Said no woman ever.
This site was alive and running steady from January 2004 to the end of year 2011. “The River Spey Anglers’ Association” was a clear line of communication to those who managed the river and in the short time they have been in existence, your committee was engaging with the Spey District Fishery Board and others as well as developing useful dialogues. I have reposted some this site’s content which was placed on this website in the past.
The lottery grant has allowed them to develop membership in this first year and to have a data-base and website up and running to allow maximum input from members and to enable them to keep in touch.
Would you like to air your views and become involved in discussion on such matters as:
Catch and release, Hatcheries, Ranching, Spinning and worming, Seals and Saw bills, The River Spey Catchment Management Plan, River management, Bringing young people into angling, sport fishing museums, Canoes and outdoor pursuits and River access.
While there was a great deal of positive activity and new initiative surrounding the management of the River Spey, and while there was some input of views from anglers, there was presently no single organization which provided a forum for all those who fished and used the river.
Below I have posted a few links which contain information such as the consituation & rules, more about this association, the junior section, the sea trout project, and so on…
My fondness for River Spey grows by the minute as I watch it flow with surpassing dignity and majesty. The rushing waters have a tantalizing spectacle that hints at the amazing secrets of various species of fish that attract anglers from all walks. For quite a long time, Spey has remained a magnet for fishers and nature lovers who show up regularly to savor the delights of the river in the fullness of its aquatic glories.
River Spey Anglers are remarkable for their unremitting interest to the survival of the river even as they explore the beautiful adventures of fishing. My involvement with Spey District Fishery Board remains a rewarding experience that exposed me to the rhythm of life beyond the familiar pulse of mundane activities.
About River Spey Anglers
Angling in River Spey comes with some unique experiences that enhance the fulfillment of the sport. Remarkably, the river has a vast drainage area and is incredibly long. These two advantages combine with its generous volume to give it a vantage appeal as an angling destination. The Spey District Fishery Board spares no effort to manage the activities at the river for the purposes of enhancing sustainability.
As I cast my eyes past the waters to the welcoming greenery of the surrounding vegetation, I cannot help but immerse in the same unfathomable thoughts that must have engaged Santiago’s mind in Hemingway’s famous novel, ‘The Old Man and the Sea’. The only difference is that I derive no zeal in maiming fish for sport. On the contrary, I am more interested in their welfare and their survival. At the Spey District Fishery Board, we practice catch and release as a way of protecting salmon and other species from the threat of extinction.
River Spey can get Moody
Normally, River Spey should flow merrily from Cairngorm Mountains along its natural course. However, Spey can turn moody and get flooded in bad weather. It might also behave differently during droughts. Therefore, the equipment that is required for angling depends on the timing. I have learned to use a stout tackle when I choose to fish on a flooded day. Sometimes, I use long rods with sinking lines and sink tips.
River Spey can choose to flood in summer for some reasons. However, the recommended rod for use during summer should range between 13 and 15 feet. Like in any other angling expedition, it is important to ensure that the reel has enough backing just in case you encounter a particularly big and arrogant catch like the monstrous fish in Hemingway’s story. My good days at River Spey usually end with a healthy diet and a deep reflection on the aquatic life.
Catch and Release Rules
The Spey District Fishery Board requires the adherence of catch and release rules, which are applied differently in accordance with the type of fish. For example, the rules require that all hen grilse and hen salmon must be released at all times of the seasons. However, escaped farmed salmon should be retained. Angling is thrilling venture for anybody who understands how to play by the rules including the basics of river management.
Personally, I consider the exercise I receive through angling and other tasks associated with the board as crucial in the attainment of my weight loss objectives.
I have always acknowledged the crucial role that a sporting adventure plays in limiting the chances of breast cancer and promoting general fitness.
Ideal for Young People
In my estimation, angling is one of the best fun activities that every young person should aspire to master. In fact, it is a sport that teaches young people about some unique skills such as spinning and worming, ranching and the management of hatcheries. Such skills can have some profound impact on the lives of the passionate learners including the development of life-long interests.
Moreover, angling is a quality engagement that teaches people about the ethics of responsibility with regard to the conservation of the endangered species and the environment. On these grounds, the activity should be considered as a worthy substitute for the sedentary sports that expose people to the risk of lifestyle diseases. Aquatic sports and adventures have some exceptional appeal that registers on the mind with a calming touch that relieves stress.