(Last updated: Tuesday 27th January)
An update from the River Nairn
The season opens on the River Nairn on 7 th March. The ceremony will take place as usual at Jubilee Bridge at 10 am, where all can enjoy a dram. Due to our Fishery Board requiring catch and release up until the last day in April, after this is when the first fish can be kept. Best flies for the start of the season are Willie Gunn, Allys Shrimp and Cascade. As the river is fairly small, rod lengths of 12 feet can cover all the water with ease. Sink tip lines are best in spring and full floaters from summer onwards. During the close season, we have had a lot of rain with resulting very high water levels, and the river has undergone a few changes due to gravel movement and bank erosion, so it should be interesting when the season opens, to get to know the best pools again. A lot of snow is in the catchment area just now so hopefully it wont all melt at once and give a reservoir of water for a few weeks. The water bailiff, Alistair Skinner reports that it has been a good spawning year so hopefully the redds will have survived the constant high water.Beat catches
Ian Neale releases a really superb deep Spring salmon of around 17lbs from Palamore Pool on Altyre Estate in early June.
Ernst Schleipmann looking very happy with his first Findhorn salmon of around 10lbs, from the Princess Pool on Glenferness Estate in May
An end of season report will appear shortly.