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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 11-23-2008, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Well thanks to the wife I'll be taking my addiction to a whole other level.She's got us booked in Grantown on the Spey river in Jan. I Know there is no fishing at this time but if I could even cast a hookless fly in that river....man that would be sweet!!not to mention the history surrounding the area.
She's also trying to book some time at Rothiemurchas Estate where there is rainbow fishing in the lochs.I've checked into renting gear but it seems like it's all sh rods,does anybody know somewhere to rent a 2h rod and waders, so I can save myself the grief of having the airlines loseing my stuff,or would you guys just take the chance and take it even if it's just for one days fishing?

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Hi jstroke,
Dont bother taking you rods, reels ect i got plenty, i will speak to the Fishery board and make sure its ok for you to have a days casting on the Spey, just fluff chucking, no hook.
Your Hotel will be 2mins from the Spey, but if you like i will take you round and give you the Grand Spey tour in the morning and some casting on the Spey in the Afternoon.
Let me know if this sounds like a plan.
As for Rothiemurchus estate fishery, no problem, im using the computer in the Fishery office right now, been working at the Fishery full and part time for the last 22 yrs.
If you more time you could have taken a tour of ......the only Malt Whisky trail in the world,....... with all the distilleries following the River Spey.
Speak to you later.
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Gordon,

I think you must have some Spey 'mafia' blood in you, as you seem to have made Jim an offer that no man could refuse!!

Well done, & I hope that the January weather is kind to you for your visit to Speyside.

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Hi Mike,
I have over the years worked with and for the Spey fishery board, jstroke should'nt get into trouble.. i still have a warrant card as a Fishery Board bailiff,..........so if he get arrested it will only be by me.
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Hi Gordon !

Man ! My head is still spinning That sounds absolutely fantastic , your right Mike , that is definately an offer no Spey man could refuse !
Yeah , I would love to have a grand tour in the morning , we are planning to get up there early , we will get situated at the hotel then I can meet you and we can take it from there . The casting sounds brilliant , and it sounds like I will be in safe hands , no legal hiccups to have to worry about ! As long as im back to wine and dine the wife in the evening and not in the local cells , all should be fine
As for fishing the loch , maybe I could arrange to do that early the next morning before we leave ? No hangovers permitting !
Im really looking forward to talking more and meeting with you , everything sounds super
Again , thank you for everything !
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Jim,

It is an awesome experience, I fished the Carron beat and some public water on the Ness a couple of years ago with WG. I will go back as the people, the country side, and the overall experience were top notch.
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Hi Jim.
In case you didnt know Gordon was one of the demonstrators over here when we did the Spey Clave at Brant park a few back.
Gordon is a great guy so with his offer to show you around it looks like your in good hands.
Make sure you get Gordon a nice bottle of Whiskey from the duty free at Toronto for his services.
I'm sure he will share it with you.

Gordon,very nice of you to offer to help a fellow Canuc.

I fished the Carron beat 2 years ago.Wonderfull place to be.
Downtown Grantown there is a great tackle shop,make sure you check that out.

Have a wonderfull trip Jim,send me some pics when you get back to Canada.
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Hello Neil,
Thanks for the words, Jim phoned and said he was on his way, he was sad to be leaving such lovely weather behind ,
I am taking Jim on a wee tour of the Spey on Sunday, after he has a wee cast on the river out of season and on a Sunday, just fluff chuckin .
He doesn't need to get me a bottle of Whisky at the airport, we will be passing some of the Speyside distilleries, so a lift over the fence will do, get some of the good stuff,.... and at a very reasonable price.
Speak to you later Neil, happy Xmas.
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Hey Gordon.
How are u mate.Keeping out of trouble or what???
When I fish the Carron Beat a couple of years back we took a day off and did the Whiskey Trail.(Brendan Lough,guille on Tweed set this deal up for us,great guy.
The best bit was the Barrel makers,I forget what town that was but man oh man do those guys ever work their butts off,make goooood money also.
I stayed at a B&B in Duff town for 2 nights before our fishing started and 2 nights after.
Really nice B&B,25 quid a night,awesome.Best breaky ever,you could have what u wanted but I had the Finny Haddock every day,couldnt get enough of that stuff,mmmmmmmmm!!
We passed a stillwater fishery a few times right along side the main drag.Is this the one u work at.
There was a Troutmasters event going the one weekend we were their.
I am going to be fishing Dee in March,22-29 I think it is.Staying at some big house that goes with the fishing.Not sure of the beat but Roe Pot,Lower Blackhall are the names I have been given,u know this one mate.
Are u going to be in the area then of will u be doing the guiding/guille deal.
If your going to be about maybe we can hook up.
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PS Gordon can u take a couple of pics of Jim on the Spey to post here to show every one else.Cheers.

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Hi Neil,
Not sure if i will be here or in BC at the end of March, sent you a PM as regards the Dee and maybe a day or Two on Tulchan on da Spey.
Cheers Gordon.
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If you are fishing the Roe Pot, it will be at Little Blackhall, just above Lower Blackhall. It should fish very well at that time, best of luck.
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Hey Gordon
Well I'm in Glasgow now and having a great time despite having to watch the Rangers lose Talked to a guy by the name of Bill(?) at the Glasgow angling center who passed along a hello,said he knew you quit well and suggested that I talk to you about some lines for a rod back home.
I figured you might be particular to what whisky you prefer so I figure being where your at we could grab something out your way...just point me in the right direction I'll give you a shout during the week.Looking forward to getting up that way and meeting.
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Hey Jim,
Good to here you made it to God's country , sorry about your Team getting thrashed by the Hoops.
I used to work with Billy pies and know him very well, the store you where in is the biggest fishing tackle store in Europe.
Its kinda cold up here, so wear some warm clothes , good you are managing to survive Glasgow ...and that by the way, and can understand the Glasgow accent.
See you soon.
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Well I'm still in detox after this one!!Great,great time....people and country side just beautiful.Hooked up with Gordon(speyghillie)who gave me the grand tour that was friggin brilliant bud....something I'll not forget and man do you ever know your history,not only about the fishing but also the surrounding area.Also got to cast(fluff)Gordons clan rod which was really really nice....what did you say "clear across to the other side" ha ha!!at the same time as spawned out salmon were rolling only feet from us.Man did that ever get the blood pumping!
Hey Neil I know Gordon got some pics...but I think we suffer the same problems on the computer with posting pics...it's just such a pain in the nuts.If I can figure it out I'll post some real beautiful pics of the river and country side.
Looking forward to getting back some time this summer and at 140 pounds for a weeks worth of fishing thats all I'll be doing.Hopefully the sea trout are in at that time also.
Thanks again Gordon,your a real class act and hope you can make it to the clave out this way coming up this spring....the Balvenie will be waiting!!
Oh yea,thanks again for the box of salmon flies ...that was really cool of you
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Good to hear you had a good time Jim !!
Even better to know you made it back safely !! Welcome home bud !!



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