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(Last updated: Monday 24th September)
Altyre Sun 23rd September
River levels were running at a very respectable 1'2" on the Forres gauge on Monday morning but unfortunately water clarity was the main problem early on in the day, but finally clearing by mid afternoon. Ian
Neale hooked and released a 6lb fish from the upper beat later on in the day.
It rained heavily throughout Monday night and river levels had risen dramatically and reading 4'2" on the Forres gauge by Tuesday morning. The river was running very brown and dirty all day and fishing for us on Altyre Estate was out for the day!
Then by Wednesday morning we saw the arrival of Storm Ali, bringing some seriously strong and gale force winds throughout the day. However, river levels had fallen away and reading 1'10" on the Forres gauge. The river was still running with some colour in it but finally clearing by lunchtime, before we saw another rise of around 6" after lunch! Ian Neale managed to hook and release two fish of around 5lb and 12lbs both from the Roehillock pool on the upper beat. Then by around 7.00 pm we saw another big rise in river levels bringing the water up to around 4' on the Forres gauge!
By Thursday morning river levels had fallen away a little but still running very high and dirty at around 3'3" on the Forres gauge. The river started falling and clearing throughout the day and finally water clarity began to improve by late afternoon. Alasdair and Andrew McDonald were salmon fishing for their first time and Andrew managed to hook and release a 4lb grilse form the Roan pool late on Thursday afternoon. Ian Neale hooked and released another fish of around 8lbs also from the Roan pool a little later on in the evening.
River levels continued to fall away nicely and by Friday morning reading 1'7" on the Forres gauge. Water clarity was also looking much better and improving all day. Alasdair McDonald managed to hook his first ever salmon, a small grilse of around 3lbs from the Roan pool just before lunch. Regular client Robert Mull enjoyed a great day of sport with three fish of around 9lb and 6lbs from the Roan pool and another fish of around 8lbs from the Scur pool. Later on in the afternoon Alasdair McDonald hooked and released a cracking big cock fish of around 15lbs from the Upper beat and was truly delighted with his first introduction into the world of salmon fly fishing!
On Saturday morning river levels were reading 1'4" on the Forres gauge and with improving water clarity. Jean Francois and Genevieve Laroche from Canada had booked a half day of fly fishing on Altyre and this was their first experience of salmon fishing. They both picked up the art of Spey casting quickly and Jean Francois was very unlucky to hook and lose a fish in Roan pool just before lunch! Leslie Tyson hooked and released two grilse of around 4lbs and 5lbs both from Roan pool. He also hooked and released a sea trout of around 2lbs from the Roehillock pool. Robert Mull had another red letter day with a hat trick of fish, one of around 9lbs from Palamore and two fish of around 12lbs and 5lbs from the Roan pool. Ian Neale caught and released another grilse of around 4lbs from the Roan pool later on in the evening.
Lethen Sun 23rd September
A very promising start to the week for Frank Kennedy & Colin Apperley, fishing the Daltra Beat, who reported their catch for Monday was 4 fish, all safely released. 2 cock fish in Jean's Cast and 2 hen fish in Dalnashaugh all around the 10lb mark and they also rose another 10-20 fish. Despite seeing plenty of fish he reports they were not easy caught!
Heavy rain overnight Monday meant the river was high Tuesday morning but started dropping off by midday. Dunearn Beat had 1 x 4lb grilse for Tuesday, caught by Jamie Adamson in the Kennel Pool and Colin Gold lost a fish in Lady Mary's. On Wednesday Frank and Colin managed another 3 fish on the Daltra Beat before the river rose again and fishing stopped for the day. 1 x 8lb from Dalnashaugh and 2 from Jean's Cast 1x 8lb and 1 x 3lb all safely released.
Heavy rain meant another steep rise overnight on Wednesday, but things had settled down by Thursday lunchtime. Frank and Colin had a productive afternoon on Daltra with 4 fish landed and another 3 lost. There was more success in Jean's Cast with 7lb & 13lb salmon. Then there was a 6lb salmon from the Loop followed by a 2lber back in Jean's Cast. All were safely returned.
Conditions were good on Friday and Frank and Colin kept up their run on Daltra with another 5 fish. The first was a 14lb salmon from the Loop. This was followed by 2 x 15lb salmon from Dalnashaugh and then a 2.5lb fish from the Whin Pool and another 2.5lber from Lairds. All were safely released. There was also success on the Dunearn Beat on Friday morning, with an 11lb salmon from the Haugh Stream and an 8.5lber from Gaffers.
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