2016 News Page
Wednesday 14th December 2016
Just a quick update with some news about the AGM. Fully paid-up local members are invited to attend the AGM of this Association, which will be held in Grantown's Garth Hotel at 7.30pm on Wednesday the 4th of January 2017.
I am sure that printed agendas will be available from Mortimer's Shop in the near future.
All is very quiet in Grantown, however you will be pleased to know that our 2017 season starts in about 8 weeks......on Saturday the 11th of February 2017.
I hope to give you a wee update on conditions and prospects just before opening day. Until then, may I take this opportunity to wish all of our members and visitors a really pleasant Christmas and a healthy and productive new year. Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 2nd October 2016
I thought that my updates for this 2016 season had finished, however I have just heard about some interesting news which I am sure that you will be interested to hear.
I have just been speaking to Lionel Main, Head Gillie of the Castle Grant Waters, which are located immediately downstream of our own. He was telling me that one of his anglers landed a fairly large salmon, last week. The fish was so large that it measured more than 125 cm. This measurement was on the conservative side as 'a few centimetres had been subtracted to allow for any enthusiastic measuring'. Using trusted measurement to weight ratios, as can be found here, that suggests that the fish weighed well in excess of 40 lbs !
The cock fish, which was landed on Lionel's own Beat, (Beat 2, adjacent to Cromdale), was returned to the river and was last seen steaming towards Grantown!
That must be amongst the heaviest fish landed in Scotland, this year.
That's it for now. Until the next time, good luck. Jimmy Mitchell
Saturday 1st October 2106
Well, that's it over for another year. The last few weeks of the season were fairly quiet, principally because there were very few anglers.
Five salmon / grilse were reported during the last few days, including three fish in their teens. The largest was an 18 pounder caught at the Dulnain Mouth.
Our salmon / grilse total for the season was 242 fish. The largest of these was a 23 pounder landed from Tarric Mor in mid-September.
Sea-trout of up to 4 lbs were still being landed, yesterday. The reported total for the season was about 200 fish, the largest of which was a whopping 12¾lbs.
Fish numbers were slightly down on last season, however this is a reflection on the decreasing number of anglers. There are still plenty of fish in the Spey and our Association water is considered to be amongst the very best! It is also situated in the most beautiful and tranquil area of the UK.
Anyhow, in due course, I will update this page with more information about this season's catches. Towards Christmas, I should have some information about the AGM.
It has been yet another good and interesting year for this Association. It's not too long until Saturday, February 11th 2017, when our next season starts! If you are planning ahead and are thinking about joining us next season, feel free to ring Mortimer's shop, (from where this Association is administered). The staff will be delighted to assist you with any questions which you may have.
Until the next update, good luck! Jimmy Mitchell
14:20hrs, Wednesday 28th Sept 2016
Four salmon / grilse have been reported since the last update, the largest of which was a 14 pounder landed from Little Stream.
Sea-trout are still being caught, and I'm pleased to say, are still being reported to us...... which keeps our figures accurate.
The river level is presently running at just over 8 inches. Expect some movement with this figure because of the weather situation.
Weatherwise, Autumn has certainly blown in to Speyside; yesterday was fairly wild. The weather forecast for the next couple of days is a complicated one with a storm predicted for Thursday. Accordingly, I have copied a detailed meteogram from www.yr.no and have reproduced it, below. I think it's best to let you decipher the content!
There are still plenty of fish showing in the river and, at this time of the year, you are always in with a chance of landing a specimen fish.
If you are brave enough to venture down to the river tomorrow, please remember your life-jackets.
As if you don't know, the last day of this fishing season is this Friday. I hope to be able to bring you the last update of this season at the weekend.
Until then, enjoy what's left. Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 25th September 2016
It has been a strange couple of weeks on the river. Four salmon / grilse have been landed since the last update. There are salmon in the river; they are just proving difficult to catch! It seems to have been the same story throughout the Spey during the past wee while. Perhaps the last month of settled Summer weather has had something to do with it.
Anyhow, the last weekend of the season has now past and just 5 more fishing days remain.
Although yesterday's promised rain did not arrive in Grantown until it was nearly dark, there was day-time rain in the hills. Consequently, the river started to rise about 16:00hrs, yesterday. It's presently just over one foot.
Weatherwise; latest predictions suggest that whilst there may be some occasional heavy showers around, it may be relatively dry until Wednesday and into Thursday morning when we might see more prolonged rain. If that turns out to be accurate, it may lift the river level for the last day of our season which is on Friday.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Make the most of what's left. Tune-in for an update on Wed / Thurs of this week. Until then, tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
11:00hrs, Thursday 22nd September 2016
Surprisingly, just three salmon / grilse have been reported since the last update. The largest of these was a 14 pounder from Little Stream caught on fly.
As per earlier reports, there are plenty of fish in the river; they seem to have other things on their minds and are just proving difficult to catch! In fairness, the bright and warm conditions have not helped the situation.
The river is running at a very fly-fishable 5 inches this morning, having last peaked 8 days ago at just under 2 feet.
Weatherwise, the Norwegian forecast, link above, suggests that it will stay dry until Saturday. However, the BBC forecast, which can be seen here, suggests that we will have a wee bit of rain tonight. Whatever their differences, both are in agreement that it will rain on Saturday.
Today is the Autumn equinox, meaning that Bouvetoya, (which is located in the southern South Atlantic and is the most remote island on earth), experiences exactly the same amount of daylight, at much the same time as Grantown, for today. Now, that's an interesting piece of information for you!
After today, just 7 fishing days remain of this season, so make the most of it...........there's a long winter ahead.
That's about it for now. Tune-in on Sunday for another update. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 18th September 2016
At least eleven salmon / grilse were landed during the last fishing week. The largest of these was a 23 pounder, caught by John Davis on fly, from Tarric Mor. That's the heaviest fish of this season, so far. Congratulations to you, John!
The river is presently running at 11 inches, having peaked at nearly 2 feet on Wednesday.
Everyone agrees that there are plenty of fish in the river so make the most of the 11 days that are left of this season.
Expect a little bit of rain later this afternoon, but other than that, the forecast for the coming week is a dry one.
If you do have any pictures for us, please use the link, above, as the previous email has changed.
That's really as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in again on Thursday for another update. Jimmy Mitchell
10:00hrs, Thursday 15th September 2016
Six salmon / grilse have been reported since the last update, the largest of which was a 16 pounder from Balliefurth, yesterday.
We are pleased that sea-trout continue to be reported which will keep our records accurate and thus prevent further conservation measures.
The river level peaked at just under 2 feet, yesterday. The water has cleared and is dropping steadily; it is presently about 1 foot 4 inches and looking really good.
Weatherwise, it started misty but is expected to clear. It may be bright and warm for the rest of the day. Expect some heavy rain tonight and into Friday morning. This may lift the river level again. Thereafter, it should remain dry. The river should be in fine fettle for anyone wishing to cast a line towards the weekend.
Lots of salmon can be seen splashing in the river. As is always the case at this time of year, many are coloured. However with recent spates, a fair proportion are reasonably fresh.
Just a polite reminder........wherever you happen to park your car, please leave it in a position which allows others to use the same parking facilities, too. Thank you.
Finally, there seems to have been more Otter sightings during this season than there have been for a while. If you are lucky enough to take a snap of one of these elusive creatures, or anything else which is unusual or rare, we would be delighted to feature it on this page. You can send us your pictures using the link, above.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in on Sunday for another update. Enjoy what is left of this season. Tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 11th September 2016
The rain towards the end of the week did manage to lift the water and improve conditions, for some. However the heavy colour and masses of loose weed hampered others.
Not all fish have been reported, as yet, but plenty of salmon and sea-trout were caught in the higher water.
The river peaked at nearly 2 feet on Saturday morning and is now beginning to fall, thus making river conditions look excellent for next week.
Weather predictions suggest that we may have some decent rain later on Tuesday and into Wednesday morning. The rest of the coming week is predicted to be fairly dry. It may even be quite warm on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Just 17 days remain of this season. However, there is still time to jump on a plane to Inverness, hire a car and have a few lovely days in Grantown........you know that you deserve it! You can even hire your tackle from Mortimer's. If you have any questions about the fishing or the area, staff at Mortimer's will be delighted to help you. (Tel: 01479 872684)
Tune-in for another update on Thursday. Until then, enjoy the fishing. Tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
11:20hrs, Thursday 8th September 2016
Four salmon / grilse have been reported since the last update, the largest of which was a 14 pounder from the Dulnain Mouth.
Up until now, it has been a warm and bright week in Grantown; consequently the conditions have been poor. However conditions are changing for the better because it's raining!
The rain started about 10:00 hrs this morning and is expected to continue until about 18:00 hrs this evening. It's presently really heavy! Expect it to resume again tomorrow morning and continue until the evening. So, that should lift the river level from its present 4 inches and provide some excellent fishing.
I am confident that I will have some more catches to report at the weekend. Tune-in for another update this Sunday.
Until then, make the most of the 19 days remaining of this season.
Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
17:00hrs, Saturday 3rd September 2016
On four occasions during the past week, I have had a wee walk along the banks of our Upper Castle Grant water. On each of these occasions, I saw plenty of fish splashing around, but there were no anglers in sight! The river has been low with bright weather, however the lack of anglers is the main reason why only two fish have been landed during the last 7 days.
It's a great shame to see a terrific stretch of water with no anglers......especially since there is common agreement, from both up and down the river, that there are good numbers of fish in the water. Herewith is a quote from last week's Spey Fishery Board update, 'Let me begin by saying the river is absolutely stuffed with fish....'
I am grateful to Nigel Davies for the below picture of his fish which he landed, today.
For what it's worth to you today, the river rose by about 3 inches this morning. It's presently running about 6 inches.
Weatherwise, the Norwegian site, (accessed by our link above), suggests that we may have some light rain from just before midnight, tonight. It expects this to continue when it will become heavier about 06:00 hrs, for a couple of hours. The BBC service, which you can access here, suggests that it will remain dry all night and then rain for a couple of hours around 06:00hrs. Both sites agree that it is likely to remain mostly dry for the rest of the week. As I have said before, if this forecast is wrong, please don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger!
During my travels, this week, along our Upper Castle Grant water, I managed to acquire a tick. With that in mind, here is another reminder of the danger posed, and action to be taken, if you find yourself playing host to one of these tiny pests. You can remind yourselves, here.
If you're around in Speyside tomorrow, I can thoroughly recommend the Motormania event which is being staged in Grantown. It is essentially a huge display of old, vintage and interesting motor cars, lorries and bikes. The Square will be closed off with plenty of stalls around the Square. There are usually some pipers, too. The weather should be pleasant and warm during the event. You can find out more, here.
That's it for now. Hopefully some anglers will arrive soon.....there's not long left. Tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
11:00hrs, Thursday 1st September 2016
Autumn is upon us and we could do with some rain. The river is running a little low and so are the catches. Just one salmon has been reported since the last update.
The river is presently running at 3 inches; the lowest level for the whole of this season.
Weatherwise, we may experience some light rain during the next 2 or three hours. There may even be some showers around during tomorrow and also later on Saturday. We will just have to hope for the best.
There are just 26 fishing days left!
If you are heading up to Grantown this Saturday and your family won't give you peace to fish, you can send them off to Carrbridge where the annual Chain Saw Carving competition will be taking place. Have a look here.
Don't forget that Motor Mania will be held in Grantown on Sunday. Check that out, here.
That's about it for now. Tune-in on Sunday for another update. Tight lines, Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 28th August 2016
It has been a bright and pleasant week in Speyside. These wonderful late summer conditions have caused the fish to hunker-down and have provided a distraction for the anglers, too. Alas, it has been a very quiet week on the river with only a couple of salmon and handful of sea-trout landed.
The river level has remained at 4 inches for the past 4 days.
Weatherwise, with the exception of an odd shower, the outlook is relatively dry. It's possible that we may have some rain on Friday.
There are plenty of fish in our waters. I suspect that fishing the deeper pools of the Dulnain Mouth, Tarric Mor and the Lurg may provide more success during the next few days. Fishing earlier and later in the day may also prove more productive.
Just a wee reminder about the reporting of sea-trout catches........please can you remember to report all catches of sea-trout, as an artificially low number may lead to a ban on the taking of these fish. Thank you.
If you're in town, the Grantown Highland Games are being held, today. Next Sunday will see the annual Motor Mania event held in the town. This is a very popular event when hundreds of motoring enthusiasts converge on the town to show-off their old ,vintage or unusual vehicles. Find out more, here.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in, (in September!), this coming Thursday for another update. Until then, enjoy what remains of this season. Tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
10:30hrs, Thursday 25th August 2016
Despite the forecast, the weather has remained pleasantly warm and bright. This has not helped the fishing conditions and just one 9 lbs salmon has been reported since the last update.
The river level has fallen to 4 inches, for only the second time this year!
Weatherwise, expect it to remain dry and pleasant for today. There may be showers around tomorrow. Saturday is expected to be dry.
The opinions of the few who are fishing suggest that there are plenty of fish in the river.....so you might be best fishing earlier and later.
Just a wee reminder that the 'Thunder in the Glens' Harley Davidson Rally will pull into Grantown this Saturday afternoon. During this convivial event, the town will be closed-off to other traffic. There will be stalls, and the likes, in the Square. It's certainly worth a visit if you can tear yourself away from the river.
The annual Grantown Highland Games will be held in the town, this Sunday.
That's it for now. Tune-in on Sunday for another update. Until then, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 21st August 2016
Conditions failed to improve for the end of last week. Not only did this put the fish off, but it put the anglers off, too! Consequently the week ended with three salmon / grilse and some sea-trout. Hopefully, conditions will improve as we head through this coming week.
The river is present running at a very fly-fishable 6 inches and, according the few anglers who have been fishing, there are plenty of salmon in the river.
