Casting at the tail of Poll na Creice.
10:00hrs, Thursday 19th June 2017
The salmon are proving difficult to tempt, however sea-trout numbers continue to be good.
Just one salmon has been reported since the last update. At least twenty-one sea-trout have been reported including fish of 7.5lbs and 7 lbs. Below is pictured one of these fish, landed by local sea-trout connoisseur, John Gray. Many thanks for your latest picture, John.
John Gray's sea-trout of 7.5lbs
The river is presently running at 5 inches, however, it will rise during the next 24 hours.
Weatherwise, it is expected to rain over the north-east of Scotland until about mid-day, tomorrow. The river level will rise and should encourage fresh fish into our waters and provide the spinners amongst you with some good sport. The remainder of Friday and Saturday should be mostly dry.
That's it for now. Tune-in for another update on Sunday. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 25th June 2017
A further two salmon have been reported, bringing this week's total to a slightly disappointing 5 fish.
Sea-trout numbers are good, and excluding any fish caught yesterday evening, a further twelve have been reported, at up to 6 lbs.
The river is running about 5 inches, today. It has been falling steadily since the 5 feet spate on the 7th June.
Weatherwise; yesterday was really windy and would have prevented all, but the most determined, from casting a fly. The wind seems to be dropping now. There may be an odd shower, or two, around. The next reasonable amount of rain may fall on Thursday. It is expected to remain cool and mostly cloudy.
There are plenty of fish in our waters, you will just need to find something to tempt them!
Finally, I return to the subject of life-vests, (as previously mentioned in Thursday's first update). In the same sort of way that a sky-diver hopes that his parachute will open when required, you will hope and expect that your life-vest inflates when needed. All automatic life-vests need to be regularly serviced. The gas cannisters should be replaced, as per the manufacturer's guidlines. Please make sure that your life-vest will be able to save you, if needed. I have found some information from one manufacturer which you can see, here.
That's it for now, tune-in again around Thursday for yet another exciting update. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
17:00hrs, Thursday 22nd June 2017
Just a very quick update to add to the earlier one from today. I am pleased to report that two more salmon have just been reported, thus bringing this week's total to at least three, so far. A couple more sea-trout have also been reported. Jimmy M
12 noon, Thursday 22nd June 2017
If you have read Malcolm Newbould's most recent weekly update, as per the 'Weekly Spey Fishery Board News' link, above, you will be aware of the sad death of an angler who fell into the Spey, below Rothes, on Monday. The angler in question was not wearing a buoyancy aid.
It is essential to wear your life-vest wherever you are fishing on our waters. If needed, this will keep you afloat for long enough to enable you to reach the bank. If you are unfortunate to fall into deep water in the river, you must immediately release your fishing tackle and shout for help! It is vital that you try to float on your back; your life-vest will keep your head above water. In most circumstances it is futile to try to swim with wet clothes and full waders, especially against the current. It could be beneficial to use the current to your own advantage and aim for a suitable downstream landing site. Please be careful.
The last few days have proved to be brighter and warmer than expected. Such conditions have not been ideal for our salmon anglers, consequently only one fish of 12 lbs has been reported this week, so far.
Conditions have been more suited to nocturnal sea-trout fishing. About fifteen sea-trout, including fish of 7lbs and 6lbs, have been reported in the past few days.
Shaun, our intrepid River Watcher, was telling me that he has seen lots of sea-trout in the river. There are plenty of salmon, too.
The river is presently running about 5 inches.
Weatherwise, there will be some rain tonight which may have some affect on the river level. It should become more dry by later tomorrow morning. There may be some more light rain on Saturday evening. Temperatures may be slightly more cool than of late.
Incidentally, if you didn't already know, the days are now becoming shorter. Enjoy the fishing. Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 18th June 2017
As a consequence of a shortage of anglers, just two more salmon have been reported since the last update. The largest of these was a 12 pounder from the Dulnain Mouth Pool, on fly.
At least eight more sea-trout have been reported.
The river is presently running at a very fishable 8 inches and is in fine fettle. The few anglers who have been down to the river during the past few days, all report good numbers of fish. It is looking really good!
Weatherwise, expect some light rain around on Monday, however Wednesday may prove to be more wet. Temperatures will be around the seasonal normal with mostly light winds from all directions.
Just another reminder of the potential problems caused by ticks and lyme disease which you should read about, here.
Our waters have been underfished and those who have been here have enjoyed their own choice of pool, all to themselves! Why not come and join us. It's a wonderful place.
That's as much as I can tell you for now, feel free to tune-in again around Thursday for another absorbing update. Until then, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
15:00hrs, Wednesday 14th June 2017
Apologies for the having to abandon the updates of this page at short notice. I'm afraid that a family bereavement took precedence.
Anyhow, the river has enjoyed plenty of water for the past week and this has provided some good sport. At least nine salmon have been reported since the last update, the largest of which was a 15 pounder from Tarric Mor. Many of the recent salmon have been landed from the Long Pool which is always a favourite spot in high water.
At least twenty-one sea-trout have been reported during this same period.
