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Monday 30th december 2013 

Whilst much of the U.K. seems to be in lock-down with floods and storms, I'm pleased to be able to tell you that Grantown is moving freely. We have had a few trees blown over and a fair bit of rain, but nothing compared to other parts of the country. The sub-zero temperatures have not, as yet, arrived and neither has the snow.

I have enquired about the forthcoming AGM and can now tell you that it will be held in Grantown's Garth Hotel at 7.30pm on the 7th of January 2014. All fully paid-up and qualified members are invited to attend. Agendas are available from Mortimer's. In due course, I will update this page with any salient points from the AGM.

Graham, at Mortimer's shop, has kindly provided us with a breakdown of last season's catches which 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

 

Over the coming weeks, I will be update this web-site for our 2014 season. In the meantime, may I wish all of you the very best of health, good luck and happiness for the new year.

Best wishes,   Jimmy Mitchell

 

Friday 4th October 2013

Just one more fish was reported from our waters on the last day of our season - that was a 3 lbs grilse caught at Craggan Sands by Cosmo Imperiale. That brings this season's salmon/grilse total to a disappointing 245.

The total sea-trout catch for the season is also a little disappointing, at about 185.

As you are all too well aware, and as I've mentioned many times, lack of water exacerbated our disappointing season. The last spate on the river was back on the 24th of June!  Locally, less than 120mm of rain fell during the last 3 months of our season. However, it may surprise you to learn that February and March were individually the driest months of our season. (Fortunately, we have the snow-melt from the hills to keep the river flowing during the Spring months!)

The annual local rainfall from January to September for the previous three years has averaged about 635mm. The same period this year has seen just 356mm. ( Grateful thanks to www.strathspeyweather.co.uk , based in Cromdale, for all weather statistics. ) 

I expect that you will have read my update on 22nd September in which I mentioned water abstraction from the river. I have been in touch with the Spey Fishery Board to seek further information concerning this matter. Roger Knight, Director of the Spey Fishery Board & Spey Foundation has kindly supplied the following information which will be of concern to all.

Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE) divert water from Loch An-t Seilich at the top of the River Tromie and from the River Truim, both important upper Spey Salmon spawning tributaries, into the River Tay catchment as part of the Tummel Controlled Activities Regulations (CAR) Licence Scheme. Water from Loch An-t Seilich (River Tromie) is piped to a power station on the River Cuaich (a tributary of the River Truim) before being channelled to Loch Ericht near Dalwhinnie, where it also provides a Compensation Flow to the River Truim. This Spey water then travels through Loch Rannoch and on to Loch Tummel, passing through power stations at Rannoch, Tummel, Clunie and Pitlochry before being disharged into the Tay system.

SSE are proposing to reduce the flow down the River Tromie and to alter the flow down the River Truim, in order to transfer more water to the Tummel Scheme. This has been proposed in order to meet their conflicting responsibilities of achieving “Good Ecological Potential” under the Water Framework Directive (WFD) whilst also maintaining Scotland’s renewable energy policies. Essentially, the water that is proposed to be used for re-watering the River Garry in the Tay catchment would pass through only three hydro-electricity power stations, rather than the five that are currently being utilised. So by implementing the WFD, there could potentially be a minor shortfall in the generation of renewable energy. To mitigate against this, SSE are proposing to take more water from the Rivers Tromie and Truim to pass through the five power stations.

The Rivers Tromie and Truim are valuable spawning tributaries for the early-running Spring Salmon, which have been in decline in recent years. Any reduction in flows down these important spawning tributaries could therefore compound and exacerbate this decline. At the SEPA gauging station at Invertruim, the net effect will be a 26% reduction in flow. As far downstream as Grantown, the impact on flow will amount to a 6.1% decrease and in the lower Spey at Boat o’Brig, the impact will equate to a 3.3% reduction in the low water flow. It is hard to envisage any other circumstances in which flow reductions of such magnitude would be proposed for a river as important as the Spey and the Spey Board continues to fight these proposals.

If there are any developments in connection with the above, I'll let you know.

I am aware that this website has regular visitors from Canada, the USA, most of Europe and even Japan. On Sunday, I raised a question concerning the possible existence of Pike in nearby Lochindorb and the only reply I received came from Singapore! Thanks to John Marshall, I am able to tell you that there are pike in the loch. John's nephew caught a 7 inch pike on a sedgehog at the beginning of September. Many thanks for the information, John.

And finally................many thanks to everyone who has contributed to this page during our last season.

That's as much as I can tell you for now. If there is any news concerning the Spey or our Association, I'll post it here.

In the meantime, best wishes and good luck,  Jimmy Mitchell 

 

Sunday 29th September 2013

I'm afraid that just one fish has been reported since my last update - a fourteen pounder from the Dulnain Mouth.

The prospects for tomorrow, which is our last day of this season, are not the best. The river is running at just 1 inch and there is no hope of rain. In fact, just like today, Monday is predicted to be mostly sunny and dry.

Even in these poor conditions, it is likely that some of our members will want to have that symbolic 'last cast of the season' before the long winter ahead. Enjoy yourselves!

In the absence of any news from our own water, I thought that I might take this opportunity to ask a wee question concening a local trout loch, Lochindorb. I was having a walk along the lochside yesterday when my wife discovered the dried remains of a pike, as pictured below. The fish had probably weighed about 5 to 7 pounds when alive. I'm aware that the loch is full of small brown trout. On occasions, I have also seen salmon in the loch. Are you aware of any pike? Perhaps they do naturally occur in the loch, or maybe someone left it there for a prank. If you have any information, perhaps you can pass it on via the 'send us a picture' link, above.

 

That's as much news as I have today. I'll update this page again during the week with our final figures for the season and any matters of interest - including any further information I receive about Lochindorb.

In the meantime, enjoy what is left of this season. Tight lines!  Jimmy Mitchell 

 

11:00hrs, Thursday 26th September 2013

A total of seven salmon / grilse have been reported this week, thus far. The pick of these was a 10 pounder from the Dulnain Mouth. Three sea-trout have also been declared.

The river level is fallen back and is presently running at 2 inches. I'm afraid that there is no prospect of it rising during the remainder of this season.

There was a white frost earlier and it's now a beautiful bright and sunny morning in Grantown. There is a slight chance of a little light rain tonight and also on Saturday night, but nothing that is likely to affect the height of the river.

I'll update this page again on Sunday. Do remember that Monday is the last day of this season, so get out and enjoy yourselves!  Jimmy Mitchell

 

Sunday 22nd September 2013

With some welcome rain, last week got off to a great start with at least 18 salmon / grilse reported on Monday. Things became more quiet as we headed through the week and just three more fish have been declared since Thursday.

The largest fish from the second half of the week was a 14 lbs salmon which was landed from Tarric Mor on Friday. It took a fly.

Local member, Jerry Gallienne has kindly sent us two pictures, below. The first is of Mrs Sugiyama's 7lbs fish from Lower Bend on Tuesday and the next is a 12 lbs fish which Jerry caught in Tarric Mor on Wednesday. Thank you, Jerry.

 

 

 

Weatherwise - expect it to be bright and mild on Monday. Thereafter it is expected to become more cloudy with an increasing  chance of rain as we head through the week.

The river level is presently running at 4 inches. There can be no doubt that the low water level is the main cause of our disappointing season. As I understand matters, in excess of 20% of the water from the River Spey is abstracted for various causes. I understand that hydro projects on other river systems are the principle beneficiaries.

You can have a look at a Spey Fishery Board report concerning this matter here. There is also another, more recent, report which includes details of abstractions, here.

As a salmon river, you will all be aware of how prolific the nearby River Garry used to be. I stood in the middle of the Garry river bed and took the picture, below, to show you the present situation. This is what water abstraction can do to a good salmon river.

I am not suggesting that the Spey will get quite as bad as the Garry, however, you may feel that it is about time that matters were brought to the attention of our two local MP's. Not only does the present water abstraction affect our fishing and the ability of the salmon to get upstream and spawn; this matter is also inextricably linked to tourism and the local economy.

Our local Scottish MSP is Mr Fergus Ewing who is the Scottish Minister for Tourism. (However, do bear in mind that he is also Minister for Energy and that this matter will present him with a conflict of interests!) He can be contacted here.

Our local U.K. MP is Mr Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury. He can be contacted here.

That's it for today. We are now heading into our last full week of this season and I will update this page again on Wednesday or Thursday. In the meantime, as always, good luck to you all and tight lines!  Jimmy Mitchell

 

11:30hrs, Thursday 19th September 2013

What a difference a slight rise to the river can make! At least twenty-five salmon/grilse have been declared this week, so far. By far the majority of these have been taken on a spinner. The largest weighed-in at 15 lbs and was caught in Tarric Mor.

Eight sea-trout have also been reported this week.

Japanese visitors, Mr & Mrs Sugiyama, enjoyed their first ever salmon fishing day on our water on Tuesday. I understand that the couple had a terrific day with a 7 lbs salmon and a large brown trout between them.

The river level rose to 5 inches on Monday and rose further to 7 inches on Tuesday and Wednesday. It seems to have dropped a little and is presently running at 4 inches.

The good news is that it is raining lightly and is predicted to continue doing so until about 18:00 today - let's hope so. It is expected to be largely dry and bright tomorrow. There may be just an odd shower or two around on Saturday.

I'm pleased to have been able to bring you some good news, at last!

Tune in on Sunday for another update. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines!   Jimmy Mitchell

 

Sunday, 15th September 2013

A slight improvement in reported fish catches this week with a total of twelve salmon / grilse. The largest of these were two fish at 12 pounds each; the first took a fly at Poll Scroidan, and the second fell to a spinner at Tarric Mor.

Five sea-trout have been declared for the week, including a fish of 6 lbs which took a fly at Tarric Mor.

The river did rise to 3 inches yesterday but has fallen back slightly today.

For some days, BBC meteorologists have been preparing us for a great storm which was predicted to bring us some decent rain today. It rather seems as if they have been over-egging the pudding as it is presently only slightly breezy with a fine drizzle. The usually more accurate www.yr.no ,(link above), suggests that we may enjoy some showers with a moderate to fresh breeze for today and tomorrow. It is predicted to be another largely dry week with just occasional showers/light rain.

Just 13 fishing days remain of this season.

Tune-in on Wednesday/Thursday for another update. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines!  Jimmy Mitchell

 

15:20hrs, Thursday 12th Sept 2013.

Sorry I'm a little later with this report than usual. At least eight salmon / grilse have been reported this week, so far. This total includes two fish at 12 lbs each, although the majority were grilse caught in Tarric Mor.

Three sea-trout have also been reported this week.

We have been sent pictures by two anglers this week. The first, as below, is Gerda Mallin's first ever sea-trout which she landed on Monday in Poll Caich. Well done Gerda and thanks for the picture.

 

This second picture dates back to the 10th of June when John Syme landed a fresh fish of 11 lbs from Tarric Mor. Thanks for the picture, John.

The river level has now dropped back to summer level, however I am pleased to report that it has just started to rain. It is forecast to rain until mid evening and this may add an inch or so to the river level. 

Looking further ahead, it is expected to be largely dry tomorrow and Saturday. There is some hope that more rain will arrive on Sunday - let's hope so.

That's as much news as I have for you today. Tune-in on Sunday for the next update. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines. Jimmy Mitchell

Sunday 8th September 2013

A total of five salmon / grilse were landed during the last week. This is quite an achievement considering that the river was running below summer level for most of the week.

We did have some rain on Friday and Saturday morning which lifted the river level by a full 4 inches. I understand that some of the nearby private beats enjoyed a little more action with the raised river level.

The weather forecast is not great; with the exception of a shower or two, it is expected to remain largely dry for most of the coming week.

Just a wee mention about sea-trout: you will be aware that all sea-trout must be returned to the river in September. If you do land any, please can you remember to report them. (We don't want the SFB to impose a catch & release policy simply because our sea-trout catch reports appear to be low.)

Just 19 fishing days remain of this arid season!

That's it for now. Tune-in on Wednesday/Thursday for another update. In the meantime, as always, good luck to you all and tight lines!  Jimmy Mitchell

 

10:40hrs, Thursday 5th September 2013

There is still no change to the conditions. Just one grilse has been landed this week, thus far.

The river is now running below summer level and just a handful of determined anglers have ventured down to the river.

There is rain forecast for daytime Friday and Saturday and also on Sunday night. We can only hope that it helps.

After today, just twenty-one days remain of this arid season.

Tune-in for an update on Sunday. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines!  Jimmy Mitchell

 

10:00hrs, Sunday 1st September 2013

It's a new month but there is no change in the conditions. It remains largely dry with the river running at summer level.

Conditions have not proved encouraging for anglers which has resulted in a very quiet river. Alas, just one grilse and a couple of sea-trout have been reported for the whole of last week.

Although a little more cool, the weather is expected to remain largely dry for the coming week. There is some mention of rain on Thursday morning, however with the wind from the south-west, we might not see much of the predicted precipitation.

Just a reminder that our Association introduced the following sea-trout conservation measure:  all sea-trout caught in September will be returned to the river, alive.

That's as much as I can tell you for the moment. Tune-in on Wednesday/Thursday for another update. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines!  Jimmy Mitchell

 

22:00hrs, Wednesday 28th August 2013

I wish that I had some news for you; alas, I have none. Not one fish has been reported since the weekend. The fact that virtually no one has been fishing in the present low water may have something to do with this!

I'm afraid that the river level is presently sitting at summer level and there is still no prospect of any decent rainfall that will affect the Spey.

Temperatures are beginning to fall slightly as we approach September and there may be some light rain around during the next couple of days, however it is unlikely that this will make any great improvement to our current situation.

If anything exciting happens, I will let you know here. Failing that, my next report will be on Saturday evening or Sunday. In the meantime, get fishing! Jimmy Mitchell

 

18:00hrs, Saturday 24th August 2013

It's still very slow with the low river level. Just one more salmon has been reported - an 8 pounder from Poll Clach.

Two large sea-trout were landed yesterday at Lower Bend. Visitor, Bobby Marshall caught both the 7 lbs and 4 lbs fish on fly.

With some locally very heavy showers, the river rose briefly to 5 inches yesterday evening but has fallen back and is presently 3 inches. I'm afraid that there is still no prospect of decent water.

The weatherforecast suggest that we will have a largely dry week ahead with an odd shower around on Tuesday. We do desperately need some rain - if any of you know how to perform a rain dance, could I respectfully ask that you get dancing!

During this coming week in 2012, we were treated to some early snow on the hills. At least it is pleasantly mild this year!

My next update should be on Wednesday or Thursday. Hopefully I'll have some more positive news for you. In the meantime, as always, good luck to you all and tight lines. 

 

16.30hrs, Thursday 22nd August 2013

Two salmon and one sea-trout have been reported since my last update. The largest of these was a 15 lbs salmon which was caught in Tarric Mor on fly.

Some good news today; the river level has risen! There must have been some rain in the hills last night as the river level rose to about 4 inches this morning. That may encourage some fish to move.

We are in real need of some decent rain to bring fresh fish into our own waters. There are likely to be showers around on Friday evening into Saturday morning and on Tuesday, but there is no decent rain forecast for the next week, or so.

If you're heading up to Grantown this weekend, we have the annual visit by hundreds of Harley Davidson enthusiasts and their motor bikes in the Square on Saturday lunchtime. On Sunday afternoon, the Grantown Highland Games are being held.

That's all I can tell you for now. Tune-in for another update on Saturday evening / Sunday morning. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines.  Jimmy Mitchell

 

18:30hrs, Saturday 17th Aug 2013

In my absence, I was hoping that some decent rain may have fallen and improved conditions. Alas, it seems that the river level has not risen above the 3 inch mark during my break. In fact, the river has not been above 3 inches since the beginning of July!

As a consequence of these arid conditions, very few people have been fishing and just 18 salmon / grilse have been reported during the last couple of weeks. The largest of these weighed 10½lbs: most were grilse.

Seven sea-trout have been reported for the same period.

The water level is running at 1 inch today. There might be a bit of rain around this evening but it is unlikely to have any effect on the river.

The weatherforecast for next week could be better - I'm afraid that it is predicted to remain largely dry with just an odd shower or two.

Now, I don't want to depress you further, however I think that it's worth pointing out that only 37 fishing days remain until the close of this season!  Doesn't time fly?

That's really as much as I can tell you for now. Expect my normal mid-week report on Wednesday or Thursday. In the meantime, as always, good luck to you all and tight lines!  Jimmy Mitchell 

 

17:40 hrs, Tuesday 30th July 2013

Three fish have been declared since the last update. The largest of these weighed 7 lbs; the other two were grilse. All three were caught on fly.

Four sea-trout have been declared for the same period.

We really do need some rain to encourage some fresh fish into our waters. It may not have escaped your notice that some of our recent fish have been getting a little stale.

We did enjoy some really heavy and quite prolonged rain on Sunday morning and have had an odd shower or two since. This has lifted the river to the 2 inch mark. It is possible that we may enjoy some more prolonged rain this Thursday, however that is the only rain in the immediate forecast.

It's that time of year again - I'm going to have a wee break for a couple of weeks. I will do my best to update this site on my return. Tune-in for an update on the evening of Saturday 17th or on Sunday 18th August.

In my absence, Graham, at Mortimer's shop, has kindly agreed to log our reported catches on the fish Spey website. You should be able to view these here. If you need more specific information, staff at Mortimer's will be delighted to assist you on 01479 872684.

In the meantime, as always, good luck to you all and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell 

 

16:00hrs, Saturday 27th July 2013

Three salmon have been reported since Thursday. All of these have been landed by one angler and there is a most unusual story about two of these fish..................

On Thursday, Marc Hewitt was fishing a worm at Craggan Sands when he hooked a fish. After a short time, he realised that he had a bit of a battle on his hands and to his amazement, soon discovered that he had two salmon on his line. It seems that the other had become tangled in his line. After the best part of an hour, and with some difficulty, Marc was eventually able to land both fish, which are pictured below. With the logistics of the whole operation, the only place that Marc could land both fish was on the beach. He did is best to return both and managed to revive one of them. The fish, as below, weighed 10 and 7¾ lbs.

 

Marc managed to land another fish yesterday from one of the Inverallan pools. This one, as below, took a fly and weighed 9 lbs.

 

Whilst conditions have looked poor, it just goes to show that fish can still be caught.

I gather that one sea-trout has been reported this week.

I had hoped for some heavy and prolonged rain yesterday - alas, we had occasional thundery downpours which added just one inch to the river level.

The present weatherforecast suggests that we should receive some decent rain for the next three days and that it should be more cool than of late. Hopefully, that should improve the conditions.

My next update should be on Wednesday, so tune-in then for another report. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines!

Jimmy Mitchell 

 

 

 

10:00hrs, Thursday 25th July 2013

I'm not really sure how best to inform you of this, but not one single fish has been caught since last Thursday. I think the best explanation I can give you is that virtually no one is fishing.

Conditions have been poor with the heat and low river level, however the situation could be about to improve. The river level is presently still at summer level but there could be some decent rain tomorrow and the odd thunder storm through until Monday.

It will take a lot of rain to lift the river level; some rain is better than none at all. We can only hope for the best.

That is as much as I can tell you for the moment. Tune-in on Sunday for another update. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines!   Jimmy Mitchell 

 

16:00 hrs Saturday 20th July2013

 

A 4 lbs grilse from the Lurg on 18th July 2013 landed by Mark Slight on a size 14 silver stoat

 

A nice brown trout of about 2lbs caught by Mark Slight on a silver stoat in the Lurg on 18th July 2013

 

The hot and dry spell continues............. I have been down to the river on a couple of occasions over the past few days and have not seen anyone fishing. Consequently, I was pleasantly susprised to hear that two more grilse were declared on Thursday.

Three sea-trout were also declared on the same day.

The river is still at summer level at Grantown.  A piece of history for you now.................  During the long hot summer of 1976, the then Castle Grant Beat 3 ghillie, Geordie Smith, chipped a mark on a rock at, what was then, the lowest water level. I am told that the present water level is just 2½ inches above this mark.

I am also reliably informed that at 9 pm yesterday evening, the water temperature was 21.1ºC. This morning it was 18.3ºC. ( That's 70ºF and 65ºF in old money ). So, you will have to get up early if you are hoping to catch a salmon!

There is just a suggestion that some clouds may appear late on Monday and that temperatures will become more normal towards the middle of the coming week. There is also a suggestion of some rain on Thursday and also next weekend. however if that doesn't happen, please don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger!

I'm afraid that is all of the news for the moment. If anything exciting happens, I'll let you know as soon as I am told. Failing that, my next update will be on Wednesday / Thursday.

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

 

Thursday 18th July 2013

The warm dry spell continues which has had a drastic effect of the salmon fishing. Just two have been declared this week.

Conversely, the sea-trout fishing continues to be good with at least 22 landed this week, including two fish of 5 lbs each. Local member and regular contributor to this web-site, John Gray, has kindly sent us the below picture of a 4½ lbs sea-trout which he landed at Balliefurth on Monday night. Thanks again for the terrific picture, John. 

A 4½ lbs sea-trout landed from Balliefurth Pool and photographed by John Gray.

 

With only 4.4 mm of rainfall this month, the river level has continued to fall and is now at summer level. It is quite possibly at its lowest level since the pleasant summer of 2006. Also, I am reliably informed that the the water temperature is warmer than it has been in recent years - it is presently about 66ºf.

Weatherwise, the sun will continue to shine for at least the next week with no prospect of any rain. From tomorrow, temperatures will reach the mid 20's C, (or higher), on most days. Remember your sun cream!

This is perfect 'Tick' weather; you can remind yourself about these little critters and their dangers, here.

That's about it for now. Tune-in for another update on Sunday. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines!  Jimmy Mitchell  

 

Sunday 14th July 2013

With the sun, heat and low water, it may come as no great surprise that no more salmon / grilse have been declared since my last update, below. Temperatures of just over 28ºC in Grantown on Thursday and Friday were most enjoyable for some of us, but not for the fish!

However, about a dozen sea-trout have been declared, the largest of which weighed about 4 lbs.

The river is running at just 1 inch and is the lowest that I can remember it in recent seasons. Alas, there is no immediate prospect of any improvement.

Weatherwise, it is expected to remain warm, bright and dry for the coming week. It's just possible that we might see some light rain on Thursday but nothing that will affect the river level. It may become hot again next weekend.

That's really as much as I can tell you for the moment. If anything exciting happens, I'll let you know as soon as I hear about it. Failing that, my next update will be be on Wednesday / Thursday.

In the meantime, good luck and tight lines!    Jimmy Mitchell 

 

15:40hrs, Wednesday 10th July 2013

It remains hot and sunny in Grantown which makes a pleasant change for those of us who have to live here!

Despite the heat and low water, six salmon / grilse have been declared since my last update. The pick of the bunch was a 19 pounder caught at Dulnain Mouth on worm on Monday.

Most of this week's action has been centred on the Dulnain Mouth Pool where four of these fish have been landed. Regular visiting angler, Mr Struthers, landed a couple of grilse at the same pool, this morning. Whilst there, he also lost the largest fish he has ever hooked: he decribed the fish as being like a bottlenose-dolphin which simply raced away and snapped his line. He says that there was nothing he could do about it. The fish, (if that's what it was!), is still in there.

The sea-trout fishing has been steady with 8 fish reported this week. If you can tollerate the midges, conditions are ideal.

The river level is running just a wee bit low at 2 inches.

Weatherwise - expect the heat to continue through to Friday. Thereafter temperatures will become more normal. It should be largely bright with just a very occasional shower from Saturday onwards.

Just a note of caution for any visitors. Yet another multiple fatal collision occurred yesterday on the A9 road. This one happened near Kingussie. Please exercise the utmost care when travelling on this fast and dangerous road.

That's about it for now. Unless anything really exciting happens, tune-in for my next update on Sunday.

In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines!   Jimmy Mitchell 

 

Sunday 7th July 2013

At least fifteen salmon were reported last week, the heaviest of which was a 14 pound fish caught at Tarric Mor on fly. Grilse are also beginning to show with at least three of last week's total weighing less than 5lbs.  Steven Norris has sent us the below picture of a 14 lbs salmon which he landed at the end of last week; it was just a couple of pounds heavier than the sea-trout which he caught earlier that week! Steven thanks us for a memorable week - he had a great time.

Steven Norris with a 14 lbs salmon

 

About thirty sea-trout were also declared last week, (excluding last night). This figure included fish of 12 lbs, 7 lbs, 5.5 lbs and 5 lbs. Local member, John Gray, has kindly sent us pictures of two very good fish which he landed at Auckernack Burn Pool on Friday night. Many thanks for the pictures, John.

Fantastic sea-trout of 7lbs and 5lbs caught & photographed by John Gray on the 5th July 2013

 

With the recent hot weather, the river level is beginning to suffer; it's presently running at 3 inches.

The current settled spell of weather is predicted to last for another week, at least! It should remain warm and fine with little or no rain for the whole of next week. Excellent weather for sea-trout fishing!

That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in on Wednesday or Thursday for the next update. In the meantime, good luck to you all and tight lines!  Jimmy Mitchell 

 

14:30hrs, Thursday 4th July 2013

Sorry I'm a little later than usual with this report - it's been a bit hectic!

Twelve salmon / grilse have been declared this week, so far. The largest of these was a 12 pounder and the smallest, a 3 pound grilse. Both were caught at the Dulnain Mouth.

