Thursday, 17 February 2011

Tributaries of the Spey – The Dulnain

The river Dulnain is the Spey’s second tributary and after the Avon, or A’nn, it is the most productive in terms of numbers of spawning salmon. But The Dulnain has one attribute for whish it is better known to Spey fishermen than any other! Of all the Spey’s tributaries, It is the dirtiest of all. Originating in the Monadhliath Mountains, the Dulnain picks up so much peat draining from bogs in the area to the northwest of Carrbridge. Unlike most other Spey Tributaries, which by comparison run relatively clean, this is almost permanently tea coloured, running clean only after long dry spells. However, the river can be fished, and for those who like the challenge of stalking a salmon or Sea Trout with a single handed rod, much like the Livet, another small tributary, this little river is a hidden gem. One of the biggest hurdles to overcome is actually knowing where to fish, but never fear, local knowledge is to be found in Mortimer’s Fishing Shop in Grantown, where permits for 12 miles of this river can also be obtained.

Light tackle with flies fished on the surface make for fantastic fun in places like this. But remember, the river is small and Salmon are wild, don't fall into the trap of making too much noise, fish tend to become uneasy with heavy thumping on the bank, also, keep yourself low and taking care not to become a moving silhouette. Remembering that Salmon are actually wild, I believe has added many a fish to my bag!

The Falls at Dulnain Bridge

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