2017 electrofishing report

A bit later than normal but the Spey Fishery Board Electrofishing report for 2017 has now been published. The report can be accessed from the following link

Spey 2017 Electrofishing report

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The report summary is provided below:

Summary
• The 2017 cohort of salmon fry was strong with high fry counts/densities across most of the catchment.
• The salmon fry index results from the Spey mainstem were the highest in the series which runs from 2012 to 2017.
• Downstream of Spey Dam all but two of the salmon fry index site results were in the moderate to very good categories.
• Upstream of Spey Dam salmon fry were widely distributed and the fry counts were the second highest since 2012. A very strong correlation between salmon fry in one year and parr in the next was demonstrated.
• In contrast to the fry the 2017 1+ salmon parr cohort is weak with low counts in the Spey mainstem and in many of the larger tributaries.
• Salmon fry counts in the Avon catchment were found to have recovered well after the very low counts recorded in 2016, although parr counts remain low. This was a consistent finding across most parts of the catchment and is considered to be a consequence of redd washout during Storm Frank.
• Salmon fry index surveys were completed in the River Calder for the first time.
• In the Fiddich salmon fry densities were similar to 2014 but the parr densities were lower. A recovery in parr densities is expected in 2018 due to the strong 2017 fry year class.
• In the upper reaches of the Fiddich salmon fry abundance, and range, recovered fully after the very low 2016 figures.
• In the Feshie some sites were not surveyed due to high water levels. Where surveyed the overall pattern was similar to elsewhere with fry densities up but parr down.
• In the Tromie catchment several the sites demonstrated improving juvenile salmon densities, and in the most peripheral site, salmon were present again after being absent in 2014.
• In the Calder the juvenile densities were low, despite what was considered to be benign overwinter conditions. Low abundance of spawning adults is considered to be a factor. Carrying capacity may also be reduced due to the increasing incidence of extreme flows.
• Salmon and trout parr densities in the burns were found to be very stable in comparison to 2014 with virtually identical average densities.
• The average salmon parr density in the stocking monitoring sites was the highest recorded, primarily due to good results in the Tommore and Knockando burns. Increased smolt production is anticipated from the Tommore Burn in 2018.

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Week Commencing 11th September 2017

Last week’s forecast was accurate, the rain was possibly heavier than anticipated and the river reached close to six feet by the weekend. I’m not sure whether the high water will re-arrange some of the gravel deposited in June’s spate. Next week there is a little rain forecast most days, although Tuesday will probably be the best day of the week. The tides are building again all week.

And the rain came down!

Catches.

The high water obviously suits some beats more than others.

Gordon Castle finished with close to twenty salmon landed.

Orton was lightly fished but the gillies were able to have a go.

 

 

Orton.

Orton

Orton

Delfur were around the double figure mark again, thanks to Mark for the photograph.

Bernard Hammick Delfur

Rothes had an excellent week with Eric Wardle’s party landing twenty, including a day with over six landed. There is still some rods available next week I see.

Arndilly were close to double figures as well. Thanks to Charles Harman for the update and pictures.

Skinny fresh grilse

Nice fresh fish.

Caroline Pratt Arndilly.

Grantown had one of the best week’s of the season with more than thirty-four reported. There were also over fifty sea trout landed. Several of the salmon were in the high teens. James Chambers pictured with an 18lb from the Long Pool.

James Chambers 18lb Long Pool Grantown

Kinchurdy also had a good week. With around twenty salmon landed and a handful of seatrout. Thanks to Bobby Hall for organising the photographs for me.

Again Dot Potter appears in most of the pictures!

Dot Potter Kinchurdy

Dot Potter again

And Dot yet again.

Richard Norman Kinchurdy.

Gillie, busy at lunchtime!

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Week Commencing 18th September 2017.

I was saddened to learn that Joe Brandie from the Fiddichside Inn passed away early this morning. Joe had been the Landlord in the Fiddichside Inn since taking over from his wife Dorothy. I am sure visiting anglers as well as the locals who visited the Fiddichside will sadly miss Joe.

