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.
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.
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 calender day.
Anglers are also encouraged to release their first fish and keep the second that is of takeable size
Release all unseasonable.
Each angler must return the 1st, 3rd, 5th etc... cock fish caught
All hen salmon and hen grilse must be released
Throughout the season all stale or gravid fish must be released
Escaped farmed salmon must be retained
SPEY FISHERY BOARD RESEARCH OFFICE
TEL: 01340 810841 E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.