catches are ahead of all recent seasons at this point in time.
At least twelve sea-trout have also been reported, the largest of which weighed 5 lbs and was landed by Connor Beveridge from one of the Inverallan pools.
After some heavy rain yesterday evening, the river rose to 2 feet overnight and has just started to fall.
Those of you who live locally will know that it has been fairly cool, of late. The fresh snow on the hills has fallen to a relatively low level! However, it should remain largely dry and bright for the remainder of today. Expect some rain tomorrow afternoon. On Friday, temperatures may rise to something approaching normal. On Saturday, it may become more cool with an occasional shower, or two.
That's it for now, tune-in for another update at the weekend. Until then, enjoy the great fishing! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 31st May 2015
At least twelve more salmon have been reported since the last update, the largest of which was a 14 pounder caught in the Lurg on fly.
We are grateful to Nigel Davies for pictures of two of his own fish from last week, as below.
A 12 pound fish from Tarric Mor
A 12 pound fish from Balliefurth
Seven sea-trout have also been landed despite the fact that we have, as yet, not enjoyed any warm and balmy nights.
Surprisingly, after some local rain last night, the river level has fallen a couple of inches overnight and is presently about 11 inches. Check-out the level using the above link.
Would you believe that it's the 1st of June, tomorrow. That makes it exactly three weeks until mid-summer's day....and it's all down hill from there! Anyhow, the weather predictions for the week ahead are much the same as it has been, of late. Expect showers and, occasionally, some sunshine. It will remain cool for the time of year, however temperatures may be slightly higher than last week.
Whilst conditions may not yet be ideal for nocturnal sea-trout fishing, they are very good for salmon. Considering the few who have been fishing, our recent catches have been excellent. We are still short of visitors and many of our pools are not being fished, at all. Why not give our waters a try? If you need any more information, just give us a ring at Mortimer's shop on 01479 872684......we will be delighted to help you.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in for another update mid-week. Until then, good luck & tight lines. Jimmy Mitchell
11:00hrs, Wednesday 27th May 2015
Matthew Pawsey, one of our junior members, with a nice brown trout
Congratulations to 8 year old Matthew Pawsey, a local junior member, who landed a fine brownie from the Lower Bends last Saturday. Matthew was fishing hard for a salmon when this decent Brown Trout took his toby. Well done to you, Matthew!
At least six salmon have been reported for the week, so far. The largest specimen weighed 16 lbs and was caught in Poll Clachan Lios on fly.
There are plenty of sea-trout around and, as with the salmon, very few anglers are making the effort to catch them. Our total presently stands at 47, the largest of which was a 5 pounder landed last week.
On the subject of sea-trout, local member and regular contributor, Jerry Gallienne has sent us the below picture of a sea-trout he landed from Tarric Mor, last week. Thanks, Jerry.
Jerry Gallienne's sea-trout from Tarric Mor.
The river level is falling slowly from its most recent peak on Monday; it's presently about 11 inches.
Weatherwise, expect it to remain cool and unsettled with occasional rain and bright spells. The long-term forecast suggests that it is likely to remain the same for the whole of next week. Ideal fishing weather!
Our waters are still very underfished. If you care to visit us, you will almost be guaranteed your own choice of pool all to yourself. There are plenty of fish just waiting to be caught!
That's it for now. Expect another update at the weekend. Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 24th May 2015
At least ten salmon were reported for the week. Several of these fish weighed 11 lbs which were the largest for the week.
Sea-trout numbers are continuing to increase.
For what it's worth to you today, the river level is dropping from it's most recent peak on Saturday of about 1 foot.
Weatherwise, it may be largely dry on Monday and Tuesday with increasing cloud and showers as we head through the week. It will remain relatively cool for the time of year.
That's really as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in for another update mid-week. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Wednesday 20th May 2015
The fishing continues to be productive with at least another eight salmon reported this week, so far. Our salmon total presently stands at 69 for this season. This number is ahead of all recent seasons at this point in time. (My own records only go back to 2009.)
As you might expect at this time of year, sea-trout numbers are increasing and I am hopeful that we will hear of some large specimens.
The river level started to rise early this morning and was about 1 foot 7 inches at 06:00hrs.
Weatherwise, it may brighten this afternoon. Thereafter, expect a mixed bag with an occasional shower. It will remain cool.