 

Again the forecast was reasonably accurate, and the rain mid week pushed up the river again it peaked early Friday morning around the five-foot mark. Next week is forecast to be mainly dry and sunny, though todays rain at the top of the catchment might give a small rise on Monday. It is forecast to be quite wet on Friday perhaps finishing the season with a small spate.

 

Catches.

Gordon Castle finished with forty-four. Thanks to Ian tenant and his team for the updates and photos.

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Emily Newbald Gordon Castle.

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Alex Robertson Quarry Gordon Castle.

Orton were close to double figures.

Orton

 

Delfur Eric Wardle having dropped down from Rothes ended up with another week in the twenties.

Eric Wardle Delfur 25lb.

 

Rothes were lightly fished but ended with half a dozen, Andy Burton had this beast from Creakie.

Andy Burton Rothes.

 

The rest of the river continued to pick away.

Aberlour Angling club had around seven salmon and a handful of sea trout. Pictured below to visiting anglers, Harry Boyle and Mick Cartlidge.

Mick Cartlidge Aberlour.

Harry Boyle Aberlour.

Grantown ended with around twenty salmon reported and there are still a few big sea trout being landed.

Kinchurdy were close to double figures of salmon. Many thanks to Edwin Whyte for the pictures.

Edwin Whyte Kinchurdy

Edwin Whyte Kinchurdy

Edwin Whyte Kinchurdy.

 

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Week Commencing 28th August 2017.

Last weeks forecast was mainly correct, there were couple of showers but nothing to get excited about. The river has dropped back to around summer level. Next week we return to the mixed forecast, there will be some rain on Monday, and Tuesday morning then Wednesday will be sunnier. With perhaps a little more rain before the weekend. The tides are building again all week.

 

Catches.

Ian Tennant tells me they finished the week at Gordon Castle with around thirty fish landed.

Gordon Castle.

I hear Orton had a better week than of late finishing in the twenties.

Delfur were again into double figures, thanks to Mark and Grant for the pictures.

Toni Douetil Delfur.

Grace Douetil Delfur.

Abbi Douetil Delfur

Jamie Hardy Delfur.

I believe Rothes finished just short of double figures.

 

The middle river had a new lease of life, Wester Elchies had seven Sam tells me this was the best week since June.

 

Kinermony landed a monster from the Boat Pool, it was measured at 41” it would have been a lovely fish to land in June!

Something big and ugly in the Boat Pool.

Nick Plum 41″ salmon Kinermony.

 

Both Carron and Laggan were close to double figures, the Tullis party had eight the best pictured below.

Joe Tallis Carron.

 

Laggan should have had at least a dozen but Friday was a day of missed opportunities with four lost. Grant Morrison on a busman’s holiday had this fine clean sea trout one evening.

Sea trout Laggan

Grantown again was quiet but a few fish were landed the best a 15lb fish from Lower Bend.

 

Kinchurdy continue to fish well. Don Griffin and Brian Taylor had 3 days, Don said, great few days a few fish and Bobby made our trip one of the best.

Brian Taylor Kinchurdy.

 

Kevin Shanks sent me a photograph as well and says, I am just back from another great week at Kinchurdy, I managed seven sea trout to 5lbs and a 10lb salmon. As usual a great beat to fish and great help from Gillie Bobby Hall.

Kevin Shanks Kinchurdy.

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Week Commencing August 21st 2017.

Next week the forecast is for no rain, none at all, well I wait to see if that is correct. Temperatures are slightly above average for late summer peaking around the mid teens. Tides it will be Friday till the tides start to build again.

 

Catches. Things are pretty slow.

Gordon Castle finished in the low thirties, thanks to Ian Tennant and his team for the updates and pictures.

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

 

Delfur again crept into double figures. Mark sent me these two photographs, different fish caught by the same angler on the same beat in a week, one lovely and fresh still with sea-lice the other has been in a while.

Fresh Fish.

Coloured Cock fish

Sean Howe visiting from Seattle had his first salmon and sea trout. Joanna Howe had a salmon and a grilse, many thanks to Grant for his pictures.

Sean Howe first Salmon Broom Delfur.

Sean Howe first sea trout 3lb

Joanna Howe Collie Delfur

Joanna Howe Broom Delfur

 

The rest of the river picked away, with most beats ending up with a couple of fish.

 

 

 

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Week Commencing 14th August 2017.

Last weeks forecast was incorrect as far as the heaviest rain fell at the start of the week, pushing up the river on Tuesday. The rise last night was quite small and is already dropping away. Next weeks forecast is back to changeable, there will be a little rain mid week, and some periods of sunshine. The tides are building till Thursday then there will no new water for a week.

 

Catches,

Gordon Castle had over seventy for the week from their beats. Ian Tennant tells me they were mainly older fish.

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle.

Gordon Castle.

Gordon Castle.

Orton had a better week than of late, getting close to mid teens.

Orton.

Orton.

 

Delfur were again into double figures. Thanks to Grant for the picture.

Mrs Constantine’s fish Delfur.

 

Rothes finished just shy of twenty. Mike tells me the majority were coloured.

The middle river was pretty quiet the rise in water brought a few fish on but not many. Aberlour Angling Club had five as did most of the beats round and about.

Grantown had a few more anglers out and not surprisingly a few more salmon were landed finishing the week with at least eight reported, the best 19lb from Tarric Mor.

Kinchurdy continue to catch both salmon and sea trout.

Pictured below is French guest with his first ever salmon of 6lb safely returned.

French guest and Gillie Kinchurdy.

Kinchurdy Sea trout

The Delfur Swallows have come on quickly and are about ready to fledge.

About ready to fledge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Week Commencing 17th July 2017

Again the forecast was reasonably accurate but perhaps I under-estimated how warm it was to be at the start of the week. Next week will again be changeable, starting the week sunny, with some rain mid week and overcast towards the weekend. It will be interesting to see whether today’s rain pushes up the river.

The tides continue to build till mid week, then there will be no new water till next week.

 

There was another Pink Salmon caught at Gordon Castle this week, again I suggest you follow the advice here,  http://www.speyfisheryboard.com/look-pacific-pink-salmon/

 

I received this interesting picture this week, I was asked what I thought the salmon had encountered. Looking at the picture it is clear it is not the usual seal damage, I believe the marks are too far apart to be a dolphin, so have come to the conclusion that this fish had a close encounter with an orca. I will be happy to be corrected.

Close Encounter with?

 

Atlantic Salmon Catches.

The Lower River continues to fish well. Tony Smith again was successful on the Fochabers Association water.

Tony Smith Fochabers.

Gordon Castle finished the week with around twenty fish, thanks to Ian Tennant for the picture.

Geordie Gordon Lennox.

Orton had around ten fish.

Orton

Delfur Mark tells me they ended up with over twenty for the week, and sent me these pictures.

Nathalie Mountain Delfur.

Charlotte Horn Delfur

Rothes, though lightly fish still finished with double figures.

Craigellachie, Wester Elchies Carron and Laggan all finished with a handful each.

Last week I hear that John Corrister from the Isle Of Man had a 22lb fish from Aberlour, this week , John continued his success this time with a grilse.

Grantown surprisingly was lightly fished and the catches reflect this.

Kinchurdy continued their excellent season with the sea trout landing over 60 this week.

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Week Commencing 7th August 2017.

It is going to be a wet week, with some precipitation everyday. It will be the end of the week till the amount of rainfall is significant. The tides have peaked and there will be no new water this week.

 

Catches.

Gordon Castle finished the week with almost forty landed. Ian Tennant tells me it was a mixture of fresh fish and old stagers.

Orton finished just short of double figures.

 

Delfur had a twenty fish week. Thanks to Mark and Grant for the photographs it is nice to see the younger generation enjoying themselves on the river.

Emma Mountain

 

Emma and her gillie Archie

Rory Mountain

 

 

Rory Again

Rothes, Mike tells me he pools are stuffed with fish and it just needs a wee spate to turn them on. They finished with ten for the week.

 

Although a quiet week at Wester Elchies Bob Kuperman showed all the so-called experts how it ought to be done with his first fish from the Brock. Bob has only had 3 days salmon fishing before this.

Bob Kuperman Wester Elchies

There were just three from Grantown the best a 16 lb fish from Tarric Mor, as someone said, there were more fish seen than anglers.

