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Catch Statistics 1956 – 2016

 

Casting at the head of the Long Pool

 

The 2016 Season

 

The 2016 News Page2016 Catch Report

 

Recent season totals 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Salmon/Grilse 439 353 444 327 426 357 296 253 174 316 243
Sea-Trout 536 427 338 263 579 356 255 171 360 313 175

 

he break-down of these figures is displayed below.

Reported catches for 2016 Salmon/Grilse Sea-Trout
On Fly 77 82
On Spinner 128 66
On Worm 38 27
By Locals 94 67
By Visitors 149 108
Totals 243 175

 

Average weights of the 2016 fish were as follows -

Salmon - 9.2 lbs                    :                         Grilse - 4.16 lbs                 :                       Sea-Trout - 3.07 lbs

 

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The 2015 Season

 

The 2015 News Page2015 Catch Report

 

Recent season totals 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Salmon/Grilse 439 353 444 327 426 357 296 253 174 316
Sea-Trout 536 427 338 263 579 356 255 171 360 313

 

The break-down of these figures is displayed below.

Reported catches for 2015 Salmon/Grilse Sea-Trout
On Fly 88 96
On Spinner 162 131
On Worm 66 86
By Locals 145 123
By Visitors 171 190
Totals 316 313

 

Average weights of the 2015 fish were as follows -

salmon - 9.74 lbs                  :                      grilse - 3.92 lbs                   :                       sea-trout - 2.98 lbs

 

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The 2014 Season

 

The 2014 News Page2014 Catch Report

 

The 2014 season proved to be disappointing. The beginning of this season was entirely normal with reasonable catches of Spring salmon. The months of May, June and July proved to be hard work with very little rain fall and low river levels. However, August turned out to be quite wet with reasonable catches of salmon and very good sea-trout fishing.

By the end of August, the rains had stopped and we were faced, once again, with low river levels, poor conditions and scarce fish. You can compare the 2014 catches to previous seasons, below.

Recent season totals 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Salmon/Grilse 439 353 444 327 426 357 296 253 174
Sea-Trout 536 427 338 263 579 356 255 171 360

 

The break-down on these numbers is displayed, below.

Reported catches for 2014 Salmon/Grilse Sea-Trout
On Fly 68 164
On Spinner 83 153
On Worm 25 43
By Locals 95 188
By Visitors 79 172
Totals 174 360

 

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The 2013 Season  

 

The 2013 News Page 2013 Catch Report

 

The 2013 season was a story of two halves. The first half was, as with recent seasons, a little slow to get under way. The first fresh fish was not landed until the 28th of March, however, by mid April, there were plenty of salmon. Local member, Bobby Hall, landed the heaviest fish of the season on the 25th of May; a 22 pounder from Tarric Mor.

The largest sea-trout of the season was a 12 pounder landed by visiting angler, Mr Norris, on the 1st of July, also from Tarric Mor.

The last spate on the river during the whole of our 2013 season was on the 22nd of June! The fishing had been great up until that point, but thereafter the river level dropped and so did the fishing. As a direct consequence of the poor and arid conditions in July, August and September, very few anglers even bothered to have a cast. The conditions had a huge impact on our catches and on our income, too!

Consequently the final results for the 2013 season were poor. The sole reason for this was the dry second-half of our season. You can compare the 2013 catches to previous seasons, below.

 

Recent season totals 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Salmon/Grilse 439 353 444 327 426 357 296 253
Sea-Trout 536 427 338 263 579 356 255 171

 

The break-down on these numbers is displayed, below.

Reported catches for 2013 Salmon/Grilse Sea-Trout
On Fly 96 86
On Spinner 88 35
On Worm 69 51
By Locals 104 53
By Visitors 149 118
Totals 253 171

 

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The 2012 Season 

 

The 2012 News Page 2012 Catch Report

 

February and March were dry, sunny and slow. Winter eventually arrived in April and there was sleet and snow virtually every day of that month. In fact, it became a terrible summer with more rain and less sunshine in June and July than in January and February! Needless to say, the fishing suffered. Below are the catch statistics of the 2012 season.

220 salmon  :  76 grilse  :  255 sea-trout

 

You can see how 2012 compared to recent seasons, below.

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

 

The break-down on these numbers are displayed below.

