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Fishing Reports

This week so far

See each day's largest fish and individual beat catches on our Latest Catches page which is updated each time a ghillie uses our automatic telephone reporting system.

Last week

(Last updated: Tuesday 19th August)

Altyre Report as follows for W/E August 16th. Ian Neale reports that once the big flood waters had started to fall back and with the water starting to clear from Thursday onwards, sport started to pick up. Andreas Kolb and his father, Walter, aged 75, from Germany had booked a trip to the Findhorn as complete beginners to the world of salmon fishing! They both picked up the art of Spey casting very quickly and were able to cover all of the lies within a short time. Walter actually pulled two fish in the top of Roan Pool, before he finally hooked into a lovely fresh salmon of around 12 lbs. It was quite an interesting time, as his English was not too good and therefore, trying to relay instructions on playing the fish had its' interesting moments, especially when the fish took off down the pool at speed and onto the backing! However, he remained very calm (Walter that is! ) and under supervision, began to get on top of the situation. Finally, Ian was able to net the fish safely and after a couple of photos, the lovely fresh hen fish was quickly released back into the water. What a great moment and just in time for Andreas to return and witness the wonderful event.
Further upriver on the Upper Beat, Robin Birkbeck hooked and released two grilse and a sea trout of around 2 lbs. from Palamore Pool. Lukasz Materek also hooked and released a sea trout of around 2lbs later on Thursday evening from Roan pool. Finally on Saturday evening, Lukasz was rewarded with a fine fresh grilse of around 3lbs, again from the Roan pool. There seemed to be a good number of fresh salmon and grilse appearing on most of the Lower beat pools throughout Saturday. Unfortunately, the flood waters have returned after another heavy spell of wet weather in the Findhorn catchment over the week-end and we must wait yet again for the spate to fall and clear over the next few days, before fishing conditions improve.

Lethen reports that Hurricane Bertha had a fair old sting in her tail when she struck the previous Sunday night and left a trail of devastation as the result of a ferocious spate sending the Shenachie gauge soaring to over 10' . This must have come down the river in the early hours of Monday morning as a massive bore. It was a massive bore in the other sense as the beats took a real hammering with many places having soil and vegetation stripped to bare rock. The hardest hit was the Altnahara beat where access along the beat has been split in two at the Englishman's pool because of a rock slide which has left an inaccessible gap in the path which is going to be very problematic to rectify. So for the rest of the season this will mean an extra yomp up and down paths in order to fish the whole beat. Elsewhere there has been much damage to paths and banks but in most cases the worst has been cleared so fishing is once again possible. The river remained high and dirty until Wednesday but by Thursday it was starting to clear and it was possible to start fishing again. Stuart Fell and Stewart Baggs were out on the Daltra beat and over the last three days of the week caught 5 fish. Friday saw Stuart catching a brace of 12 pounders and Stewart catching his first Findhorn fish. All the fish were on the stale side but they reported seeing some fresh grilse running through the beat on Saturday. Phil Burton and his party were on the Dunearn beat and they caught 7 fish on the last two days of the week with 3 fish to Rupert Pope (largest 15 & 16 lbs), 3 fish to Phil's own rod (largest 14 lbs) and 1 fish for James Mayne. All these fish were thought to have been in the river for a while. It looks as if fresh MSW runs may be over for the time being so it is encouraging that there could now be some fresh grilse on the go.
There has been heavy local rain this Sunday and the week looks set to remain on the wet and cooler side and around midweek it may be increasingly wet up in the upper catchment area. This will hopefully mean that a reasonable water level will be maintained during the week.

River Nairn

The river had a massive flood on Monday and it was unfishable until Wednesday when levels dropped a bit. It was the biggest flood for a few years and has caused some changes to pools, with deeper runs formed, but gravel movement has filled in some pools as well. Several fish were caught once levels dropped, but a lot of the fish were coloured for some reason. Grilse were caught by Hughie Fraser, Gordon Rennie released, Billy Milne who had 3 for his week all released, Ian MacLaren released, Robin Mitchell 3, 1 released, Charlie Walker and Kevin Elliot 2. More rain is falling so levels should remain excellent for this week. Hopefully a decent run of sea liced grilse will appear as so far it has been a bit disappointing. Best flies are Flamethrower, Willie Gunn, Allies Shrimp and Cascade.

