The Fishing

Fishing is over 1.3 miles on both banks, from the tail of the Quarry Pool at the top of the beat, to the tail of Braehead Pool. We have the fishing from opening day on 11th February until 10th August each year.


There is a fishing hut on the East bank at Cumberland - for the use of both members and visitors. A combination lock has been fitted, and the hut must be locked at all times, when not occupied. There have been breakins, and on no account should anything be left overnight in the hut. Combination locks with the same number have been fitted to other gates, and must be locked after entry and exit.

The width of the river varies from - easily covered, to very wide at the tail of the Cumberland Pool, where even Ian Gordon would struggle to put his line across.

It is all good fly water. Some pools fish best in low water, and some in higher water. Only a major spate would prevent a cast.

The river Spey is a fast and powerful river. Chest waders are a definite advantage in many instances, but inexperienced anglers are well advised to take extra care, and to avoid deep wading. In any case, fish are often closer to the bank than you think. In high water, the fish are usually hard against the bank. Wear a life jacket.

Until 2007, this was a private beat – very lightly fished – and 2006 was a beat record for the numbers of fish caught. Spring fishing has been steadily improving over the last few years.

The average size of spring salmon is around 8 or 9 lbs, but there have been a number of considerably bigger fish taken in recent years, since the nets came off. The grilse start to arrive in June and are usually in the 4 to 5lbs range. Seatrout start to arrive in ever increasing numbers from late April onwards.

Information on Pools from top down

Quarry Tail

Fish only from the “white markers in line” downstream. This pool will fish at all times of the year. Best fished from the east bank, but the tailend may be fished from the west bank. Will fish well down into the tail.

The Groynes and Upper Cumberland

A stretch of faster water has been broken up by the introduction some years ago, of a series of groynes. This has improved lies and will prove invaluable in times of low warm water. Can be fished from either bank.

There is evidence that a new pool is being created, just upstream of the Cumberland - most evident in lower water conditions. This will be well worth a cast when the grilse are running. Easily fished from either bank....we'll call this pool - Upper Cumberland. 

Cumberland Pool

The largest and most famous pool on the beat. So named, because the Duke of Cumberland’s army waded across the Spey at this point – but this was before the Association had the fishing. Regardless of the height of the water, there will always be one part of this pool which will fish well, from one bank or the other.
Wading is possible all of the west bank, but only in lower water conditions in the tail on the east bank. Fish will take well down in the tail.

Snorkel and Island Pools

The Snorkel pool has all but disappeared, but may fish in higher water conditions during the grilse run. Time will tell.

The water from the Snorkel is now flowing through the Island Pool, making it wider and fishable from both banks. This is streamier water and should fish well in the summer.

The Pot and Upper Pot

Best fished from the west bank where wading is possible. The east bank fishes only from the bank - no wading. Fishable in all conditions other than very high water. A good pool with a strong flow.

Above the Pot is a relatively new pool called - Upper Pot. Best fished from the west bank. Will fish best in the summer during the grilse run.

Braehead Pool

Can be fished from either bank -  the west bank is easiest to fish by wading. Spey casting is necessary from the east bank, with no wading until half way down the pool. Only anglers in reasonably fit condition should attempt this bank - wearing a life jacket.


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