Jun 21st, 2017
Stranded salmon on Moray golf course
Returned to the river Spey
Words: The Brigadier
Fish stranded on Garmouth & Kingston golf course in Moray after heavy rain have been returned to the River Spey.
Salmon were stranded in a pool, after water poured over the banks of the river following two days of heavy rain.
A team from Spey Fishery Board have now returned eight of the fish to the river Spey after they were reported by a greenkeeper.
The pool is connected to the river by a small burn that is usually only inches deep.
But, following days of heavy rain, the river burst its banks and swept fish across the course and into the pond.
Roger Knight, director of the Spey Fishery Board, said: "The channel isn't a path the river ordinarily takes but, when it bursts its banks, it's known to go down this particular stretch of water, which is otherwise a dried-out burn."
"During that time, a number of fish went down there. As the water has receded, it has left some pools, which they have not been able to escape from."
"We have already returned eight of them and there are a few left."
It’s good to know there are still salmon in the river Spey. The last time I fished there I drew a complete blank!