Thank you to all of you who have sent us pictures of your catches....that really does help to make this web page more interesting than it would otherwise be. Can I please make one polite request for future submission of your pictures. If you could please send them to us via the link at the top of this page, it will be more useful. Please include your own details and that of your catch. Sending your pictures to Mortimer's shop can sometimes lead to a delay with loss of your information. Thank you.
Talking of pictures of recent catches, I am grateful for the pictures, as below.
A fine salmon landed by Gordon Manuel
A decent fish landed by 'Scott' which took an Abu Tormentor
'Scott' with a fresh sea-trout which also fell to an Abu Tormentor.
Tune-in for another update at the weekend. In the meantime, enjoy the fishing....it's great! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 17th May 2015
At least twenty-eight salmon have been reported during the past week. I understand that the pick of the bunch was a 22nd pounder. There have also been a couple of fish about the 18 lbs mark. Following-on from Tuesday's high water of about 2 feet 3 inches, many of these fish were landed at the Long Pool.
Several sea-trout have also been landed.
Pictured, below, are some of the most recent catches. Details are sparse, however I will endeavour to give you more information about these in the next update.
Jamie McCulloch's fresh salmon
Jamie McCulloch with a decent sea-trout
Cosimo Imperiale with an 18 pounder from the Long Pool
Jerry Gallienne's 12 pounder from the Long Pool
The river is presently running steady about 1 foot.
Weatherwise, expect it to remain cool with frequent showers or longer spells of rain.
Tune-in for another update during the week.
In the meantime, good luck, tight lines and enjoy the good fishing! Jimmy Mitchell
14:30 hrs, Thursday 7th May 2015
At least another three salmon have been reported since the last update. The largest of these was a 12 pounder from the Dulnain Mouth Pool. Incidentally, that's the fourth fish from the Dulnain Mouth already this season, whereas last year's first fish from the same pool was not until the end of May.
Three sea-trout have also been reported.
The river level fell by about 5 inches late yesterday, however it rose again by a couple of inches this morning. It's presently about 1 foot 9 inches, or thereabouts.
Weatherwise, we have seen some snow showers this morning; it will be cold overnight with a frost. Tomorrow should be mostly dry, however rain will return on Saturday. Next week's weather is expected to be a mixed bag. The BBC suggest that temperatures will rise, however the Norwegians suggest that it will remain cool. Take your pick.
Despite the improvement in catches, I understand that our waters are still almost devoid of anglers. There are plenty of fish and angler-free pools if you fancy catching a salmon, or two.
Having spoilt you with updates nearly every day for the last eight days, I'm afraid that I have to tell you that our website will not be updated until the 17th of May due to technical issues - sorry about that. In the meantime, the catches will be updated on the fishspey website which you can see, here.
In the meantime, get fishing! Good luck & tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
10:00hrs, Wednesday 6th May 2015
At least five more salmon salmon have been landed since the last update, the heaviest of which weighed 19 lbs and was caught at Balliefurth on fly by Simon Munro.
Three more sea-trout have also been reported.
After a wet day yesterday, the river has risen overnight and is presently running about 2 feet.
Weatherwise, expect more rain today. It should be a little brighter for the rest of the week. It will remain cool, even for the whole of next week.
Tune-in for another update tomorrow. Good luck & tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
13:00hrs, Monday 4th May 2015
Another update with continued good news from our waters.
Saturday saw four more fish, the heaviest of which weighed 14.5 lbs and was landed from Dulnain Mouth.
This morning has seen more action with the heaviest fish of the season, thus far, weighing-in at a whopping 29 lbs. This fish was landed from Poll Scroidan: it took a spinner and was caught by Les Neek. Congratulations!
Two other fish have been reported this morning including the below salmon of 10 lbs landed by Nigel Davies from Tarric Mor. Thanks for the picture, Nigel.
Another fresh fish caught by Nigel Davies - a 10 pounder from Tarric Mor.
What a difference a few days can make. That's twelve salmon in just 2½ days! The fishing is just fantastic and conditions are perfect.
The river did rise a couple of inches overnight - it's presently just over 1 foot.
Weatherwise, expect rain tomorrow and into Wednesday. It will turn a little more cool from tomorrow.