I am told that there have not been many anglers on the river during the past week. However those who have been down to the banks have been thrilled with the recent conditons which have proved productive.
We are most grateful to all concerned for the recent pictures, as featured below. (Just a wee request to please include details of your fish with any pictures which you send....thank you.)
Above are a couple of very 'arty' pictures featuring recent fish landed by Des Dougan. Many thanks, Des.
Above two pictures feature enthusiastic visitors from Germany, Philip Casey (top) and his friend Friedrich, (in yellow). Vielen Dank für die tollen Bilder!
The river is presently running at just over 1 foot. You will see a very nice view of the river with the Old Spey Bridge and many wild flowers if you have a look at our webcam, via the link above.
Weatherwise, there is some unsettled weather around, however we may miss the worst of it as we are provided with a measure of protection by the hills. Nonetheless, expect some showers and mostly dull weather to take us into this weekend. Conditions are really excellent!
This day next week will mark the summer solstice; thereafter, we're heading back to winter! So, make the most of the excellent prospects and come and join us. Staff at Mortimer's shop will be delighted to help you if you want to seek any further information. They can be contacted on 01479 872684.
That's it for now. Tune-in on Sunday for another enthralling update. In the meantime, enjoy the fishing and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
12 noon Friday 9th June 2017
Just a quick update to say that this page will not be updated again until at least Wednesday 14th June 2017 J M
11:30hrs, Thursday 8th June 2017
At least nine salmon have been landed since the last update. This number includes one fish of 20lbs which was landed from the Dulnain Mouth Pool by regular visitor, Colin Smith. (You may recall seeing Colin's picture on our home page where he is featured with an even larger salmon.) Well done, Colin.
Eight of this week's salmon were landed before Wednesday's dirty spate. I understand that more fish are being landed as I type.
At least another six sea-trout have been reported, including another fish of 10lbs. That is the third sea-trout of 10lbs landed this season, so far!
It rained heavily all day on Tuesday and most of Wednesday morning. Consequently, the river rose quickly to its highest level this year. It peaked just under 5 feet and was very dirty. It's presently about 2 feet 7 inches, clearing well and falling steadily. However, it may be about to rise, once again!
Rain is predicted from early afternoon, today. It may continue until mid morning, tomorrow. So, keep an eye on the river level via the link, above. As for the rest of the week, expect it to remain cool with occasional showers.
There are plenty of fish in the river. Enjoy the excellent fishing. Jimmy Mitchell
11:30hrs, Monday 5th June 2017
Last week ended with an additional four salmon being reported. That took the weekly total to eight fish. This was remarkable given the bright weather, low water and few anglers. Most of these fish were around the 10lbs mark.
About a dozen, or so, sea-trout were also declared, including fish of 5lbs and 4lbs. As always, we are grateful to resident sea-trout connoisseur, John Gray, for the lovely picture of one of his many fish, below. This fresh fish weighed-in at 3.5lbs. Thanks again, John.
An alluring picture of one of John Gray's latest sea-trout
On the subject of sea-trout, please remember to report all of the fish which you catch, as any false reduction in their numbers could lead to further catch restrictions.
The river is presently running about 3 inches, but that is about to change! There has been some rain this morning and we may enjoy an odd shower as we head through today. However, the pièce de résistance is what is due to arrive later this evening. An area of low pressure is presently travelling up the earstern side of the UK. This will bring strong northerly winds to this part of the country and it will dump a whole lot of water upon us for about 36 hours. The rest of this week looks as if it will be quite unsettled.
Meteogram for the next 48 hrs, curtesy of www.yr.no
It could be that the river will be in spate on Wednesday and dropping nicely for the rest of this week. There will be some excellent sport to be enjoyed. Please remember your life-jackets.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in on Thursday for another spellbinding update. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
10:00hrs, Thursday 1st June 2017
At least four salmon have been reported this week, thus far. This includes three fish at 10 lbs each.
Another six sea-trout have also been declared.
The river is running slightly low at 3 inches, this morning, however it may rise a little tonight.
Weatherwise, it's cooler and more cloudy today. Expect some rain later on. There should be some showers around tomorrow and Saturday, too. We are told to expect a spell of more decent rain later on Sunday which may help to get next week off to a good start.
So, despite the recent bright weather and low water conditions, coupled with the small number of anglers, salmon continue to be caught. There are plenty of salmon splashing around in the river. Now that June has arrived, we should see an increase in sea-trout numbers. Come and join us!
That's it for now. The next update may be quite late on Sunday, or possibly on Monday. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 28th May 2017
We have enjoyed a most beautiful week in Grantown with temperatures exceeding 30ºC. These conditions have discouraged both fish and anglers; consequently only sea-trout of up to 5lbs have been reported since the last update, on Thursday.
We are most grateful to Stuart Eckersley for the very nice picture, below. Both Stuart and his brother, Ian, enjoyed 4 days on our water....despite the most difficult fishing conditions. Stuart landed the strong 12 lbs fish from the Lurg on Monday. Well done to you!