This week's weather may help to improve the situation with lower temperatures, more cloud cover and periods of rain. The latest predictions are for some rain during the later part of Tuesday with more precipitation predicted on Thursday and Friday............time will tell!
If you will be in Grantown next weekend, 'Thunder in the Glens' will come to Grantown on Saturday 27th August. See some pictures of what to expect during this Harley Davidson motorcycle event, here.
Also, on next Sunday the 28th, the annual Grantown Highland Games will be held in the town. See some pictures of what to expect, here.
That's really as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in on Thursday for another update. Until then, make the most of the 28 remaining fishing days of this season. Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
11:00hrs, Thursday 18th August 2016
Summer has arrived in Speyside. We have enjoyed a beautiful week with localised temperatures up to 29ºC. Whilst this weather has been most enjoyable for those of us who have to spend the winter here, it hasn't been conducive to great fishing. Nonetheless, at least one salmon/grilse has been landed on every day of this week, so far. The pick of this small bunch was a 9 pounder from Tarric Mor.
The river level is presently running about 7 inches and it's looking really good.
Weatherwise, although not quite so hot, this fine spell should continue until late tomorrow afternoon. Expect some rain early on Friday evening and night. It is expected to be mostly dry with an odd shower on Saturday and temperatures peaking about 18ºC. Looking further ahead, expect a little more rain on Sunday, possibly a wee bit more on Monday and potentially some decent rain on Wednesday.
This Saturday should prove to be more fruitful for those who are prepared to make an early start.
That's it for now. Tune-in on Sunday for another update. Until then, enjoy the fishing and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 14th August 2016
It has been a productive week on our waters with at least eighteen salmon / grilse landed. This total includes one fish of 15 lbs and three of 14 lbs. The river started to rise towards spate conditions on Thursday and many of this week's fish were landed on the back of the high water. The river seems to be full of fish and just as many fish were lost, as were landed, in the high water.
The Sea-trout continue to be caught with fish of up to 6 lbs during the last few days.
For what it's worth to you today, the river is dropping slowly from its peak on Thursday of about 2 foot 5 inches and is presently about 1 foot 6 inches. It should continue to fall as we head through this coming week.
Weatherwise, the latest forecast suggests that it will stay dry today and should remain so for most of this coming week. It should be fairly bright and even pleasantly warm, with the potential to cool down on Friday with some light rain.
And finally, a wee request........During the next few months, it is possible that we will produce an up-to-date, colourful and alluring new brochure. In doing so, it is likely that we could use the image at the top of this page. The picture was taken on Wednesday 3rd August and we seek the consent of the featured angler. If that was you, would you mind getting in touch here and letting us know if that's okay, please? Many thanks.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in on Thursday for another update. Until then, enjoy the fishing and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
11:30 hrs, Thursday 11th August 2016
A total of six salmon have been reported since the last update. All, but one, weighed over 10 lbs. The largest was 15 lbs and was landed from Auchernack.
A number of sea-trout have been reported including one fish at 6 lbs and two at 4 lbs.
It has been raining in Speyside since yesterday afternoon and the river has been rising since 03:00hrs, this morning. Expect a large dirty spate with lots of weed!
Weatherwise, it is still raining and, although not so heavy, it may continue to rain until early this evening. It should become dry overnight but may start raining again on Friday morning for much of the day with a fresh westerly breeze. Saturday may be showery. A 48 hours meteogram from www.yr.no is displayed, below. Early indictions suggest that Monday and Tuesday should be pleasant and slightly warm with more rain for the middle of next week.
The next few days should prove to be quite fruitful for the spinners amongst you......please remember your life-jackets!
If you are around this Saturday and can resist the temptation of fishing our fantastic waters, you may be interested in visiting the nearby Nethybridge Highland Games. You can find out more, here.
That's it for now. Tune-in on Sunday for another update. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 7th August 2016
At least eight salmon have been landed during the last week. The largest of these was a 12 pounder from Tarric Mor.
A handful of sea-trout have also been reported.
The past week has seen an unsually large amount of salmon in the river, however they have been proving hard to entice. It may be that the higher water from Friday will have encouraged some fresher fish upstream and into our own water.
For what it's worth to you today, the river is presently running about 10 inches having fallen from its most recent peak of about 1 foot 8 inches on Friday.
Weatherwise, expect it to rain for about 12 hours from late afternoon, today. This may lift the river, once again, for tomorrow. Expect it to remain unsettled and cool with occasional showers. Potentially, Thursday and Friday could prove to be wet.
This coming week will see the Grantown (agricultural) Show which you can read about, here. Looking further ahead, a huge Harley Davidson enthusiasts rally, 'Thunder in the Glens', will be in Grantown on Saturday 27th of August; you can see some pictures of what to expect, here. The Grantown Highland Games will be held on Sunday 28th August; you can see some pictures of what to expect, here.
We are still short of anglers. A walk along the banks of our waters will prove that you are far more likely to see salmon or otter than the increasingly rare sight of an angler. In fact, I was most fortunate to see the angler, as pictured at the top of this page, on Wednesday morning. Proof, if it was needed, that you can almost be guaranteed your own choice of pool all to yourself. Our under-fished 6½ miles of double bank fishing on the beautiful river Spey provide a terrific variety of fishing in wonderful tranquil countryside. Grantown on Spey provides a super base with accomodation to suit all tastes. Our season runs until Wednesday the 30th of September which still gives you time to enjoy a few days on our waters. Please give us a ring on 01479 872684, if you have any questions.
And finally.............another polite request about parking at Auchernack Burn on the Nethybridge road. There is not a great deal of room for parking here, however if you can manage to park diagonally against the fence, this will allow twice as many people to use this small facility. Thank you.
That's it for now. Tune-in once again on Thursday for another update. Until thenm, enjoy the fishing and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
11:30hrs, Tuesday 2nd August 2016
Here we are in August and just 43 fishing days remain of this season. Many beats of the Spey are enjoying their best season for years, yet our own waters remain under-fished. Perhaps we'll have a late rally of anglers! Sea-trout numbers seem to have taken a wee dip this season, however that may also be due to the shortage of anglers. The average size of sea-trout seems to be larger with fish of up to a whopping 12¾lbs.
Anyhow, fourteen salmon / grilse have been reported since the last update with fish of up to 18 lbs.
At least twenty-two sea-trout have been reported for the same period.
The river is running steady, this morning, at a pleasant 6 inches. However, with impending precipitation, the level is likely to rise tonight.
The weather forecast is a wet one........ as the meteogram from www.yr.no indicates, below.
Rain is expected to move in from the west by early this evening and may, or may not, fall intermittently for the next 36 hours. Thereafter, expect it to remain unsettled. Temperatures will be slightly lower then would be expected for the time of year. There was a frost in some parts of the Highlands this morning; in Grantown the temperature dropped to 5ºC.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in for another update on Sunday. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Thursday 14th July 2016
At least six salmon have been reported since the last update. The largest of these was a decent 18 pounder from Lower Bend, on fly.
Large sea-trout continue to be caught; a fish of 7 lbs has been landed in the last couple of days.