Tune-in for another update later in the week. Best wishes, Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 3rd May 2015
If you have been reading the frequent updates, below, you will know that at least ten salmon were landed last week, nine of which were landed on Friday. Willie Laird and Nigel Davies each landed four fish, of up to 12 lb, on Friday. It may be that more fish were landed on Saturday which have yet to be reported.
Several sea-trout, of up to 4.5 lbs, were also landed during the week.
The river level is dropping slowly from its most recent peak of about 1 foot 6 inches on Thursday; it's presently just below 1 foot.
Weatherwise, it is expected to be reasonably pleasant tomorrow with temperatures reaching the teens. Rain is expected for Tuesday and into Wednesday with the rest of the week predicted to be largely dry. However, from Tuesday onwards, it will turn cool, once again.
I am hopeful that these positive reports will entice more anglers to our underfished waters where conditions are terrific and anglers are in short supply.
There are plenty of salmon in our waters which is often said to be the best Association water in Britain. We have of 6.5 miles of double-bank fishing in beautiful Strathspey which is full of wildlife. The vegetation is just coming into leaf and we are presently surrounded by snow-capped hills and mountains. It's wonderful! If you fancy having a fish, give us a ring on 01479 872684, or drop us an email if you have any questions.
I'll give you another update during the week. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
18:00hrs, Friday 1st May 2015
Nigel Davies with one of the four fish which he landed from Poll Clach on 1st May
Yet another quick update for today with more good news. At least another four salmon were landed this afternoon from the Inverallan stretch of our waters. Details will follow in due course. That brings today's total to at least eight salmon and three sea-trout. I am told that the river is full of fish! Have a good weekend! Jimmy Mitchell
13:50hrs, Friday 1st May 2015
Just a quick update in the hope of encouraging some anglers to our underfished waters. Willie Laird was down on the river this morning and managed to land four fresh salmon and three sea-trout. The largest of the salmon was a 12 pounder from Saddle Pool. Willie also managed another sea-trout, yesterday.
I understand that a couple of other sea-trout have also been landed in the past couple of days, the largest of which weighed 4½ lbs.
So, there are plenty of fish, but hardly any anglers. If you would like to land salmon and sea-trout in a beautiful part of the world, where you can almost be guaranteed your own choice of 32 named pools to yourself, why not come and join us? Conditions are perfect!
The river is running steady at about 1 foot 4 inches, today. Weatherwise, expect things to be a little brighter tomorrow.
I'll try and update this page at the weekend. In the meantime, get fishing! Jimmy Mitchell
11:00hrs, Wednesday 29th April 2015
A very nice fresh salmon, of 7 lbs, was landed yesterday from Lower Bend. Also yesterday, a sea-trout was landed from Tarric Mor.
There is hardly anyone fishing our waters and, if you would like the river to yourself, come and join us!
The river rose a couple of inches earlier this morning; it's presently running at about 1 foot.
Weatherwise, it's not expected to be quite as wet as was predicted earlier. However, expect some showers and occasional bright skies. It will remain cool for the time being.
That's it for now. Tune-in for another update at the weekend. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
13:30 hrs, Saturday 25th April 2015
I'm pleased to be able to report that we have some positive news from our waters. Four more salmon have been reported since the last update. The largest specimen weighed 15 lbs and was landed from Tarric Mor by Willie Laird. The Long Pool and the Lurg saw the rest of the action with three fish of between 8 and 9 pounds.
Increasing numbers of fish are being seen and, with next week predicted to be less bright, I am quite sure that more fish will be landed.
The river rose a couple of inches earlier this morning; it's presently running just over 1 foot.
Weatherwise, there's a big change today. We have enjoyed a bit of overnight rain but the temperature has taken a big drop. We had a wee snow shower about an hour ago. It will remain cold throughout the week with a strong possibility of heavy and prolonged rain on Thursday and Friday, brought to us on a northerly wind.
If you are heading up to Grantown for the coming week, you may want to enjoy some of the annual Speyside whisky festival, Spirit of Speyside, which you can find out more about, here.
Also, advance information about another week long festival in Grantown this June, which will mark Grantown's 250th anniversary. Further details can be found, here.
