Spring Fishing River Spey – Ian Gordon

Ian GordonFishing on the Spey this spring has been much better than this time last year. Unlike rivers such as the Dee or Esk, the Spey has not been an early river since the unusually heady days of spring fishing in the 1950s – 1970s. However, even with increased predation, it has always produced a few early fish, and this year is no exception! In fact, 2014 is shaping up rather nicely in my opinion. Those beats fortunate to have rods fishing have all caught fish in reasonable numbers and good quality, and, unlike this time last year, they are more evenly spread throughout the system.

Middle beats which during 2013 struggled to see, let alone catch a fish, have all reported reasonable catches for this period. I heard yesterday of a 30lb fish from Delfur and three to one lucky rod fishing on the productive at this time, Phones Beat on the Knockando water. Craigellachie have also fished well with the tally for the season the same right now as it was in Mid May last year. Tulchan, Castle Grant and Ballindaloch have all had fish when let.

I was asked by a Scandinavian earlier this year, “where would I go” for the best chance of a fish in the spring? Anywhere between Craigellachie and Castle Grant I said. That high up, he said?? No two seasons are the same and although impossible to predict, based on what I have seen in the past 30 years, and with the weather we had until that time, this would make most sense to me. Put it like this, it’s no accident I had most of my customers fishing here this spring and will be moving downstream in the next month. The spring of 2015 I know will be different again.

The river has some truly wonderful beats, most of which have rods available throughout the season, each beat with different appeal to its neighbour. Keeping an eye her will help you see how the season is progressing on each part of the river.

Ian Gordon

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