John Gray had this 5lb sea trout last night.

John Gray’s sea trout Grantown

Kinchurdy continued to fish well for seatrout and I hear that they are still catching some “specimen” fish this week some at 9lb, 5lb. Last week I received a couple of pictures after the report went in so I have saved them for this week.

 

The second brood of swallows continue to grow, I hope this wet week does not hold them back too much.

Growing well, feed me, feed me.

 

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Week Commencing 31st July 2017.

It has been an easy summer for weather forecasting, there will be a little of everything with may be more of this or that some days. Thursday forecast heavy rain pushed the river up and it is dropping away nicely and clearing. Next week’s forecast will be pretty similar to every other week, Thursday being the driest and Friday being the wettest.

The tides peak on Tuesday evening.

 

Catches.

The Fochabers’ Angling Club continue to catch fish, many thanks to regular Tony Smith for a couple of pictures of his fish this week.

Tony Smith’s fish Fochabers.

Tony Smith’s fish Fochabers.

Gordon Castle. Ian Tennant tells me they finished the week with close to thirty salmon, Monday and Saturday were the best days of the week. Thanks to Ian and his team for the photographs.

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle.

Orton David Wood was back at Orton and sent me his usual summery of the week.

Orton did not quite make double figures for the week. Unusually, Cairnty, one of Orton’s most reliable performers did not produce a fish. The smallest of the week was David Wood’s grilse on Monday of a little over 2 lbs. Host

William Haggas left it until late on Saturday afternoon to catch his only salmon of the week, 9lbs in House Pool. 12 year old Daisy Hall landed her first ever salmon, 6lbs in the Willows.

Thanks David for the report and photos.

William Haggas Orton

Daisy Hall 1st fish Orton.

Richard Hold Orton

Delfur just made it into double figures. Mark tells me it was hard going but Saturday’s rise stirred a few up to take.

Tom Mountain Delfur.

Rothes had half a dozen

 

The rest of the river was pretty quiet, hopefully the rise should bring a few more fish on the take.

 

Confession time I received this picture from Kinchurdy but after saving the picture I inadvertently deleted the message with the ladies name! Fat fingers and failing eyesight are my only excuses!

Kinchurdy

 

Mark sent me this picture of the second brood of swallows at Delfur, hopefully there are plenty of insects about to get them fit for their long flight south in a couple of months.

Second brood of Delfur Swallows.

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Week Commencing 17th July 2017

Again the forecast was reasonably accurate but perhaps I under-estimated how warm it was to be at the start of the week. Next week will again be changeable, starting the week sunny, with some rain mid week and overcast towards the weekend. It will be interesting to see whether today’s rain pushes up the river.

The tides continue to build till mid week, then there will be no new water till next week.

 

There was another Pink Salmon caught at Gordon Castle this week, again I suggest you follow the advice here,  http://www.speyfisheryboard.com/look-pacific-pink-salmon/

 

I received this interesting picture this week, I was asked what I thought the salmon had encountered. Looking at the picture it is clear it is not the usual seal damage, I believe the marks are too far apart to be a dolphin, so have come to the conclusion that this fish had a close encounter with an orca. I will be happy to be corrected.

Close Encounter with?

 

Atlantic Salmon Catches.

The Lower River continues to fish well. Tony Smith again was successful on the Fochabers Association water.

Tony Smith Fochabers.

Gordon Castle finished the week with around twenty fish, thanks to Ian Tennant for the picture.

Geordie Gordon Lennox.

Orton had around ten fish.

Orton

Delfur Mark tells me they ended up with over twenty for the week, and sent me these pictures.

Nathalie Mountain Delfur.

Charlotte Horn Delfur

Rothes, though lightly fish still finished with double figures.

Craigellachie, Wester Elchies Carron and Laggan all finished with a handful each.

Last week I hear that John Corrister from the Isle Of Man had a 22lb fish from Aberlour, this week , John continued his success this time with a grilse.

Grantown surprisingly was lightly fished and the catches reflect this.

Kinchurdy continued their excellent season with the sea trout landing over 60 this week.

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