Go Fishing in rivers, lochs or the Sea.
Whether you're a serious angler, just want to enjoy a days sport, or perhaps try fishing for the first time while on a self catering holiday, then this part of Scotland offers fishing for all levels.
Salmon and Sea Trout
The main river in the area is, of course, The Spey which is one of the classic salmon rivers of Scotland. The Spey rises over 100 miles to the west and by the time it reaches Grantown it is a big river. The river has some great runs of salmon with over 8,000 fish taken each year Advance booking is essential.
Anglers travel from all over the world to have the opportunity of catching a fresh run wild Scottish salmon. There are a number of well known rivers in the North East from where you can cast a fly and try to tempt a Salmon or Sea Trout.
Trout - Brown & Rainbow
There are 3 good "Still Water", stocked, fisheries within easy reach of Dufftown
Artloch Trout Fishery is about 14 miles from Duftown heading towards Huntley, and offers a peaceful setting with almost 5 acres of bank fishing. The Trout Fishery is stocked with Rainbow trout between 2 and 10 lbs, Brook trout and resident Brown trout. The loch ranges from 5 to 12 feet deep and is fed by the Glen Burn. Open all year.
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery is about 8 miles from Dufftown heading towards Elgin. Glen of Rothes has 6 acres of water, and provides excellent Stillwater bank fishing for Rainbow trout, as well as for Browns, Steelheads, Blue rainbows and Brook trout. The Lochs are mainly fly-only, but there is also a smaller dedicated bait loch as well. Open all year - Casting tuition available.
Mill of Kellas Trout Fishery is located between Elgin & Forres, it was opened in July 2009 and the fishery comprises of two fly lochs and one bait loch. All the lochs are re-stocked weekly with fish from 2.5lbs in to double figures. Open all year.
There is loads of fun fishing to be had both from the shore and from a boat; When the weather is lovely, there's nothing better than being by the sea.
Fishing from the shore locally is not as productive as other parts of Scotland. However you can expect to catch small Coalies, Codling and, of course, Mackerel when they arrive in late June. Estuaries and beaches produce Flounder and Dab.
It's also possible to book a boat fishing trip from Macduff catching mainly Mackerel and codling.