A super picture. Ian Eckersley with a decent 12lbs salmon from the Lurg on 22nd May.
After some localised showers, the river has risen to 5 inches, this morning. Keep an eye on the river level using the link, above, as it may rise a little more, tomorrow evening.
Weatherwise, it seems that our heatwave has come to an end. Temperatures are back to normal, this morning. There is expected to be some rain around during daytime, tomorrow. There may be an odd sprinkle more, on Tuesday. This week's weather is expected to be very much as normal for the time of year. There is a suggestion that next weekend may be a wet one.
Prospects are better for this coming week with more cloud cover and cooler temperatures. There are plenty of salmon splashing in the river........ and large sea-trout, too.
Now that early summer is upon us, please remind yourselves of the potential danger of ticks and lyme disease by reading our fact sheet, here.
That's it for now. Tune-in around Thursday for another gripping update! Until then, enjoy the fishing and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
12 noon, Thursday 25th May 2107
At least three salmon have been reported since the last update, the largest of which was a 12 pounder from the Lurg.
A handful of sea-trout have also been reported, including a good 7 lbs fish from Clach na Strone by local member, Brian Simmons. Well done, Brian.
Below, are a selection of Philip Casey's catches from last week. Thank you for the pictures, Philip. We're pleased that you enjoyed your visit.
Above are a selection of Philip Casey's catches from last week.
With slightly wetter weather than expected, the river peaked about 9 inches on Wednesday. It's presently running at a very fishable 6 inches.
On the subject of weather, it's a beautiful clear day, today. Temperatures are expected to reach the high 20's. It may be even hotter, tomorrow! Saturday will be more cool with the possibility of some rain in the later afternoon.
The next couple of days will prove challenging for the salmon anglers amongst you. Do try to fish earlier and later in the day; this could prove more fruitful for you. If you are keen to catch a sea-trout, or two.....nocturnal conditions will be just perfect with night-time temperatures in the mid-teens.
That's it for now. Tune-in on Sunday for another update. Until then, remember your sun-screen! Tight lines, Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 21st May 2017
The past week has seen the lowest May river levels of the Spey for very many years. Weather conditions were mostly bright. Despite this, at least four salmon were landed during the week. The largest of these was a decent fish of 17 lbs from the Lurg, taken on fly by Philip Casey.
Mr Casey continued to fish in the Lurg and his efforts were futher rewarded yesterday with a specimen sea-trout of 10 lbs. Well done!
My informant suggests that pictures were taken of both fish and that we should see them in due course. We look forward to that.
Several more sea-trout have been reported, including another two, at 5 lbs each.
As predicted, it rained steadily for about 18 hours, yesterday. As a measure of just how dry the ground was, the river level has only risen by 3 inches to its present level of 5 inches. This should be sufficient to get fish moving.
Weatherwise, we are told to expect some rain on Monday evening. At this stage, it looks as if the rest of the week ahead is set to be mild and sometimes warm. Next weekend may be wet.
Conditions are presently good. There are plenty of salmon splashing around. There are excellent prospects for good sea-trout fishing, too.
Tune-in around Thursday for another update. Until then, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
10:20hrs, Thursday 18th May 2017
It has been a dry and bright week in Grantown, thus far. Not only have these conditions kept the fish down, they have also discouraged anglers! Consequently, only one salmon has been reported, to date.
With the mild evenings and low water, conditions have been more suited for sea-trout fishing. Although very few anglers have been making the most of this nocturnal opportunity, some decent sea-trout have been landed, including at least two at 5 lbs. Our local sea-trout specialist, John Gray, has landed some of these fish, including one at 5 lbs, as pictured below. Thanks for your latest picture, John.
A very nice sea-trout of 5 lbs as caught & photographed by John Gray
The river level is still running at 2 inches, however there is some hope that it will rise late on Saturday which will encourage some fresh fish into our water, just in time for Monday morning.
We may enjoy an odd shower, or two, during the next couple of days. I am pleased to report that Saturday's forecast is a wet one! We are told to expect a whole day of rain........which we certainly need.
Tune-in on Sunday for another update. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 14th May 2017
Despite the near drought and bright conditions, it has been a good week on our Association waters. At least nine salmon have been landed......and nearly as many have been lost! Most of these fish have been around 10 to 12 lbs.
George Oliver with a fish of 10lbs from Tarric Mor
A specimen sea-trout of 10 lbs was landed by Peter Page from the Lurg on Friday night. Well done to you, Peter. (Hopefully, the rumours of a photograph of this fish are correct; we'll post it here in due course.) About a dozen other sea-trout have been reported, including another nice fish of 5lbs.
John Gray's 2.5lbs sea-trout from Saturday night
Thank you to all concerned for the pictures, above.
The river level is running a little on the low side; it's presently 2 inches.
Weatherwise, although predicted to be slightly cooler tomorrow, the week ahead looks set be be fairly mild. There may be occasional spits and spots of rain, however it should be a pleasant week with light winds, mainly from the south.
Despite the drought conditions of the past week, the catches have shown that there are plenty of fish in our waters and that they are willing to take. Sea-trout numbers are increasing, and with 10lbs fish in our waters, there is some good nocturnal sport to be had.
