(Last updated: Tuesday 14th April)
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The River Nairn
The Nairn Association water had a good day yesterday Monday the 13 April, local anglers caught and released three spring salmon, 10lb, 10.5 and 8.5lb, thanks to Mr G Rennie for this, well done!.
Week of the 5 April from Charlie Black
Once again we had a great start to the week with 2 fish being caught on Monday. Kelvin Fraser had a 10 lb salmon and Alistair MacKellar struck again with his 2nd salmon of the season, another 10 lb fish, and this time on an Allys Shrimp. Both fish were caught at Rosefield and were safely released. After Monday, there was bright sunshine most of the week and the river continued to drop away. It was also very warm and no further fish were seen or caught. Saturday saw the return to winter and it was cold and windy, with snow on the hills. Prospects for next week are a return to warm weather with showers so hopefully fishing will improve as levels rise again.
Week Ending the 5 April.
Ian Neale reports from Altyre Estate that fishing and weather conditions were pretty miserable for the first two days of the week, with air temperatures barely getting above 3 degrees C. However, as the week progressed the weather settled and it became a little warmer by day. River levels benefitted from snow melting water and by Wednesday levels were reading 1'5" on the Forres gauge.
The tides were also on the rise by mid week and this seemed to encourage a run of fresh fish into the system. Late on Wednesday afternoon, Keith Clarke fishing with his wife Ros, was rewarded with an absolutely cracking sea liced fish of around 22lbs, hooked and released from the Upper beat on a Cascade Snaelda. By Saturday, river levels had risen even more and reading 2'1" on the Fish Findhorn gauge at Forres. It was certainly feeling a little more Spring as temperatures soared to 13 degrees C. Regular visitor to the river Findhorn, Andrew Shaw managed to hook and release another sea liced fish of around 12lbs, hooked on a Purple Cascade tube fly.
It has been a very warm day (Sunday) here in Moray with temperatures rising to 17 degrees C and it looks like river levels are rising again on the back of the Easter heat wave! Hopefully this bodes well for anglers fishing on the fabulous Findhorn this coming week. Tight Lines.
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Beat catches reported
Gordon Rennie fishing the River Nairn with another fish caught on Thurdsay 16 April. 10lbr from the river.
Gordon Rennie fishing the River Nairn with his second fish of the day another 10lbr
Gordon Rennie fishing the River Nairn with three fish caught on 13 and 14th April, this a stunning 8lbr from the river.
A cracking Spring salmon (measuring 39") hooked and released from Palamore Pool, Altyre Estate in April 2014
Another big Spring fish of around 20lbs from the Roan Pool on Altyre Estate in March 2014
I have only heard of one fresh caught on the River Findhorn so far, which was a fish of around 14lbs from the Lower Home Beat on Darnaway. Andrew McInnes hooked and lost a good fresh fish last Wednesday right at the net on Roan pool, Altyre Estate.
There have also been reports of good numbers of kelts being hooked, over these last few weeks which is always good to hear. However, over the week-end we have seen some very high water levels on the river due to heavy rain and snow melting in the catchment. Therefore I suspect this may well have washed out a good number of the kelts from the river.
River levels are falling away nicely now and the river was looking in good order today. Therefore, I am hoping that we may start to see some runs of early Spring salmon moving into the river system before