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(Last updated: Monday 3rd October)
Ian Neale reports from Altyre Estate for week ending September 30th as follows:
River levels remained at a good fishable height on the lower river early in the week with good water clarity. On Monday David Tisdale caught and released a grilse of around 5lbs from the tail of Palamore pool. Lukasz Materek also caught a grilse of around 5lbs from the Roan pool, after hooking and losing a couple of other fish.
River levels continued to fall away over the next few days until heavy rain arrived throughout Wednesday evening and overnight.
On Thursday morning the rain continued to pour as river levels had started to rise on the upper river. Leslie Tyson had a red letter morning on Altyre with six salmon and grilse hooked and released up to 12lbs, before the river started to rise and colour up. By mid afternoon it was a raging torrent and it was all over! Finally, river levels had fallen away by Friday morning, but it remained very dirty all day and very few fish to be seen or caught.
Sadly that's another season over on the River Findhorn and hopefully the fish can have a little peace and get on with their spawning through the forthcoming months. The new season opens on February 11th, 2017 and I shall look forward to meeting up with everyone on the banks of the River Findhorn throughout next season.
Tight Lines, Ian Neale. firstname.lastname@example.org
Lethen report to 30th September 2016.
We thought we were suffering from empty whisky bottle syndrome, a situation where eventually there is nothing left in the bottle, because the run of fish appeared to have dried up completely. Highly competent rods were out for the last five days of the season, well for four days as Thursday was flooded out, but not a fish was landed between Monday and Wednesday. However that didn't really prove to be the case as down at Altyre we heard that Leslie Tyson had a bonanza day on Thursday before the flood hit the lower beats when he caught 6 fish and lost another 9. There was much speculation as to whether this run might get to us before close of play on Friday. So everybody started fishing with renewed hopes but it was 1pm on Daltra before the scoring started. From then until 5pm Frank Kennedy and Colin Apperley caught and released 6 fish between them. Jason McCruden was out in the afternoon for a last cast on Altnahara but it was 4.30pm before action started in the Boat pool when he caught and released 3 fish by 6pm. Meanwhile Martin Findlay and Ewen Brodie were out on Dunearn where all the tails were in great order but not a fish to be seen. At 5pm at Gaffers a jumping fish was heard but maybe at that time the run would have been arriving up at Tinkers from the Boat pool but that is pure speculation!
So that is the 2016 season now finished. It was shaping up to be overall a good one until the middle of August when drought and heatwave conditions greatly reduced the catches and they never really recovered much in September. We finished with a score of 295 fish which was just a few fish short of the 5 year average.
The dry weather continued most of the week, and the river continued to fall to almost the lowest on record. Thursday saw heavy rain however, and the river rose 3 feet. Friday and saturday saw the best catches for weeks, but all the fish were pretty red and were released apart from 1. Successful anglers were Gordon Rennie who had 5 for his week, Brian MacWilliam, David Johnstone (4), Billy Milne, Ian MacLaren (3), Brian Herbert, Badger (2), Saul MacKay (2) and Charlie Walker. The rise was short lived and the river has fallen away to low again, and with no rain forecast for the last week of the season, it is not looking too good for a final surge in catches. Anglers are reminded that once the season ends on the 7 th, that all permits with their seasons catches must be returned to Pat Frasers shop, or to Alan McGowan our membership secretary. Failure to do so will result in a financial penalty next year.
Peter James looking extremely pleased with this deep Spring salmon of around 17 lbs from the Roehillock pool on Altyre Estate in April 2016.
A Full report will appear soon.
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