Tune-in around Thursday for another update. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
10:45hrs, Thursday 11th May 2017
I am delighted to be able to report that the past few days have proved to be the most productive of the season, so far. Despite the dry and bright conditions, at least eight salmon have been reported since the last update. All, but one, were caught on fly. This included two fish, each at 12lbs. Now, that is good news!
Seven sea-trout have also been reported since the last update.
The river is presently running at 3 inches, today.
Weatherwise, it has become a little more mild since the wind changed from the north and east. Today and tomorrow could see temperatures in the late teens. It should remain largely dry until Saturday morning when there is the possibility of some light rain. Saturday may be slightly more cool. Looking further ahead, early indications suggest that we may have some rain on Monday evening and into Tuesday.
Recent catches speak for themselves. There are plenty of fish in our waters. Come and join us!
Tune-in for another update on Sunday. Until then, enjoy the fishing. Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 7th May 2017
One whole week of sparkling clear sunshine seems to have kept the fish in hiding. Nonetheless, in the face of such challenging conditions, two salmon and some sea-trout were landed.
During the past couple of days, one very large salmon has been seen by several anglers in the Lurg. Some suggest it might be in excess of 40 lbs!
The river is presently running at 4 inches. We are fortunate that there is still some snow on the mountain tops which affords the Spey some extra water at this time of year.
Weatherwise, the first half of this coming week is expected to remain largely cool and dry. There is a hint of some rain for Friday.
During these dry, bright and low-water conditions, a visit to our deeper pools may prove more productive. With that in mind, it seems that fish have started to gather at the Dulnain Mouth Pool.
That's really as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in around Thursday for another update. Until then, as always, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
11:15 hrs, Thursday 4th May 2017
Speyside has been basking in glorious clear sunshine, since Monday. This hasn't proved helpful for the the fishing conditions, however it has been a welcome change for those of us who live here!
Despite the bright and dry conditions, at least two salmon have been landed since the last update; both were caught in the deeper water of the Dulnain Mouth Pool.
The river level has been dropping steadily since last weekend's high of about 2 feet. It's presently running at a very fishable 7 inches.
Weatherwise, there may be just a touch of frost over the next couple of nights. Friday is expected to be bright. Saturday will see the wind turn more northerly which will push cloud over this corner of the world......so, it will be cool and cloudy.
If the fish are keeping their heads down during the during this sunny weather, try fishing into the evening when you're more likely to see some action.
Tune-in at the weekend for another update. In the meantime, enjoy the weather: this might be our summer! Tight lines. Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 30th April 2017
At least three salmon and four sea-trout have been reported since the last update. This included a salmon of 16 lbs, from Macleod's Pool, and a couple of sea-trout, each at 4 lbs. I suspect that there may be more to add to this total, as some anglers were still on the water at 17:00hrs on Saturday. A couple of very good fish were lost, yesterday.
It was pleasing to see anglers on our water. Yesterday turned-out to be a pleasant afternoon and with occasional sightings salmon and lots of other wildlife. Those who were there enoyed themselves.
The river level was fairly high towards the end of the week with melting snow and then rainfall. It peaked about 2 feet and is now dropping back....it's presently just over 1 foot.
Weatherwise, expect a pleasant week with a fair amount of bright weather and some cool easterly winds which will take the edge off the temperature. It is expected to be mainly dry.
The higher water will have encouraged salmon upstream into our waters. Water temperatures should rise during this week. Assuming it does turn our to be a bright week, you can always increase your chances by fishing earlier and later in the day. Conditions are good.
Tune-in around Thursday for another update. Until then good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
17:00hrs, Wednesday 26th April 2017
We have endured some unseasonal weather during the past couple of days. There was about 4 inches of snow on the ground, yesterday morning!
Needless to say that such conditions have not been conducive to good fishing. Nonetheless, even with some snow still remaining, the brave Jimmy Gentleman has been down to the river for a few casts, today. I am pleased to be able to tell you that he hooked and landed a very nice and fresh 13lbs fish from Poll Clach. Well done, Jimmy!
I understand that a sea-trout has also been landed.
The river level had risen to about 9 inches, about lunchtime today. However with snow melt on the hills, I suspect that it will rise further.
Weatherwise, expect some rain tomorrow brought to us with a north-west, then northerly breeze. Temperatures may peak about 8ºC. It should be dry, cool and dull on Friday. It may turn a little more mild on Saturday with a southerly breeze and occasional bright spells. (Looking further ahead, there's just a suggestion of temperatures reaching the mid-teens during the middle of next week!)
So, if you are hoping to join us for the weekend, keep an eye on the river level via the link, above. Prospects are looking very good with the higher water which will encourage fresh fish upstream into our waters. This could be the most productive weekend of the season, so far...........if some anglers appear!!
Don't forget that you can see the river for yourselves via our webcam link, also above.
Another reminder of the local Speyside Whisky Festival which starts tomorrow until Monday. You can read about it at, www.spiritofspeyside.com
That's it for now. Tune-in for another update around Sunday. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 23rd April 2017
I am pleased to report that we have had at least two more anglers on our waters. Both successfully landed salmon.
Three salmon for the week does not appear to be a good figure, however when this figure is compared to the negligible number of anglers, it's actually quite remarkable!
For what it's worth to you today, the river is running at 5 inches but it should start to rise during the next day, or so.
Weatherwise, the next few days could be quite cold and wet with the potential for some snow. As usual at this time of year, it's just what the new-born lambs don't need! There will be spells of rain tomorrow and the temperature will drop later in the afternoon, with a risk of snow showers from then until midday on Tuesday. Thereafter, expect further spells of rain; it should start to become more mild on Thursday. As the situation is slightly complicated, I have reproduced the 48 hour meteogram, from www.yr.no, as below.
There are undisturbed fish lying in our pools and some extra water in the river will encourage more fresh fish to join them. With the anticipated rise in the river level, conditions should be excellent....if perhaps a little cool.
If you're coming to join us for the coming week, you would be best to leave your swimming shorts at home, for now.
Tune-in for another update around Thursday. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
15:25hrs, Thursday 20th April 2017
We have had an angler fishing our waters today and I am delighted to be able to tell you that he has landed a fresh salmon! Congratulations to visiting member, Jimmy Gentleman who landed the 6lbs fish from Poll Clach, this morning.
I'm afraid that there are no other reports of fish this week, so far, as there is barely anyone fishing.
The river is running at 5 inches, today. The last time that the river peaked above 12 inches was on the 1st & 2nd of April........so we could do with some water. We may enjoy a sprinkle, or two, on Friday and Saturday, however it will take a bit more than that to make-up for our dry winter & spring.
There is optimism for precipitation on Sunday evening through to Wednesday. This may include some sleet & snow as the wind is expected to be northerly for these days. Keep an eye on the forecast.
If you intend to have a cast this Friday or Saturday, expect temperatures to dip, again. The breeze should be from the north-west.
Conditions are generally good and a short walk along the banks of our waters will confirm the presence of some decent-sized fresh fish.
We need some anglers......come and join us!
Tune-in for an update later this weekend. Until then, tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 16th April 2017
Anglers are becoming an endangered species on our waters. Far more Otters being sighted than the elusive angler! With that in mind, it is a miracle that two salmon and and a couple of sea-trout were landed during the last week.
Despite the shortage of anglers, our salmon catch numbers are identical to this point, last season.
There are plenty of fish in the river and those lucky enough to have a cast, on our presently empty waters, will be almost guaranteed their own choice of pool all to themselves!
The river is presently running at 6 inches.
Weatherwise, it has been quite cool of late. In fact the temperature dropped to just 3ºC during a squally sleet shower, yesterday afternoon. The mildest day of this coming week is predicted to be Thursday when it may peak about 11 or 12ºC. With the exception of some showers on Monday, it may be mostly dry for the week ahead. Bring a couple of extra jumpers if you're coming to join us for the coming week!
That's as much as I can tell you for now. Tune-in on Thursday for another update. Until then, tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
10:45hrs, Thursday 13th April 2017
Anglers are still very scarce; consequently it will come as no surprise to learn that just one salmon has been reported since the last update. A fish of 6lbs was landed from Little Stream, yesterday, on fly.
For the benefit of those of you who will be heading north to join us, good numbers of fish are being seen and virtually all pools are devoid of anglers. Water conditions are ideal for the fly and the fish remain undisturbed.
Last night, the river rose by nearly 2 inches. It's presently running at nearly 8 inches.
Weatherwise, it is fairly cool and is presently only 7.5ºC. It is not expected to get much warmer until he middle of next week. It is expected to be mostly dry for the whole of the weekend, including Monday.
For those of you who may be planning a trip to join us at the end of this month, it may interest you to learn about the annual Speyside Whisky Festival. You can read more about that, here.
In the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
09:30hrs, Monday 10th April 2017
Just a quick update with confirmed catch details for the end of last week.
One more salmon of 9lbs and also a fairly decent sea-trout of 5lbs were reported.
There are plenty of fish in the river. If you have a look at Sunday's 'weekly Spey Fishery Board News page', (permanent link above), you will see that fish of up to 30lbs have been landed during last week.
Tune-in for another update around Thursday.
Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 9th April 2017
I understand that there may have been more salmon reported since the last update, although at the time of typing, I am unable to get hold of anyone who can confirm these details. (However, I will do so for tomorrow, Monday)
We are still in the unusual position in which we are seeing many more fish than anglers! Very few people can be seen fishing, whereas some large fresh salmon can be seen after just a short walk along the empty river banks.
The Long Pool, as captured by local member, John Gray
For what it's worth to you, today, the river is running steady at 6 inches. It last peaked 8 days ago at 1 foot 5 inches. After a mild winter, there is not a great deal of snow left on the mountains. The snow-melt usually provides us with ample water until mid-May. This Spring, we find ourselves in need of some rain.
