The Abernethy and Aviemore Angling Improvement Association invites applications for full membership of our association, giving anglers access to ten miles of prime salmon and sea trout fishing on two beats of the upper middle River Spey.

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The association manages the fishing on two sections of the river Spey, the Aviemore beat and the Abernethy beat, for the benefit of both local and visiting anglers. Association members have full access to both beats. Day and weekly fishing permits are also available from local outlets at reasonable rates.

Salmon Fishing

Around ten miles of excellent salmon and sea trout fishing on the River Spey is available to Association members and visitors, offering the best value sea trout and salmon fishing on the whole of the Spey. The association waters offer opportunities for all fishing methods on a great variety of pools throughout the fishing season, which begins on the Spey on 11th February and ends on 30th September.

Abernethy Angling Association salmon fishing
A nice salmon caught on the Nethy Pool in June

The salmon can be expected to make an appearance on the Abernethy Association water of the Spey from March onwards, with the best of the early salmon fishing, for bright fresh run fish, from May to July, with the run continuing steadily to the end of the fishing season on 30th September. Recent seasons have seen a total of around 100 salmon caught on the association beats on both fly and spinner, with most salmon being returned to the river in line with Spey Fishery Board recommendations.

Sea Trout Fishing

The River Spey is without doubt one of the very best sea trout rivers in the whole of the UK and the best of the Spey sea trout fishing is to be found between Aviemore and Grantown on Spey, with the two local angling associations (the Strathspey Angling Improvement Association, based at Grantown, and the Abernethy and Aviemore Angling Improvement Association, based at Boat of Garten and Aviemore) vying over the years for top spot in the sea trout rankings.

Spey sea trout from angling association water
A typical Spey sea trout

The Abernethy Angling Association waters offer ten miles of some of the very best sea trout fishing in the country, with the best of the night fishing throughout June and July. Historically, the association waters alone might produce around 1000 sea trout in a season. In 2006, the association recorded a catch of more than 700 sea trout. Catches in recent seasons have been lower, with 155 sea trout caught in 2015. It is worth noting, however, that, in recent years, the association waters have been more lightly fished than in earlier times. The Abernethy association beats can still offer truly superb sea trout fishing. Indeed, there is a very real prospect that the sea trout fisher willing to fish through the short summer nights at Abernethy may find himself alone on a pool alive with fresh sea trout, and not another angler within a mile.