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(Last updated: Monday 24th July)
Ian Neale reports for week ending July 22nd as follows: The Altyre beats were only lightly fished last week and river levels fell away over the course of the week, with a slight rise of water on Saturday.
On Wednesday local angler Lukasz Materek managed to hook and release a grilse of around 3lbs from St. John's pool on the lower beat, on a size ten Kinermony Killer. On Saturday Andrew McInnes hooked and released another grilse of around 4lbs also from the Lower beat.
We could do with some rain and a decent spate to bring the river back to life at this time. I hear however there have been some good numbers of fresh fish running through the Forres AA water although they have not been very inclined to take the fly! Ian Neale firstname.lastname@example.org
Lethen Fishing Report for w/e 22nd July 2017
Conditions were undoubtedly a lot more difficult this week with the river low and slowly dropping. Despite the tough going everyone seemed to enjoy the challenge and the fish were catchable. The Ballantyne Party on Dunearn started the week positively with Quentin Ballantyne connecting with a 4lb grilse in Peters Pot on Monday and he repeated the success in the same pool on Tuesday with another 4lb grilse. On Thursday there was another 4lb grilse for Quentin from the Kennel and later that day Piers Ballantyne got off the mark with a 7lb salmon from the Bridge pool. There were reports of plenty of grilse running through and a number of fish were lost during the week with Zoie Ballantyne being particularly unlucky losing a well hooked fish on Thursday and again on Friday.
The Goold party in Dulsie Cottage were on Daltra for 3 days and were unlucky to end with a blank week despite having four grilse hooked and lost after 2 or 3 minutes play.
The Graham party filled in the odd days and had a bit more luck alternating between Altnahara and Mini Daltra. They started the week well when the conditions were a bit more promising with Graham Frost connecting with a 4lb grilse on Altnahara on Monday. Peter Graham and Graham Frost each had success on Tuesday with a couple off Mini Daltra, the largest being 8lb. They then struggling like everyone else for the next few days before finishing strongly on Saturday with Peter and Graham each landing a 3lb grilse from Mini Daltra. Apparently one of the highlights of the week was when Jamie Wallard hooked one while dibbling in the neck of the Englishman's. Sadly it came off after a minute but it was full marks to Jamie for persevering.
The week ahead looks like it will be continuation of the current conditions with some showers forecast for the middle of the week.
Dunearn 1 x salmon, 3 x grilse (75% released)
Day Lets 1 x salmon, 4 x grilse (100%released)
The River Nairn
The river remained low throughout the week and is now below summer level. Fishing conditions were difficult and the fish caught were all caught in the late evening. It was blank up until friday when Jimmy Mackenzie and his fishing pal Billy Hossack each had grilse of 4 lbs and 3 lbs. Sandy Wallace also had a 7 lbs salmon the same day. We badly need some rain to get things going again but the grilse are still running in the low water so its worth a try early mornings or late evening. The forecast for the coming week does not have much rain in it.
For any further information on the river Findhorn fishing please do contact me Tom@fishpal.com
David Clark holds up a cracking Spring salmon of around 18lbs from the Scur pool on Darnaway 2017.
Peter James looking pleased with this 12lb fish from Palamore pool on Altyre Estate in April 2017.
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: