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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 15th April)

Findhorn w/e 12th April

The Darnaway beats had a total of 11 fish with 4 caught on the Home Beat, 2 on Lower Home and 5 on the Meads.

Forres Angling Association had two fish last week and I have just heard that 3 were caught on the FAA water yesterday (Monday)

Ian Neale reports from Altyre Estate with the news of their biggest fish of the season so far. The big fish which measured just under 40" was a salmon of around 24lbs caught by Andrew Shaw on the Upper beat on Wednesday, April 2nd. Another 3 fish were caught up to 14lbs from both beats. Ian reports that there were a good number of fish running for much of the week, which bodes well for the middle beats in the forthcoming weeks.

Logie had their first of the season, a 15lb fish caught by Ewen Manson in the Broom Pool, so there are obviously a few starting to slip through from the lower beats.


Nairn Report w/e 14 April

The river remained low all week and is now almost at summer level. As a result no fish were reported caught. Rain is urgently needed to give a lift in levels. Best flies for early in the season are Willie Gunn, Cascade and Allys Shrimp.
Charles Black


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Beat catches reported
(week ending 19th April)
SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 1, Glenferness 10, Lethen 2.
Total: 13 Largest: Lethen 15lbs
SEA TROUT: Altyre 2.
Total: 2 Largest: Altyre 2lbs
TROUT: None reported





Salmon fishing on the River Findhorn
David Clark releases a fresh Spring salmon of around 14lbs from Mini Daltra beat on Glenferness. Anglers must release all salmon up to May 14th inclusive, according to the 2014 Findhorn Conservation Code.

Season review

Findhorn report for w/e 5th April.
The Darnaway beats had a total of 11 fish with 4 caught on the Home Beat, 2 on Lower Home and 5 on the Meads.
Forres Angling Association had two fish last week and I have just heard that 3 were caught on the FAA water yesterday (Monday)
Ian Neale reports from Altyre Estate with the news of their biggest fish of the season so far. The big fish which measured just under 40" was a salmon of around 24lbs caught by Andrew Shaw on the Upper beat on Wednesday, April 2nd. Another 3 fish were caught up to 14lbs from both beats. Ian reports that there were a good number of fish running for much of the week, which bodes well for the middle beats in the forthcoming weeks.
Logie had their first of the season, a 15lb fish caught by Ewen Manson in the Broom Pool, so there are obviously a few starting to slip through from the lower beats.

4 April
A steady number of fish continue to be caught on the lower Findhorn with Darnaway the star performer of the week ending March 29th with a total of 10 fish topped by a 22lb hen caught by Alasdair Laing in the Scurr Pool on The Meads. David Stewart Howitt caught a further 3 on the Meads ranging from 9 to 14 lbs, 2 fish came from the Lower Home and 4 from the Home beat.
Ian Neale reports that Altyre Estate ended the week with 2 fresh Spring fish, both of around 18lbs apiece and safely released. Stuart Hayden caught his fish from the Lower beat on Monday, March 24th. Alison Alston caught her fish from Palamore Island on Saturday afternoon, March 29th.
Forres Angling Association had 2 fish towards the end of the week.
As yet there are no reports of fish above Poolie but they must be close to shifting and casting arms are twitching.
Thanks to Alasdair Laing for this report.
31 March River Nairn.
The first fish of the season was caught on 27 th March by that well known artist and River Nairn angler Gordon Rennie. The fish weighed 7 lbs and was fresh but no sea lice. It was caught at Rosefield. Well done Gordon. This is the start of better things to come and other fish will follow now. Best flies for early in the season are Willie Gunn and Allies Shrimp.


Febuary 2014
The first fish, caught on the 12th February, was a seal damaged 10lber taken on the Darnaway Meads of St. John beat. Altyre produced its first, a 12lb fish in lovely condition for David Tisdale, fishing with Ian Neale, safely released on the 28th of Febuary. I hear of two fish caught on the Forres Angling Association water as well.
Fishing Report 26 March
Fishing on the Darnaway beats continues to offer opportunities with 3 fish in the last 10 days from the Lower Home (season total 9), 3 for the season from The Meads, 2 in the last 10 days from Lower Meads and 2 from the Home Beat.
Altyre reports good sport last week on the back of recent high water with Ian Neale's party catching a total of 4 clean run fish between 9 and 20lbs, the largest caught by Ian himself on Friday.
Meanwhile news from the Angling Association water indicates that around 18 fish have been caught altogether with 6 of those in the last 10 days. Philip Green returned a beautiful fish of 20lb + and an 18lber went back last Saturday so there are some big fish about.
There have been no reports yet of fish moving through into the middle river but thermometers are out and if the current weather continues the water may well warm up sufficiently to move them soon. The traditional indicator is when the birch leaves are “the size of a mouse's lug” and there is a tinge of green about the earlier ones here at Logie.