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(Last updated: Monday 3rd August)
Lethen report for w/e 1st August 2015
We finished July with an excellent catch of 122 fish, well above the 5 year average of 86 fish and within a whisker of the 2012 score of 126 fish but some way from the record year in 2010 when we hit the 200 mark. Last week the water level started as low but a midweek rise put it well up and then it dropped off slowly to the end of the week. The grilse are now appearing in good numbers. This season's trait has been the number of fish lost but it is understood this situation is the same on some other Scottish rivers.
We had the Habershon/Jones/Benson party on the Dunearn beat with a catch of 31 fish and the Altnahara beat with a catch of 2 fish. There was a greater number of grilse on the go and they accounted for 80% of the combined catch between the two beats. Every member of the party caught fish and the top scorer was once again Stephen Habershon with 13 but he has over 30 years of Findhorn experience behind him. Even so he scored a notable 1st this year with a fish caught in Rowland's pool. Other notable catchers were Tony Benson with 11 and Katie Faith with 4. It was good to see those of younger years catching fish and adding to their knowledge of the beats. A good example of this was with John Jones acting as ghillie to his daughters, Clare Cooper who caught 2 fish and Lucy Jones with the biggest fish of the week weighing in at 12 lbs from the Garden Pool. John himself only fished on the Saturday but succeeded in adding his name to the fishing book with a couple of grilse. Caroline Habershon also managed a couple of fish between grandmother duties. An interesting fact was that a very high proportion of fish were caught on an Alistair tube fly ranging in size from ½” to 1½” depending on the water height. This fly originated from the Helmsdale.
The Waddington family were back on the Daltra beat for their customary second visit of the season. In spite of much frustration in losing some fish that they hoped would get to the net they had a very creditable score of 11 fish (6 salmon and 5 grilse). John caught 6, Matthew 3 and Sue Thomis with 2, one of which was a fish of 17 lbs taken in the Daltra pool. The successful flies were Willie Gunns, Cascades and Ally shrimps.
This week there is every expectation that the grilse will continue to run. The level on Sunday was showing a healthy medium to low level with 7” on the Shenachie gauge. There could be a top up by Tuesday and
further rain up at Coignafearn is expected on Thursday as well as next weekend which should keep the river in good order. Temperatures are liable to be between 10 and 15 celsius.
Mr E Brodie
The river was low until wednesday when torrential rain caused a 2 foot rise on thursday. On tuesday before the spate, Brian Herbert had a 7 lb salmon in the low water. Thursday saw very high water, but dropping fast, but nothing was caught. Friday and things picked up, with Davie Campbell having 3 grilse for his day on fly, releasing 2. John Macdougall had a 4 lb grilse, Brian Stewart a 4 lb grilse, and David Wilson a 4 lb grilse. Fishing on a visitor day ticket, Cedric Joli Don from Switzerland, who had blanked on Findhorn, decided to fish the Nairn and was rewarded with his first salmon ever, a sea liced 4 lb grilse. Saturday saw levels dropping fast but 4 were caught. Davie Campbell again scored with 2 grilse, releasing 1. John Macdougall had a nice 7 lb salmon, and Jake Steven a 4 lb grilse. The river has now got a good stock of grilse so lets hope things continue to pick up. Small flies are best for the grilse with Cascade, Allys and Flamethrower size 10 to 12 recommended. Mr C Black.
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Quentin Ballantine with his belting 25lb salmon from Pete's Pot on the Dunearn beat caught on a 1 1/2" Munro killer on the 14 July.
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
An end of season report will follow.Catches reported to us were: