Fishing the Spey

Local ‘Gillies’ will gladly guide you along the Spey to the best spots and fishing is allowed with the purchase of day tickets and local tackle hire.

One of the largest rivers in Scotland, from its source Loch Spey, it flows 97 miles to Moray Firth, emptying between Banff and Elgin. The total catchment area is 1,154 sq miles. The Spey is an alpine river, with melting snow supplementing flow well into spring. The waters are low in nutrients, and have remained fairly free from pollution. The main river is also relatively free from obstructions. Historically, one of the great salmon rivers, net fishing ceased at the end of the 1993 season, and there is now no commercial netting for salmon within the Spey district.

Charlie Wheelan – ‘Spinfish’

Still spinning a line is Charlie Whelan, ex spin doctor for Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer. Charlie, now having settled in Strathspey, has teamed up with several locals in the area to organise week-long fishing holidays on the Spey. The week is mainly aimed at beginners. more information at

Below is a list of Association water fishing:

Boat of Garten

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