  Salmon/grilse sea-trout
On Fly 102 80
On Worm 47 39
On Spinner 147 134
By Locals 132 139
By Visitors 164 114
Totals 296 253

 

The average weights of these fish can be seen below

Average Weights (lbs) 2011 2012
Salmon 10.5 9.86
Grilse 3.95 4.31
Sea-Trout 2.5 2.67

 

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The 2011 Season

 

The 2011 News Page 2011 catch report

 

The 2011 season got off to a very slow start, quite possibly because of the severe winter. The first fresh fish of the season was landed on the 19th of March. It took until the 7th of April for the second! Catches improved thereafter.

There were two notably large salmon, both landed in September, weighing 32 and 34 lbs. The largest sea-trout weighed 7.5 lbs and was taken in July from the Long Pool on fly.

 

A huge 34 lbs salmon landed on 17th Sept 2011 by local member, Gary Grant.

 

Total catches for the 2011 season were perfectly respectable and can be seen in the table, below, in which there are comparisons with the previous five seasons.

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

 

The break-down on these numbers are displayed below.

  Salmon/grilse sea-trout
On Fly 117 119
On Worm 78 89
On Spinner 162 148
By Locals 181 171
By Visitors 176 185
Totals 357 356

 

The average weights of these fish can be seen below.

Average Weights (lbs) 2010 2011
Salmon 9.4 10.5
Grilse 4.0 3.95
Sea-Trout 2.7 2.5

 

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The 2010 Season

Due to an extended and severe winter, the 2010 season got off to a very slow start. It was not until the 22nd of March that the first salmon of the season was declared. The second was not caught until the 10th of April! The runs of sea-trout were also about one month late. I'm sure that this was due to the hard winter which we had just suffered. Despite this, it turned out to be a very decent season, especially with regard to sea-trout, the numbers of which were more than double than that of the previous season. The heaviest declared sea-trout weighed a very decent 10lbs.

The heaviest salmon of the season was caught by local member Peter Page. It measured 43.5 inches long and was caught in the Dulnain Mouth Pool on the 10th September with a fly of Peter's own making.

 

Peter Page with a cock salmon estimated to have weighed in excess of 32 lbs.

 

 The catch totals for 2010 are displayed in the following table in which there are comparisons with the previous four seasons.

  2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Salmon/Grilse 439 353 444 327 426
Sea-Trout 536 427 338 263 579

 

The break-down on these numbers are displayed below.

  Salmon/grilse sea-trout
On Fly 129 241
On Worm 67 162
On Spinner 230 176
By Locals 244 258
By Visitors 182 321
Totals 426 579

 

The average weights of these fish were as follows:

Salmon - 9.4 lbs        Grilse - 4.0 lbs        Sea-trout 2.7 lbs

 

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The 2009 Season

Our last season got off to a slow start because of the weather. Opening day, seen below, saw deep snow and very cold conditions, making the river unfishable. When the snow melted towards the end of February, it resulted in huge floods. Water levels could be described as normal until August which was a wet month.

 

Bun a Bhord on opening day, 11th February 2009.

 

A total of 327 salmon / grilse and 263 sea-trout were declared. The heaviest salmon of the 2009 season weighed just over 25lbs. It was photographed and returned alive to the river. The heaviest sea-trout weighed 8.75lbs.

 

Month Salmon / Grilse Sea-Trout
Feb 0 0
Mar 9 0
Apr 24 2
May 54 23
June 85 118
July 44 39
Aug 60 55
Sept 51 26
Totals 327 263

 

The break-down on these numbers are displayed below.

Number caught Salmon/grilse sea-trout
On Fly 107 85
On Worm 84 100
On Spinner 136 78
By Locals 161 121
By Visitors 166 142

 

The average weights of these fish were as follows:

Salmon - 9.8 lbs        Grilse - 3.75 lbs        Sea-trout 2.5 lbs

 

The percentage of fish returned in 2009 was as follows.

Salmon - 70.8%        Grilse - 64.2%        Sea-trout - 58%

 

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The 2008 Season

In terms of salmon, 2008 was a good year. A total of 444 salmon / grilse were declared. Alas, sea-trout numbers were down to 338. The water levels for the early part of the 2008 season were boosted by the late and very heavy falls of snow on the Cairngorm Mountains which kept the skiing season open until the 5th of May! This melting snow kept our water levels at a generous height until the middle of May.

There were three salmon declared at 20 lbs. There was another which may have weighed up to 25lbs but it was never weighed and was sportingly unhooked at the water's edge and returned. There were marginally more grilse in 2008 than the previous season.

I understand that a large wild brown trout that weighed about 5 lbs was caught in our waters. Amazingly, this fish had previously been netted and tagged in the River Tromie by the Spey Fishery Board.

 

Month Salmon/Grilse Sea-Trout

Feb

0 0
Mar 10 0
Apr 14 7
May 74 11
June 110 150
July 51 90
Aug 91 61
Sept 94 19
Totals 444 338

 

The break-down on these numbers are displayed below.

Number caught Salmon/grilse sea-trout
On Fly 155 75
On Worm 96 177
On Spinner 193 86
By Locals 224 131
By Visitors 220 207

 

The average weights of these fish were as follows:

Salmon - 9.68 lbs        Grilse - 3.9 lbs        Sea-trout 2.31 lbs

 

You will note from the figures for 2007, that the average weight for salmon rose 0.38lbs and that the average weights for grilse and sea-trout were largely the same.

 

The percentage of fish returned in 2008 was as follows.

Salmon - 69%        Grilse - 74%        Sea-trout - 61%

 

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The 2007 Season

The declared sea-trout catch for the 2007 season has now been confirmed at 427. The number of salmon caught was identical to the 2006 figure at 272, however the reported grilse was down by 97 to 81.

The heaviest salmon of the 2007 season weighed 20 lbs - and there were two of them.

The heaviest sea-trout of the 2007 season weighed 7 lbs.

The heaviest brown-trout of the 2007 season was 68 cm long is estimated to have weighed 8 lbs.

 

Month Salmon/Grilse Sea-Trout
Feb 0 0
Mar 6 0
Apr 21 5
May 83 75
Jun 65 176
Jul 52 87
Aug 63 50
Sep 63 34
Totals 353 427

 

The break-down of these numbers as is below:

Number caught salmon/grilse sea-trout
On Fly 114 90
On Worm 109 176
On Spinner 130 161
By Locals 130 104
By Visitors 223 323

 

The percentage of fish returned to the water were as follows:

Salmon = 65%      Grilse = 61%     Sea-trout = 48 %

 

The average weights of fish were as follows:

Salmon = 9.3 lbs      Grilse= 3.99 lbs     Sea-trout= 2.48 lbs

 

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The 2006 Season

This terrific season consisted of 201 fishing days. February through to May provided generous water levels and only 11 days in those 4 months were below 6 inches. June to August were dry months with 64 fishing days under 6 inches. September saw good levels with only 11 days under 6 inches. Once again, September was the most productive month.

The total numbers of declared fish for the season were:

The monthly distribution of catches is detailed below.

Month Salmon/Grilse Sea-Trout
February 1 0
March 6 0
April 24 2
May 79 27
June 51 180
July 44 183
August 84 61
September 165 83
Totals 449 536

 

The break-down of these numbers is as below.

Number caught Salmon/Grilse Sea-Trout
On Fly 162 232
On Worm 100 187
On Spinner 187 117
By Locals 178 300
By Visitors 271 236

 

The percentage of fish returned to the water were as follows:

Salmon - 67%      Grilse - 62%     Sea-Trout - 47 %

 

The average weights of these fish were as follows:

Salmon=9.7 lbs     Grilse=3.93 lbs     Sea-trout= 2.31 lbs

 

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The 2005 Season

The 2005 season consisted of 199 fishing days with July, August and September being particularly dry with low water. You will note that September was the most productive month.

 

The numbers of fish caught each month were as follows:

Month Salmon/Grilse Sea-Trout
February 2 0
March 3 0
April 29 1
May 67 12
June 56 119
July 28 96
August 56 35
September 93 45
Totals 334 308

 

The break-down on these numbers is as follows.

Number caught Salmon/Grilse Sea-Trout
On Fly 107 129
On Worm 57 106
On Spinner 170 73
By Locals 136 94
By Visitors 198 214

 

The percentages of fish returned to the river in 2005 were as follows:

salmon - 60.2 %      grilse - 59 %     sea-trout 25.3%

 

The average weights of all fish caught on our waters in 2005 were as follows:

Salmon - 10.39 pounds       Grilse - 4.47 pounds      Sea-trout - 2.37 pounds

 

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 The 2004 Season

The numbers of fish caught each month were as follows:

Month Salmon/Grilse Sea-Trout
February 0 0
March 16 0
April 40 4
May 53 19
June 92 129
July 27 85
August 57 37
September 85 34
Totals 370 308

 

The percentage of recorded fish returned to the river in 2004 were as follows:

Salmon  63%          Grilse  67%         Sea Trout 8%

 

An exceptional fish of 22lbs was taken in May 2004 by 12 year old Robert Shearer, a local Junior Member of the club. Just to prove that this was no fluke Robert popped back to the river in the evening and took a 7 pounder. Add to this the the 20lb salmon taken by Stan Hughes of Wolverhampton and a 19 and a half pounder in July by an other visitor and you can see that we had an exciting year!