Thirteen sea-trout have been landed this week, thus far, including a magnificent 12 pounder. Steven Norris was fishing in Tarric Mor during the hours of darkness when he landed the beauty, which took a fly. I gather that Steven is an experienced sea-trout angler who tried to photograph the fish, however it was just too dark. I understand that scales from the fish have been sent for analysis. Steven has landed more sea-trout during the past few days, including the one as pictured below. Thank you for the picture, Steven.

A decent sea-trout landed by Steven Norris at the Lurg Pool on the 3rd July 2013.

 

The river level has dropped back and is now running steady at 4 inches. I'm afraid that it is likely to fall further in the coming week.

Weatherwise - apparently Summer has arrived. Expect little or no rain for at least the next week during which temperatures should be above 20ºC on most days.

Conditions are now ideal for sea-trout and with many large fish landed recently, I expect that we could hear about even more of these during the coming week.

I'll update this page again on Sunday In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines!  Jimmy Mitchell 

 

18:00hrs, Saturday 29th June 2013

It has been a busy week on our water with at least twenty-seven salmon declared. The largest was a 13.5 pounder. It seems that some grilse are now beginning to show as the smallest fish was 3.5 lbs.

The trend continues with the large sea-trout; several of this week's fish have weighed around the 6 lbs mark and there was one of 7lbs. Mark Slight has kindly sent us the below picture of a decent sea-trout which took at size 14 squirrell, blue & silver. From the marks on the wood grain, I suspect that the picture was taken on the bench at the Lurg. We can only hope that the slime was subsequently cleaned off the bench!! Thanks again for the picture, Mark.

A nice sea-trout landed by Mark Slight from the Lurg.

 

The river rose a couple of inches overnight and, for what it's worth to you now, it's presently about 10 inches.

Weatherwise, it's a mixed bag for next week.  We will have reached July on Monday, however the weather predictions are unremarkable. It is expected to be showery and pretty dull. That should be good for the fishing, if not for the holiday-makers!

Conditions on our waters are really good and if you're looking to land a salmon, or two, now could be the time!

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

 

11:00hrs, Wednesday 26th June 2013

With a full day of rain on Sunday, the river rose and has provided lots of action. At least nineteen salmon have been declared this week, so far. Most of the action has been on the Upper Castle Grant water where the spinners have proved fruitfull in the high water.

 

Mark Slight's 12 pounder from the Lurg of 25th June 2013.  Thanks for the picture, Mark.

 

At least fifteen sea-trout have been landed including some large fish. Local member Bobby hall is pictured below with a couple of these.

Bobby Hall with sea-trout of 7 lbs and 5 lbs.

 

The river is still dropping from its peak of about 2 feet 9inches on Monday; it's presently about 9 inches.

Weatherwise, it has been a cool and wet start to the week. Temperatures are set to improve gradually. It is predicted to remain largely dry with some bright spells.

Conditions are really excellent - enjoy yourselves!

I'll update this page again on Sunday. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines!  Jimmy Mitchell 

 

14:20hrs Sunday 23rd June 2013

At least thirteen salmon have been declared for the last calendar week. (This figure excludes any fish landed on Saturday as I wasn't around to hear the reports.) Unless there were any larger fish landed yesterday, I believe the largest fish of the week to be a 16 pounder which was caught from Tarric Mor on fly.

About twenty-one sea-trout were declared up to Saturday morning. This figure includes some decent fish of 7 lbs, 6 lbs and 4 lbs.

It has been raining for much of last night and all day today, so expect the river level to rise. Remember to check the River Level link, above.

Weatherwise, expect the present rain to stop just after midnight. Tomorrow will be much brighter, with showers. Tuesday and Wednesday are predicted to be bright and largely dry. The wind will be largely from the north for the first half of the week which take the edge off the temperature.

In the absence of recent pictures from our own waters, I thought I would interest you with some pictures from nearby Loch Ness. Barry Mackay from Inverness is a regular fisher on the loch where he trawls for salmon. Alas, the salmon have eluded him thus far this season, however he has kindly sent me some pictures of large ferox trout which he and his party regularly catch in the loch. The below fish were all caught this season. Thanks for the pictures, Barry.

 

Ferox brown trout caught this season in Loch Ness weighing between 9 and 20 lbs.

 

That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in for an update on Wednesday or Thursday. In the meantime, as usual, good luck to you all and tight lines!  Jimmy Mitchell 

 

11:20hrs, Thursday 20th June 2013

Eleven more salmon have been declared since my last update. The largest of these was a 16 pounder which took a fly at Tarric Mor.

I am pleased to tell you that the sea-trout catches are improving. Fifteen more sea-trout have been declared, including one fish of 7 lbs and another of 4 lbs. Perhaps this is in sync' with the 'Broom' flower which is now in full bloom, ( as per my comments on the 6th June.)

The river level is now running at 2 inches, but that could change over this weekend.

Weatherwise, expect a spot or two of rain overnight and a dull day tomorrow. Rain is predicted from Friday night right through to Monday morning. Air temperatures should be mild.

Tonight and tomorrow night are the shortest of this year, thus making Friday the longest day. I guess it will be all downhill from then!

As usual, I'll try and update this page on Saturday evening or Sunday. In the meantime good luck and tight lines!  Jimmy Mitchell 

 

10:40hrs, Sunday 16th June 2013

Four more salmon have been reported, bringing the total for the calendar week to a slightly disappointing eight. The largest of this week's fish was just 11 lbs. This season's salmon total presently stands at 99.

At least ten sea-trout have been declared for last week. I understand that this total included two fish at 6 lbs and one of 5 lbs.

The heavy rain which was predicted for Saturday did not materialise, consequently the river is running at only 3 inches this morning.

Alas, the predictions are that it will stay largely dry throughout this coming week; we are unlikely to see a rise in the river level. It is during such times that the fish tend to stack-up at the larger pools of Tarric Mor and the Dulnain Mouth, so these pools may be worth a cast or two.

Mild nights are predicted for the whole of this week which, combined with the low water, should provide favourable conditions for the sea-trout anglers amongst you.

This week will take us into mid-Summer with Friday being the longest day of this year.  I have an apple tree in my garden which has failed to realise the time of year - it is only just about to come into blossom after our prolonged and cold Spring. (No apples for me this year!)

That's about it for now. Unless there is anything really exciting to report, I'll update this page on Wednesday or Thursday. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines!  Jimmy Mitchell

 

10:30 hrs, Thursday 13th June 2013

Five salmon have been declared this week, so far. The largest was an 11 pounder from Tarric Mor.

The sea-trout are still in short supply; two have been declared this week including a splendid 6 pound fish which was also landed at Tarric Mor.

A letter of thanks was received from visiting angler, Mr Robinson who enjoyed his day's fishing and was grateful for the advice he received from members about fishing tactics on our waters.

The river is running quite low at 4 inches this morning. There is still some snow on the hills but the snow-melt will not make any significant change to the river level.

There may be some light rain around tomorrow afternoon, although next decent spell of rain is predicted to be on Saturday.

I'll do my very best to update this page again on Saturday evening / Sunday morning, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines!  Jimmy Mitchell 

 

11:00 hrs, Monday 10th June 2013

The fine weather towards the end of last week seems to have made things a little more difficult as only three more salmon have been reported since my last update. All of these were landed at the Dulnain Mouth Pool, all were just under 10 pounds and two were taken on the fly.

The sea-trout numbers are still a little low with just five declared since Thursday. I understand that they were all of the 2 to 3 lbs size.

The river is running at 4 inches this morning.

It is another beautiful day here today on Speyside which is unlikely to help the fishing. However, there is a change on the horizon. From tomorrow afternoon we can expect some rain. In fact, the forecast suggests that we may experience rain on most, if not all, days during the next week.

That's as much information as I have for you at the moment. I'll do my best to update this page on Thursday. In the meantime, as always, good luck to you all and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell

 

10:45hrs, Thursday 6th June 2013

The great fishing continues with at least fifteen salmon declared for this week, so far. At least nine of these were landed yesterday!

The lower water has suited the fly which the majority of these recent fish have taken. The largest of the recent fish was a 15 pounder from Poll Clach, yesterday.

We are nearly into the second week in June and the sea-trout numbers are still a little low with only 5 landed this week. An old angler used to tell me that the sea-trout fishing is at its best when the yellow flower on the 'Broom' bush is at its most full; that might take another week. The trees and plants are still struggling to catch-up after our dreadful Spring - the Aspen trees are still in bud and the Ash still think it's Winter!

Please remember to declare all of the sea-trout which you catch - if reported numbers appear low, this may provoke the SFB into a catch & release policy. 

The river is running about 6 inches this morning and I expect that it will fall slightly as we head into the weekend.

Weatherwise, it's a beautiful morning here on Speyside and the good weather is expected to last into the start of next week. It may become slightly too bright and warm, however there are good numbers of fish around and you're in with a very good chance of a fish or two.

