(Last updated: Tuesday 16th January)
A Very Happy New Year to everyone! Suddenly we are just some four weeks away from the opening day on the River Findhorn which will be opening on February 12th this year! We have been enjoying some much colder
and more wintry conditions of late and there seem to be good accumulations of snow higher up in the catchment areas of the Cairngorms and Monhadliath mountain ranges.
Skiing conditions have been reported as one of the best winter seasons for several years. With decent accumulations of snow on the hills and sub zero conditions at night we should hopefully have a good reservoir of snow melt building up in the corries, to keep levels topped up over the forthcoming Spring months! Many of the Estates have been busy preparing their beats and clearing the banks ready for the new fishing season.
Hopefully, it will not be too long after the opening day, before we hear news of our first Spring salmon of 2018. Many of the early running Spring fish tend to be caught mainly on the lower river Findhorn beats, from late February through April, until higher water temperatures allow the fish to ascend the Poolie Falls at Sluie. Then the fish will start to move upstream and into the middle Findhorn beats, where they will disperse and start moving further upstream depending on water conditions.
For latest fishing availability on the river Findhorn please check the "Find Fishing" or " Fishery Descriptions" page, giving details of dates and beats on offer throughout the forthcoming season. As always, please take great care when wading especially during these early Spring months, when water temperatures can be extremely cold. Waders full of cold snow melt water can ruin your day, so please do make sure to take a towel and a set of "falling in " clothes just in case! An inflatable life harness is also highly recommended at all times.
May I wish everyone "Tight Lines" for the forthcoming season.
Casting a fly over Palamore pool on Altyre Estate in May with good river levels and conditions.(photo Ian Neale)
In a sport where success can be directly related to the particular weather and water conditions, accurate information, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is invaluable. By regularly checking our links to the sites listed below anglers can be well informed on how the week's weather pattern is developing.
Please click on the weather link here
For Tide information
Seven day predictions for Burghead the nearest tide station to the Findhorn can be seen at: