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Welcome to Speycaster - Guided Salmon Fishing in Scotland

We offer spey casting tuition, guided salmon fishing and salmon fishing holidays on the River Dee, River Findhorn, River Spey, and River Avon in Scotland.

Additionally, we can arrange corporate functions, lodge parties and holidays along with everything from recreation and accommodation to fly fishing tackle and flies. We are sure you will find something of interest to everyone within the website, including our fishing news updates.

Ian Neale with a large Spring salmon on Altyre Estate, River FindhornIan Neale

Ian Neale is an expert salmon fisher, spey casting tutor, writer, photographer, and fishing guide. Ian is a passionate angler, who cares for his quarry and its fragile environment.

Ian has been working professionally as a guide and spey casting instructor since 1980 when he owned his own fishing lodge on the West coast of Scotland on the Isle Of Mull. Ian has extensive knowledge of all aspects of salmon, sea trout and trout fishing, from the smaller spate rivers and lochs of the West Coast to the larger flowing rivers of the East of Scotland where he has organised annual fishing parties on the River Dee, River Findhorn, and River Spey.

Head Fishing Guide

Ian was head guide on the Ponoi River on the Kola peninsula in Russia for five years. The Ponoi River is arguably the best Atlantic Salmon fishing river in the world. Ian was also head guide on the Rio Grande, in Tierra Del Fuego, which is home to some of the finest Sea Trout fishing in the world.

Ian has written extensively on salmon and sea trout fishing in a variety of UK game fishing magazines for many years and published his first book, Shadows in the Stream, in 2000. Ian's largest salmon to date is 28½ pounds from the River Helmsdale, Sutherland in February 1982, whilst fishing with his good friend, Bill Currie.

Hooked on Fishing - Sky TV

Ian has made several T.V. appearances with various fishing personalities, including Paul Young's "Hooked on Fishing" programme filmed on the Rio Grande River in Tierra del Fuego. He also featured on Sky TV "Tightlines" programme where he was filmed demonstrating the art and technique of single and double Speycasting on the River Dee on Park Estate in Aberdeenshire. Ian appeared on Norway's TV 2 channel on the Good Morning programme, featuring the salmon fishing at Park Estate on the River Dee on Royal Deeside. This was part of a travel programme capturing the delights of Scottish salmon fishing, golfing, historic castles and whisky galore!

Ian also appeared on the BBC Landward programme, where he was filmed on the Altyre Beat of the River Findhorn in Scotland. This film featured the resurgence of the wild Atlantic salmon stocks on the east coast rivers of Scotland and highlighted the importance of this recovery to the prosperity of the local economies.

Old Bridge Pool, Church Beat, River Findhorn

~ Speycaster Photo Albums ~

>>To view images of our growing online photo library, please click here. This link will take you to a selection of photo albums showing the many prime salmon fishing beats we fish on the River Findhorn, River Dee, River Spey, and River Avon (A'an) in Scotland.

~ Current Salmon Fishing Availabilities for 2017~

We have some really exciting Spring and Summer salmon fishing opportunities. Please see our availability page.

~ Salmon Fishing Gift Vouchers ~

Are you looking for a gift idea for that special person in your life or for the person who has everything? You may like to take advantage of purchasing a bespoke Gift Voucher!

For your special occasion shopping needs, we can provide a personalised gift voucher for a guided fishing trip with Ian Neale, which can be the perfect solution to meet your needs. It can be for one to three day's speycasting tuition, or towards a fully inclusive fly fishing holiday or break on one of those exclusive private beats on the Rivers Findhorn, Spey, Avon, or the Aberdeenshire Dee.

Gift vouchers can be just the perfect gift for a Husband, Wife, Father, Mother, Son, Daughter, or other relative, friend or business associate.
Gift vouchers are suitable for a wide range of occasions, including:

  • Christmas
  • Birthdays
  • Valentine's Surprise Gift
  • Mother's Day
  • Father's Day
  • Retirement
  • Anniversaries
  • A surprise present for any other gift giving occasion

A fly fishing gift voucher makes the perfect surprise present and is flexible for a date to be mutually arranged and being valid for anytime throughout the fishing season. When you buy your gift voucher, you can call to book the date yourself or the recipient may call to schedule their own arrangements. Please contact for further information on dates and prices.

Please note: Fishing season on the River Dee begins on February 1st and ends October 15th; and the fishing season on the Rivers Findhorn, Spey, and Avon (A'an) begins on February 11th and ends September 30th.

Lodge Parties

We can offer openings for any of our various fully catered Lodge Parties, based in Bradbush House; with salmon fishing on prime Middle to Lower Beats from Drynachan and Glenferness right down to Altyre and Darnaway on the River Findhorn. We have some superb Spring weeks from March through to June. The grilse and summer run salmon start to move into the system from early July through September.

In addition to Lodge parties, we also offer tailor made fishing breaks for individuals or smaller groups for Speycasting instruction and guiding on many of the classic beats up and down the rivers Spey, Dee and Findhorn in Scotlalnd throughout the salmon fishing season.

To discuss individual guiding, spey casting instruction or joining one of our Lodge parties please contact Ian.

During the 2017 season, late availability will also be announced on our Fishing news page.

Ian Neale at Park Estate, River Dee

See the Lodge Parties and Holidays page for fishing, holidays, guiding and tuition available for the 2017 season.

Ian Neale:

Bradbush, Darnaway, by Forres, Moray, IV36 2SU


Tel 01309 641658 * Mobile 07713 030429

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