Alas, I will not be here for the weekend report, however I will endeavour to update this page on Monday. In the meantime, as always, good luck and tight lines. Jimmy Mitchell

 

17:25hrs, Saturday 1st June 2013

It has been a terrific week here in Grantown with at least twenty-three salmon declared for the week, thus far. The pick of the bunch was a 20 pounder landed on Thursday from Clachan an Uaran. The fish took a fly.

This brings our total for this season to 72, so far. This number is almost identical, at this point in time, to our 2011 and 2010 seasons, and is considerably more than our 2012 season. 

At least seven sea-trout have been reported during this last week.

Meteorologically speaking, today is the first day of summer, however there was a very heavy hail shower about an hour ago, so not much has changed! The weather predictions for next week suggest that it will become a little warmer and brighter with just an odd shower, or two.

Although there is still some snow on the hills, it seems likely that the river level will gradually fall, from its present 11 inches, as we head through next week.

That's about it for now. Unless there is anything unusually exciting to report, my next update will be on Wednesday or Thursday of the coming week. In the meantime good luck and tight lines,  Jimmy Mitchell

 

10:15hrs, Wednesday 29th May 2013

Six salmon have been landed this week, so far. The heaviest was a 16 pounder landed yesterday at Little Stream which took a fly.

Two more sea-trout have also been caught.

Yesterday turned out to be reasonably pleasant and as some snow melted on the hills, the river rose to about 18 inches. It has now dropped back a little and is presently about 1 foot.

Weatherwise, some light rain may be around later this afternoon. Tomorrow will be bright and mild. Friday has a risk of showers in the afternoon and it will be cooler for the weekend.

I am grateful to Bill Walker who has sent us the below picture of a fish he landed last week at Poll Scroidan.

Bill Walker with an 8 lbs fish from Poll Scroidan on the 20th May 2013.

 

That's about it for now. Tune-in on Sunday for another update. In the meantime, the best of luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell

 

17:20hrs, Saturday 25th May 2013

Since we're into a Bank Holiday weekend, I thought that I would spoil you with this earlier than usual update as there is some good news to report.

Since my last update, at least eight salmon have been landed. Six of these fish weighed above 10 lbs. There was one of 16lbs, one of 17 lbs, and the largest weighed 22lbs. This 22 pounder is currently the largest fish of this season from our waters and was landed by local member, Bobby Hall. The fish took a Rapala at Tarric Mor and is pictured below. Thanks again for the picture, Bobby.

Local member, Bobby Hall with a 22 lbs fish from Tarric Mor on 23rd May 2013.

 

The other good news is that there have been two specimen sea-trout, one of 10 lbs and one of 6 lbs. I understand that the larger of the two was landed at Craggan Sands on the 22nd May and the other at Poll Clachan Lois on the 24th. Both fish took a spinner. If anyone out there has any pictures of these fish, we would be pleased to let everyone see them on this website!

For what it's worth to you today, the river has risen by about 1 foot during the last couple of days - it's presently about 1 foot 11 inches.

We have seen some contrasting weather during the last few days. Only two days ago, on Thursday, we were subjected to a cold day of rain, sleet, snow and hail. It was so bad that the Tomintoul road was blocked with snow on the Cockbridge side. I am pleased to report that summer has now arrived in Grantown,  although probably just for today! This afternoon, the temperature peaked about 22ºC. I have a daffodil in my garden that is just thinking about coming into flower - another couple of days of this warm weather will help it, but the future just doesn't look that good!

I believe that it should still be fairly bright and mild tomorrow, however as is to be expected for a Bank Holiday, there will be rain around on Monday. The rest of next week will be mixed. It may be that my daffodil manages to flower by the end of next week.

That's about it for now, I'll try and update this page again on Wednesday or Thursday.

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

 

11:00hrs, Wednesday 22nd May 2013

Three more salmon have been landed since my last update, below. The largest of these was a 10 pounder which took a fly at Poll Clach yesterday.

There are still no reports of any sea-trout having been caught, however I am told that several have been seen.

The river is running about 11 inches this morning having fallen from its most recent peak of about 2 feet on Sunday.

Weatherwise, it's quite fresh out there today with a strong breeze from the north. Expect a few showers around. Expect it to be colder tomorrow with temperatures peaking about 6 or 7ºC with light rain around. Temperatures and conditons are expected to improve a little thereafter, however we are not expected to enjoy normal May weather for the forseeable future!

If anything exciting happens, I'll let you know here. Otherwise my next update will be on Sunday.

In the meantime, good luck and tight lines!   Jimmy Mitchell 

 

Sunday 19th May 2013

At least ten salmon have been landed during the last week - six of these on Tuesday. The two largest fish weighed 13 lbs. That brings our total number of salmon for the this season to thirty-eight, thus far. As far as I am aware, there are no reports of any recent sea-trout from our own waters.

We had a cold day of rain yesterday. Consequently, the river has risen overnight and is presently about the 2 feet mark. It is supposed to brighten-up and become quite warm this afternoon and so that should help to dry things out.

The weather for next week is still not great; it is predicted to be fairly mediocre on Monday and Tuesday with rain for the rest of a cool week. It's not like the end of May should be!

I think that's about as much as I can tell you at this time. Unless I hear of anything terribly exciting, I'll update this page on Wednesday/Thursday.

In the meantime, the very best of luck to you all and tight lines!    Jimmy Mitchell  

 

10:00hrs, Thursday 16th May 2013

Seven salmon have been declared since my last report on Monday morning. The heaviest of these was a 13 pounder and was landed at the Lurg on fly on Tuesday. Local member, Jerry Gallienne has been in action again and has sent us the below picture of a 6lbs fish which he landed at Lower Bend on Tuesday - thanks for the picture, Jerry.

 

A 6 lb salmon from Lower Bend landed & pictured by Jerry Gallienne on the 14th May 2013.

Like many of you, I am expecting to hear of a large sea-trout, or two, any time. You will be aware that it is common for the larger fish to precede the runs of smaller fish.

Conditions are looking particularly good on the river this morning. It's presently running at 11 inches and the air temperature is already warmer than predicted, at 10ºc.

There are many breaks in the cloud and we are likely to have an odd shower later in the day. It will be more dull tomorrow and Saturday with showers around.

I am pleased to hear that the catches are improving. If you want to land your first salmon of the season, conditions are ideal.

I will do my best to update this page again on Sunday. In the meantime, all the very best of luck and tight lines!    Jimmy Mitchell 

 

10:00hrs, Monday 13th May 2013

To bring you up to date, a total of nine salmon have been declared since my last full report, last Thursday. The heaviest of these was an 11 pounder, caught by Jerry Gallienne, as pictured below.

Expect some sea-trout very soon.

The river is running steady at exactly 1 foot this morning.

It has been a cold night and is now barely 7ºc. It is expected to remain cool with lots of rain during the coming week. It may become more dry as we head into the weekend.

I hope to update this page again by Thursday.

In the meantime, all the very best of luck and tight lines!     Jimmy Mitchell 

 

Sunday 12th May 2013

I was late back from Inverness yesterday and was just too late to get the latest catches from Mortimer's. Sorry about that.  I'll have an update for you tomorrow morning before 10:00 hrs. 

Local member, Jerry Gallienne managed two fish yesterday, including this sea-liced 11 pounder from Lower Bend. Thanks for the picture, Jerry.

An 11 lbs sea-liced fish landed by Jerry Gallienne on 11th May 2013 from Lower Bend.

Tune-in tomorrow morning when I'll have a full update for you.  J.M.

 

10:45 hours, Thursday 9th May 2013

Three more salmon have been declared since my last report. Two were landed from the Long Pool with spinner and one from Little Stream with fly. One of the fish from the Long Pool was landed by Pete Page and is pictured below.

 

Local member, Pete Page, kindly sent us this photo of a 9 lbs fish which he landed from the Long Pool on the evening of Saturday 4th May 2013. Thanks for the photo, Pete.

 

The river level is running steady at 1 foot 9 inches this morning.

It's presently a bright and sunny morning in Grantown - it's 13ºC but should rise a little more. We may have an odd shower, especially so early evening. Tomorrow and Saturday will be cooler with more in the way of showers and light rain around.

This has been our warmest week of this year, so far, and already I have been subjected to a 'Tick' attack. I expect that you are all familiar with Ticks and the health problems which they can cause with Lyme Disease infection. With the kind assistance of local member and GP, Dr Boyd Peters, I have produced some information about Ticks and Lyme disease. This specifically details when to seek medical help. It contains useful information with pictures which you can view here - Ticks and Lyme disease.

And finally....... following a very sensible suggestion from a very nice salmon angler from Cornwall, I have now added a map of our fishings to our Pool Photos page. Thanks for your suggestion, Geoff.

I think that's about it for now; I hope to update this page again on Sunday. In the meantime, as usual, good luck and tight lines!      Jimmy Mitchell

 

Sunday 5th May 2013

Alas, there have been no reported catches since my last report.

Following a full day of rain, sleet and snow on Friday, the river rose to about 3 feet 6 inches on Saturday and is now dropping quickly.

Weatherwise, today is mild and sunny (at the moment!). It is expected to remain mild with occasional showers through to Wednesday. Thereafter it will turn cooler with more frequent precipitation.

Fishing conditions are good - we just need some anglers!

If you are around in Grantown over the next couple of days, you might just catch the end of the Spirit of Speyside whisky festival which concludes on Monday. You can find more details here.

Hopefully I will have some better news for you mid-week when I update this page again.

In the meantime, the very best of luck to you all and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell

 

11:20hrs, Thursday 2nd May 2013

At least four fresh fish have been landed since my last report. The pick of the bunch was landed by Mr Shungo Yoshino from Tokyo. That was a 17 pounder which took a fly at Poll na Gower. Shungo, who is a regular annual visitor to our waters, has kindly sent us the below picture of his fish which he quickly returned to the river. He is now a very happy man. Thanks for the picture, Shungo.

Shungo Yoshino with a 17lbs fish from Poll na Gower on 29th April 2013.

Fishing conditions are really very good and a number of fish are being seen. The river is running steady at 11 inches this morning. There is still lots of snow on the hills which will keep the river fed for a while to come.

Weatherwise, it's a new month but there's no change in the weather! It's still cool and largely cloudy; there is light rain around.

You may recall that a 32lbs fish was landed from Castle Grant waters during this same week of last year. You can see a picture of this fish on Page 22 of the SFB Annual report, (link above). One other matter of interest; I understand that many of the recently caught fish have been sea-liced - so they're not hanging around. 

Our catch & release rates with these Spring salmon is running at nearly 100% - well done.  For the benefit of those of you who are not aware of the Spey Fishery Board's veiled promise, I have outlined it again for you below -

 “The Board considers the Conservation of Fish entering the river before the end of May to be of the utmost importance. The Board urges all anglers to release these fish if at all possible. Most of the larger fish arrive in the river in the early months and these are the fish which have the potential to make the most significant contribution to successful spawning and are likely to be the fish which spawn in the upper reaches of the catchment. The Board will continue to monitor the success of the Conservation Policy and further consideration may be given to a recommendation for total Catch & Release in these months in the absence of signs of further restraint.”

A big 'thank you' to those of you who have sent us pictures of your fish - your pictures make this website what it is - terrific!!

I think that's about it for now. I hope to give you another wee update at the weekend.

In the meantime, good luck to you all and tight lines. Jimmy Mitchell

 

Pictured above is local member, Bobby Hall, with a 12 lbs fish which he caught on fly in the Long Pool on the 25th April. Thanks for the picture, Bobby.

 

16:30 hrs, Saturday 27th April 2013

At least three more salmon have been declared since my last update. The largest of these was a fish of 11lbs from Poll a Cearan on the 25th. It was caught on a spinner. That brings the total for the week to at least seven salmon. There may yet be more fish declared for this evening!

The river level has fallen slowly to its current level of 1 foot 2 inches. There are some showers around and, coupled with the continued snow melt, the river level may be much the same for you on Monday.

Weatherwise, it has been quite cool. For the benefit of the non-locals amongst you, the snow was lying down to quite a low level on the Cromdale Hills this morning. The predicted weather for next week is that it should remain fairly cool with heavy showers and bright spells. The wind will be largely from the west to south-west.

Conditions on our own waters are now very good. If you have been holding back in anticipation of good conditions, now is the time!

I will update this page on Wednesday/Thursday and, in the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell

 

18:00hrs, Thursday 25th April 2013

I am pleased to be able to tell you that at least four fresh salmon have been landed this week, thus far. The pick of the bunch was a 12 pounder from the Long Pool which was caught on fly, today.

Committee member, Cosimo Imperiale, also landed a fish of 10 pounds from Macleod's, today. The fish is pictured below. Many thanks for the photo, Cosimo.

A 10 lbs fish caught & returned by Cosimo Imperiale from Macleod's on 25th April 2013.

 

The river has been running at 1 foot 6inches today and I expect that it will be much the same for tomorrow.

 Weatherwise, expect bright spells and April showers for the next week: it will remain cool.

I hope to give you another update on Sunday, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, good luck to you all and tight lines. Jimmy Mitchell

 

Sunday 21st April 2013

With the very high water, the river has been effectively unfishable for most of last week. The river level was close to 4 feet on four days. However, as the level started to fall yesterday, conditions improved and I am pleased to be able to tell you that two fresh fish were landed.

A 9 lbs fish was landed at Upper Bend and, as pictured below, a 12.5 pounder was landed at the Long Pool. Both fish were caught on a spinner. Thanks to Shaun, our river watcher, for the photo.

Local member, Darren Grant with a 12.5lbs fish from The Long Pool

I am confident that we will hear of some more decent catches during this coming week. Incidentally, one sea-trout has been landed from Saddle Pool and I am aware of another landed from very close to our own waters.

 Much of last week's high water was due to snow-melt from the hills. There is still plenty of snow on the higher hills which could be useful if we happen to suffer another prolonged dry spell.

For what it is worth to you today, the river is running at just under 2 feet. I expect that it will be much the same for tomorrow. 

Weatherwise, expect a frost-free, but cool, week ahead. There will be showers/light rain on most days. The wind will be largely from the west.

I will endeavour to update this page on Wednesday or Thursday. In the meantime, good luck to you all. Jimmy Mitchell

 

22:00hrs, Wednesday 17th April 2013

I expect that you are all aware that the river is in flood - it's from one extreme to another! With the fast snow-melt on the hills, the river has been running between 3 and 4 feet since Monday making it almost unfishable.

It will therefore come as no surprise to you that there are no further reported catches, as yet.

Prospects are looking better as we head towards the weekend.

Weatherwise, there is some light rain and sunshine forecast for the next few days.

Unless I hear of anything terribly exciting, I'll try and update this page again on Sunday. In the meantime, tight lines!  Jimmy Mitchell

 

Sunday 14th April 2013

One more fresh salmon was landed late yesterday afternoon. That was a 12 pounder from Tarric Mor caught with a spinner by local member, John Mallin. Well done John!

Fishing conditions have been poor for the whole of last week with the river level at barely 3 inches above summer level, bright skies and very cold water.

An interesting weather statistic for you: we have enjoyed only 6.9 mm of precipitation during the last five weeks. That must be some kind of a record!

I am pleased to be able to tell you that conditions have now started to change for the better. The warmer temperatures have started to shift some of the snow on the hills, and since about 4 am this morning, the river level has been rising. At 7am, it had already risen to 7 inches and it is still rising now. The Dulnain had reached 3 feet 2inches at 7 am and it is still rising!

Weatherwise, it's presently about 10ºC with light rain from the south-west. It is predicted to remain mild and frost-free during the coming week with showers or light rain on most days.

Most of you will be aware that there have been good catches of fresh salmon in the lower beats; this higher water should encourage these Spring fish to move quickly upstream. I am sure that there will be some good fishing during the coming days.

I'll try and give you an update on Wednesday or Thursday when I hope to have some catches to tell you about.

In the meantime, good luck and don't forget your life jackets!  Jimmy Mitchell

 

11:00hrs Thursday 11th April 2013

I'm afraid that I have no real news for you. There have been no further catches, as yet. The predicted rain for this week has not arrived and the river level is still low - it is running at 3 inches this morning.

Weatherwise, the temperature is gradually improving. There is rain predicted for this Sunday, however it is coming from the south, so we'll see what happens. From Sunday onwards, we should be in a stable south to westerly wind for the foreseeable future. This will lift temperatures and give occasional showers. It will also melt the snow on the hills which will lift the river level.

If I hear of anything, I'll let you know. I'll try and update this page at the weekend.

In the meantime, good luck to you all!   Jimmy Mitchell

 

Sunday 7th April 2013

There was one fresh fish landed last week. Local member, Jim Davis caught the 12 pounder at Craggan Sands with a spinner on Monday. Congratulations, Jim. (I only discovered this report yesterday - sorry about the delay with this news.)

It has been a mainly bright and pleasant week here in Grantown. The river level has been running very low at only 2 to 3 inches and, despite the poor fishing conditions, it was pleasing to see anglers on the river. I note that the river is presently running at 4 inches today.

