Fishing on Speyside

The River Spey runs for over 100 miles from source to sea. It is the fastest flowing river in Europe and falls 1100 feet over it's course. It is perfectly suited to fly fishing for salmon. Fish can be taken anywhere along it's course but the serious fishing begins as the river reaches Aviemore. Not only does the main river offer a great variety of fishing but a number of tributaries, in particular the River Avon(A'an) and River Dulnain, are excellent salmon rivers in their own right.

Spring salmon released at DelfurThe cost of fishing varies tremendously according to the beat you are fishing and the time of year. The river has some of the best Association salmon fishing available in Scotland. This is very reasonably priced and you are always in with a chance of a fish right from the first day of the season. In contrast, some of the cream of the fishing, say Arndilly in May or Tulchan in July, can be expensive. However, there is something for everyone.

Slob's Pool, Lower Pitchroy,  KnockandoThe River Spey has a massive catchment, draining huge areas of the Monadhliath and Cairngorm Mountains. It's level, therefore, is influenced by steady snowmelt through to the summer months and low water is rarely a problem. Even when the river runs low in mid summer there will always be a steady run of summer salmon, grilse and sea trout. The River Spey takes a while to respond to rainfall and days lost to big spates are few. All this means there is a lot of fishing available, fresh fish are always running and few days are lost to the elements.

The fishing season on the River Spey

Ian Neale with a happy client  on the Middle Spey

The River Spey salmon fishing season opens on 11th February and closes on 30th September. Fresh salmon will be spread throughout the system from the opening day of the season.

Please note that access to some middle and lower river beats is limited due to regular tenancy and timeshare ownership.

The following salmon fishing tackle shops are always very helpful with advice and information and they hold an excellent selection of salmon fishing gear:

Grahams of Inverness Ltd.

Mortimers of Speyside

~ Current Salmon FishingAvailabilities ~

Further details of our availability for the Rivers Spey & Avon(A'an)


The River Spey can be divided into 3 sections for the benefit of orientation with respect to it's fishing beats.

UPPER SPEY (Source to Boat of Garten)

Aviemore Angling Association
3 miles single bank fishing
Must be resident in Aviemore
Speyside sports
64 Grampian Rd
Tel 01479 810656

Kincardine and Kinchurdy beats
2 miles double bank fishing in rotation - 5 rods
(Kincardine now in private ownership)

Strathspey estates
Grantown on Spey
Tel 01479 872529

Seafield Lodge Hotel
Grantown on Spey
Tel 01479 872152
Abernethy Angling Association
6 miles double bank fishing
Deshar Rd
Boat of Garten
Tel 01479 831372

MIDDLE SPEY (Grantown to Aberlour)

Grantown on Spey Association Water
6miles double bank fishing
12 miles on River Dulnain

3 High St
Grantown on Spey
Tel 01479 872684

Castle Grant and Upper Castle Grant
5 miles double bank fishing split into 3 beats
private use of Upper Castle Grant Mon, Tue, Wed.
Accommodation available at Kinveachy Lodge
or Inverallan house.

Strathspey estates
Grantown on Spey
Tel 01479 872529

Tulchan fishings
8 miles double bank fishing split into 4 beats
Accommodation at Tulchan Lodge or estate cottages

Tulchan Sporting Estates
Estate office
Tulchan Lodge
Grantown on Spey
Tel 01807 510200
3 miles double bank fishing let with Marionburgh house
Ballindalloch Estate
Tel 01807 500205

3 miles double bank fishing

Knockando & Lower Pitchroy
5 miles double bank fishing
Knockando Estate Office
Knockando House
Aberlour AB38 7SD
Tel: 07919 183260

Single bank fishing in delightful scenery
(Laggan now timeshared)

Peter Graham,
Peter Graham and Associates
Coneloch, Longmorn,

Elgin, Moray, IV30 8SN

Tel 01343 612731

Single bank fishing 1 miles
Savills, 12 Clerk St,
Brechin, Angus, DD9 6AE
Tel 01356 622187
Single bank fishing, 2 miles      
Contact Mr Charles Brown
Tel 01340 871286

Wester Elchies
Single bank fishing, approx 2 miles
Some of the cream of middle Spey fishing

Malcolm Newbould
2 Woodside of Ballintomb
Carron, Aberlour
Banffshire AB38 7QT
Tel: 07967 970704

LOWER SPEY (Aberlour to Spey Bay)

Aberlour Association Water
Excellent value mid-river fishing.
A good high water beat

JAJ Munro, 93-95 High St,
Aberlour, Banffshire, AB38 9PB.
Tel 01340 871428

The Dowans Hote, Aberlour, Banffshire
Tel 01340 871488
Craigellachie FishPal
Stichill House
Scotland TD5 7TB
Tel: 01573 470612
Easter Elchies & Upper Arndilly

Peter Graham,
Peter Graham and Associates
Coneloch, Longmorn,

Elgin Moray, IV30 8SN

Tel 01343 612731

Rothes and Aikenway

Peter Graham,
Peter Graham and Associates
Coneloch, Longmorn,

Elgin Moray, IV30 8SN

Tel 01343 612731


Stichill House
Scotland TD5 7TB
Tel: 01573 470612


Peter Graham,
Peter Graham and Associates
Coneloch, Longmorn,

Elgin Moray, IV30 8SN

Tel 01343 612731

Brae Water and Gordon Castle
This water is excellent in summer and gets fresh fish throughout the season.
The Gordon Lennox Estate
Estate office
Gordon Castle
Moray, IV32 7PQ
Tel 01343 820244
Fochabers Association
Almost 1.3 miles of fishing on daily or weekly basis

Fishing enquiries to:
Andy Milne (Secretary and Treasurer) Tel 01343 820259 Mob 07779 9233235


Gordon Young (President) Tel/Fax 01343 821059 Mob 07712161718


The River Avon (A'an) is the Spey's main tributary. It rises in Loch Avon (A'an) in the lee of Cairngorm Mountain and flows some 40 miles to join the Spey at Ballindalloch. The River Avon (A'an)water runs cool and clear and attracts a good run of salmon and sea trout from late April onwards.

Glen Avon Estates
About 20 miles of water on the upper Avon under private ownership. This is an important spawning area for Spey and Avon salmon.

Alder House
Cradlehall Business Park
Telephone: 01463 796050

Crown Estates
Tomintoul Angling Association

One and a half miles of right bank fishing

Bill Lannagan
Tomintoul Angling Association
Tel: 01807580458
Fax: 01807580458

Crown Estates
Three beats with a total length of approximately 4 miles, which we restrict to a maximum of 4 rods per beat.

John Tansley (Chairman)

Information is available on our website, and bookings on 01807 580238.

Crown Estates
Strathavon Farmers Angling Association
Two miles of double bank fishing
Rods available to B+B or self catering guests of farmer members.

Crown Estates
Deskie beat
A 2 rod fly only beat leased by the hotel

Minmore House Hotel
Tel 01807 590 378
Ballindalloch Estate Water
Excellent double bank fishing on the lower 6 miles to the junction with the Spey and 1 miles single bank day ticket fishing above this.
Ballindalloch Estate
Tel 01807 500205

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