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Fochabers Association


Fishing is over 1.3 miles on both banks, from the tail of the Quarry Pool at the top of the beat, to the tail of Braehead Pool. We have the fishing from opening day on 11th February until 10th August each year.

There is a fishing hut on the East bank at Cumberland - for the use of both members and visitors. A combination lock has been fitted, and the hut must be locked at all times, when not occupied. There have been breakins, and on no account should anything be left overnight in the hut. A combination lock with the same number has been fitted at the west bank carpark gate, and this must be locked after entry and exit.

The width of the river varies from - easily covered, to very wide at the tail of the Cumberland Pool, where even Ian Gordon would struggle to put his line across. We might get a photograph this season, of him trying.

It is all good fly water. Some pools fish best in low water, and some in higher water. Only a major spate would prevent a cast.

The river Spey is a fast and powerful river. Chest waders are a definite advantage in many instances, but inexperienced anglers are well advised to take extra care, and to avoid deep wading. In any case, fish are often closer to the bank than you think. In high water, the fish are usually hard against the bank. Wear a life jacket.

Until 2007, this was a private beat, very lightly fished and 2006 was a beat record for the numbers of fish caught. Spring fishing has been steadily improving over the last few years.

The average size of spring salmon is around 8 or 9 lbs, but there have been a number of considerably bigger fish taken in recent years, since the nets came off. The grilse start to arrive in June and are usually in the 4 to 5lbs range. Seatrout start to arrive in ever increasing numbers from late April onwards.

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River Level

Since the 11th of November, SEPA's hydrology information systems have been impacted as an external supplier experienced an IT security issue. Most of their water level data is available, however there are some sites where we are unable to publish data.
Station name River height Status Last Updated
Spey at Boat o'Brig 0 ft 3 in Steady 24th Jun 22 - 11:15 AM No data received for this station in the past 6 hours

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