Weatherwise, it is expected to be a cool week with an odd shower. In fact, there may be a dusting of fresh snow on the hills for tomorrow.
I will update this page tomorrow with precise recent catch details.
In the meantime, just remember that you won't catch any salmon by sitting down and surfing the web. Come and join us! Jimmy Mitchell
15:00hrs, Thursday 6th April 2017
Anglers are still in very short supply. However, despite their shortage, two fresh salmon have been reported since my last report. A fish of 9lbs was landed from Poll Caich and another of 8lbs was landed from the Long Pool. That's good news!
I am sure that if we had a reasonable complement of anglers, our catch report would be very much longer.
Anyhow, the river is presently running at a very steady 7 inches, today. We could do with some rain; this part of the country has had a relatively mild and very dry winter and spring, to date.
Weatherwise, it is expected to remain cool and dry with occasional bright spells for the next few days. It should be frost-free.
Conditions for this weekend are good. There are some large fresh fish in our waters. Our waters have remained largley undisturbed which should count in the angler's favour.
Tune-in for another update later this weekend. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 2nd April 2017
Despite the excellent conditions and sightings of fresh fish throughout our water, very few anglers have been seen. With virtually no anglers, it will come as no surprise to learn that no more fresh fish have been reported since Thursday.
It is a little disappointing to see magnificent pools devoid of all anglers! On the plus side, if you do fancy a cast on our waters, you are virtually guaranteed your own choice of pool, all to yourself.
Little Stream - another alluring picture from John Gray
There are plenty of fresh fish here and they are enjoying a virtually undistubed stay in our waters. In fact, they are probably feeling quite safe and secure!
Anyhow, for those of you who will, or could be joining us next week, conditions remain really good. The river level is dropping from its most recent peak of about 1 foot 5 inches on Saturday. It's presently about 1 foot 1 inches and falling slowly.
Weatherwise, expect a frost-free week. It should be mostly dry and remain on the cool side of mild. Winds should be mostly fairly light.
Your prospects of catching some good-sized Spring salmon are as good as ever. If you are thinking about coming to join us, feel free to ring Mortimer's shop on 01479 872684, if you have any questions.
Tune-in for another update on Thursday. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
17:00hrs, Friday 31st March 2017
Just a quick update for you. I hear that a 7lbs fresh salmon was landed from the Long Pool, yesterday. The fish took a spinner and was duly returned to the water.
Conditions are looking great for tomorrow.
Enjoy the fishing! Jimmy Mitchell
12 noon, Thursday 30th March 2017
It remains very quiet down at the river with very few anglers. Consequently, despite good numbers of fish elsewhere on the river, there is no news from our own waters. It would be nice to see some anglers making an appearance!
Conditions are great; the river is presently running at a very fishable 9 inches and fresh fish are being seen. The mild weather, (presently 15ºC), will raise the water temperature and encourage fish activity. It's all looking pretty good!
The weather for Friday and Saturday is ideal. Reasonable cloud cover with an odd shower is expected with temperatures peaking about 12ºC on both days.
Tune-in later this weekend for another update. Until then, tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 26th March 2017
I would like to be able to report that some fresh salmon have been caught, however with very few anglers on our water during the past week, I'm afraid that I have nothing to report. That is disappointing.
We have had fresh salmon in our waters from the 9th of March, and since then, fresh fish have been landed both above and below our waters. So, there are fresh fish in our waters, it's anglers that we need! If you care to check-out the weekly Spey updates, (link as above), you will see that there are good numbers of large salmon in the river. Other beats are catching them.
The river has been running at a very fishable 11 inches today and is likely to be much the same for the start of the new fishing week.
Weatherwise, we have enjoyed a couple of really special days with clear blue skies and temperatures in the high teens. Tomorrow is set to be much the same. Tuesday should see temperatures fall. It will become more cloudy and become more like March! There may be a wee bit of rain around on Thursday, however the whole week is expected to be frost-free.
I hope to be able to bring you some news of some fresh fish during this week, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, enjoy the fishing. Tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
18:00hrs, Saturday 18th March 2017
I'm afraid that it has been a quiet week on the river..........principally because of the poor weather. During the first half of the week we were plagued by high winds which took the edge off the temperature and made casting almost impossible. The last few days have seen persistent and heavy rain / sleet. The Cromdale Hills are still covered with snow. Needless to say that very few anglers have braved the conditions and consequently, no fresh fish have been reported.
There are most certainly fresh salmon in our waters; it is the weather which has been against us.
For what it's worth to you now, the river level has been running at over 2 feet, today.
Weatherwise, expect this coming week's weather to gradually improve from the second-half; it should eventually be be brighter, drier and more mild........although, expect night-time frosts on most nights.
In the absence of other news, and just before the warmer weather arrives, I thought that it may be appropriate to remind our readership of the problems and potential dangers posed by ticks and Lyme Disease. It really will be to your benefit to familiarise yourself with these matter, here.
.....and finally, we are grateful to one of our local members, John Gray, for sending us some pleasant and alluring pictures of our own waters. Below is pictured Tarric Mor in very early May. I'll post more in due course. Thank you, John.
