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Salmon Fishing - River Spey

Scotland

O. S. Map 29, 36

The River Spey is probably the most famous salmon river in the World. The Spey rises in the Monadhliath mountains to the south of Loch Ness and flows 100 miles northwards to enter the Moray Firth at Spey bay. In its lower course, downstream of Grantown, it is a fast flowing river, providing miles of perfect, and highly sought after, fly fishing water.

It is on the lower half of the Spey that we find the famous beats – Castle Grant, Tulchan, Balindalloch, Knockando, Carron, Elchies, Arndilly, Rothes, Delfur and many more, where the cream of Scottish salmon fly fishing is to be had, by those fortunate enough to have access to them, in the months of April, May and June.

The annual salmon catch on the river in recent years has been just short of 10,000 fish. The Spey is also one of the best sea trout rivers in the country, although the sea trout catch had dipped in recent seasons to around 2000. The best salmon fly fishing is to be found in the middle and lower beats, where only those with the ability to wade deeply and handle a fifteen foot rod effectively will make the most of their opportunities. The best of the sea trout fishing is to be found in the upper middle river, upstream of Grantown. The sea trout fishing can also be excellent on many of the lower beats but, perhaps understandably, the angler’s sights are firmly fixed on the salmon, while the sea trout are largely overlooked.

There is a very high demand for rods on the Spey and long term tenants generally keep a tenacious grip on the best of the fishing. Fortunately, there are several angling associations on the Spey, who control some excellent beats, many of them available to the visiting angler. The best known of these are the Strathspey Angling Improvement Association, based in Grantown, the Abernethy Angling Association, centred on Boat of Garten, and the Aberlour Angling Association.

 
 

 

 

 

 

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River Spey

A few Photographs of the River Spey

River Spey at Nethymouth

River Spey Salmon Fishing

River Spey at Broomhill

River Spey at Dulnain Mouth

River Spey at Auchernack

River Spey Sea Trout

River Spey at Auchernack Burn

River Spey - Little Stream

May Spey Sea Trout

River Spey Upper and Lower Bend

The Long Pool, Grantown

River Spey at in Winter

River Spey at Wester Elchies

River Spey Salmon

See also River Spey Photographs

Angling Clubs and Associations

Strathspey Angling Improvement Association – Information from:

Mortimers of Speyside, 3 High Street, Grantown on Spey.

For articles on Spey sea trout fishing, see Spey Sea Trout and Sea Trout Fishing 

Abernethy Angling Association - Information:

Alan Riach (Secretary), Aundorach, Nethybridge, PH25 3EF

Aberlour Angling Association – Information from:

J A Munroe, 93-95 High Street, Aberlour

For information and photographs of the Spey at Aberlour, see  Spey Salmon Fishing

Fochabers Angling Association
The association have double bank fishing on approximately 1.5 miles of the river Spey. Four visitors permits are available on a daily basis, 5AM to 5PM from 11th February to 10th August.
The prices range between £20 - £65 per rod per day depending on time of year. For further information and bookings contact :
 

Andy Milne, 7 Institution Rd, Fochabers, Moray IV32 7DZ Tele : 01343 820259  

or
Gordon Young on 01343 821059

Speymouth Angling Association

The association provide fishing for members and visitors. Visitor permits available from £5 (sea trout) to £60 per day.

SALMON  
February - May £10
June £30
July - August £60
 
SEA TROUT  
15 Mar - 16 May £5
15 June - 26 August £15

Contact the secretary, Mrs Moira Brown, The Wedges, Tugnet, Spey Bay, IV32 7PJ
Telephone: 01343 820703

Brown Trout Fishing

We should not forget that the river Spey has excellent brown trout fishing throughout its length and, while salmon take precedence in the lower river, permits for trout fishing are readily available in the upper reaches (See O.S. Map 35). The upper 13 miles of the Spey, between Loch Inch and Spey Dam, are managed by the Badenoch Angling Association.

Badenoch Angling Association - Information from:

Cromarty's Tackle Shop, 25 High Street, Kingussie 

River Spey Fishing Maps

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Lower River Spey

Lower River Spey - Fishing Map

 

Middle River Spey

Middle River Spey Fishing Map

 

Upper River Spey

Fishing map of the upper river Spey

 

River Spey Source

Fishing map of the source and  upper river Spey

The maps on this website have been reproduced with the permission of Collins Bartholomew. Please note that these maps may date back several decades. Much of the human detail will have changed but the character of the rivers and lochs, and the trout and salmon in them, will be much the same as they have always been.

In addition to the information provided here, I would recommend that anyone planning a fishing or walking trip in Scotland should equip themselves with a compass and the appropriate Ordnance Survey map. The most useful of the O.S. maps for the fisherman is the Landranger series, scale 1:50,000. For each of the lochs and rivers listed here, I have given the relevant O.S. Map number. 

See Ordnance Survey Maps

Interactive Map of the River Spey

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See also  River Spey Sea Trout fishing

 

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