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(Last updated: Monday 27th March)
Ian Neale reports from Altyre Estate for w/c March 20th as follows: The first few days of the week saw some fairly wild and windy conditions, with a mix of rain, sleet and snow falling even to the lower ground!
River levels remained at a good fishable height for fly fishing and started falling away towards the end of the week. On Friday Lukasz Materek hooked and released a lovely sea liced fish of around 15lbs from the
Roan pool on a monkey tube fly.
By Saturday it was suddenly feeling more like Summer, rather than the end of March! Leslie Tyson had a red letter day or afternoon, with three fresh fish between 8lb-10lb, hooked and released, all from the Roan pool on the lower beat.
Forres Association water.
Fish are coming off the association water, 21pounder caught by Alex Mackay in suspension bridge on Saturday following on from a 13 pounder from the same pool a couple of days earlier.
Fish have also been taken in Stoney and the Dump over last couple of weeks.
Fish are showing here and there with Kelts still being regularly hooked.
Best week this year on the Nairn with some great spring fish caught and released. The previous week Sandy Wallace had a cracking 14 lb fish. Water levels were very good at the start of the week but the lack of rain has meant levels are down now. This week, Monday started off with Gordon Rennie netting a 10 lb salmon. Tuesday saw 3 caught with Gordon once again on the mark with a 16 lb salmon, Stewart Hayden a 10 lb salmon and Charlie Black also with a 10 lb fish. Saturday saw John Macdougall land a 9 lb salmon. All fish were caught on fly. The week ahead is going to be a struggle but as the fish are in, dropping a fly size or two should still attract a fish in the lowish water. Very little rain seems to be in the forecast. The usual Willie Gunn is recommended with Cascade and Allys also worth a try.
Tom Brown and Leslie Tyson, looking very pleased with the first fish of the season of around 8lbs, from Altyre Estate.
Barry Stables with the first salmon of the season of around 21lbs from Thompson's Pool, Sluie beat.
A Full 2016 season river report will be available in due course.Catches reported to us were: