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(Last updated: Sunday 29th May)
For Lethen last week started with great promise but as it progressed the fish started to go off the take and by the end of the week they completely ignored what was offered to them. We wonder why this happens
but like so many other things about fishing we may never know the reason. There may have been a good movement of fish upstream but they were still to be seen in reasonable numbers with some very fresh ones
amongst them even at the end of the week. Geoff & Neil Cruickshank, now into their 26th year on the Daltra / Altnahra beat, got off to a great start on Monday with 5 fish all caught on the lower part of the
Daltra beat. Then Tuesday produced another 5 fish on the Altnahara beat caught between the Princess pool and the Upper Chair. They reported all these fish were in very good condition. From Wednesday onwards they
drew a blank each day with the fish failing to cooperate. However the wildlife up and down the beats kept them well entertained.
The Findlay party were on the Dunearn beat marking 25 years on the Lethen beats. They lost a fish or two on the Monday & Tuesday but Nick Thomson scored on Wednesday with an 11 lbs fish in Lady Mary's pool. Then Bill Sowerby on Thursday lost a good fish in the March Stream but half an hour later was rewarded with a 12 lbs fish further down the pool. Special mention must be made of Hamish Findlay (6½ years old) who caught his first ever brown trout in the Tomlachlan burn behind the lodge. He was very ably guided and mentored by Bill Sowerby. Hamish followed this up with a second one. They were both caught on a Greenwell's Glory dry fly. So we think a third generation Findlay is now well and truly hooked!
For this week it looks as if we might get some rain locally around Tuesday but otherwise not much is anticipated. This will prove to be a testing time with low water conditions so care will have to be taken not to overfish the pools or spook the fish.
The Altnahara beat saw Paul Kelly catching a 9 lbs fish in the Black pool on Wednesday otherwise nothing else was caught although there were reasonable numbers of fish to be seen in the beat.
Dunearn 2 fish
Daltra/Altnahara 10 fish
Altnahara 1 fish
Simon Atterbury with his 8lb sea-liced salmon from Logie 12 May.
At the end of April fishing on Logie James Harries caught a ten pound cock fish in Criagiehall pool.
Ian Neale looking delighted with this cracking fresh spring fish of around 14lbs, hooked and released from Cottall Island pool on Meads of St John, Darnaway, on April 11th.
Leslie Tyson looking delighted with the first Spring salmon of the season from Altyre Estate. The big fish which was estimated at around 18 lbs and released, was caught on February 23rd from the Roan Pool on the Lower Beat on a Black and Yellow tube fly of Leslie's own tying. Hopefully this bodes well for the forthcoming weeks and months ahead and a good spring run moving into the River Findhorn
Lukasz Materek holds up his first spring salmon of the season, a lovely fresh fish of around 14lbs from the Soldier's Hole on Altyre Estate.
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