(Last updated: Tuesday 8th October)
The 2013 season was impacted by a severe drought coupled with periodic heatwave conditions from the end of June right through to the end of the season. This resulted in the total catch for the 2013 season being
limited to 199 fish against the previous 5 year average of 414 fish. The salmon catch was 166 against a normal catch of around 250. The grilse catch of 33 was particularly poor when we normally expect the catch
to be over the 150 mark.
Not all was doom and gloom as the season got off to an encouraging start with an April/May/June catch of 122 fish against a 5 year average of 97 fish.
Release rates were maintained at a high level, salmon at 82.5%, grilse at 94% and overall 84%.
Whatever the season, there are always some memorable events:-
First Fish of the Season was caught on 22nd April by Matthew Baker - a beautiful fish with long tailed sea lice and estimated at 15 lbs from the Island Pool.
First Ever Salmon were caught by:-
✸ Rufus Flint Worne (aged 10) on 25th June with a 9 lbs salmon from the Loop.
✸ Christopher Dobbs on 17th Sept with a fish estimated at 7 lbs from Tinkers.
✸ Robert Cooke 17th September with a fish estimated at 12 lbs from Green Bank.
Good Scoring Weeks included:-
w/b 27th May Jeremy Seaman & Party with 10 fish on the Dunearn Beat.
The Cruickshank Party with 17 fish on Daltra/Altnahara.
w/b 3rd June. Ben Baker & Party with 10 fish on Daltra/Altnahara.
w/b 24th June. Irving Warnett & Party with 19 fish on the Dunearn Beat.
Charles Schmidt & Party with 8 fish on Daltra/Altnahara.
w/b 29th July. The Habershon Party with 8 fish on the Dunearn Beat.
w/b 9th September. Andrew Legge (1 rod) with 5 fish on Altnahara. First visit.
w/b 16th September. Mike Ellis & Carl Spolander with 14 fish on Mini Daltra.
Matthew Dobbs & Party with 8 fish on the Dunearn Beat.
Heavy Fish were caught by:-
April Matthew Baker 15 lbs in the Island Pool
May Brian Raw 18 lbs & 15 lbs both in Jean's Cast
Neil Cruickshank. 20 lbs in Dalnashaugh
Geoff Cruickshank 2 x 15 lbs in Upper Sawpit & the Laird”s Pool
James Keyser 16 lbs in Polnachesse
Ed Keyser 15 lbs in the March Stream
Nick Thomson 15 lbs in the Laird's Pool
Jeremy Seaman 15.5 lbs in Lady Mary's Pool
June Mary McDowall 15 lbs in Morgan's Haugh
July Mike Sutton 17 lbs in the Black Pool
August Stephen Habershon 23 lbs in the Middle Falls Pool
Sept Carl Spolander 2 x 17 lbs both in the Laird's Pool
Mike Ellis 16 lbs in the Loop
Conclusion. 2013 was not a season to write home about but the Findhorn offers some wonderful extras. Apart from the stunning and dramatic scenery the banks are home to osprey, peregrine falcon, dipper, grey wagtail and the rare capercaillie as well as otter, red squirrel, roe deer and pine marten to name just some of the species to be encountered. One fisherman said that just being able to sit down on the bank and quietly watch the behaviour of fish when the water is low and clear is a fascinating experience in itself.
A FULL SEASON RIVER REPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE IN DUE COURSE .
This is a report written up by the Chairman of the Findhorn Fishery Board, Alasdair Laing.
In the meantime if you have any news, photo's stories, please mail or call Tom Carter on 01573 470612, or mail. email@example.com.