The river level is running at a very decent 7 inches this morning, having fallen slowly from its most recent peak of just over 1 foot on Tuesday.
Weatherwise; the previous predictions for a heat-wave for this coming weekend seem to have been a false alarm! Instead, expect a day of rain for tomorrow and a breezy day, with the odd shower, on Saturday. Looking ahead, there is no immediate prospect of the weather settling down; it's more of the same for next week.
This unseasonal weather should prove good for the fishing. Assuming that the river level rises later tomorrow, Saturday is likely to prove fruitful for the spinners amongst you.
A polite request for those of you who might park at Auchernack Burn on the main Nethybridge Road. As there is not a great deal of room, please could you attempt to park diagonally into the fence. This will allow twice as many anglers to use this small facility.......thank you.
Another matter of interest: there have been increased sightings of Otter in our waters in the past couple of weeks. Whilst they might not be beneficial for the fishing, these elusive creatures make a pleasant spectacle. If you can manage to get a decent picture of an Otter, or two, I'll post it here.
And finally............. I'm afraid that this website will not be updated until the beginning of August. However, do remember to use this page for your links to the river level, weather forecast and also for live web-cam pictures of the river at the Old Bridge in Grantown. For regularly updated catch-reports from our own waters, check-out the fishpal page, here.
In the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 10th July 2016
I am delighted to be able to start this update with some sea-trout news. A proper specimen fish of 12¾lbs has been landed by regular visitor, Les Meak, who was casting his flies in the vicinity of the Auchernack Burn Pool, in the wee small hours on Saturday morning, when the fish took hold. Les landed another large sea-trout of over 8 lbs a couple of nights before that, so he has had a great week. Congratulations, Les!
Salmon wise, at least eleven fish have been reported during the past week, the largest of which was a 13 pounder from Tarric Mor.
The river level is running steadily at 6 inches, this morning, having fallen slowly since its last peak of about 1 foot on Wednesday.
Weatherwise, it is likely to remain cool, with an odd shower, for most of the coming week. Winds will come from the west and then from the south as we approach next weekend, which is expected to be warm and fine!
In the absence of any other fishy pictures, I thought that you might be interested to hear about quite a rare bird which I spotted fishing in Saddle Pool, yesterday. It was a red-throated diver. I have never heard any reports of these birds on any inland river. There are only about 1000 pairs in the UK and they spend most of their time around northern and western costal waters; they only come inland to breed on very remote lochs. They are cormorant sized, elusive fish eaters. I guess that it must have heard about the great fishing on our waters!
That's really as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in on Thursday for another update. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Thursday 7th July 2016
It has been a fairly quiet start to the week with only a handful of visiting anglers, consequently five salmon have been reported, thus far. All were under 30 lbs.
Sea trout of 7 lbs and 6 lbs have been reported in the past couple of days.
If you keep an eye on the catch reports from the whole of the Spey, as per the link above, and here, you will note that huge numbers of salmon are being caught in the river. There are good numbers of fish throughout the sytem but only a handful of anglers fishing our own waters. If you fancy your own choice of 32 named pools from our 6½ miles of double-bank fishing, then feel free to give us a call on 01479 872684. You can download your own copy of our brochure from The Fishing page, here, and have a look at our individual pools, here.
The river level rose to nearly one foot on Wednesday morning and is now falling slowly. It's presently about 8 inches.
Weatherwise, it has been cool and showery for the past while; these conditions are set to remain for the forseeable future.
Another reminder for you about Ticks and the dangers of Lyme disease which can be found, here.
Conditions are good; make the most of it! Tune-in for another update this Sunday. Until then, tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 3rd July 2016
It has been a steady week on the river in Grantown with at least eight salmon reported. The average weight of these was around the 10 lbs mark.
Specimen sea-trout are still being landed with at least 3 fish of over 6 lbs caught during the past week.
The frequent and heavy showers have helped to keep the river running and, for what it's worth to you just now, it's presently about 7 inches.
Weatherwise, it has been unseasonably cool with frequent heavy showers. This spell is set to continue and will aid fishing conditions. However, you would be best to leave your swimming shorts at home, for the time being!
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in on Thursday for another update. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
10:00 hrs, Thursday 30th June 2016
We have seen a fairly steady start to this week with at least five salmon reported. The largest of these weighed 10 lbs. Some very large fish are being seen!
So far, this does not appear to be one of the best years for numbers of sea-trout, although, fish of up to 6 lbs have been landed during the past few days.
I understand that the river has been running slightly coloured since the weekend. This is probably down to a localised thunderstorm causing a landslide in one of the tributaries. This coloured water could account for the recent slight drop in catch numbers. The water is now clearing and is presently running at 7 inches, having fallen slowly from its most recent peak of just over 1 foot, last weekend.
Tomorrow will take us into July. The weather predictions are unremarkable and are very well suited to good fishing. It is expected to remain cool and showery....so make the most of it!
That's it for now. Tune-in on Sunday for another update. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 26th June 2016
With heavy and prolonged thunderstorms from early on Friday afternoon, the fishing was put on hold for all, but the suicidal. Hence, just one more salmon has been reported since the last update. This brings the total for the week to at least nine.
I gather that some specimen sea-trout have been landed including one of 8 lbs and several around the 6 lbs mark.
The river level rose quickly to just over 1 foot on Friday evening and it is only just beginning to fall slowly.
Weatherwise, it has been a beautiful morning in Strathspey and has only recently started to cloud over. Expect a few showers later today and throughout the rest of this coming week.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in for another update on Thursday. Until then, enjoy! Jimmy Mitchell
10:00hrs, Friday 24th June 2016
At least eight salmon have been landed since the last update, the largest of which was a 13 pounder from Tarric Mor.
Fourteen sea-trout have been reported for this same period.
The river level is presently running at a very nice 7 inches, having been falling slowly since it's last peak of over 3 feet, last week.
Weatherwise, it's presently a fairly bright and warm morning. This afternoon there will be slow moving thundery downpours around this area. We may, or may not, be on their receiving end. Although cloudy, tomorrow is expected to be mostly dry. It may turn brighter later in the day. Looking ahead to next week, there is just a suggestion of heavy rain on Wednesday.....watch this page.
That's it for now. Tune-in for another update on Sunday. In the meantime, enjoy the fishing. Tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 19th June 2016
We have enjoyed another good week of salmon fishing in Grantown with at least twenty-six fish reported for the week. The largest was 15 lbs; the average weight was nearer 10 lbs. Pictured below, is Roy MacGregor with a 9 lbs fish from the Lurg.
At least 30 sea-trout were reported for last week including three fish of around the 6 lbs mark. As mentioned before, please remember to declare all of your sea-trout, as any inexplicable reduction in their numbers will only lead to further catch restrictions.
We suffered almost four days of constant rain, last week. This led to high and dirty water conditions, although the fishing did prove productive when the river started to clear. The river peaked at 3 feet 3 inches on Wednesday. It's presently about 1 foot 2 inches.
