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(Last updated: Friday 18th November)
Ian Neale reports from Altyre Estate with a brief end of season report for the 2016 season as follows :
The new salmon season got off to a good start on February 23rd with the news of our first fresh fish of the year on February 23rd. Leslie Tyson managed to hook and release a lovely deep salmon of around 18 lbs from the Roan Pool on the Lower Beat, on a 1” black and yellow tube fly of his own tying. As we moved into March, the weather and water conditions remained generally favourable and runs of early Spring fish started moving into the lower river. The Altyre Beats kept on picking away through March, with some really cracking early Spring salmon. April saw numbers of fresh fish continue to build and we enjoyed some really great sport throughout the month. Snow melt water kept river levels topped up and offered perfect fly fishing conditions right into the first week of May. However, an early heat wave through the middle of May meant river levels fell away and with no rain, fishing conditions became pretty difficult. Despite the low water conditions, fresh fish kept moving into the lower river and were there to be caught for those willing to fish early and late!
With decent river levels, we started to see good numbers of fresh Summer salmon and grilse running into the beats by mid-June. The runs of salmon and grilse continued to move in through early July and fishing conditions remained generally favourable. On July 20th, after heavy rain and thunderstorms, we witnessed the most amazing surge of water rising by over 3 feet in a matter of minutes. By mid-August we were well and truly in the grip of a heat wave and with river levels falling away, fishing became slow going.
It was not until early September until we started to a return to low pressure and the welcome return of rainfall! On September 3rd, after a rise in levels Daryl Ewer and Rob Thomas enjoyed some great sport with four fish hooked and released including our biggest salmon of the season at around 20 lbs. River levels continued to yo-yo for much of the month and there was never a shortage of fish to be seen, although not always willing to take the fly!
Leslie Tyson finished the season in great style on September 29th with a total of six fish hooked and released up to 12 lbs and another six fish hooked and lost, before river conditions became unfishable.
All in all, a most productive and enjoyable fishing season, highlighted by a really strong run of multi-sea winter salmon through the early Spring months. The river is now very well stocked with good numbers of spawning salmon throughout the system, which bodes well for the future of the River Findhorn.
Ian Neale. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2016 season river report will be available in due course.Catches reported to us were: