A few summer sea trout nights on the Spey at Grantown
by John Gray
The Spey is justly famous for its salmon fly fishing. Some of the
best salmon fly water, and some of the most expensive, can be found on
the renowned beats on the lower half of the river. For those of us with
a passion for sea trout night fishing, the best of the fishing lies on
the beats on the upper middle Spey, above Grantown. Much of the sea
trout and salmon fishing on this section of the Spey is controlled by
local associations and day, weekly and season permits are available from the angling associations based in Grantown
and Boat of Garten.
I took a weekly permit for the third week in June 2008 on the
Grantown water. I was fortunate to find the river running at a good sea
trout height of two inches above summer level and, although night
temperatures were lower than I would wish, I had a couple of very
productive nights on the river, with six sea trout landed and many more
hooked and lost. All sea trout were returned safely to continue their
journey to the redds later in the year.
Here are a few photographs taken during the week ......
A Sea Trout Pool ......
The fish, one of six sea trout taken in two nights fishing ......
Another Spey sea trout ......
All fish were taken on simply dressed Needle Tube Flies ....
A few more needle tubes ......
For more about the flies shown, see
For more information on sea trout fishing
on the River Spey see
Spey Sea Trout Fishing
For map and photographs of all the Grantown
Association Pools see:
Grantown Angling Association Pool Photographs