Latest News - 2018 Season
Casting at the tail of Poll na Creice.
Sunday 18th March 2018
The conditions during the past week have been fairly similar to that of the previous one. Pockets of ice and snow, from the beginning of the month, have remained in places and the freezing easterly wind, which arrived last Thursday, made conditons extremely unpleasant. Once again, no surprises that there are no fresh salmon to report.
I understand that one of our brave local members, Willie Laird, has enjoyed a cast, or two, on the water and landed a fine brown trout of just over 4 lbs.
With improving conditons during the coming week, we are hopeful we may hear of some action on our waters ......if some anglers appear!
The river level peaked at just under 2 feet on Friday and, with the freezing weather, has since dropped. It's presently running about 10 inches but should rise during the week with a slow thaw.
Weatherwise, expect this freezing easterly wind to change to a northerly, tomorrow. Tuesday should see it moderate and come from the milder Atlantic. The week ahead may be mostly dry with the mildest day being Thursday, when the temperature may peak about 8ºC.
This Tuesday marks the Spring (Vernal) equinox. Many of the Spring-time birds have arrived to breed. Let's hope that the weather improves, soon.
On the subject of weather, herewith are a couple of websites that you may find of interest. www.highlandweather.info provides real-time weather conditons and temperatures from locations all over the Highlands; our nearest stations being Craggan (Grantown), Advie, Nethybridge and Carrbridge.
Another of our favourite weather sites is, we believe, run by one of our local members and is based in Cromdale. You can find this here - www.strathspeyweather.co.uk . This particular site has a huge volume of statistical local weather information and you can also access present conditions, too.
That's as much as I can tell you for now. As usual, if I am told of any action, I will report it here as soon as I am informed. Failing that, tune-in again next weekend for another fascinating update. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 11th March 2018
You may have seen on the web-cam, (link above), that the snow and ice has lingered for most of the week on our river banks. The river has been running low and just one brave angler was spotted on our waters during the past week. No surprises then that there are no fresh salmon to report.
I have heard rumours of a fresh fish being lost 'at the net' on one of the Tulchan Beats. (For the benefit of those who are unfamiliar with the Spey, that's only about 3 miles downstream of our own waters.) So, with good conditions for the week ahead, it's looking promising.
With the recent cold weather, the river dropped to just 5 inches on Tuesday. However, a wee sprinkle of rain, combined with a slight rise in temperatures, has seen the river rise to it's present level of 8 inches. With the slow thaw on the surrounding hills, it is likely to rise more.
Weatherwise, it is expected to be a fairly settled, if unremarkable, week ahead. Temperatures may rise to 5 or 6ºC during the day and it shouldn't become too cold at night. It should remain mostly dry.
This coming week's conditions are looking good. All we need are some anglers!
If anything exciting happens, I'll let you know here as soon as I'm informed. Failing that, tune-in once again next weekend for another enthralling update. In the meantime, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 4th March 2018
It should come as no surprise to you, that because of the severe weather, there has been no fishing on our water during the past week. The wintery conditions have not been unusual for this part of the world, however fishing has been impossible. The picture below was taken during the week from the Old Spey Bridge looking downstream.
1st of March 2018, downstream from the Old Spey Bridge
As was to be expected during this cold-snap, the river level has fallen and is presently running about 6 inches.
Weatherwise, day-time temperatures may just rise very slightly above freezing during this coming week, however expect night-time frosts to continue. It may be that the snow and ice remains for the week ahead.
If you are near the river banks, please be extra careful.
That's it for now. Tune-in for another exciting update next weekend. Until then, take care out there. Jimmy Mitchell
Sunday 25th February 2018
We have enjoyed a pleasant and mostly sunny week in Speyside. Many kelts have been landed, however fresh salmon have managed to elude the handful of anglers who have enjoyed the pleasant weather.
The heavier than expected rain late last Monday lifted the river level to around 3 feet. The river has been falling steadily since then and is presently running about 9 inches. The anticipated colder weather for next week will freeze some of the drainage water in our catchment area, meaning that the river level is likely to fall.
Weatherwise, this coming week will see the start of the meteorological Spring, on 1st March. However, it will be a cold week ahead. Some snow is to be expected and even daytime temperatures are forecast to remain sub-zero. This will make for some challenging fishing conditions.
I did spot a pair of Oyster Catchers on the river, yesterday. So, Spring weather can't be too far away ....let's hope!
If you would like to discover what has been happening on the rest of the Spey, check-out Malcolm's weekly Spey Fishery Board News Page, link above.
That's really as much as I can tell you for now. If anything exciting happens, I will publish it on this page as soon as I am told. Failing that, tune-in again next weekend for another gripping update. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
17:30 hrs, Saturday 17th February 2018
Herewith is your first river report of this season ..... one whole day ahead of schedule. What wonderful service!
It has been a cold week in Strathspey with heavy overnight frosts and daytime snow showers. It will therefore come as no real surprise to learn that only a very small handful of brave and hardy souls have been down to our waters for a cast. I understand that fresh salmon managed to elude the few, however as is to be expected at this time of the season, many kelts were landed. I understand that some large trout were landed, too. I suspect that some of these may have been last season's sea-trout.
There are rumours of fresh salmon being landed at, or near, Rothes. Perhaps Malcolm Newbould will provide more information for us, tomorrow.
For the benefit of new visitors to our site, Malcolm Newbould publishes a report, for the whole of the Spey, every Sunday afternoon. Malcolm's weekly reports contain interesting information about catches for the whole river ...... from the Beats which are prepared to divulge such information. (It has been said that there are some Beats which refuse to publicise this information for fear of being beaten by our own catch numbers!) Malcolm's weekly Spey Fishery Board News reports can be found via the link, above.
The river has been running about 9 inches today, however this may rise with expected precipitation on Sunday evening and into Monday.
Rain is expected to arrive on Sunday evening and last through to Monday, about noon. There may be just a little more rain on Monday night, however the rest of the week is predicted to be mostly dry. It will be cold but mostly above freezing.
If you're intending to have a cast on our waters, you are always in with a chance of a fresh salmon and, at this time of the year, many kelts. Please treat all fish with care.
Another reminder of the need to wear life-jackets, please.
That's about it for now. Unless anything really exciting happens, my next update will be next weekend. Until then, good luck and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Friday 9th February 2018
As if you need reminding, our 2018 season starts this coming Monday on the 12th of February. The permits have been printed and you can purchase your permit, now.
The river level last peaked about 4 feet at the very end of January. It has since fallen steadily and is presently running about 11 inches. Weather predictions suggest that the river level should remain around much the same for Monday.
For the benefit of new visitors / anglers, it is not just rain which affects our river level at this time of year. We must also consider snow melt from the hills within the Spey catchment. It is not unusual to find the river in a raging flood after a sudden thaw.
The weather forecast from our preferred service at www.yr.no ,(link above), tends to be a little more accurate than that provided by the BBC. None of the forecasts are ever 100% accurate, however it is suggested that, after a frosty start, Monday should be mostly dry and cold. The whole week will be cold with frost most nights. There will be some occasional snow.
There may be remnants of snow on the ground from this weekend which, together with ice, could make the river banks a bit slippy on Monday. Therefore, please, please remember to wear your life-vest.
You are always in with a chance of a fresh salmon on opening day. You are also very likely to catch a kelt, or two. Some kelts can be 'well-mended' and ,with a strong silvery sheen, can appear to be fresh salmon. They can be distinguished by their disproportionately large heads and thin bodies. You can read more about Kelts, Baggots and Rawners here. Please remember to treat all of these fish with great care and return them quickly to the river.
If you do manage to land a fresh salmon, we would appreciate a good clear photograph which we would post on this page. (Please use the link, above, for this purpose.)
Just in case you have forgotten, there is a web-cam situated just above the Old Spey Bridge. This allows you to view the live conditions for yourself by clicking the link, above.
If anything really exciting happens, I will update this page as soon as I am informed. Failing that, the next update will be on Sunday, 18th Feb'. Please feel free to tune-in for this news with prospects for the following week.
Until then, good luck to you all and tight lines! Jimmy Mitchell
Wednesday 10th January 2018
The AGM of this Association was held yesterday evening in Grantown's Garth Hotel. Despite a couple of apologies, there seemed to be more attendees than in recent years. That's good. The salient points of the meeting were, as below -
It was decided that permit prices should remain unchanged for this coming season.
Furthermore, in an attempt to encourage greater numbers of local members, the £100 joining fee is to be waived for this season. This matter will be reviewed in time for the 2019 season when the joining fee may/may not be reinstated. So, if you were thinking of joining, now is the time!
The office bearers are to remain unchanged.
Finally, the passing of our Honourary President, Col. (retired) Tom Hawkins, was announced. Tom passed-away on the 1st of January. We send our condolences to his family.
Permits are now available to purchase via fishpal, which you can find here . Please understand that if making an advance puchase of a fishing permit via fishpal, that you will still be required to pick-up your permit, in person, from Mortimer's shop in Grantown. Permits are always available to purchase from Mortimer's. Please read more about the purchase of fishing permits on our Permits page.
For those of you who are new visitors to our site, I will take this opportunity to explain that I try to update this page with river conditions, prospects, weather forecasts and any other relevant news and pictures once per week, until the end of March. From April, I try to update this page twice per week.
Most of our pictures come from our anglers and there is a link, above, for anyone to send us pictures of interest which we may publish on this page.
I should have this web-site fully up-to-date within the next few days, so please bear with me.
Remember to tune-in just before our season starts on Monday the 12th February for a wee update. Until then, best wishes, Jimmy Mitchell
Monday 1st January 2018
Welcome back to our website for this 2018 season where you can read about our Association and news from our exciting waters on the Rivers Spey and Dulnain.
The AGM of this association will be held in Grantown's Garth Hotel on Tuesday 9th January 2018, at 7.30pm; fully paid-up local members are invited to attend.
Agendas are now available from Mortimer's shop and will be available on the night at the venue.
The regular visitors amongst you will have noticed that I have started to prepare this website for our 2018 season which commences on Monday 12th February.
Most of last season's pictures are now featured on our photo gallery page which also includes many of the pictures from previous seasons.
A wee reminder about our latest glossy A3-sized brochure. If you would like to view, or print, a smaller A4-sized copy of the brochure, then click on the corresponding image below; this 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.)
If you would prefer your own original glossy 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, just telephone 01479 872684.
Click on the above images to view &/or print A4 images of our new brochure
To confuse you just a little more, an additional glossy colour brochure has been produced by our Secretary, Grant Mortimer. This contains fishing tips for each and every one of our pools on the Spey; the information was orginally collated by Grant's father, George. This brochure also contains information about Mortimer's shop and is thus only available from Mortimer's, contact details as above.
In due course, I will complete the 2018 update of this website. I will also include any pertinant information from the AGM. In the meantime, may I wish you all a very decent and healthy new year.
Best wishes, Jimmy Mitchell
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