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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 6th July)

Weekly Report for W/E July 4th.
Ian Neale reports from Altyre Estate that they ended the week with 7 sea trout up to 3lbs. River levels were in good order earlier in the week but fell away quite quickly each day as the predicted heat wave set in. The rods were basically fishing early and late which is when the fishing seemed to offer the most chance of a fish. It was a little disappointing not to have seen many grilse or salmon running, but interesting to see so many sea trout in the river this year. Hopefully the heat wave has now abated for the time being and it appears to be looking a little more unsettled through the forthcoming week. Hopefully, given some rain and a decent rise in river levels may improve fishing conditions and we should expect to start seeing the main run of grilse and Summer run salmon appearing shortly.
Ian Neale.

Lethen W/e 5 July

Last week was as tough as it ever gets for fishing. The water level was never much better than low but by the end of the week it was very low and reading 3" on the Shenachie gauge. The days were very bright and it wasn't long before the heatwave hit us. Saturday saw a cooler temperature returning and rain but that was all too late to save the week. So we finished with a very small score of 4 fish but it is fair to say we were generally under rodded over the beats.

The Wood party were out on the Dunearn beat. Very sadly, and at the last moment, Simon and Clare Wood were not able to come up so it was left to the younger generation to prove their skills. So the beat was really only fished by an average of 2 rods during the week. Miranda Boal, their daughter, was fully up to the challenge. She scored with a very fresh 12 lbs fish in the Kennel pool late on Monday evening and followed this up with a fish of 7 lbs in Peter's Pot in the scorching heat of Wednesday afternoon. Charlie Wood was up for the last two days of the week and lost a good sized fish at the net in Morgan's Haugh.

Chris Mills and Julia Simpson were back on the Daltra/Altnahara beat but frustratingly didn't score but according to Chris they had plenty of activity and lost a lot of short taking fish. They were mostly on for about 20 seconds or so but some were on for longer but never quite got to the net.

On the Altnahara local days Jason McCruden scored with a 3 lbs grilse in the Chair pool at 6am on the Wednesday morning. On Saturday John Macgregor was out on Mini Daltra and caught and released a fresh grilse of 4 lbs in the Loop.

By all accounts there were fish about with mostly grilse being sighted on Altnahara and Daltra. Hopefully we will see the grilse run intensify and if we get better water and weather conditions sport could return to normal. The grilse caught so far have been in good condition and weighing well which is an encouraging sign that they have fed well out at sea.

The weather looks set to remain on the cooler side for the week ahead and hopefully some weekend rain at the top end will help and this may be followed by periods of rain during the week. The river rose on Saturday evening by a few inches and the Shenachie gauge was reading 6" on Sunday morning. That is not very much but better than nothing and it will have allowed the fish an opportunity to move on upstream and hopefully allow others to replace them from further downstream.
Ewen Brodie.

River Nairn
Low water prevailed throughout the week, and in spite of Monday having some fresh water with a rise 3 inches, only 1 fish was reported. The weather remained hot throughout the week, and was not conducive to fishing at all, with levels way down below summer level. Charlie Black had the only fish of 8 lbs on Monday, on a size 12 Cascade. Apologies to David Wilson who I missed last week as he had a 4 lb sea trout. Conditions seem to be difficult again this week with only heavy showers forecast but lets hope the next rise in levels will see the arrival of the grilse to get things moving again.

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Beat catches reported
(week ending 4th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Glenferness 8, Lethen 4, Banchor 4, Nairn Angling Association 1.
Total: 17 Largest: Lethen & Banchor 12lbs
SEA TROUT: Altyre 7.
Total: 7 Largest: Altyre 3lbs
TROUT: None reported

What a week for Martin Dingemans. A six fish haul and one of his salmon from Lethen. 15lb on an Ally. Congratulations and thanks for the Photo

This big cock fish was hooked and released on a Cascade Snaelda tube fly and weighed around 22lbs. It was caught in Palamore Island pool on Altyre Estate by regular fishing client, Keith Clarke from Guernsey. Keith and his wife Ros were up fishing with Ian Neale on Altyre Estate in early April. Needless to say they really enjoyed their trip and what a great way to start their fishing season on the River Findhorn.

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

Season review

An end of season report will follow.

Catches reported to us were:

SALMON & GRILSE:xx Total: 0
SEA TROUT:xx Total: 0

SALMON & GRILSE: Darnaway 18, Nairn Angling Association 1. Total: 19
SEA TROUT:xx Total: 0

SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 7, Darnaway 31, Logie and Relugas 1, Glenferness 1, Lethen 5, Nairn Angling Association 12. Total: 57
SEA TROUT: Nairn Angling Association 4. Total: 4

SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 11, Darnaway 42, Logie and Relugas 11, Glenferness 31, Lethen 89, Banchor 13, Drynachan 38, Nairn Angling Association 18. Total: 253
SEA TROUT: Altyre 5, Darnaway 12, Lethen 2, Nairn Angling Association 6. Total: 25

SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 3, Darnaway 19, Logie and Relugas 10, Glenferness 39, Lethen 51, Banchor 5, Drynachan 26, Nairn Angling Association 5. Total: 158
SEA TROUT: Altyre 10, Darnaway 2, Glenferness 2, Lethen 2, Nairn Angling Association 9. Total: 25