Weatherwise, the sun eventually appeared yesterday afternoon and revealed a lush and green Speyside, as can be seen, below.
Pictured yesterday from the new bridge, Speyside is looking well after four days of rain
Expect a little more rain this evening which should fizzle-out by lunchtime on Monday. Therafter, the winds will settle from the west and the coming week should be fairly pleasant and mostly dry.
Tonight and Monday night are the two shortest nights of this year, thus making Monday the longest day. It's a day earlier this year because of the extra leap-year day, in February.
Just a wee reminder about ticks and the potential life-changing effects of Lyme Disease infection. I would recommend that you appraise yourself about this matter in our information sheet, which can be found here.
Another wee reminder for you...many of our visitors are unaware of the live web-cam with a view of the Old Bridge, which can be accessed via the link towards the top of this page.
That's about it for now. The next update may be as late as Friday, as I plan to be busy on Thursday. Until then, enjoy the fishing. Tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
10:20 hrs, Thursday 16th June 2016
Five salmon have been reported since the last update including a 15 pound fish from The Bushes.
Seven sea-trout have also been reported. Please can you remember to report your total sea-trout catch. If reported numbers are (artificially) low, further restrictions are likely to be imposed on the taking of these fish as it will seem that their numbers are in decline.
It has been raining steadily for 48 hours and the river has risen significantly. It was quite dirty and brown. The level peaked about 3 foot 3 inches at 22:00hrs, last night. Despite the constant rain, it has fallen and is presently about 2 foot 9 inches.
Weatherwise, the present rain is expected to fizzle-out this afternoon. Thereafter expect it to remain cloudy through Friday. Saturday may be brighter. The northerly breeze will continue!
The present conditions are excellent for the 'spinners' amongst you. For the benefit of our visitors, the Cromdale side of the Long Pool is a favourite in these conditions where the fish tend to swim tight to that bank. Access is gained via the small lay-by on the main A95 road. Remember to wear your life-jackets.
I am sure that the rest of this week will prove very productive and I hope to be able to confirm this in the next update, on Sunday.
In the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 12th June 2016
Last week got off to a slow start, principally because of the mini heat-wave. However, mid-week thunderstorms lifted the river level and the cloudier and cooler conditions improved the fishing. I understand that the total number of salmon for last week is at least twenty. This included fish of up to 14 lbs, although the average was about 10 lbs.
Visiting Danish angler, Claus Kroman was delighted with his fish of about 10lbs from Tarric Mor, as pictured, below.
The sea-trout numbers are improving, with fish of up to 8 lbs, as mentioned in the previous report.
The river level is presently running about 5 inches having been falling steadily since its last peak of 1 foot 4 inches on Wednesday.
Weatherwise, it is likely to be a fresher week, than last. Expect some rain from Tuesday, brought to us by easterly, then northerly winds.
There are a lot of fresh fish showing on the river. Conditions for the coming week should be ideal and with with 32 named pools on 6½ miles of double-bank fishing on the Spey, you are assured of a great time. Come and join us!
Tune-in for another update on Thursday. Until then, Enjoy the fishing. Tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
12:30hrs, Thursday 9th June 2016
We have enjoyed/endured a very warm week here in Strathspey with blazing sun and temperatures in excess of 25ºC. That makes a very welcome change for those of us who live here, however these conditions have not been ideal for salmon fishing. Consequently, just two salmon have been reported this week, so far. Both were landed by our resident expert Salmon Angler, Willie Laird, who landed the 11 lbs and 8 lbs fish at Balliefurth, yesterday. Well done, Willie!
The warm conditions have been more suited to nocturnal sea-trout fishing and, although only a handful of anglers are making it out after dark, their efforts have proved fruitful. Regular visitor, Mark Slight, landed a specimen fish of 8 lbs from the Long Pool, last night. Well done to you, Mark!
With thunderstorms in the hills, the river rose and peaked yesterday about 1 foot 4 inches. It has been falling slowly and is presently about 9 inches. Most of the snow on hills has now melted and what is left will have little effect on the river level.
I'll start today's weather report with a prediction. This year, it has become apparent that oak trees have come into leaf before the ash. According to the tale / rhyme, 'If the oak before the ash, then we'll only have a splash, if the ash before the oak, then we'll surely have a soak'. Therefore, according to this ancient scientific study, it should be a fairly dry summer! Time will tell about that. Anyhow, it's pleasantly warm and bright at the moment. Tomorrow should be dry and still fairly bright with Saturday becoming more cloudy. Early indications for next week suggest that it is likely to be cool, cloudy and wet......so much for that old tale!
That's it for now. Tune-in on Sunday for another update. Until then, enjoy the fishing and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 5th June 2016
At least twenty-three salmon have been landed on our waters during the last week. Three of these fished weighed about 13 lbs; the majority were around the 10 lbs mark. Many fresh salmon are being seen throughout our 6½ miles stretch of the River Spey.
Sea-trout are being landed in increasing numbers and fish of 6 lbs and 4 lbs have been landed during the week.
The river has been running steadily about 4 inches for the last few days and there is no immediate prospect of it rising. Fortunately, there is still some snow on the hills to keep it going.
Weatherwise, we have enjoyed glorious sunshine for the past couple of days which is set to continue tomorrow. From Tuesday onwards, expect to see more cloud, although temperatures will stay pleasantly warm.
That's it for now. Tune-in for another update on Thursday. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
11:30hrs, Thursday 2nd June 2016
At least eight salmon have been landed this week, so far. This included a couple of fish at 13 lbs.
A handful of sea-trout have also been landed.
The river has been running steadily at 5 inches for the past couple of days.
Weatherwise, it is expected to remain dry until Tuesday and we may see quite a bit of the sun. Fishing earlier and later may prove more productive for the salmon. The mild nights will certainly benefit the sea-trout fishing.
That's it for now. Tune-in for another update on Sunday. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 29th May 2016
At least thirteen fresh salmon were landed in our waters, last week. That's our best week of this season, so far.
A handful of sea-trout have also been reported, including fish of 6 lbs and 4 lbs. With the arrival of June, next week, the numbers of sea-trout will increase.
The river level has been dropping steadily from its last peak, last Sunday, of 1 foot 4 inches. Today, it's running about 5 inches.
Weatherwise, there may be some heavy and possibly thundery showers around today. The rest of the coming week is predicted to be largely dry with normal temperatures for the time of year.
Conditions are really good and there are plenty of fish in the river. Enjoy! Jimmy Mitchell
10:30 hrs, Thursday 26th May 2016
At least ten salmon have been reported since the last update. This number includes fish of 16 lbs and 14 lbs, both landed from Poll a Cearan on consecutive days.
The river level last peaked on Sunday about 1 foot 4 inches and has been falling steadily to its present level of 7 inches.
Weatherwise, after a dull start, it should brighten-up today. The rest of this 'fishing week' is expected to remain dry and fairly bright.
