The River Spey

The River Spey can produce early Spring salmon in the lower beats near Fochabers at the start of the season when the water is cold but action usually starts to increase from mid March onwards when more spring salmon enter this world renowned Scottish salmon river.

The months of May, June, July, August & September traditionally produce the best salmon fishing in the lower and middle Spey beats and from June onwards salmon and sea trout can be found throughout the Spey system all the way up to its upper reaches near Loch Insh.

The Spey for the greater part is a fly only river however a few of the Spey beats will make an exception during very high water conditions and do permit spinning at this time. Many of the big name Spey beats are let by the week to regular clients. 

Famous River Spey salmon fishing beats like Castle Grant near Grantown and The Brae Water near Fochabers among a few occasionally offer day rods throughout the prime months of the salmon fishing season. Popular Spey Spring fly patterns are the Black & Yellow, Gold Bodied Willie Gunn and patterns such as the Executioner Stoats Tail, Editor, Munro Killer, Ally’s Shrimp and Arndilly Fancy all do well from late Spring through to the Autumn.

The Spey opens its doors on the 11th of February and closes on the 30th of September each season. The River Spey is the fastest flowing river in the UK and it gathers speed from all its tributaries on its way to the Moray Firth. The Spey cast was born here and is now the predominant type of cast used on all Scottish salmon fishing rivers. Many salmon are returned each season on the Spey in order to protect future stock levels.

The River Spey arguably boasts the biggest brand in worldwide Atlantic salmon fishing and is the birth place of the most commonly used Spey cast even though recent fly rod and shooting head trends have created variants of the original & traditional Spey cast. The Spey is the king of Scottish fly fishing rivers and its famous beats and fast flowing pools just have to be experienced.

Jock Monteith