River Spey Anglers Junior Section
Planned Junior Trout Days
The next junior trout outings are planned as follows:
2nd September at Rothes Glen Fishery
30th September at Ian McDonald’s Wood End Fishery.
Please contact Wendy if you would like to attend.
Junior Trout Outing – 22 Jul 07
The next outing will be at Rothiemurchus on Sunday 22 July 2007. This has proven to be a popular venue in the past so if you want a place please contact Wendy (01479 873396 or 07754118806) for details asap.
Salmon and Trout Report 23/24 Jun
Undeterred by a weekend of lashing rain the Junior members of the River Spey Anglers Association were out in force on Saturday at the Lower Water 1 Beat of the Spey on Saturday courtesy of the Fochabers Angling Association and on Sunday at Iain MacDonald’s new Woodend Fishery at Fogwatt. Iain is a member of the RSAA and the founder Secretary of the Association and he was pleased to be able to offer a free day to the juniors on his recently opened trout fishery.
Conditions on both days were very poor with the River Spey very high and coloured after the heavy rain up country on Thursday into Friday and incessant heavy rain falling on both days which took the edge off the enjoyment of the outings.
Twelve young anglers aged 14 plus turned out on the Saturday assisted by parents and members of the RSAA Committee. George and Wendy Haywood who are members of the RSAA both put their newly qualified angling instruction qualifications to the test with the enthusiastic youngsters.
Ten youngsters turned out to Woodend on Sunday again supported by George and Wendy and other RSAA members and parents.This outing was open to younger members.
The youngsters were able to put the new tackle purchased with the help of Smiths Gore and match funders Sportsmatch to full use as a number of new juniors without any suitable tackle of their own came along on both days and the Association were able to supply them with complete outfits and coaching thanks to their sponsorship and funding.
SALMON FISHING DAY – FOCHABERS ANGLING ASSOCIATION 23 JUN 07
The next junior salmon day will be held on 23 Jun 07 on the Fochabers Anglers Association Water, Lower Water One. This event is restricted to those juniors of 14 year of age or older. Numbers are also restricted to a maximum of 12 so please get your bid in early to Wendy (01479 873396 or 07754118806) by 16th Jun if you wish to attend. As always juniors should be accompanied by a parent or guardian and on this occasion it would useful if you have chest waders, although some will be made available on the day.
Meet at the Gordon Arms car park at 0945 fishing will stop at 1600. Look forward to seeing you then.
GLEN OF ROTHES – 13 May 2007
The day at Glen of Rothes was another resounding success. In pleasant weather conditions all seventeen junior anglers managed to land at least one hard fighting rainbow trout. For some it was that very special occasion when they landed their first ever fish. Well done to them and lets hope they are also hooked.
Those attended on the day were:
The prize winners were Ewan Sinclair, Blair Duncan, and James Cordiner.
REPORT FROM SALMON DAY AT MACALLAN 21 APRIL 07
The second junior outing to Macallan took place on Saturday 21st April courtesy of the Macallan Estate and RSAA Chairman James Thomas and George and Wendy Haywood who were the fishing tenants for the week and who gave up two of the main pools, Greenbank and Tunnel on the Macallan beat for the use of the juniors on Saturday 21st April.
A special guest was Peter Anderson who was fishing as a guest at Macallan during the week and who voluntarily gave his time and expertise to provide some valuable initial casting coaching for the young participants with both trout and a salmon rods. He very ably demonstrated overhead as well as spey casting.
81 year old Former Professional World Champion Angler, Peter S. Anderson is renowned the world over for his great talent, vast experience and superior knowledge on all aspects of casting and angling. Peter is based in Kirkintilloch near Glasgow, Scotland.
Peter still holds the world record of 71 metres and regularly fishes his local river the Teith in Central Scotland.
Some of the more senior and experienced anglers present also learned a few valuable tips.
There were seventeen young people participating including :
Lewis Webb, Brett McKenzie, Thomas Mitchell, Brett Sinclair, Kyle Scott, Tom Duncan, Duncan McBean, Josh Walker, James Towers, Michael Colledge, Rennie Dickson, James Cordiner, Ewan Reid, Jamie Ross, Joe Kelman, Callum Reid and Shaun Adams. Although the outing was limited to junior section members of 12 years and over a few of the younger members also came along with their parents to watch and learn.
Many of these young anglers are now highly proficient in the art of speycasting due to the expert help of Ian Gordon, Bill Drury and Peter Anderson and several other ghillies in the Spey valley, encouraged and assisted by RSAA committee members and other volunteers from River Spey Anglers Association.
