Swing the Fly Issue 2.4 Spring 2015 - Page 110

Above: Little did we know that our accommodations at Laggan House during the week were going to be so picturesque and elegant. The Victorian Laggan House is primarily a time share of the house and grounds, including fishing on the Laggan and Carron beats of the River Spey which are mutually shared on alternating days. This provides the fishermen the benefit of fishing any section within approximately three miles of the River Spey.

Upper Right: The water in the River Spey has a brownish tint that comes from the peaty soils of the watershed. Some say this is the reason for the tremendous popularity of Speyside single malts! The area has the highest concentration of distilleries in the world; a great tourist attraction and solace to many unlucky fishermen.

Lower Right: Mike Murdoch, the resident ghillie for Laggan House, escorted and guided us from time to time providing advice on flies, methods of presentation, and insight into the historic patterns and lies of the Salmon and Sea Trout in the numerous runs we fished. He was reputed to be a scratch golfer as well as a great guide.