(Last updated: Monday 29th September)
Lethen reports that their season ended on a very quiet note with just two fish for the week but fishing pressure on the Daltra & Altnahara beats was fairly light. On Thursday Rab Logan caught a grilse of around 4 lbs in the tail of the Island pool on the Daltra beat. Then on Saturday Christoph Buxton caught a grilse estimated at 5 lbs in Gaffers on the Dunearn beat but lost a fish in the Upper Kennel pool. The water has been very low and the fish have been somewhat sulky these last two weeks. They can now be left in peace as the spawning season fast approaches. The season's total was 177 against the 5 year average for 353 fish. The last poor season was in 2003 when 126 fish were caught but this was followed in 2004 with a near record catch of 534 fish so there is some optimistic hope for 2015! A summary of the 2014 season will shortly be posted on the Lethen website www.lethenestate.co.uk
Once again the river level fell away all week, and catches were poor. Not many anglers were out and about except, for Peterhead member Pat Jackson, who persevered all week and finished up with 2 on fly. His 1 st was 7 lbs he released and his 2 nd was a fresh 12 lb salmon. This shows that even in low water is is worth a cast. Quite a few coloured fish are showing in the pools, and fresh water is desperately needed to get things going again. Best flies are Flamethrower, Willie Gunn, Allies Shrimp and Cascade. Once again no rain is forecast for the coming week. There is only 1 week and a couple of days left of the season, so hopefully a long overdue rise in levels will happen, but the forecast looks to be pretty dry.
Thanks to all for your constant reports from the rivers.
It has been a hard season with very little rain.Beat catches 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.
An end of season report will appear shortly.