Grantown on Spey

Having had some great sea trout sport on the Grantown Association water in the summer of 2007, I was back again in the third week of June 2008, hoping to repeat the success of the previous year. Early in the week I was again fortunate to find the river running at a good sea trout height of two inches above summer level, although night temperatures were lower than I would have wished for.  Around the summer solstice, nights on Speyside are all too short. It isn’t properly dark until midnight and by 2 am the first light of dawn begins to tint the eastern sky. But this is prime sea trout time on the Spey when the main run of fresh fish, averaging around two and a half pounds, can be expected to arrive and take up residence in the twenty miles of water between Grantown on Spey and Aviemore, most of which (about seventeen miles of river in all) is accessible to visiting anglers through the two angling associations – Strathspey Angling Improvement Association, based in Grantown, and the Abernethy and Aviemore Angling Improvement Association, based in Boat of Garten and Aviemore. Given a settled river within a few inches of summer level, the chances of taking a few sea trout at night on the fly are high. And so it proved again on this visit. I had two very productive nights on the river, with six sea trout landed and many more hooked and lost, before water and weather conditions deteriorated. All sea trout were returned safely to continue their journey to the redds later in the year.

Here are a few photographs taken over the two nights ……

The Pool
One of six taken in two nights fishing
Another nice sea trout
Sea Trout Needle Tubes
All six sea trout were taken on slim stainless steel Needle Tubes

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