If there is any news from the river during the week, I'll let you know here. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines. Jimmy Mitchell
12.40 hrs, Tuesday 21st April 2015
A magnificent salmon of 16lbs+ landed by Ken Crake on 18th April 2015
Above, you will see a very decent fish landed by Ken Crake on Saturday. Ken reckons it weighed in excess of 16 lbs; it is the biggest fish he has ever landed. The salmon took a spinner whilst Ken was fishing in Tarric Mor. Well done, Ken! There is the proof that there are fish in our waters.
Willie Laird lost a couple of salmon, also on Saturday.
The river is looking particularly good and is running about 1 foot today.
Weatherwise, it is likely to stay dry until later on Friday. It could be wet on Saturday. An early warning for you that next week will be much colder with some rain.
Good luck to you all and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 19th April 2015
It has been a quiet week on the river in Grantown with very few anglers. During the week I had two wee walks along the river at Inverallan and another couple down at Upper Castle Grant; there was not an angler in sight.....only salmon and other wonderful wildlife! Such wonderful water with not a fisher in sight...what a shame.
Willie Laird has been one of the few who have been on the river and, during the last week, or so, he has landed one salmon and three sea-trout for his efforts. That just goes to show that there are fish in our waters - we just need some anglers! If you would like your own choice of pool, come and join us; you will have most of our waters to yourself.
Anyhow, conditions are pretty much perfect. The river level is running about 1 foot, having fallen from its most recent peak of about 2 feet 6 inches on Thursday. It is likely that it will continue to drop slowly for most of the coming week. There is still a reasonable amount of snow on the hills which will help to keep the river flowing, as it melts.
The weather predictions are for a fine week. It is expected to be dry and fairly bright for most of the week. There is a possibility of rain moving in later on Friday and lasting through next weekend.
That's it for now from a beautiful part of the Highlands where you could have 6½ miles of double bank fishing on the Spey, almost to yourself. Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Friday 17th April 2015
Just a quick update for you. A fresh salmon of 8lbs was landed yesterday from the Long Pool. It was landed by local member, Willie Laird, who has also landed three sea-trout in the last week, or so. Well done, Willie!
Our waters have been lightly fished, of late, and this does help to prove that there are fish in the river and that if you want to catch some, you will have to get down to the river.
If there's any more news, I'll let you know here. Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 12th April 2015
Tourists have just enjoyed a wonderful week in Grantown with uninterupted sunshine and tempratures in the high teens for most of last week. Alas, what was good for tourists has had the opposite effect for anglers in Grantown. I'm afraid that no fish were reported for last week. If it is of any consolation, our water was only lightly fished; this may go some way to explaining last week's hic-cup.
Fresh salmon are being landed downstream from our own waters and I know that they are being seen in increasing numbers. Some sea-trout have already made it to our own water. We just need some anglers!
The river level has been falling slowly from last Sunday's high of just of 2 feet. It is running about 14 inches today.
After an early frost tomorrow morning, cloud will build by the afternoon when it is expected to rain. The rain could remain around until early Wednesday; thereafter it may be largely dry with increasing brightness. Temperatures will be normal for the time of year.
That's as much as I can tell you. If I hear of any news, I'll let you know here. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
17:30hrs, Saturday 4th April 2015
Principally because of the poor weather conditions and drop in temperatures, it has been a quiet week on the river. The poor weather hindered anglers and the drop in water temperature discouraged the fish. There are no reports of any fresh salmon for the week.
Interestingly, I have heard of two sea-trout being landed from our waters in the past couple of days. I understand that sea-trout have also been landed below our own waters.
The water level rose by about 3 inches last night and, for what it's worth to you now, is running about 18 inches.
We have just endured a disappointing week of weather with low temperatures and frequent snow showers, however I am pleased to be able to tell you that things should be about to improve. As from tomorrow, temperatures are expected to rise and it is predicted that it will reach the teens for most of the coming week. It is expected to be mostly dry and bright. Proper Easter holiday weather!
I am confident that the rise in temperatures will produce some fish during the coming week. If I hear of any news, I will report it here. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 29th March 2015
Perhaps I was a little too optimistic in the last report as, I'm afraid to say that, no fresh salmon have been reported during the past week. There are certainly fresh fish in our waters as some are being seen; also fresh fish are being landed below our own waters. Hopefully this week will prove to be more fruitful!
The river level was steady about 1 foot during Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. However, it started to rise yesterday evening and peaked about 20 inches at 05:00hrs, this morning. It has just started to fall.