I am hopeful that we will hear of more fresh salmon during the course of the week. If we do, I'll post the news here. Failing that, the next update will be next weekend.....so stay tuned. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday evening, 12th March 2017
There have been no reports of any more fresh fish since Thursday. I understand that kelts are still being landed. I am sure that increasing numbers of fresh salmon will be entering our waters and provide some sport for our anglers.
The river rose yesterday evening and peaked at just over 2 feet. You can keep an eye on the latest river height via the link, above.
Weatherwise, it has been feeling a little more Spring-like with recent temperatures into the low teens. The predictions for the coming week are that it should remain showery, bright and frost-free until Friday. Thereafter, it may become more cool with rain. There is a slight possibility of snow for next Sunday.
I am hopeful that we will hear of more fresh fish being caught. If I hear of any more, I'll post the news here. Failing that, tune-in for another update, next weekend. Until then, enjoy the fishing and the good weather! Jimmy Mitchell
16:00hrs, Thursday 9th March 2017
I've just had the call from Sean Grant, our River Watcher, with news of our first fresh salmon of this season.
A fresh fish of about 6 lbs was landed today from the Long Pool by visiting season ticket holder, Stewart Watson. It was caught on a spinner and Sean was on-hand to help land the fish. Alas, neither Stewart nor Sean had a working camera, however Sean has verified that the fish was fresh. Well done to you, Stewart!
I'll need to have a wee word with our River Watcher about acquiring a decent camera!
The river rose by nearly one foot, overnight. It's presently running at just over 2 feet.
Weatherwise, expect it to be cool but mostly dry, tomorrow. Saturday should be brighter and more mild.
That's our season off to an earlier start than has been normal for the last few years. I'm sure that's a very good omen. Perhaps we'll have a bumper season!
Expect another update at the weekend. Until then, get fishing! Jimmy Mitchell
15:00hrs, Saturday 4th March 2017
Despite the heavy water of last weekend, there are still plenty of kelts in our water. Fresh fish are still managing to dodge our anglers' lures, although I am sure that we will hear about our first of this season, really soon.
Some of the kelts which have been landed recently have given cause for excitement as they were very well-mended. All were gleaming like silver bars in preparation for their return to the sea. To add to the confusion, I understand that some baggots and rawners have been landed, too. I have found a web page which helpfully deals with the identification of salmon in these various stages. You can check that our here.
For what it's worth to you, the river level was running about 1 foot this morning, however with today's persistant rain, I expect that it will start to rise.
Weatherwise, it has been a cold but mostly bright week......except for today's rain. The coming week is predicted to be changeable with occasional rain. It will remain cool.
As always, if I hear of any news, I'll post it here straight away. Failing that, expect another update next weekend. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 26th February 2017
Many more kelts have been landed, however fresh fish have, once again, managed to avoid our anglers' lures. I understand that increasing numbers of fresh fish are being landed downstream.
With the arrival of March, (next week), it shouldn't be too long before our first fresh salmon of this season is reported.
At 06:00hrs yesterday, the river was running about 1 foot. With rain and snow-melt in the hills, the river rose rapidly during the day: by midnight it peaked at nearly 3 foot 6 inches. It is now falling slowly. I suspect that the heavy water will push many of the kelts further downstream.
Weatherwise, the past week has been one of changes. It peaked at 10ºC on Monday and, as predicted, snow fell on Thursday.....although more snow settled on the hills than at Grantown's level. Rain is predicted for this afternoon, although the coming week may be not too bad. Expect night time frosts and fairly settled weather; it will remain fairly cool.
Just a quick word for any new visitors to our site who may be thinking of joining us up here in wonderful Speyside. We are situated in the UK's largest, wildest and most beautiful national park, ( www.cairngorms.co.uk ), where people actually speak to each other! There are terrific opportunities to see wildlife and there is real peace, tranquility and un-polluted fresh air. Many of our anglers return year after year to enjoy the fishing and the ambience.....it is they who have been hooked!
There is accomodation in Grantown to suit everyone from decent hotels to guest houses and a wealth of self catering properties. There is even an award-winning Caravan Park which won the top UK site in the 'Top 100 Sites 2015 Guide.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. I will post any exciting news on this page as soon as I am told. Failing that, tune-in for another update, next weekend. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines. Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 19th February 2017
There have been plenty of kelts landed in our own waters, however fresh fish have managed to evade capture.
Having read the weekly Spey Fishery Board News report, (link above), I understand that there were at least two fresh salmon landed further downstream on opening day. I gather that several more have been landed since.
Grantown has enjoyed a pleasant spring-like week with day-time temperatures in double figures on several days. With our mild winter (thus far!), the vegetation seems to be a couple of weeks ahead. I have never seen flowering snow-drops in my garden in February, before now. Perhaps that's a good omen.
The river level has risen a little with snow-melt from the hills. It's presently running about 1 foot 5 inches and should be much the same for the start of the new week.
For the information of those of you who are new visitors to our site, the weather forecast information which I try to decipher is from Norwegian forecasters at www.yr.no , (as per the link above). As we know, weather forecasts are never 100% accurate, however the Norwegian forecasters' predictions seem to be more accurate, than most. For this coming week, they have told us to expect double figure temperatures tomorrow and perhaps an odd sprinkle of rain. Thereafter, temperatures begin to fall with a possibility of snow on Thursday.
As always at this time of year, updates will be weekly until late March. However, if there is any exciting news, I'll post it here as soon as I am told. So, stay tuned!
That's really as much as I can tell you for now. Good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
17:00hrs, Saturday 11th February 2017
A wee bit of snow took the edge off the exitement from our opening day, however a few hardy souls made it down to the river for a few casts. Fresh fish managed to elude the handful of brave anglers, although I understand that a few kelts were landed. Never mind, there's always next week!
At the time of this update, I have not heard of any reports from downstream. Our best source of this information comes in the form of the helpful and interesting weekly, (Sunday), updates from Malcolm Newbould who updates the Spey Fishery Board's news page with such news, from the beats which supply him with the information. Malcolm's news page can be found via the link above, or also, here.
If you are hoping to have a cast, or two, next week, the weather forecast suggests that it should be largely dry, cool and mostly frost-free. It may become more mild as we head towards next weekend. You can keep an eye on the river level via the link, above. Also, do remember that you can use the web-cam facility, which features the river at our Old Spey Bridge, via the link, above.
If there happens to be any exciting news, I will update this page as soon as I am told. Failing that, the next update will be next weekend. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Friday 10th February 2017
Tomorrow sees the start of our 2017 season and I'm sure that many of you are looking forward to getting down to the river.
Conditions are looking ideal; there will be plenty of kelts in the river and you are always in with a chance of a fresh fish. As I always say at this time of year, please be gentle with any kelts, as, given a chance, they may re-visit us in the future when they are twice as large.
Speaking of kelts, below is a picture of a huge fish which I took in the main stem of the river, last month. I'm afraid that it had succumbed to the rigours of its spawning. It was just too far out into the river to reach, (for scale sample analysis / better pictures). My estimate is that it weighed nearer to forty pounds, than thirty.
A very large kelt
The river is running at just under 1 foot, this morning. It is likely to be much the same for tomorrow. It is just perfect!
Thus far, it has been a relatively dry and mild winter with very little snow. Tomorrow's forecast is for a frosty start with a possibility of some light rain around late morning / lunchtime. I have reproduced tomorrow's weather meteogram, from www.yr.no , for your perusal, as below.
If you should happen to take any reasonable quality and interesting pictures of fish, wildlife or anything else from our waters, we will be delighted to post them on this page. Feel free to do so via the link towards the top of this page.
I will endeavour to update this page tomorrow evening with any news from our opening day, together with prospects for next week.
Please remember to wear your life-jackets.
In the meantime, good luck to you all and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Saturday 7th January 2017
The AGM was held last Wednesday and there was a reasonable turn-out of local members. It was a friendly meeting at which it was decided that the cost of permits should remain unchanged for the coming 2017 season.
Our super new glossy colour brochure has now been printed and, should you fancy your own copy, feel free to email us your request, with contact details, using the link at the top of this page.
The brochure is slightly larger than A3-size and is of a unique '8 panel design'. If you would like to see or print a smaller A4-sized copy of the brochure, then click on the corresponding image below, which will open the brochure in a fairly large pdf file. Should you wish to print your own copy, please set your print orientation to landscape. (Only this smaller A4-sized brochure includes the large white borders which are necessary to 'fill' the image to A4 size for your printer.)
Click on the above images to view &/or print A4 images of our new brochure
The time has come for all of us to prepare our fishing tackle for the new season ahead; it starts on Saturday 11th February. I will endeavour to update this page with conditions and prospects just before our season gets under way.........so stay tuned!
The regular visitors amongst you will be familiar with the weekly updates at the start of our season which usually increase to twice-weekly before the end of March.
Until then, best wishes, Jimmy Mitchell
Thursday 29th December 2016.
I'll take this opportunity to remind all fully paid-up local members that the AGM of this association will be held in Grantown's Garth Hotel, on Wednesday the 4th of January 2017 at 7.30pm.
Agendas are now available from Mortimer's shop.
In due course, I will update this page with any pertinent news from the AGM.
The regular visitors amongst you will have noticed that I have now prepared this website for our 2017 season, which commences on Saturday 11th February.
The full '2016 news page', together with the full '2016 catch report' page can still be viewed via the links on our 'recent seasons' page.
Also, I have updated our 'photo gallery' page with most of the pictures from recent seasons.
.............and finally, we have produced a new glossy brochure which should be printed during the next week. The new updated brochure is larger and more clear, than before. It contains brief relevant information, contact details and a map of our waters. If you would like a copy, please feel free to get in touch with us via the 'contact us' link at the top of this page. Alternatively, staff at Mortimer's shop will be delighted to help if you call them on 01479 872684.
In the meantime, may I wish you all a very decent and healthy new year.
Best wishes, Jimmy Mitchell
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