River Spey Fishing

Scotland Travel Blog August, 2020

Fishing is a national pastime in Scotland, which is why people come from all over the world to try their hand in the country's rivers. Whether you're a professional or amateur angler or planning a staycation or day-trip, the River Spey is a fishing spot like no other. 

Flowing for over 100 miles through the Monadhliath mountains, passing Loch Ness and entering Spey bay, the river supports a major population of:

  • Atlantic salmon
  • Freshwater pearl mussels
  • Sea trout
  • Brown trout

Fishing season

If you're planning a trip, and booking one of our beautiful lodges in the area, you'll have ample opportunity to fish whatever the time of year. The Spey salmon fishing season opens early February (around the 11th) and runs all through summer till the end of September. 

For the best chances to catch yourself a salmon, however, you'll want to hold off till March which is when good supplies of the fish start to be present in the lower and middle Spey fishing spots. Don't worry though, if you're willing to brave the cold water, you can expect to catch big at most times of the year. To see for yourself what's been caught lately, you can check with the Spey Fishing Board.

Challenge yourself

The Spey is an iconic spot for anglers. Not only is it the home of the 'Spey cast' technique of fly fishing but it's one of Scotland's world-famous 'Big Four' fishing rivers. 

If you're looking for a challenge, many come to Spey as a part of the 'Big 4 in 4' salmon fishing, in which the aim is to make a catch on each river over four consecutive days. The big four are the River Tweed, Dee, Tay and Spey, all of which offer a unique fishing experience you'll only find in Scotland.

Pick and spot and cast out

The River Spey passes through some amazing places in Scotland, including Castle Grant, Rothes, Knockando, Tulchan and many more. If travelling to the area, you can find excellent fishing spots in any of these locations. This means that no matter where you decide to cast your line, you'll be surrounded by breathtaking views and fantastic holiday spots.

If you're an avid angler, you won't want to pass on the opportunity of the Spey. If you're new to the sport however and want to dip your toes in the water, there's no better spot. You can grab a licence and gear at some of the local stores, or you can book a package which takes you and teaches you the basics.

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