Abernethy Association conditions

FishPal conditions

Bookings made through FishPal's help desk or on line booking system are subject to FishPal's standard conditions. If you haven't already read these, you can see them here

Fishery conditions

For bio- security reasons and good practice could all visiting anglers disinfect waders prior to fishing the Abernethy stretch of the spey. If anglers go to to the hut at the nethy pool you will find sprayer with disinfectant. We thankyou for your cooporation.

This ticket will be available only to the person in whose favour it is granted and is NOT transferable.

No Sunday fishing.

The holder of the ticket shall have the privilege of angling with a single rod and line on the days, within the hours and at the places specifiedbut must not take or kill any salmon fry or any unclean fish or any fish under 10 inches in length and all such fish taken shall be returned immediately to the water. In order that the Association records may be correct, the holder of the ticket is required to make a return to the issuing office of the number and weight of each Salmon, Grilse and Sea Trout caught by him, within 24 hours of each catch. The type of lure used - whether fly, worm or minnow - must also be reported.

The holder of the ticket must exhibit it at all times when asked to do so by the Association's Watchers, the Watchers of the Proprietors, the Watchers of the Spey Fishery Board, or other persons having authority to demand exhibition thereof and any person refusing or failing to exhibit his ticket may be turned off the river by such person or persons.

The holder of the ticket shall give all the assistance in his power to prevent illegal fishing and poaching and he must allow the Watchers or other persons duly authorised to inspect the fish and tackle in his possession.

Digging for bait and the lighting of fires is strictly prohibited. Parking of cars will be reasonably exercised so as not to block estate or private roads or property. Care must be taken of the fences, woods and other property on the land adjoining the river or its tributaries and any ticket holder found injuring these shall be liable for the damage done by him, besides incurring the forfeiture of his ticket.

No holder shall be accompanied by a dog, nor shall in any way interfere with the game on adjoining lands.

No fish taken in the Association's water may be sold.

The use of a gaff is forbidden between 11th February and 1st April.

No angler shall cut in front of another when fishing a pool but each angler shall take his turn of fishing in order of his arrival at the pool and must move at least one yard after each cast. Bait fishers must give way at all times to fly fishers.

No prawns, shrimp, roe or natural minnow fishing is allowed at any time. Any other type of legal lure will be allowed when the river is above Normal Summer Level but the Association may restrict fishing to fly only on certain stretches when the river is below Normal Summer Level. In such event fly-only fishing notices will be placed on the bridges at Boat of Garten and Broomhill. Maggots are prohibited unless used on a fly (fly maggot) - see also rule 18.

No float fishing at any time.

The use of lead cored line is prohibited.

Brown Trout fishing is fly only at all times.

No angler is permitted to take in excess of six migratory fish on any one day.

The Association Committee reserve the right to impose such restrictions as they deem necessary for the preservation of migratory fish stocks in the River Spey and tributaries for which the Association is responsible.

Any ticket holder infringing any of the foregoing Rules and Regulations or who may be convicted of illegal fishing or any offence under the Acts relative to Salmon or Trout fishing shall forfeit his ticket with all privileges carried by it. Such forfeiture shall be sufficiently instructed by a letter under the hand of the Secretary of the Association directed to the ticket holder at the address stated on his ticket.

No worm fishing before 15th March.

If caught, Finnock must be returned immediately to the river.

The disabled access platform is for wheelchair users only. Permits for the disabled are restricted to the platform area.


The use of prawn or shrimp for angling is now a criminal offence. Offenders will face prosecution and automatic life ban from the Association.

A day's permit is valid for a full 24 hour period from the time of issue.

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Spey conditions

The Salmon and Seatrout season starts on the 11 February and finishes on the 30 September that year.

Scottish legislation requires that all salmon caught before the 1st April must be released. In order to protect the integrity of the Spey stock and to maximise their spawning poten al, the Spey Fishery Board's policy is that all fish caught up to and including the 31st May should be released alive. From the 1st June the policy set out below will apply.

The Board considers the Conservation of Fish entering the river before the end of May to be of the utmost importance.

The Board urges all anglers to release these fish if at all possible. Most of the larger fish arrive in the river in the early months and these are the fish which have the potential to make the most significant contribution to successful spawning and are likely to be the fish which spawn in the upper reaches of the catchment. The Board will continue to monitor the success of the Conservation Policy and further consideration may be given to a recommendation for total Catch & Release in these months in the absence of signs of further restraint.
Each angler must return the 1st, 3rd, 5th etc... male fish caught
All hen salmon and hen grilse must be released
Throughout the season all stale or unseasonable fish must be released e.g. gravid, kelts.
Escaped farmed salmon must be retained.

Release all finnock of 16oz / 35cm / 14" or less
Release all Sea Trout of 3lb / 50cm / 20" or above
Retain only 1 Sea Trout of takeable size per calendar day. Anglers are also encouraged to release their first fish and keep the second that is of takeable size
Release all stale or coloured fish
Release all unseasonable fish (smolts, kelts, over-wintered finnock)

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