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Beat catches reported
(week ending 16th August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 4, Glenferness 15, Lethen 12, River Nairn Angling Association 10.
Total: 41 Largest: Lethen 16lbs
SEA TROUT: Altyre 2.
Total: 2 Largest: Altyre 2lbs
TROUT: None reported

Ian Neale releases a really superb deep Spring salmon of around 17lbs from Palamore Pool on Altyre Estate in early June.

Ernst Schleipmann looking very happy with his first Findhorn salmon of around 10lbs, from the Princess Pool on Glenferness Estate in May

Peter Fraser casts a fly over the Roan Pool on Altyre Estate.

Season review

W/e 9 Aug, Lethen reports that the river had a good fill up of water last Sunday and this resulted in good fishing conditions for the start of the week although levels started to drop fast a second smaller increase at the end of the week kept the water in good order. Fish, some on the stale side, moved up from the lower beats and these were followed by fresh grilse that were generally in good condition. Jamie Forbes and his party were on the Dunearn beat and finished the week with 4 salmon, largest at 14 lbs to Oliver Cooke, 2 grilse and a sea trout of 2½ lbs. Meanwhile Mark Lloyd's party were on the Daltra/Altnahara (13 fish) with 3 days on Mini Daltra (5 fish). The combined catch was 4 salmon, largest at 13lbs to Seth Johnson-Marshall, and 14 grilse. Top scorer was Simon Evans who finished the week with 11 fish to his rod and of these fish 5 were caught on the hitch. Otherwise the well tried favourites of Allies, Flame Throwers and Cascades took most of the other fish.
Bertha arrived on Sunday and on Monday morning the river was showing a height of 8' + and rising at the Shenachie gauge. At Dulsie Bridge water was passing through the second arch which is something Ewen Brodie has only witnessed twice before. It doesn't look too hopeful for the chance of a cast for a day or two but once Bertha moves on it might surprise us how quickly the river might drop to a good fishing height.

Altyre Weekly Report as follows:
Ian Neale reports from Altyre Estate, that after further heavy rain over the previous week-end, river levels were looking good at the beginning of the week, although water clarity was really quite poor. River levels fell away very quickly throughout the next few days and the fishing was disappointing, with very few fresh fish to be seen running or hooked. Caspar Bowes hooked and lost a fish on his second cast on Monday morning in the Roan pool. A little while after that, Guy Newell hooked and released a fresh sea tout of around 3lbs, also from the Roan pool. On Wednesday, having seen a small run of fish in the Soldier's hole, Guy hooked and released another sea trout of around 3lb. On Friday evening, Edward Rippier was finally rewarded with a lovely fresh sea liced grilse of around 4lbs, hooked and released from the Roan pool on a size 10 Munro Killer.
The weather has certainly changed in this part of the World and after continual heavy rain over the week-end river levels are running extremely high today. However, once the rain finally eases off and river levels start to fall, we are hopeful that this big spate combined with some very high tides over the next few days, should see a run of Grilse and Summer salmon moving into the river system.

River Nairn
The river had several small rises in levels, throughout the week and this gave the best catches so far. Fresh fish came into the river and are now well upstream. Gordon Rennie had a great week with 8 altogether, biggest 10 lb, releasing 6, Adrian Ormerod had 2, both released, Mike Hendry also had 2, while single fish were caught by Davie Mackintosh, John Main, Alastair Mackillop, Billy Gibson and Charlie Black. The week ended with low water, but the forecast is for prolonged heavy rain so it may be unfishable for a day or 2. Check the SEPA site for levels. Once levels drop, conditions should be excellent for the whole week. Best flies are Flamethrower, Willie Gunn, Allies Shrimp and Cascade.