ANGLERS MUST WEAR LIFE JACKETS AT ALL TIMES WHEN WADING. SPEY RIVER BOARD CONSERVATION POLICY. The Spey Fisheries Board advocate that Proprietors, Anglers and Ghillies should excise restraint as a positive contribution towards Salmon conservation. In particular the decline of the spring run requires additionalconservation effort from all concerned. The Board currently proposes a continued voluntary conservation policy as long as it is exercised by all who fish the Spey and it's tributaries. The following guidelines have been developed to assist with this policy.
Salmon Conservation Policy
Following the continued success of the Salmon Conservation Policy in 2004 when 68% of Salmon and Grilse were released, the SFB has decided that the policy will remain as follows:
1.CATCH & RELEASE
The policy is now that the 1st, 3rd, 5th etc. cock fish should be returned and all hen salmon and Grilse should be released.The Sea Trout Conservation Policy remains unchanged. Throughout the season all stale or gravid fish must be released.
Escaped farm Salmon must be retained.
Where possible anglers should be encouraged to fish with a fly.
All hooks should be pinched or barbless. Where spinning is allowed only one set of barbless hooks may be used on a lure.. Spinning only allowed in full spate conditions.
Where possible the numbers of hours and rods fished should be limited.
Sea Trout Conservation Policy
SEA TROUT : Release all fish of 3lb/50cm/20" or more.
BAG LIMIT : 1 Sea trout of takeable size per calendar day.
All sea trout caught after 31st July to be released.