There are plenty of salmon throughout our waters.... and only a few anglers! These days, you can almost be guaranteed your own choice of pool, all to yourself! With the excellent fishing, wonderful countryside, wildlife and tranquility, what more could you want? Feel free to give Mortimer's Shop a ring on 01479 872684 if you have any questions about having a wee cast on our waters.
That's it for now. Tune-in for another update at the weekend. Until then good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 22nd May 2016
At least twelve salmon have been reported during the past week, most of which have weighed just under 10 lbs. The largest was 12 lbs, however much larger fish are being seen.
A couple of sea-trout have also been landed. As we head into June, expect this figure to increase markedly.
Earlier this morning, the river level rose quickly by about 10 inches; it's presently about 1 foot 4 inches.
Weatherwise, expect some sharp showers for the rest of today which will help to sustain the river level. Thereafter,with the exception of an odd shower, the rest of the coming week is predicted to be fairly dry. Temperatures will be about normal for the time of year with light winds from the north and east.
The fishing is the best it has been for a while and conditions are really excellent. There are fresh salmon throughout our waters and, considering the few who are fishing our under-fished waters, catches are somewhat remarkable!
The countryside is just beginning to turn fresh and green and there is wildlife everywhere. Come and join us!
That's it for now, tune-in for another update around Thursday. In the meantime, enjoy the terrific fishing and the wonderful countryside. Tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
09:30 hrs, Wednesday 18th May 2016
Two salmon have been reported since the last update.
The river level last peaked 8 days ago and, although it was running about 6 inches this morning, is likely to rise a little with today's rain.
Weatherwise, the present rain is expected to stop by the afternoon. More decent rain is expected tomorrow afternoon. Thereafter, expect periods of rain and some bright spells, too. Temperatures will be cool and winds should be light.
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
Sunday 15th May 2016
I am pleased to be able to report that, even with the hot and sunny weather which we experienced for most of the past week, at least ten salmon were landed. With the exception of Willie Laird's magnificent fish, (pictured in the last report), all of the fish were under 10 lbs.
The river level has been falling steadily since its last (snow-melt) peak of 1 foot 7 inches on Tuesday. Today it's running about 7 inches.
Weatherwise, expect it to be reasonably bright and dry tomorrow. From Tuesday afternoon onwards, expect much more cloud; temperatures will drop. The second half of the coming week looks like it will provide more in the way of precipitation.
That's it for now. Tune-in for another update mid-week. Until then, good luck and tight lines, Jimmy Mitchell
16:00hrs, Wednesday 11th May 2016
The sun has been shining on local member, Willie Laird, who landed the magnificent fish pictured above. Well done Willie!
Five salmon have been reported since the last update; this figure includes two fish from Saturday. Most of the fish have been under 10 lbs.
The river level has been running fairly steady since Monday, it's presently about 1 foot 5 inches and is being fed by snow-melt.
Weatherwise, we have enjoyed sparkling clear blue skies and temperatures of up to 25ºC, this week. Temperatures are slightly down, today; they will continue to fall as we head through this week and will drop to single figures for this weekend. There will be more cloud around, however it will still be bright and dry.
Here's another picture for you. Nigel Davies has kindly sent us the below picture of one of his fish from last Saturday. Thanks, Nigel.
Tune-in for another update this weekend. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 8th May 2016
It has been our best week of the season, thus far, with a total of nine salmon. The weight range of these fish was from 11 to 4.5 lbs. The Long Pool and Saddle Pool saw most of the action. Fresh salmon are being seen in increasing numbers throughout our waters.
One solitary sea-trout was also reported, however these should be around in increasing numbers as we head towards the end of this month.
For what it's worth to you today, the river level is running at a very decent 1 foot.
Weatherwise, it seems that summer may have arrived..... before we've even enjoyed a proper Spring! Expect temperatures to be in the 20's from now until Tuesday. However, by next weekend, temperatures are expected to be back single figures. With the exception of an odd isolated shower, it should be a mostly dry and bright week.
Tune-in for another update mid-week. Until then, enjoy the fishing. Tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
10:20hrs, Thursday 5th May 2016
I am pleased to be able to report that four salmon have been reported this week, so far. All four fish were landed from the Long Pool and the pick of the bunch was an 11 pounder.
George Oliver was one of the successful anglers, (again), and he is pictured below with his fish of 8 lbs.
The river level peaked at about 2 foot 6 inches on Tuesday and is now falling slowly; it's presently about 1 foot 8 inches.
Weatherwise, temperatures are beginning to rise. Expect it to be mostly dry through to, and including, Saturday. Temperatures may reach the early 20's during the first half of next week.
That's it for now. Tune-in for another update this weekend. Until then, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
11:00hrs, Monday 2nd May 2016
After the blizzards and northerly gales of last week, things can only get better. With the terrible conditions last week, it is incredible that anyone managed to fish, at all. However, two salmon were reported for the week. This figure includes George Oliver's fish, as reported last Wednesday, and one other fish of 10 lbs from Balliefurth on Saturday, the 30th.
Two sea-trout were also reported from last week.
The river has risen by about 6 inches, overnight. It's presently about 1 foot 7 inches. The river level is liable to change with some potentially heavy and prolonged showers around, together with snow melt from the hills.
Weatherwise, although certainly more mild than last week, it is expected to remain slightly cool for the whole of this week. Expect a bit of sunshine, showers and an odd dull day. It may start to become a little more warm by next Sunday.
That's about it for now. Tune-in for another update on Thursday. Until then, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
11:30hrs, Wednesday 27th April 2016
The big news up here, is that the weather has been shocking! During most of Monday and Tuesday, we endured heavy wet snow with a biting northerly wind. Nonetheless, at least one brave angler has been out on the river casting a fly and his valiant efforts have been rewarded with a fine salmon. Regular visitor, George Oliver, landed a fine 15 lbs fish from Poll Clach, yesterday. Both George and his fish are pictured, below. Congratulations George, and a commendation to you for fearless bravery whilst fishing in the worst possible conditions!
The river level has risen several inches and is presently about 1 foot. There is a lot of fresh snow on the hills which should keep the river running well.
Weatherwise, it is expected to remain cold and unsettled for another week. Expect another frost, tonight. Thursday should start bright but expect precipitation later in the day. Friday may be wet and Saturday may be brighter with showers.
In less than 8 weeks time, we will have past the summer solstice and be heading for winter, so make the most of what we've got!
I'm afraid that I plan to be busy, this weekend, so I'll try and update this page on Monday. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 24th April 2016
It has been a cold end to the week up here in Grantown. However, despite the temperatures and near empty river banks, three salmon have been reported for the week. The largest of these was a 12 lbs fish landed from the Dulnain Mouth Pool.
Darren Grant landed a nice 10 lbs fish from the Long Pool on Saturday and he has kindly sent us a wee picture, below, of his catch. Thanks for the picture, Darren.
The river has been falling slowly since its last peak of just over 1 foot, last Sunday. It's presently running about 8 inches.