I gather that there are still a large number of very well mended kelts being landed. Some of these could be mistaken for fresh salmon as they appear to be in great condition and are like bars of silver. However, if it's a bit skinny with maggotts in the gills, it's a kelt! A good flood would shift some of these kelts closer to the sea and encourage more fresh fish into our own waters.

It has been snowing for most of this morning - have a look on the web-cam link, above. There is some rain forecast for Wednesday, and more so on Thursday. The night-time frosts are predicted to end on Wednesday morning and this will allow snow-melt from the hills to lift the river level. I'm confident that we should have a reasonable river level later this week.

I think that's about it for now. If I hear of anything, I'll let you know, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, tight lines and best wishes, Jimmy Mitchell

 

Sunday 31st March 2013

Still only the one salmon declared, thus far. Conditions have proved difficult but we now have proof, if it was needed, that there are fresh salmon in our waters.

The river is still running at 3 inches and the water remains cold.

Conditions are set to remain cold for the foreseeable future. It's a cold but beautiful sunny morning here in Grantown and, after another hard frost tonight, it is expected to be similar tomorrow. It is likely to become a little cloudier as we head through the week with very occasional patches of light rain.

With the very cold nights which we have been experiencing, the local lochs and trout ponds have iced over. That's not so good for the Ospreys which are arriving back in Strathspey. If you're down by the river, it is just possible that you might be joined by an early Osprey fishing in the Spey where the water is clear.

That's about it for now. If I hear of anything, I'll let you know here. In the meantime, tight lines and good luck, 

 

14:10hrs, Thursday 28th March 2013

Following on from my last update below, and as if by magic, Graham at Mortimer's shop has just telephoned me with details of the first fish of this season!

Local member, John Davis was fishing Tarric Mor with a fly at lunchtime today when he caught and subsequently landed a fresh 13 lbs salmon. The fish was returned to the water. Congratulations John!

Anyway, that is our season officially underway. I'll give you another update on Sunday and, in the meantime, good luck to you all,  Jimmy Mitchell

 

12:30hrs, Thursday 28th March 2013

I thought that I'd spoil you with a wee update just before the Easter weekend.

Alas, still no fresh fish to report but I am convinced that they are in our waters. The private beats immediately below our own waters have now landed fresh salmon, so it follows that fish should now be here.

I understand that there are still quite a number of kelts being landed, which may be due to the lack of high water to help them on their journey downstream. Whilst on that subject, the river height has not risen above 1 foot for the whole month of March and I'm afraid that it's only running at only 3 inches today.

Weatherwise, it's presently a wonderful and bright day here in Grantown. The temperature is hovering about +6ºC but expect another hard frost tonight. It is predicted to remain largely bright and sunny throughout the next week with the odd snowflake or two, now and again. It will remain cold.

For the benefit of those of you who will be travelling up here over the next few days, the roads in this particular part of the country are clear and snow free. However, do remember to bring your thick socks and an extra jumper!

I am hopeful that we will hear of a fresh fish from our own waters this weekend. If we don't, it is only due to anglers feeling the cold. So, please stick at it for as long as you can!

I'll let you know if I hear of anything and hope to give you another wee update on Sunday.

In the meantime, tight lines!   Jimmy Mitchell

 

Sunday 24th March 2013

Like everywhere else, it's been a cold week in Grantown. We have had light snow everyday but, as yet, we have not suffered the heavy blizzards that have afflicted other parts of the UK. If you want to see the conditions for yourself, remember that you can use the web-cam link, above.

I am sure that there are now fresh salmon in our own waters, however, with the bitter and unpleasant conditions, only a few brave souls have ventured down to the river - and for just a handful of casts!  As a consequence, as far as I am aware, no fresh fish have been declared.

Most of the moisture in the ground and on the hills is frozen; hence the river level is running low at only 3 inches above summer level.

Alas, there is no immediate prospect of any change to the current weather with this chilling easterly wind. It is predicted to remain largely dry throughout the week with a reasonable amount of sunshine during the first half. It will remain cold with night time frosts.

On the subject of weather, here is this week's interesting (!!) weather statistic for you. The temperature is predicted to peak at 3ºC this coming Tuesday. On the same day last year, the temperature reached a balmy 23.2ºC here in Strathspey.

As soon as I hear of the first fresh salmon, I'll let you know, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, tight lines!   Jimmy Mitchell

 

Sunday 17th March 2013

Still nothing fresh to declare. However, bearing in mind my last update, below, I am confident that there are now fresh salmon in our waters. All that we need now are some keen anglers!

Weatherwise, the cold easterly wind will continue for most of this week. Expect some sleet/snow tomorrow and Tuesday. There is no sign of temperatures rising during this week.

For what it's worth to you today, the river level has risen to about 7 inches from it's low on Friday of about 5 inches. It follows that the water is still cold!

If some brave and hardy anglers materialise, I am sure that we will have some news of a fresh fish or two in the near future. If I hear of any news, I'll let you know here - so stay tuned.

 

Wednesday 13th March 2013

Following on from my last update below, I understand that Tulchan landed the first fresh fish of this season, yesterday. For those of you who are not familiar with the area, the Tulchan Beats are just over 3 miles down-stream from our own water: the 3 Castle Grant Beats are all that separate us.

That should offer much encouragement to those of you who have been holding back!

The river level is still running low at 5 inches, the temperature is 1ºC and there is occasional snow.

Look out for more sleet/snow this weekend. It is forecast to remain cold for at least the next week.

I'll give you an update at the weekend.

 

Sunday 10th March 2013

If my memory serves me correctly, Tulchan's first fresh fish of the 2011 season was landed during this coming week. With that in mind, the fish should be getting closer to us.

There are still plenty of kelts around but there are no real surprises from our own waters for the last week.

The low river level and cold water has not worked in our favour; however, I am confident that we should have fresh fish in our own waters within the next couple of weeks - if not already!

Weatherwise, it's going to be a cold and unpleasant week ahead. Heavy frosts are predicted for most nights, as is a risk of snow for the whole week. Never mind, it's only March!

If I hear of any exciting news, I'll let you know, so stay tuned. Otherwise, my next report to you will be next weekend.

 

12:30hrs, Saturday 2nd March 2013

March should see the first fresh fish landed in our own waters. If you have been reading the Fishery Board's weekly report, (link above), you will be able to track the progress of the fresh fish as they head further up the river towards us.

The anglers who have been down to the river are still landing kelts, in abundance.

The recent bright and Spring-like days have probably not helped the fishing, even although it has been very pleasant. The night-time frosts have held the snow on the hills and with no rain, the river has been running at nearly Summer levels - just 6 inches today. The water is still very cold.

Early indictions suggest that next week's weather will remain largely dry. It may turn slightly more mild than of late with much more cloud cover. Night time frosts are less likely.

In an effort to keep you amused, and with the help of www.strathspeyweather.co.uk ,I have researched another interesting(!!) weather statistic for you. Did you know that we had more than 3 times as much rain in July 2012 than we did last month?

That's about it for now and unless there is anything exciting to report, I'll give you another update next weekend.

 

12:00hrs, Sunday 24th February 2013

It may come as no real surprise to you that fresh salmon have yet to be declared from our own waters. However, the pleasant weather has given encouragement to many anglers to get down to the river in the hope of landing their first fresh fish of this season.

We have had a beautiful week here on Speyside with no cloud to be seen for the whole week until this weekend. It has been a little frosty at night with temperatures below -10º on a couple of occasions.

The Spring birds are arriving; I have seen Lapwings in the fields and Oyster Catchers down by the river. There are even a pair of Starlings nesting in my neighbour's roof - perhaps we're in for a good Spring!

The Norwegian weather site, (link above), which has a history of being more accurate than the BBC, suggests that we're heading into another largely dry and sunny week with night-time frosts.

On the subject of weather, here's an interesting statistic for you: even with the shorter days of February, we have enjoyed more sunshine during the last 7 days (55.58 hours), than we did during the whole month of July last year, (54.7 hours).  Have a wee look at www.strathspeyweather.co.uk for more info.

That's about it for now and remember that you can check the links, near the top of this page, for fish reports from other Beats of the Spey and also the present river level.

Unless there is any exciting news, my next update will be next weekend.

In the meantime, tight lines,   

 

Sunday 17th February 2013

With the exception of last Wednesday, it has been a very pleasant week on Speyside. However, it should come as no real surprise that fresh fish have yet to be declared in our own waters. As you would expect, there has been no shortage of kelts. 

Committee member, Cosmo Imperiale, sent the below picture of a fish which he landed at Craggan Sands on our opening day. It would appear to be a Rawner - a cock fish from last season which has failed to spawn. The hen equivalent is a Baggot, and for those of you who are unfamiliar with these, you can have a look at the following interesting article by the Tay Fishery Board -  FAQsBaggotsandRawners.pdf

(There is a direct link from the above document dealing with the timing of salmon runs which is also very interesting.)

