Fishing on the Spey

The River Spey is a jewel amongst some of Scotlands finest salmon rivers, not only for sport but also for its picturesque scenery.

From its source high up at Loch Spey the river descends 1,000ft to its mouth at Spey Bay, some 107 miles, the most productive fishing is known as Strathspey from Grantown on Spey to Spey Bay.

This descent leads to a good flow all season, which make fly fishing very exciting and gives high expectations on every cast.

The sport starts in early March and runs strong until September.

The Lord March pool Gordon Castle.

The fishing huts and gillies are of a very high standard and are very much part of this fantastic fishing experience.

With the narrowness of some parts of the river and its Scots pine lined banks some of the pools are not able to be fished with traditional over head casting, and as a result the SPEY Cast was invented. This method once mastered has been used world wide, and will allow you to fish in difficult areas. With this in mind the Spey needs to be waded to allow better access to its productive pools.

The Spey also consistently produces large spring salmon into the 30lb + category and one of these is a fish well remembered.

There are numerous excursions if you fancy a break from fishing such as the famous Whisky trail.

An Angler playing a salmon on Wester-Elchies beat.

About this web site

Many of the Spey beats are included on this site so you can read about each one, see its current fishing availability and book fishing permits online or by telephone.
Find fishing - rods updated hourly
Latest River Levels - updated twice a day
Latest catches - updated hourly
Online booking - with permits emailed
Call centre - back up for manual bookings or advice

Alan Ramsay with a 22lb summer salmon from Kinermony.