Many of the fish caught that year were been double figure fish in stunning condition, the proverbial bars of silver with sea lice. These Spey fish are a sight for sore eyes, long full bodied fish with powerful tail, torpedoes, explosive on the end of your line. 

Sea-trout numbers were good with the best fish being a 9lb specimen taken by Mr Campbell in Big Stream and a 7lb fish by John Regan in the Lurg.  

 

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Past Seasons.

Our simple statistics show that average salmon catch returns on the Spey at Grantown-on-Spey have remained consistent throughout the last 48 years whilst grilse and sea trout returns have been improving since 1981! We have analysed the catch returns from 1956 to 2003 and have represented them in graph form below. The graphs show the average catch per visitor on the basis of 5 year catch averages over the period.

The numbers confirm what we have been aware of for years. Catches of salmon, grilse and sea trout are as good as or better than ever. We no longer kill as many fish, 61% of salmon and 52% of grilse were returned in 2003, conservation of stocks remains of paramount importance to the Association, but we catch on average at least as many fish as in the ‘good old days’, 

The only statistic that has declined significantly is the number of visitors, from a high of 3184 visitors in 1978 when an exceptional 728 fish were taken, to 366 visitors in 2003.

 

11th Feb 1976, 23 and a half pound fish taken at McLeods Pool by A RennieSalmon catches on the Association water have never been better than in recent years, the numbers of fish caught reflects not only the quality of the fishing but the quantity of fishing effort put in which is far lower than in the 1970’s.  Simply stated, we have the fish but we do not have the rods out there fishing for them. 

So what of the good old days of the seventies when fish were everywhere and ‘you could cross the river walking on backs of salmon’? There is no doubt about it there were more fish around in the seventies. Our best year was 1978 when a whopping 728 fish were recorded.

Doesn’t that massive ’78 result prove the case that fishing was better in the ‘old days’? Well hold on, there were 3187 visitor tickets issued in 1978, which works out at 0.23 fish per rod per week! Even in our drought year of 2003 we averaged 0.58 fish per rod per week, better than double the catch average in 1978. 

This catch average improvement is borne out when we look at the top three catch average periods.

The top three catch averages occurred in the following years: 

At Number 1: 1996 - 2000 when the average catch was .34 fish per rod.

At Number 2: 2001 - 2003 when the average catch was .32 fish per rod.

At Number 3: 1956 - 1960 when the average catch was .28 fish per rod. 

It is true, the best 8 years out of the last 48 were from 1996 to 2003, which is amazing given that 2003 was a severe drought year, yet 366 rods took 214 fish (in 1976, 2094 rods took 168 fish).

 

Grilse. 

As with the salmon statistics, the figures speak for themselves. 1996 to 2003 were the best years for grilse out of the last 48. Although grilse only represent about 25% of the total salmon catch they are a significant contributor to our summer sport. 

 

Sea Trout. 

1981 to 1993 were the best years for sea trout with 1985 showing a massive return of 1515 fish for the year, 0.76 fish per visitor rod. When you consider that sea trout fishing does not start until May and really kicks in from June and the fact that only a proportion of all of the rods fish for sea trout, the average catch per sea trout angler would have been significantly higher.  

Isn’t it good to hear positive news about angling returns and prospects? 

Good news or not let us pay regard to what we take from the river for the sake of the future. We continue to urge anglers to exercise restraint, take pleasure from your fishing and follow the guidelines that every second fish (first, third and so on) should be returned and all hen fish.  

With exercised restraint, we will be able to continue to report good news from the Spey. 

Salmon fishing in Scotland and the Spey in particular has not gone away; salmon fishing continues here on Speyside as strong and rewarding as ever, so does our Highland hospitality. 

Come and join us, you will be made very welcome.

Grant Mortimers Father and Brother with a  32 and a half pound fish taken at Inverallan

 
 
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