 

So, that's our first week finished already and for those of you who are keen to have a cast or two during the coming week, conditions are set to remain pleasant, particularly so tomorrow. The river level is presently running quite high due to the snow melt on the hills - check the link near the top of this page.

That's about it for now and unless anything exciting happens, my next report will be next weekend.

 

10.30hrs, Tuesday 9th February 2013

Yesterday was a very pleasant day with lots of anglers and lots of kelts, but no fresh salmon at Grantown, just yet. After an early frost, the sun shone for most of the day and most anglers landed a kelt or two.  I understand that there were at least four fresh salmon which were landed well down stream at Kinermony, Delfure and Rothes.

The river level is running about 12 inches this morning and it is forecast to be a reasonable day, perhaps with an odd snow flurry in the afternoon.

Tomorrow will be difficult with strengthening winds from the south which may bring us some day time snow/sleet. The rest of the week looks quite pleasant for February.

I'll give you a wee update this weekend and, unless there is anything exciting to report, my following updates will be weekly until our season gets properly under way.

In the meantime, tight lines, 

 

Friday 8th February 2013

I thought I would spoil you with this pre-season report before our 2013 season gets underway this coming Monday.

There is still some snow on the ground but it has not been as cold as it could have been. It's currently hovering around the +2.8ºC. This weekend is forecast to be largely dry and cool. This current weather situtation should continue into Monday when we may experience an early frost with a cool breeze from the south-east; there should be some bright spells.

The river is presently running at just over 12 inches, and with a very slow thaw, may probably be much the same for you on Monday.

Please remember to wear your life-jackets, wherever you happen to be fishing.

And now for my usual note of caution about the salmon kelts. There will be many kelts caught and landed throughout the next month or so. Please handle these fish with care as they may just survive to return to our river again in another couple of years. Of course, there is always the chance of a fresh salmon!

The Spey Fishery Board 2012 Annual Report has now been published, see link above, (file size 7 mb). There is a great deal of interesting information contained within including a wonderful picture of a 32 lbs spring fish landed on Castle Grant Water last season.

Talking of Spring fish, the Spey Fishery Board is concerned about the numbers of these fish which are not returned to the river. As a consequence, it has issued the following ammendment to its conservation policy-

 “The Board considers the Conservation of Fish entering the river before the end of May to be of the utmost importance. The Board urges all anglers to release these fish if at all possible. Most of the larger fish arrive in the river in the early months and these are the fish which have the potential to make the most significant contribution to successful spawning and are likely to be the fish which spawn in the upper reaches of the catchment. The Board will continue to monitor the success of the Conservation Policy and further consideration may be given to a recommendation for total Catch & Release in these months in the absence of signs of further restraint.”

I think that's about it for now. I wish you all the very best of luck for Monday and the rest of the season. I'll do my best to give you a wee report this Tuesday.

In the meantime, tight lines!    

 

Monday 28th January 2013.

Our 2013 season gets under way in only 2 weeks, on Monday the 11th February. I trust that you have managed to prepare your fishing tackle for the new season ahead.

There is no real news here in Grantown. It's still cold with snow on the ground, however we haven't had it as bad as some other places. I'm sure that we'll still manage to get more than our share of winter weather!

The astute amongst you may have noticed that I have been tinkering with this website to bring it up to date; I still have a couple of wee bits to do. Also, I have recently become aware that those of you with large widescreen monitors are seeing beyond the edge of the intended web page. In time, I will try and rectify this wee problem - perhaps it's time for some new software and a revamp of this site.

Finally, you will note that I have created links to the last two seasons' news and catch reports pages; these can be found on our 'recent seasons' page.

That's about it for now and unless there is any news in the meantime, I will report for you on Tuesday the 12th February.

All the best for now,

 

Wednesday 9th January 2013

There was a reasonable turn out of members for the AGM which was held last night.

The most salient points of note are as follows. It was agreed that permit prices should remain unchanged for this forthcoming season and that the existing office bearers would remain in position.

The conservation policy also remains unchanged.

Finally, it is intended that an additional instruction slip will be provided with your fishing permit. This will detail how best to instruct canoeists in their efforts to pass you whilst you are fishing. The intention being to avoid conflict and promote a harmonious relationship.

This website requires updating, so please bear with me over the next few weeks. It should be in good order for the start of this year's season which commences on Monday the 11th of February.

In the meantime, best wishes to you all,

 

Friday 4th January 2013

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our members and visitors a very happy and healthy new year.

The AGM for fully paid-up members will be held next week in Grantown's Garth Hotel. It is scheduled for 7.30pm on Tuesday the 8th of January 2013.

Over the next few weeks, I will be updating this site to bring it fully into 2013. These alterations should be complete well before the opening day of the new season which commences on Monday 11th February.

I will update this page with any important news from the AGM.  

 

Some older pictures for you...

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Local member Peter Page with a fish of at least 32lbs which he landed at the Dulnain Mouth Pool on the 10th of September 2010. Peter caught the 43.5 inch long fish on size 10 double fly of his own making. The fish was the largest from our 2010 season and was returned alive.

 

 

Above is a fresh 8lbs salmon landed and photographed by local member, John Gray. The fish was caught at 11:30pm in the Dulnain Mouth Pool  on Thursday 20th May 2010 whilst John was fishing a 2 inch needle tube fly for sea-trout. The fish was returned to the river. Thanks for the photo John.

 

 

Above is pictured Stéphane Wuidar from Belgium who caught this 13lbs salmon in the Auckernack Burn Pool on the 11th June 2010. Stéphane caught his heaviest salmon to date, on fly and returned it to the river. I am very grateful to Stéphane for sending us a number of pictures including this one.

 

 

 

You may recall the salmon of 27lbs which was landed at the Old Bridge Pool on the 17th of May 2010 by visiting angler, Philip Butcher. The length of the fish was about 41 inches and so the weight of the fish was estimated. Philip sportingly returned the fish to the river. We have been sent some pictures of the action and the fish which are displayed below. Scale analysis showed the fish to have spent two years in the river as a juvenile and just three years at sea.

 

 

Above is pictured George Oliver, a regular visitor, who landed the first salmon on fly on our waters in 2010. The fish weighed 10lbs and was caught in the Long Pool on the 14th April.

 

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Our Association brochure includes a detailed map of our fishings on the Rivers Spey and River Dulnain. If you would like a glossy A3 sized copy, please send us your details via the contact us page. Alternatively, our brochure can be downloaded and viewed/printed from the three pdf files as follows. (Remember to set you printer paper orientation to 'landscape'.)

                                    

Click on each of the three images above to download our new brochure.

 

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Please read the below information, about a parasitic fluke, Gyrodactlyus salaris.

 

Gyrodactlyus Salaris.

There is grave concern about a parasitic fluke, Gyrodactlyus salaris, (GS), which lives on freshwater fish. It is less than 1 mm long and is barely visible to the naked eye. It can be carried by brown trout, rainbow trout and other fish but is lethal to Scottish Salmon.

GS is native to rivers in Sweden, Finland and Russia where local salmon have evolved a resistance to the parasite. During the 1970's it was accidentally spread to rivers in Norway, Denmark, Germany, Spain, France and Portugal. The U.K. is currently GS free.

GS rapidly infests juvenile salmon causing mass mortality. In Norway, infected rivers lost 98% of their salmon within 5 years. Fishing in infected rivers becomes unfeasible due to lack of fish and restrictions on anglers' movements.

GS is most likely to be introduced to the U.K. by the movement of live fish from the continent. GS can survive for 5 to 7 days without a host, (fish), in damp conditions. The parasite could survive on wet angling clothing, nets, waders or other equipment or on canoes, rafts or boats.

Once a river is infected, all fish must be destroyed to remove potential hosts. The Spey could easily be infected by anglers carrying the parasite from infected countries on their damp clothing or equipment including waders and nets.

If you have fished or canoed on the continent, please, please take the following precautions before visiting the Spey.

You will be asked to declare yourself GS free before you fish on the Spey.

 

......and finally, some older news. 

An article from the Atlantic Salmon Trust deals with the catch and release policy and mortality rates of fish which have been released. It acknowledges that salmonoids are more susceptible to injury/damage than other fish when removed from water - if you can keep your fish in the water whilst removing the hook, the more likely it will be to survive.

 

Also, older style landing-nets with 'knotted' type nets are believed to harm fish in that they damage and remove scales. This leaves the fish prone to infection. So, if you are treating yourself to a landing-net, make sure that it's of the 'knotless' type.

 
 
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