Weatherwise, I'm afraid that it is expected to remain fairly cold for the whole of next week and even into May! In between the showers on Monday and Tuesday, (some of which will be wintry), there should be bright spells around. Wednesday may be slightly colder with a strong likelihood of rain, sleet or snow for much of the day. It may become brighter on Thursday and Friday, however expect fairly heavy night-time frosts.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in for another update mid-week. Until then, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
16:15hrs, Wednesday 20th April2016
I'm afraid that there is no news to report from the river; there are very few anglers. If you would like to join us and be virtually guaranteed your own choice of pool, (all to yourself!), just give us a shout.
The river is presently running at a perfect 10 inches. It has been a pleasant afternoon here, today. It should start bright tomorrow but, as previously predicted, the wind will become northerly as we head through the day and temperatures will drop. Friday and Saturday will be quite cold. This cold snap may last through to the end of next week with some potentially heavy night-time frosts. It's only April!
Tune-in for another update this weekend. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 17th April 2016
A total of six salmon have been reported during the past week. They have been caught throughout our waters on the Spey and were all about 10 lbs, or just under.
Visiting anglers are still in very short supply but the fact that salmon are being landed, by just a handful of anglers, is surely a good sign. Salmon are being seen in increasing numbers.
The river has been running fairly steady for the past week at just over 1 foot; it's presently 1 foot 1 inch.
Weatherwise, the past week has been cold with frequent snow showers. Next week is expected to be largely dry and bright. The next few days are expected to be more mild with a westerly breeze. However, the wind will turn northerly later on Thursday and temperatures are expected to drop, yet again. It seems likely that we are in for another cold snap as we head towards next weekend.......but that won't prevent you fishing!
I'll update this page mid-week, so don't forget to tune-in for our news.
Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
14:30hrs Monday 11th April 2016
Just a quick update for you with some good news. Three salmon have been reported today; this includes two fish from today and a late report of one on Saturday.
Two of these fish have been landed from the Long Pool and one of today's fish was from Upper Bend. (Details can be found on our 'catch reports' page via the above link.)
The river is looking particularly good and, although the breeze is a little chilly, conditions are great!
A very decent fish of over 20 lbs was landed at Castle Grant on Saturday. I believe that this fish is just about to enter our Long Pool.
Enjoy the fishing!!! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 10th April 2016
It has proved to be a difficult week on the river. The fish have been particularly elusive and this, together with the inclement weather, has meant that no fish have been reported. There were fresh fish heading through as I did see two in the space of half an hour in our Upper Castle Grant waters. However, I suppose the fact that our waters are underfished must also be considered, too.
The river level is presently running about 1 foot 6 inches. This may rise a wee bit by tomorrow, but check it out via the link, above.
Weatherwise, unlike last week, the coming one is predicted to be fairly dry, but cool. The main feature of this week's weather will be the cold breeze from the east, then north. We may see an occasional bright spell but you can leave your swimming shorts at home, for now!
If you have never fished our waters and would like to cast a line, please come and join us - you don't have to book. Grantown enjoys a different pace of life and is situated in a wonderful part of the world. It's a fantastic place to relax with abundant wildlife, stunning scenery and champagne air! There is local accomodation to suit all tastes including pleasant hotels, guest houses, B & B's, self-catering cottages and a wonderful award winning Caravan Park. It's a place where strangers actually speak to each other! Have a wee look at our Visiting Grantown page via the link, also above. If you have any questions, feel free to ring Mortimer's shop on 01479 872684 where staff will be delighted to help you.
That's as much as I can tell you, for now. If I hear of any news, I'll post it here. Failing that, tune-in for another update next weekend. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 3rd April 2016
Despite last week's Easter holidays, there were very few anglers on our waters. That fact is reflected in our catch for last week with just one salmon landed on Tuesday, as detailed in Friday's update, below.
We have been able to track the salmon, beat by beat, as they headed upstream into our water and you can be guaranteed that the fishing will improve from now. The fish are here......we just need some anglers!
For what it's worth to you today, the river is presently running about 1 foot 5 inches, however with the present weather situation, it is likely to rise. For the benefit of new visitors to our site, you will find a link, above, to see the river level. This is updated twice daily about 7 am and 7 pm.
Weatherwise, expect it to continue raining until mid afternoon, today. Expect potentially heavy and prolonged rain tomorrow. During the rest of the week, it is unlikely that you will find a dry day. Expect it to remain cool most days. The week should be frost-free.
That's really as much as I can tell you for now. If I hear of anything exciting, I will let you know on this page. Failing that, tune-in for another update next weekend. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
09:00hrs, Friday 1st April 2016
I have just discovered that another salmon was landed on Tuesday. As with the first fish, this was also landed from MacLeod's Pool; it was caught on a spinner by visiting angler, Paul Irvine. Well done, Paul!
I gather that yet another early sea-trout has also been landed during the week.
The river is presently running at about 1 foot 3 inches: it may rise later today with rain in the hills.
It's a dull day with some rain about. Tomorrow should be mostly dry with a fair amount of brightness.
If some anglers appear, we should hear of more fish!
Tune-in for another update at the weekend. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
17:30hrs, Saturday 26th March 2016
No more news from today up until close of business at Mortimer's shop, however I understand that there are a handful of enthusiastic anglers still fishing who are in with a very good chance of a fish, or two.
Anyhow, I'm delighted to confirm that our season is now underway with our first fresh salmon of the season which was landed this morning, (details below). There have been very few anglers on our water during the past week and I'm sure that, with more people fishing, we would have had more than one fish to report.
A couple of early sea-trout have also been reported form our waters, too.
Fresh salmon have been landed both immediately above and below our waters, so a few casts could well prove fruitful!
The river level has been about 1 foot 1 inch today and may rise, just a little, with rain in the hills.
Weatherwise, expect a stormy night, tonight, perhaps even with a snow shower, or two. The fresh wind will relax by Sunday afternoon. Expect a cool week with just an odd bit of rain. Expect some frost on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. It's typical for the time of year.
If I hear of any more salmon, I'll let you know, here. In the meantime, enjoy your fishing. Tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
12 noon, Saturday 26th March 2016
Just a quick update with some good news. The first salmon of this season was reported this morning. It was a 7 lbs fish landed at MacLeod's Pool on a spinner and was caught by visiting angler, Mr Findlay. (I hope that the spelling is correct.)
I understand that two sea-trout have also been reported.
With fresh salmon being landed above and below our own water, I will be surprised if more salmon are not reported, today.
Tune-in for another update, later.
Get fishing! Jimmy Mitchell
17:30hrs Saturday 19th March 2016
I understand that a fresh salmon was landed during last week on Tuchan D Beat - that's not far below Advie Bridge. So, it stands to reason that salmon must be about to enter our own waters....if they're not here already!
Although nothing has been reported from our own waters, as yet, I am fairly confident that our first fish of this season will be landed very soon. Watch this page!
The river peaked last Sunday, the 13th, at over three feet and has been falling slowly since then. Today it's running fairly steady about 1 foot 4 inches......a perfect height and looking really good!
Weatherwise, we have enjoyed some decent and sometimes fairly warm weather during the past week. The coming week is predicted to remain largely dry and frost free. There might be some brighter spells. Temperatures will be fairly normal for the time of year.