Weatherwise, the present predictions suggest that the coming week should be largely dry with the occasional sprinkle of rain or snow shower. It will remain fairly cold with a frost predicted on each night. The first half of the week may be brighter than the latter.
That's really as much as I can tell you, for now. Next weekend will be Easter and I am hopeful that the arrival of some holiday anglers will help to raise our catch numbers.
If I hear of any news, I will let you know here. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 22nd March 2015
I was having a wee look at our catches for recent seasons and note that in 2013, just one fish was landed in March. In 2014, the first fish of the season was landed on this very day, with a further four landed before the end of the month.
So far, this season, two fresh salmon have already been landed; both from the Long Pool. So, it looks as if we could be off to a better start than recent seasons. That's good!
I am hopeful that more fresh fish will be landed in the coming week - conditions are looking fine.
The river level is falling from its most recent peak, yesterday, of about 1 foot 9 inches. It seems to be about 1 foot 3 inches this morning.
Weatherwise, it may turn slightly cooler as we head into the coming week. Expect a mixed bag with occasional brightness and an odd patch of rain. There may be an occasional night-time frost.
If I hear of any catches, I will let you know here. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines!
11:30hrs, Thursday 19th March 2015
Jerry, from Mortimer's, has just rang with the following good news. Local member, Cosimo Imperiale, landed a 12 lbs fresh salmon this morning from the Long Pool. The fish, which took a Toby, was immediately returned to the river. Well done, Cosimo!
Cosimo has kindly sent us a picture of the fish, as below.
A very nice spring salmon of 12 lbs landed by Cosimo Imperiale on 19th March 2015.
With the recent dry weather, the river height has dropped and is presently running about 1 foot. Jerry tells us that the water is still cold and is only about 3ºC.
Weatherwise; you will be pleased to hear that the previous predictions of snow for this weekend have now changed. Instead, expect some occasional light rain tomorrow morning, thereafter it is expected to be fairly bright and relatively dry for the next few days.
If you happen to fishing tomorow morning, you may be well advised to take a torch with you. A solar eclipse will occur tomorrow morning when over 95% of the sun's light will be obscured. It will start about 08:30hrs and finish by 10:45hrs; the darkest time will be about 09:37hrs. If you're down on the river, you should also remember to take an extra jumper with you as it will turn much colder during this period.
Spring time also starts tomorrow with the arrival of the vernal equinox.
Expect another update at the weekend. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
18:00hrs, Saturday 14th March 2015
There have been no further reports of fresh fish since Bobby Hall's catch on Wednesday morning. I hope that we will hear of more in the coming days. Keep fishing, Bobby!
The river was falling steadily after its raging spate on Monday, however it rose by about 6 inches yesterday, presumably with snow-melt. It has fallen again today and, for what it's worth to you now, it's just over 2 feet.
We have experienced some glorious sunshine for the past couple of days; this is likely to continue into Monday with heavy night-time frosts. Tuesday and Wednesday are predicted to be dry with more cloud. It is likely that the wind will turn northerly on Thursday. It is likely that this will bring a dip in temperatures with some snow, leading into next weekend.
For the meteorogically minded amongst you, Friday will bring the vernal equinox. I believe that it will then officially be Spring - hence the strong liklihood of snow!
Don't let the weather put you off - there are fresh salmon in our waters. If I hear of any more catches, I'll let you know, here. Failing that, my next update will be next weekend.
In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
10:00hrs, Wednesday 11th March 2015
Good news this morning........our first fresh salmon of this season has been landed!
Local member, Bobby Hall, was on the Long Pool early this morning when he hooked and landed a fresh 7lbs fish. The fish, which took a spinner, was quickly returned to the water.
Well done and congratulations to you, Bobby.
I believe that this first fresh fish of this season has been landed a good couple of weeks earlier than those of recent seasons. Hopefully, that's a good sign of things to come.
Incidentally, the river peaked at nearly 6 feet on Monday and has dropped to about 3 feet 6 inches this morning.
More rain is forecast for later today, however, it should become more settled from tomorrow.
So, there is now confirmation that fresh salmon have arrived in Grantown. Those of you who have been holding-back can now get your life-jackets on and get down to the river!
