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(Last updated: Monday 27th June)
Ian Neale reports from Altyre Estate for week ending June 26th as follows. River levels remained at a good fishing height through the early part of the week for the lower river. Leslie Tyson enjoyed some really
great sport on Altyre lower beat on Monday evening. In just a couple of hours fishing he managed to hook and release three fresh sea liced salmon of around 12lb, 10lb and 6lbs. On Tuesday morning Dr. James
Anderson caught and released another fresh fish of around 13lbs from the Roan pool. Ollie Alston was fishing on the Upper beat on Wednesday and hooked and released a fresh fish of around 14lbs from Palamore
Heavy rain showers over the Dava catchment on Friday put the river Divie into a spate, bringing in very coloured and dirty water into the main lower river on Saturday. By Saturday evening river levels started falling away and clearing a little and Glyn Phillips hooked and released a lovely fresh grilse of around 3lbs from the Roan pool on the lower beat. Hopefully we may start to see more runs of grilse appearing over the forthcoming weeks. It looks like we may see further unsettled weather conditions bringing in more rain and showers over the next few days, which hopefully should keep river levels topped up at a good fishable height.
Lethen had a quieter week probably because with the water levels fluctuating throughout the week the fish may have been intent on keeping going on their upstream journey. Late Friday afternoon there was a mini
spate which dirtied the water and didn't clear until midday on Saturday.
On the Daltra/Altnahara beat one pool produced the catch of 4 fish. It was in Dalnashaugh pool that Simon Cooper caught a 6 lbs fish on Monday followed by a 3 lbs grilse on the Wednesday. James Finnis also scored on Wednesday with a fish of 8 lbs and Mark Blackwell rounded the week off with a fish of 11 lbs.
On the Dunearn beat the final score was 4 fish all caught by John McDowall. All quality fish weighing in at 9, 10, 12 and 15 lbs from Gaffer's, Morgan's Haugh, Lady Mary's and Nettle Hole.
Rene Munger and two friends from Switzerland sharing the 2 rods on the Altnahara beat on Wednesday and Friday caught a fish on the first day but so far we have no further details than that.
For the week ahead it is looking as if the weather will be unsettled all week and that there will rain at times in the upper catchment area at Coignafearn as well as locally. This should keep the water levels at a reasonable level without big fluctuations. Hopefully the salmon run will continue and that we will begin to see the grilse run intensify.
Dunearn 4 fish 100% released
Daltra/Altnahara 4 fish 75% released
Day Lets 1 fish 100% released
Monday started off with the river at a nice level for fishing, but dropping fast. Despite the good water, the only angler to score was Davie Campbell from Elgin who had a sea liced 6 lb salmon on his cascade fly. Levels dropped away for the rest of the week back to summer level, until saturday, when a thunder storm up the hill caused a 4 inch rise but nothing was caught. June can be an odd month on the Nairn so hopefully things will improve. We badly need some heavy rain now to get things moving again.
Willie Gunn, Cascade and Allys are all recommended with a Monkey also well worth a try and Invicta or Teal Blue and Silver for sea trout.
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Ian Neale: ian@speycasterBeat catches reported
Peter James looking extremely pleased with this deep Spring salmon of around 17 lbs from the Roehillock pool on Altyre Estate in April 2016.
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