Fishing Regulations

When booking fishing you need to be aware of what you can and cannot do when you fish. There are legal requirements, conservation codes, individual beat rules, and booking agency conditions that all need to be taken into account. These generally fall into three main categories:

River's conservation code

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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Codes agreed to by anglers and canoeists

Set up in conjunction with the Spey 'Local Agreement'. See also the Spey District Board Access page at Access code

ANGLERS' CODE - Anglers should:
1. familiarise themselves with the days and hours when they can expect canoeists on a given stretch and keep a lookout for them;
2. remember that canoeists are entitled to use of white water and river stretches as set out in this Agreement;
3. remember that some canoeists may be out of control because of lack of experience and that even experienced canoeists can be temporarily out of control because of water conditions;
4. remember that if canoeists arrive when a fish is being played, the angler is entitles to ask the canoeist to wait upstream (if feasible) until the fish is landed; alternatively the angler can advise the canoeist as to when and how to pass him;
5. not to cast or otherwise act so as to create a hazard to canoes or their occupants;
6. not act "emulously", that is in a manner that would prevent use of the river by canoeists;
7. fully identify themselves if requested to do so by canoeists.

Examples of suitable hooks

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Set up in conjunction with the Spey 'Local Agreement'.

CANOEISTS' CODE - Canoeists should:
1. familiarise themselves with the river stretches, days and hours which this Agreement sets aside for canoeing;
2. enter and leave the river only at agreed access/egress places;
3. not land on banks or islands except in an emergency or to avoid an emergency or at agreed places or for lunch;
4. select stopping places which are suitable and unobtrusive areas, avoiding the vicinity of fishing huts and known fishing locations;
5. remember that if they come across an angler playing a fish he is entitled to ask them to remain upstream (if feasible) until the fish is landed or alternatively to advise them as to when and how to pass him; 6. avoid causing pollution, damage or litter;
7. not canoe "emulously", that is in a manner that would prevent use of the river by anglers;
8. cause as little disturbance to anglers as possible;
9. fully identify themselves if requested to do so by anglers or river keepers.

Beat Conditions

Individual owners will also have their own individual conditions, such as the hours that fishing is allowed on that beat, what ghillies are provided (if any) and what fishing methods you can use.

FishPal Booking Conditions

This site uses the FishPal booking engine, so if you use our online booking system, or our call centre on 01573 470612, you need to agree to FishPal's booking conditions.

You will be given another opportunity to read all these conditions before doing any online booking, where you have to indicate your agreement to them. They will also be included in the joining instructions you are given when your booking has been completed.