I'll update this page, again, at the weekend. In the meantime, good luck to all of you and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
18:00 hrs, Saturday 7th March 2015
Still no news of fresh fish for our own waters but I expect that we will hear of some good news, soon. I am hopeful that the recent milder temperatures will encourage fresh fish towards our waters.
There has been a good deal of rain on the hills which, together with snow melt, has raised the river level quite considerably. It was around the 4 feet mark this afternoon and still rising!
It has been a very pleasant day in Strathspey, today. The temperature peaked at just over 13ºC. It is unlikely to be quite so mild during the coming week. Temperatures are expected to be around the seasonal normal with occasional night-time frosts and day-time temperatures peaking between 4 to 8ºC. Expect a good deal of bright weather with just an occasional shower or longer spell of rain.
If I hear of any news, I will post it here. Failing that, my next update will be next weekend.
Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 1st March 2015
March has arrived and this is the month when the salmon should arrive, too. No fresh fish to report, as yet. I understand that there are still plenty of well-mended kelts around.
With the recent precipitation, the river level has risen and is presently about 2 feet 6 inches.
Weatherwise, this coming week is predicted to have a bit of everything with occasional night-time frosts, some wintery showers but warming towards next weekend when the temperature may reach double figures.
That's it for now. As usual, if I hear of anything exciting, I'll post the news straight away. Failing that, I'll update this page next weekend.
All the best for now and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Tuesday 24th February 2015
Plenty of well-mended kelts, however no fresh salmon, as yet.
The weather turned colder at the weekend and we have enjoyed frequent sleet and snow showers since then. The forecast suggests that night-time frosts will continue with occasional wintery showers for the next few days.
With last week's snow melt, the river peaked at over 4 feet on Thursday. It has been dropping steadily since and is presently running at a very pleasant 1 foot 4 inches.
I have updated the links, (above), for the 'Weekly SFB News' page and also for the newly published 'SFB Annual Report 2014'.
That's really as much as I can tell you for now. Unless anything exciting happens, I will update this page at the weekend.
In the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Tuesday 17th February2015
There has been a very, very slow thaw in Speyside. There is still some snow around at our level but, thankfully, most of it has now gone.
It's been a reasonably pleasant couple of days with temperatures reaching about 7ºC during the day. It has been frosty at night. The river water remains very cold and I suspect that it is only around 3ºC, however that's just my guesstimate.
A few local anglers have been out on the river and have been landing kelts. There have been no reports of fresh fish on our water, as yet, but you just never know! I understand that a fresh salmon was landed at Ballindalloch on opening day, so you are always in with a chance.
Weatherwise, you can keep an eye on the predictions via the forecast link, above. However, there might just be an odd shower around tomorrow when it should be slightly more mild. Thursday and Friday look to be dry and settled. Saturday may be colder with the risk of snow showers.
With the recent snow-melt, the river level peaked at just over 2 feet yesterday. It has fallen about 2 inches today.
That's it for now. If I hear of anything exciting, I'll let you know here. Otherwise, my next report will be towards the middle of next week.
In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Thursday 12th February 2015
I have a wee update for you in connection with our salmon returns policy. There has been a reconsideration of this matter and to bring us into line with other Beats on the Spey, our returns policy is now as follows.
All salmon will be returned alive to the river up to, and including, 31st March. (Government Legislation)
From 1st April, you must return your 1st, 3rd, 5th, etc... cock salmon/grilse
However, the Spey Fishery Board and this Association recommend that all salmon be returned alive up to, and including 31st May.
All hen salmon/grilse will be returned throughout the entire season.
Just a quick update for you about yesterday's fishing. I understand that a few anglers managed to make it down to the river. As was to be expected, a number of kelts were landed; no fresh salmon were landed, as yet.
The river is running at a very decent 15 inches.
Despite the snow which still remains on much of the ground, it has been a beautiful week here in Grantown with heavy night-time frosts. It's just possible that we could see a little rain tomorrow, but there again, maybe not!
Finally, I understand that there has been a spot of bother with our own email address on our 'contact us' page. This email address has now been changed and we will be delighted to deal with any of your enquiries.
Unless anything exciting happens, I'll now update this page towards the middle of next week.
In the meantime, best wishes and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 8th February 2015
Our 2015 season starts this Wednesday, 11th February.
I understand that the fishing permits have now been printed and are available at Mortimer's.
For the benefit of those of you who do not live locally, Grantown has been under a blanket of snow for some time and it is only just beginning to thaw. With that in mind, exercise caution if you are down on the river and remember to wear your life-jackets.
As I always mention at this time of year, please treat any kelts with care as they may just survive to return to the river and spawn again.
The weather forecast for this week is a settled one with a fair amount of sun and only a possibility of some rain on Friday. Expect night-time frosts.
For what it's worth to you today, the river is running about 1 foot. It may rise as we head through this week as a result of snow melt.
There is always the possibility of a fresh salmon: if you manage to catch one, please send us a picture for this news page.
If anything exciting happens, I'll let you know as soon as I am told. Otherwise, I'll update this page next weekend.
Welcome back and good luck for our new season.
Tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Friday 9th January 2015
There was a reasonable turn-out for the Association's AGM on Tuesday evening. It was a convivial meeting and the Secretary wishes to thank all who attended.
The salient points from the meeting are outlined below -
As a new Association conservation policy, all salmon will be returned to the river up to, and including, the 31st of May. The wording of the above policy has now changed. This is now a recommendation and is not statutory.
In line with Spey Fishery Board policy, from 1st June, each angler must return the first, third, fifth....etc, male salmon/grilse.
In line with Spey Fishery Board policy, all hen salmon/grilse will be returned throughout the entire season.
The sea-trout policy remains the same - only one sea-trout may be taken per angler / per day providing it is of sufficient size but under 3 lbs in weight.
The price of a local adult season permit will rise by £10, to £250.
The price of a local senior citizen season permit will rise by £10, to £160.
The price of a visitor's weekly permit will rise by £5, to £215.
Any outstanding payments due for local members season permits must be settled before 30th June.
Office bearers will remain unchanged.
At a Spey Users Group meeting in November 14, allegations were made by canoeists of verbal abuse from anglers and vice versa. Accordingly, any altercations should be noted, and a written copy of the event provided to the Association Secretary, Grant Mortimer. (For the interest of new visitors to this site /our waters, this is a rare occurence as most paddlers understand the need to communicate and engage with anglers.)
Just in case you need reminding, our season starts on Wednesday the 11th of February. This season's permits are presently being printed and are not expected to be available until the end of January.
For the information of visitors, fishing permits for our waters are available to purchase on www.fishpal.com Permits purchased from Fishpal incur a surcharge. However, visitor permits are always available from Mortimer's shop in Grantown's High Street at our normal price. Feel free to telephone us on 01479 872684 with any questions or contact us via the contact us link at the top of this page.
I think that's about it. I'll see you all down on the river next month. Until then, best wishes, Jimmy Mitchell
Thursday 1st January 2015.
Welcome to our our 2015 news page. Our new season starts on Wednesday the 11th of February 2015.
The Annual General Meeting for this association will be held in Grantown's Garth Hotel on Tuesday 6th January 2015 at 7.30pm. Fully paid-up members are invited & encouraged to attend. Agendas are available at Mortimer's shop.
This page will be updated with any pertinant information resulting from the meeting.
To give you a wee taste, and perhaps some encouragement, there are a selection of photos from recent seasons, below.
In the meantime, may I take this opportunity to wish you a very happy new year and wish you the very best of luck for the 2015 season. Jimmy Mitchell
Bobby Hall with a 5 lbs sea-trout
Jerry Gallienne with a 6lbs fish from Poll na Gower.
River Dulnain, Monday 11th August 2014
John Gray's 3½ lbs sea-trout in June
Dave Woodcock with a 23½ lbs fish on 11th June 2014
John Petch's 12 pounder on 3rd June 2014
Jean Etienne Delsuc near the Old Bridge Pool in May 2014
John Davis at Tarric Mor
John Gray landed a 2½ lbs brownie from the Dulnain in May
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
The following 3 pictures are of Paul Russell with a 13 pounder on 29th March 2014
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.
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's 9 lbs fish which he landed from the Long Pool 4th May 2013.
Shungo Yoshino, from Tokyo, with a 17lbs fish from Poll na Gower on 29th April 2013.
Bobby Hall, with a 12 lbs fish which he caught on fly in the Long Pool on the 25th April 2013
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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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.