Caledonia Fly Co

Fishing Reports

This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 2nd November)

The season has closed.

An end of season report will follow in due course.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 28th November)
SALMON & GRILSE: None reported
SEA TROUT: None reported
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

2014 Season
You may remember that I opened my 2013 report by saying that that season was better forgotten. At the risk of
sounding like a scratched record, I'm afraid that the overall catch returns for 2014 indicate another pretty disastrous
year and, at 1164 salmon and grilse caught, 2014 is the worst year since 1999.
The difference between the two years was that in 2014 we did not suffer the late spring/early summer drought conditions
of 2013 – I remember speaking to a keeper from the top of the river in the late spring this year and being told
that there was more snow in the upper corries than had been the case for many years. As a result, water conditions
were pretty good and yet fish were still not being caught.
There are many theories for the lack of fish but the balance of evidence suggests that the problem lies at sea rather
than in our rivers and Atlantic salmon runs in other countries have been poor in 2015. Research is being targeted on
the marine environment but it is a huge field and with only limited resources available it is unrealistic to expect quick
Not all was doom and gloom; the early spring catch, at 205, was the best since 2008 and considerably above the ten
year running average.
The tail end of hurricane Bertha, which hit in early August, resulted in the highest water levels experienced on the
Findhorn since 1970. Although quite considerable damage was done to fencing paths and roads along the river banks
and there were reports of numbers of both adult and juvenile dead fish from many parts of the river, indications from
survey work done by Bob Laughton and his team are that the long term effect on the fish population may not be overdramatic.
Perhaps fortuitously, it was the Findhorn's turn this year for an extensive programme of survey work. Continuing
high water post Bertha and into the autumn disrupted this work but, with one or two exceptions, the surveys completed
indicate that juvenile populations are healthy in most areas.
Conservation Code
Anglers continue to observe the Board's Conservation Code and release rates achieved in 2014 were a creditable:
Salmon 83%
Grilse 65%
Sea trout 86%

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 41, Logie and Relugas 1, Glenferness 6, Lethen 5, Nairn Angling Association 12. Total: 72
SEA TROUT: Nairn Angling Association 4. Total: 4

SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 11, Darnaway 43, Dunphail 2, Logie and Relugas 11, Glenferness 35, Lethen 89, Banchor 13, Drynachan 38, Nairn Angling Association 18. Total: 260
SEA TROUT: Altyre 5, Darnaway 12, Glenferness 1, Lethen 2, Nairn Angling Association 6. Total: 26

SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 3, Darnaway 19, Dunphail 5, Logie and Relugas 12, Glenferness 39, Lethen 51, Banchor 5, Drynachan 31, Nairn Angling Association 5. Total: 170
SEA TROUT: Altyre 11, Darnaway 3, Glenferness 2, Lethen 2, Drynachan 1, Nairn Angling Association 9. Total: 28

SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 7, Darnaway 79, Dunphail 3, Logie and Relugas 13, Glenferness 76, Lethen 122, Banchor 3, Drynachan 57, Nairn Angling Association 19. Total: 379
SEA TROUT: Altyre 1, Darnaway 8, Glenferness 1, Lethen 2, Drynachan 1, Nairn Angling Association 3. Total: 16

SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 27, Darnaway 48, Dunphail 6, Logie and Relugas 8, Glenferness 61, Lethen 113, Drynachan 141, Nairn Angling Association 40. Total: 444
SEA TROUT: Altyre 1, Darnaway 4, Drynachan 2, Nairn Angling Association 1. Total: 8

SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 38, Darnaway 19, Logie and Relugas 3, Glenferness 63, Lethen 75, Drynachan 139, Nairn Angling Association 27. Total: 364
SEA TROUT: Altyre 8, Darnaway 2, Glenferness 2, Lethen 2, Drynachan 3, Nairn Angling Association 1. Total: 18

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