After a safety briefing and introduction by Association Chairman James Thomas the young anglers were split up into groups of 3 or 4 overseen by members of the RSAA Committee and other helpers including parents, and were set loose on the Spey in an endeavour to catch an elusive Spey spring salmon. Unfortunately despite very reasonable fishing conditions the only catches were a few small salmon smolts with most of the action taking place in the Tunnel Pool in the afternoon where two young anglers caught quite a few of the lively young fish all of which were returned safely to the river.
Everyone who took part enjoyed an excellent day and it is hoped that additional days will be held on the Spey in the near future. Special thanks are due to David Towers for assisting the commitee members present and to Linda Webb who took some excellent photographs and to Wendy Haywood RSAA Juniors co-ordinator for organizing the event.The parents of the participants are also to be thanked for their support and encouragement and for transporting their children to the river and for their help on the day.
Junior members should keep an eye on the RSAA website at www.riverspeyanglers.org.uk for details of forthcoming outings the first of which is due to take place at Rothes Glen Trout Fishery on Sunday 13th May 2007.’
JUNIOR TROUT OUTING – 13 May 2007
The first trout outing of 2007 will be held at Glen of Rothes fishery on Sunday 13th May, 10am till 4pm. Meet in the anglers car park. Please contact Wendy to book a place.
JUNIOR SALMON DAY 21ST APRIL 2007
The next RSAA junior salmon day will be held on the Macallan Beat of the River Spey on 21st April. Entry is limited to those juniors aged 12 and over and they must be accompanied by an adult for safety reasons. Meet at the Macallam beat at 9.30am and fish until 4pm. Remember to bring warm clothing and lunch. Please contact Wendy 01479 873396 or 07754118806 to secure a place.
River Spey, Brae Water Beats 1 & 2 – 24 Feb 07
The first junior salmon outing of the River Spey Anglers Association took place on Brae Water, Beats 1 & 2 on Saturday 24 Feb 07. This is the second successive year that we have been very fortunate to be able fish this water and we are very grateful to the Gordon Castle Estate and the beat owners for their kind generosity. The day was well attended by thirteen junior members who enthusiastically applied themselves to the task of catching a salmon. Our new salmon outfits were given a good work out but alas, the fishing gods were not with us.
Despite mild weather and excellent water conditions the fish did not oblige. However, all was not lost and it was most encouraging to witness some excellent casting skills. Without exception all improved throughout the day and it was notable that some of our founder junior member’s spey casting skills are the envy of many an experienced angler. With out doubt the foundation laid down by the international casting instructor, Ian Gordon, is now paying dividends.
Also, praise must go to members of the RSAA who have selfishly given much of their spare time to build on Ian’s early work. On behalf of the juniors, thanks also go to the ghillies, Ian Stronach and Euan Reid, for their help and assistance and the many parents and guardians who accompanied and stayed the distance throughout the day.
Names of those who attended are:
Rothiemurchus _ 26 November 06
There were 30 juniors present between the ages of 5 and 16 years. This was a record attendance for the River Spey Juniors. The weather at the fishery was perfect for the time of year with sunny skies and clear visibility although a little cool with as light breeze. The additional tackle purchased with the sponsorship monies and matched funding ensured that every junior who attended was able to fish. The juniors were supported by parents and RSAA Committee members who were in attendance to help out and ensure safety. George Hayward’s coaching skills were put to good use and some new members were recruited.
The fishery owner kindly donated 3 day tickets which were used as prizes.
Everyone had a great day including one new young member aged 5 who ably demonstrated the effectiveness of the safety lifejackets (sponsored by McDonalds – Elgin). His mother took him home to change his clothes and he was back fishing again before the day finished !!
There were several prizes awarded :
Matthew Newbery aged 5 Prize for youngest angler.
Jodie Nestor aged 8 Prize for heaviest fish.. 4lbs
James Cordiner Prize for second heaviest fish.. 3.25lbs
Renee Dickson Prize for biggest catch.. 5 fish
Tom Duncan Prize for second biggest catch.. 3 fish
Fly Tying Demonstration – January 2007
There will be a fly tying demonstration at the Inchberry Hall on Sunday 14 January 2007 between 2.00 and 5.00pm. All junior members are welcome to attend and are encouraged to try their hand at tying flies. Tuition will be available from the experts.
Final Rothiemurchus Junior Day – 2006
Following the highly successful outing to Rothiemurchus Fishery in Aviemore on 8th October, recently reported in the November issue of Trout & Salmon magazine, and the Northern Scot newspaper, a further junior day at Rothiemurchus has been arranged for Sunday 26th November 2007. The timings for the outing will be the same as for the October outing. This will be the final RSAA junior outing for 2006.
We hope to be able to loan a few brand new quality fishing rods with reels, lines and associated tackle to juniors who do not have their own fly fishing gear. This tackle is to be purchased for the RSAA juniors through a generous commercial sponsorship by Smith’s Gore, Chartered Surveyors, of Fochabers, matched by a grant from SportScotland sportsmatch, and sourced through local tackle dealer Frank Henderson of Turriff Tackle at cost resulting in a considerable saving to RSAA.
Juniors who have their own gear are asked to bring it along as the new equipment will be limited.
Junior Fly Tying Demonstration and Classes- 14 Jan 2007.
The next junior fly tying day will be held in the Inchberry Hall on 14th January 2007 between 2-5pm.
River Spey Anglers’ Association (RSAA) Juniors in
action at Rothiemurchus trout fishery.
IAN GORDON and BILL DRURY, members of the winning team at EMERALD WORLD MASTERS spey-casting championships, both ghillies on the Knockando beats on the River Spey, 2006 joined a day at the Rothiemurchus Trout Fishery , Aviemore on Sunday, 8th October. They helped the young anglers, aged 5 to 17, to improve their skills and Ian Gordon gave a casting lesson and demonstration.
Ian Gordon will mention the day in his River Spey notes for the Trout and Salmon magazine this month. Photos taken of the day are shown in the Photo Gallery. The smiling juniors and casting instructors are pictured with the River Spey Anglers’ Junior co- ordinator, Wendy Hayward, on the Bridge at the Rothiemurchus fishery. Our thanks go to all those helped to make this a very successful day.
Overall there were 23 junior members fishing on the dayl including two girls; ages ranged from 5-17.
‘Most Fish’ winner was Brett Mckenzie with 15 fish
‘Heaviest Fish’ winner was shared by Ted Thompson & Lily Song (both 3lbs)
The next junior day will be at the same venue on 26th November 2006. We look forward to seeing you all there.
1 April 06
The River Spey Anglers Association(RSAA) held their second salmon fishing day of 2006 at Beats 1 and 2 of the Brae Water on Saturday 1st April 2006 courtesy of Gordon Castle Estate.
Fourteen youngsters accompanied by parents and friends and RSAA members and beat ghillies attended the day which was organised by Mrs Wendy Hayward the member of the committee of RSAA responsible for the quickly growing Junior Section of the Association.
For once the young anglers were blessed with fair weather conditions and for some it was down to shirt sleeves in the April afternoon.
The youngsters were split up with 7 on Beat 1 and 7 on Beat 2 and they switched over at lunchtime. RSAA members were in attendance to provide a safety and lifejacket briefing and to help out with casting and questions and to ensure water safety.
Beat Ghillies Ian Stronach (Beat 2) and John Whyte (Beat 1) assisted by Euan Reid (Lower Water 1) were in attendance helping the youngsters with casting and answering their many searching questions. The youngsters were shown how the on site Spey Fishery Board Smolt trap operated and were given a brief history of the life cycle of the salmon. The youngsters were offered the opportunity at a later date to see the smolt trap being emptied and also to attend some electrofishing later in the season.
During the morning session one young angler hooked a salmon which was lost after a short period but he went on almost immediately to land a small finnock. In the afternoon star of the show was 14 year old Callum Reid from Elgin who landed a sparkling sealiced springer of 9lbs in the Turn Pool of Beat 1. He went on to catch and return a salmon kelt a few minutes later. The Gordon Castle Estate exceptionally allowed the usual Spey Fishery rules to be altered to allow any young angler catching his very first salmon to keep his catch.
Both the successful anglers received a prize of a box of salmon flies and all the participant received a coloured poster illustrating the life cycle of the salmon.
Further Junior Events will be advertised shortly on the River Spey Anglers Association website.
25 Feb 06
The first day of our 2006 junior coaching programme, held on the Brae Water, Beats 1 and 2, was a great success. Fourteen young RSAA members braved a cold and wintry February day in search of an elusive spring salmon. Sadly the holy grail was not achieved, but one talented young angler, Duncan McBean, was rewarded for his persistence by catching a 10lb kelt in the Turn Pool. Duncan was presented with a small selection of salmon flies in a fly box by our Chairman, James Thomas, to help him remember his prize day. However, this feat did not detract from the performance of the other juniors. They all fished very hard, often in a tricky and blustery upstream wind, resulting in both ghillies congratulating them on their quick learning and casting skills.
