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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 18th September)

Ian Neale reports from Altyre Estate for week ending September 16th as follows :

It was certainly a week of wet and sometimes windy weather, with river levels remaining on the high side throughout the week. Water clarity was the main problem on Monday and then with river levels rising steadily for much of the day, fishing was slow going on both beats and not many fish to be seen.

By Tuesday levels had fallen back a little and water clarity had improved greatly. Ian Neale enjoyed some great sport with three salmon between 8lbs-10lbs, all hooked and released from the Roan pool on a Purple Cascade tube.
By Wednesday river levels had fallen away slightly and water clarity was improving all the time. Leslie Tyson had a red letter day with a total of four salmon between 8lbs to 15lbs from the Roehillock pool and a grilse of around 3lbs from the Roan pool. He also hooked and lost another five fish through the day! David Tisdale hooked and released a salmon of around 10lbs from Roan pool just before lunch.

On Thursday river levels had risen again after further rain falling over the river Findhorn catchment. Ian Neale hooked and released a sea trout of around 4lbs from Palamore Island pool. Leslie Tyson managed to hook and release a salmon of around 8lbs from Roehillock pool later in the day.

By Saturday river levels had risen once again and reading three foot on the Forres gauge, but falling away slowly throughout the day. David Tisdale managed to hook and release a strong cock salmon of around 13 lbs from the Roan pool. Leslie Tyson was also back in action later in the day, with two salmon of around 6lbs and 10 lbs and a sea trout of around 2lbs, all hooked and released from the Roan pool.

Ian Neale.

Lethen Water

A different challenge this week with plenty of rain and high to medium water conditions. The Hardinge Party were in Dulsie Cottage and started the scoring on Tuesday when Peter Timm landed a 6lb salmon in the Island pool followed by a 5lb salmon from the Loop (both were on a size 12 cascade). On Wednesday Tilo Paessler landed his first ever salmon, a 10lber on a size 12 ally shrimp from the Loop. Charles Hardinge ended week on a positive note with a couple of fish on Daltra. They were his first fish on the Findhorn after 30 years away. The first was a 9.5lb salmon from Jean's Cast and the second a 3.5lb grilse from the Island pool. He left with the comment that they all ‘had a wonderful time and the river is stunningly beautiful and had a good stock of fish, despite this years events'.

The Dunearn Beat was fished by a mixture of locals this week. On Tuesday Dave Carson landed an 8lb salmon from the March Stream. On Thursday Glyn Phillips had a 8lb salmon from the Garden pool and a 12lb salmon from Lady Mary's. Michael Barron also had success with a 10lb salmon and a 3.5lb grilse from Polnachesse. On Saturday Andrew McInnes landed a 4lb grilse from Polnachesse followed by a 5lb & 9lb salmon from the Garden pool. Glyn Phillips also had a 8lb salmon from Lady Mary's.

Dunearn 8 x salmon, 1 x grilse (100% released)
Daltra/Alt 4 x salmon, 1 x grilse (100% released)

River Nairn

Constant heavy rain showers all week caused the river to rise and fall most days. Levels were mostly on the high side but plenty fish were caught, with most being in spawning livery and released.

Monday and Charlie Black had a 15 lb salmon and a grilse both released. Grilse were caught by Billy Maitland, Dr Mark Macmillan, Gary Hines, Gordon Rennie, Saul Mackay and Ian McLaren with 3, all released.

Tuesday and Davie Campbell, Ronnie Cameron and Charlie Black had a grilse each, and Dr Mark Macmillan had a 4 lb sea trout all fish released.

Wednesday and John Mackintosh had a 6 lb grilse he released.

Thursday and Charlie Black had an 8 lb salmon and a grilse both released and Gordon Rennie a grilse released.

Saturday and Willie Wallace had 4 grilse all released and Ron Cameron a cracking 12 lb salmon he released. It is heartening to see anglers being very conservative at the back end of the season and putting back fish about to spawn, and with at least 75% release rate to be attained, this should be no problem.

With the season only having 3 weeks left, there is not long to go. Where are all the silver back end fish though? A bit worrying.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 16th September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 13, Logie and Relugas 3, Glenferness 27, Lethen 14, Banchor 5, Drynachan 58, Nairn Angling Assoc 21.
Total: 141 Largest: Drynachan 20lbs
SEA TROUT: Altyre 3, Logie and Relugas 1, Drynachan 1, Nairn Angling Assoc 1.
Total: 6 Largest: Altyre & Nairn Angling Assoc 4lbs
TROUT: None reported

David Clark holds up a cracking Spring salmon of around 18lbs from the Scur pool on Darnaway 2017.

Peter James looking pleased with this 12lb fish from Palamore pool on Altyre Estate in April 2017.

Tom Brown and Leslie Tyson, looking very pleased with the first fish of the season of around 8lbs, from Altyre Estate.

Barry Stables with the first salmon of the season of around 21lbs from Thompson's Pool, Sluie beat.

Season review

A season report will be posted as soon as it is available.

Catches reported to us were:

SALMON & GRILSE: Darnaway 3. Total: 3
SEA TROUT:xx Total: 0

SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 10, Darnaway 18, Nairn Angling Assoc 5. Total: 33
SEA TROUT:xx Total: 0

SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 4, Darnaway 22, Lower Dounduff 1, Logie and Relugas 6, Glenferness 6, Lethen 20, Drynachan 2, Nairn Angling Assoc 1. Total: 62
SEA TROUT: Altyre 2, Nairn Angling Assoc 2. Total: 4

SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 9, Darnaway 11, Lower Dounduff 5, Logie and Relugas 8, Glenferness 4, Lethen 8, Drynachan 15. Total: 60
SEA TROUT: Altyre 1, Darnaway 2, Nairn Angling Assoc 1. Total: 4

SALMON & GRILSE: Darnaway 13, Logie and Relugas 5, Glenferness 23, Lethen 26, Banchor 4, Drynachan 18, Nairn Angling Assoc 21. Total: 110
SEA TROUT: Darnaway 2, Glenferness 3, Lethen 2, Nairn Angling Assoc 6. Total: 13

SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 10, Darnaway 23, Lower Dounduff 4, Logie and Relugas 10, Glenferness 17, Lethen 54, Banchor 6, Drynachan 22, Nairn Angling Assoc 17. Total: 163
SEA TROUT: Darnaway 3, Glenferness 3, Lethen 1, Banchor 1, Nairn Angling Assoc 2. Total: 10

SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 12, Darnaway 10, Lower Dounduff 1, Logie and Relugas 2, Glenferness 44, Lethen 31, Drynachan 2, Nairn Angling Assoc 76. Total: 178
SEA TROUT: Altyre 4, Darnaway 1, Nairn Angling Assoc 3. Total: 8