Trout fishermen are spoilt for choice in Speyside, with ponds and lochans galore providing quality fishing for wild and stocked trout alike. Whether it's the thrill of catching your first brownie on the fly or the take of a hard fighting stockie that you seek, Speyside has it all.
The best of the wild trout fishing on both rivers and still waters tends to start around May, when the water has warmed up and there are plenty of invertebrates around. The size of fish will depend on where you fish, with stocked lochs offering the best in the way of 'table sized' fish. Whilst many anglers still take a trout at the end of a day's fishing, there are a growing number who prefer catch and release and on some waters taking a fish will be the exception rather than the rule. It's always best to check what the situation is before you book. Many of the trout lochs in the region are under angling club control (which means that pricing is very reasonable) but regulations may vary between places.
For wild brown trout loch fishing in exceptional surroundings, some of the upland areas can provide the perfect venue. The size of the fish in these lochs is more variable than the stocked waters as you would expect of a natural system, but are often in the range of half- to three-quarters of a pound with some individuals reaching two to five pounds. What is most unique about these fish is the amazing colourations which can vary markedly from water to water. Rothiemurcus is one such water where there is a considerable variety of markings.
The rivers can also be extremely good for brown trout fishing, with large individuals taken each year. Generally it is the mid to lower reaches that tend to be most productive for wild brownies.