Many thanks go out to Gordon Lennox Estate for kindly donating the day, to the ghillies for their expert tuition and patience, RSAA members for providing tackle and their support and also to the parents who accompanied the juniors on the day.
The next coaching day will also be held on the Brae Water Beats 1 and 2 on the 1st April. All the timings and meeting arrangements remain the same as below and we look forward to seeing all the junior members once again.
2 Feb 06
SPRING SALMON FISHING 25th FEBRUARY
RSAA is pleased to announce a spring salmon fishing day on the River Spey for our Junior Members on Saturday 25th February. The venue will be Beats 1 & 2 of the Brae Water, courtesy of Gordon Lennox Estate. Full details will be confirmed by letter to all Junior Members in the next week. In the meantime, please ask you parents to make a note in the diary; this is an excellent opportunity to fish on the River Spey with a very good chance of catching an elusive spring fish or perhaps a Kelt or two.
Junior Members along with a parent or guardian should meet at the Gordon Arms car park, Fochabers, at 9.00 am. Fishing is by fly only so bring along a salmon or trout rod if you have one and also waders if you have these. Some tackle will be available on the day for those who have none. The fishing huts will be available, but remember to wrap up warm and bring hot drinks and a packed lunch. The cost of fishing is free to our Junior Members.
13 Dec 05
A very well attended and successful junior fly tying session was held on Sunday 27th November in the Mansefield Hotel, Elgin. Mr Leslie Pritchard gave instruction and coaching and some of the youngsters who came went away with their first ever flies.
Those who attended on the day are:
21 October 2005
It is intended to hold a junior members fly tying demonstration on 27 November at the Mansfield Hotel in Elgin from 2-5pm. Juniors, please contact James Thomas, 01343 821525, for further details or to let him know if you will be attending.
16 October 2005
The junior trout fishing day at held Artloch Fishery on Sunday 16th October was a great success and was very well attended. In all fifteen junior members accompanied by parents or guardians braved the very blustery and cold conditions. Despite the difficult wind and the fish decidedly not behaving, to their great credit, four junior anglers managed to catch a fish each. A variety of methods were employed including buzzers, lures and dry flies. What was impressive was the way that each junior member stuck to the task in hand and refused to leave the waters edge until the final whistle. Many adults would have given up long before. The first fish of the day prize was won by Brett McKenzie, the heaviest fish (a splendid 3.5lb rainbow) by James Cordiner, best junior girl casting by Louise Watson and a runner up prize for the youngest angler on the day went to Ruaraidh Mackintosh Turner.
Our thanks go to the Artloch Fishery for hosting the day and for providing a very comfortable lodge for the adults to shelter in. It is our intention to hold a further fishing and coaching day in the Spring and all junior members should watch this web site for further details.
R Mackintosh Turner
Junior Coaching Days
8 September 2005
TROUT FISHING AND COACHING DAY – ARTLOCH FISHERY – 16 Oct 05
A further coaching and fishing day out is planned for junior members on 16 October 05, from 1000 – 1600. Stuart Wright the owner of Artloch Fishery, near Huntly, has kindly offered his facilities at a heavily discounted price. Junior members will be charged £6 for the day and will be able to take their first fish; with all subsequent fish returned. Artloch Fisheries has excellent facilities including a fishing lodge equipped with a toilet etc. Directions and full details of the fishery can seen at the following web site: ArtlochFishery.co.uk or follow the link in the home page.
We hope to see you all there, so please ask your parents to note this date and watch this space for up to date information.
4 May 2005
RSAA Junior Members’ Section
Following two successful coaching days lead by Ian Gordon, champion speycaster and instructor, on the River Spey at the Upper Easter Elchies beat in the Macallan Distillery, The RSAA is pleased to announce the start up of a JUNIOR SECTION open to all young anglers up to and including the age of 17.
During the coaching, water safety and demonstrations of life jacket and float use were provided by the Moray Canoe and Kayak Club who had a coaching session further along the pool – great to see this friendly co-operation.
We plan to have more coaching days and some trout fishing outings with advice and coaching from the RSAA members and committee and junior members will be welcome at all senior meetings too.
In the members’ area of the web site, there is a chat forum and we hope that junior members will give a lead to some of the older anglers by using this to ask questions, tell us of their success and to share thoughts with other anglers.
3 June 2005