Astronomically speaking, tomorrow is the first day of Spring; it is the vernal equinox. I don't think that will matter too much to the fish! However, I will be surprised if we don't hear of our first salmon of this season, really soon......so stay tuned!
If I hear of any news, I will update this page immediately. In the unlikely event that I don't, I will update this page next weekend.
That's it for now. In the meantime, get fishing! Tight lines, Jimmy Mitchell
Saturday 12th March 2016
During this coming week of the last few seasons, fresh fish have been landed very close to Grantown and I am hopeful that the recent sustained rise in temperatures will encourage fish to move upstream into our waters. There is an increasing buzz of anticipation!
I gather that some kelts are still being landed.
The river level rose overnight to about 2 feet 6 inches with a combination of rain and snow-melt. With temperatures expected to remain in double figures for most of the coming week, snow-melt may keep the water running at a fairly high level....time will tell.
The forthcoming week is expected to remain largely dry and mostly frost-free. It should be quite pleasant and Spring like. It may even encourage some of our anglers out of hibernation!
The Spey Fishery Board's 2015 Annual Report can be downloaded here.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. If I hear of any fresh salmon, I will post the news on this page immediately. Failing that, tune-in for another update next weekend. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 6th March 2016
Still no news of fresh fish to report from our own waters, as yet. I am sure that we will have some news, soon.
The Spring birds have arrived on the river bank and it may just start to feel like Spring towards the end of the coming week. The predicted rise in temperature should encourage fresh fish to move into our waters!
For what it's worth to you today, the river last peaked on Wednesday at 2 feet 4 inches; it is still dropping slowly and is presently 1 foot 4 inches..
Weatherwise, expect a cold night, tonight. Tomorrow should be bright and sunny. There may be an odd sprinkle of snow or rain as we head towards mid-week. The temperature is predicted to lift as we head into next weekend when it may reach double figures!
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Unless there is any exciting news, tune-in for another update next weekend. Good luck & tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Friday 26th February 2016
Another quiet week on our waters with virtually no anglers. Consequently, I have no fish to report or any other significant news for you.
It has been a cold but reasonably pleasant week in Strathspey. The days are beginning to lengthen and we are fast approaching the Spring equinox. It won't be too long before we hear of our first fresh fish of this season. Keep an eye on the Spey Fishery Board's weekly news, via the link, above.
The river last peaked last Sunday / Monday at a height of 20 inches. Today, it's running at a very decent 11 inches.
Weatherwise, expect it to remain dry and reasonably bright for the rest of today with another cold night ahead. Saturday looks to be mainly dry with a max temperature of about 3ºC. The predictions for the whole of next week are uneventful with temperatures just slightly up on this week. You may see just a wee bit of rain or snow during next week.
That's it for now. Unless anything exciting happens in the meantime, tune-in for another update on Saturday 5th March.
Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Saturday 20th February 2016
It has been a very quiet week on the river with very few anglers braving the snow showers and biting wind. Consequently, only a handful of kelts have been landed.
Today, the river has been running at a very fishable 1 foot 5 inches, however, it is still fairly cold with a fresh wind and frequent snow showers.
Next week's weather forecast suggests that we may be about to endure another cold snap from Tuesday through to Friday. There may be some snow showers but there should also be some bright spells.
That's really as much as I can tell you for now - it is a quiet time of the year.
Tune-in for another update on Friday. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 14th February 2016
We have enjoyed a fairly quiet start to our season with no reports of fresh fish, as yet.
Our opening day began with a couple of inches of snow on the ground, however it did brighten during the day and became quite pleasant, if perhaps a little chilly.
I understand that a few kelts were landed and there have also been reports of baggots and rawners being landed, too.
Not everyone will be familiar with baggots and rawners and so I have 'borrowed' some information from the Tay Fishery Board on this very subject which I have précid, as follows -
A “baggot” is a female salmon caught in the spring which is still full of mature eggs. There are, however, two possible reasons why females may be carrying eggs that late.
1) They are fish which for some reason have failed to spawn at the appropriate time. In such cases the eggs may be degenerating and no longer viable.
2) They may just be very late spawners which have still to spawn. True “baggots” have, in the past, normally been thought of in terms of the first type.
A "rawner" is a name for a mature male salmon caught in the spring which has not spawned or may possibly be part spent. If these fish are cut open they would still have mature testes, hence the name rawn.
Baggots and rawners are only found in the rivers at this time of year, having failed to spawn late in the previous year. They can be very hard to identify. However, unlike Spring fish, the two main identifying features are that -
they are not quite so silvery
they are soft to the touch.
I understand that two fresh salmon were landed downstream at Delfur on opening day and both were landed by the same angler. You can read more about this, with some pictures, by clicking, here.
As for your prospects this coming week; the weather is typical for the time of year. It may rain and become windy on Tuesday which is likely to raise the river level, both with rain and also from snow-melt on the hills.
You are always in with a chance of a fresh fish!
Tune-in for another update next weekend.
Until then, tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Tuesday 9th February 2016
It's that time again and our 2016 season starts this Thursday, on the 11th of February!
We have had a fairly wet winter, although not anything as terrible as the River Dee and its adjacent towns and villages have had to endure. Whereas the River Dee itself has suffered damage to many of its pools, our own water remains unscathed and is perfectly fishable. You are always in with a chance of a fresh fish on opening day.
The river is running at 2 feet 1 inch, today. I suspect that it may just drop an inch or two before Thursday when it will be at a perfectly fishable level. The weather is likely to be reasonable with bright spells and a max' temperature of 3ºC.
Please remember to wear your life-vest whenever you are fishing on our waters.
At this time of the year, the ground is usually like iron with perma-frost, however it's presently a bit soft and damp as it has been relatively mild, thus far. A glance at the predicted weather from this Friday through to next Tuesday suggests that we are in for a cold snap, but that won't stop you fishing!
As always, we are keen for you to share pictures of your catches with us and the rest of our visitors, too. If it's possible to take a picture of your catch, you can send it to us via the link, above. We will do our best to display your fish, or other newsworthy pictures, on this page.
I'll take this opportunity of wishing all of our members, visiting anglers and visitors to our website, the very best of luck and good wishes for the forthcoming season. I hope to update this page this coming weekend, so stay tuned.
Until then, tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Wednesday 6th January 2016
The AGM of this Association was held in Grantown's Grath Hotel, last night. The salient points from the meeting were as follows-
Permit prices will remain unchanged for the 2016 season.
Negotiations with the estate are still on-going regarding the lease of our waters above the new bridge.
The catch & release policy remains the same as last season.
Permits will still be available on Fishpal at a slight premium to cover our expenses.
Our 2016 season gets under way on Thursday the 11th of February.
The entire 2015 NEWS PAGE can now be viewed via a link from the RECENT SEASONS page. Some pictures from recent seasons can still be found, below.
This page will be updated with any news, conditions and prospects a little nearer to the start of our new season. Until then, best wishes for the coming year, Jimmy Mitchell
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|
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