In 40 years of paddling the majestic waters of the River Spey, I have never seen so many beautiful salmon jumping ~ literally hundreds, shining silver as they leapt into the bright sunlight during my most recent 60 mile canoe journey from Aviemore to Moray Firth ~ 21st to 25th August.
The majority of these handsome fish, were not too keen to sample the pretty feathered flies offered by the many anglers along the way. However, my group witnessed in awe the landing of two beautiful fish ~ each approx 12lbs ~ one at Cobble Pots, Arndilly Estate above Rothes and other on Cairnty, Orton Estate, below Rothes.
Also, during this trip, in discussion with several anglers there was mutual agreement that we were truly privileged to be following our respective interests as river users on this truly majestic river in such fine conditions.
Friday, 26 August 2011
In addition to the wide variety of outdoor activities readily available ~ www.visitcairngorms.com ~ another great reason for visiting Strathspey this weekend is to witness the spectacle of 'Thunder In The Glens' the now annual (15th) gathering of hundreds of Harley Davidson enthusiasts and their magnificent motorcycles.
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Several Roe Deer seen dancing through the vegetation along banks of River Spey on this the 1st day of another 4 day Magical Canoe Journey.
Sunday, 21 August 2011
The British Team are in the middle of their final preparations and tapers for the World Orienteering Championships which are beginning in France with the long distance qualification on Saturday.
Friday, 19 August 2011
Start another Spey Journey next Monday 21st but for now, have taken my canoe West for a few days on the sea. Starting off from stunning 19th Century Arisaig House.
Sunday, 14 August 2011
Enjoyable Texas Scramble on Saturday, brought to a close Newtonmore Golf Week 2011 ~ another excellent week of friendly, fun golf. Thanks to organisers & congratulations to Richard, who with his green-keeping staff presented the course in excellent condition. Golfers of all standards welcome. If not already done ~ put in your 2012 diary ~ 4th to 11th August.
Wonderful River Spey is still flowing high following rains of last week but now, after yesterday's rainbows, the river sparkles in the sunshine on this beautiful day in Strathspey.
Friday, 12 August 2011
This week overcast with some heavy rain in Strathspey but canoeing clients have thoroughly enjoyed being on the wonderful River Spey ~ the extra water in the river making things even more exciting in places!
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
During the annual, ever popular Newtonmore Golf Week (6th ~ 13th August) players are enjoying the well groomed course and beautiful surroundings, on the banks of the majestic River Spey and back-dropped by the western flanks of the Grampian Mountains www.newtonmoregolf.com.
Monday, 8 August 2011
Despite heavy rain throughout most of their journey, my 6 lovely clients on Sunday's Intro/Improvers Session had a lovely time on the River Spey ~ travelling from Kincraig to Aviemore ~ an ideal section to introduce novice paddlers and practice strokes. Lovely lush river banks with alder trees gracefully reaching out over the river.