The River Spey is one of Scotland’s “Big four” salmon rivers. It is steeped in history and probably most well known for being the birth place of the famous double handed “Spey cast”. The Spey is one of Scotland’s most exclusive and prolific salmon rivers. It runs through the heart of whisky country, with a distillery never being any more than a stone’s throw away from the river. It truly is a delight to fish and some of the fly water on the river is second to none.
Last season anglers on the River Spey enjoyed a prolific spring run. There were decent numbers of fish being caught from opening day onwards. April and May unsurprisingly proved to be the most productive months during the spring period. There were a number of big fish caught, including fish over thirty pounds. This was great to see and hopefully a sign of things to come.,
Spring salmon fishing on the River Spey depends a lot on water temperature. If the water temperature is low, it is generally the lower beats on the river that produce the best sport. As we move through March and into April, fish tend to run further up the system, towards Aberlour and Grantown in larger numbers, especially once the water temperature starts to rise. ,
There are some excellent salmon fishing opportunities on the River Spey and with a number of excellent Association beats on the river including the Aberlour and Grantown water, much of the fishing available represents excellent value. ,
As the headwaters of the River Spey originate in the Cairngorms, one of Scotland’s highest mountain ranges, much can also depend on snow fall. If there is a good covering of the white stuff in the mountains over the winter, this can act like a reservoir during the late spring months. As temperatures rise the snow melts and this can lead to a lift in river levels. The rise in water can encourage any salmon lying in the estuary to run the system, especially if the water has been low for a few weeks.
The River Spey is truly a fabulous place to fish and it does showcase Scottish salmon fishing at its finest. With a good spring run in 2017, hopefully, there will be more to follow next year. If you are planning to come to Scotland on a salmon fishing holiday and want to target springers, the River Spey could be a very good bet!