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(Last updated: Monday 16th April)
Ian Neale reports from Altyre Estate and the Meads of St. John beat on Darnaway for week ending April 14th as follows :
River levels started off the week on the high side and continued to Yo-Yo for the rest of the week as snow melting water from the Monhadliath's topped up the river every day! On Tuesday morning David Tisdale hooked and lost a fresh fish in the Scur pool on the Meads beat. Later on in the afternoon Robert Mull hooked and lost another fish, also from the Scur pool on the Darnaway bank.
Meanwhile over on the Altyre bank, Des Dunlop hooked and lost another fresh fish almost at the net, from the Roehillock pool on the Upper beat! Finally, he was rewarded with a really superb sea liced fish of around 11 lbs from the Soldier's Hole pool on the Upper beat, on a Purple Cascade tube fly.
On Wednesday afternoon, David Tisdale hooked and released a fresh fish of around 7lbs from the Scur pool on the Meads beat on Darnaway, on an Altyre Dog tube fly. On Thursday there were good numbers of fresh fishing running throughout much of the afternoon on all beats. Later on in the evening Rob Newton from Yorkshire was rewarded with his first ever Spring salmon of around 14lbs hooked and released in the Garden pool on Altyre, Lower beat.
Over the last two days of the week, fewer fish were seen and only a couple of kelts were accounted for, which was disappointing. Hopefully we should see more fresh fish moving into the river system over the forthcoming week and with warmer water temperatures fish should soon be able to ascend the Poolie Falls at Sluie.
Tight Lines. Ian Neale. Speycaster.
River Nairn week ending 14 April
After a lean spell that only kelts had been caught, we finally got off the mark with some nice springers. The water has been cold for too long and it has finally warmed up a bit. Kevin Graham from Inverurie got
the season underway on monday, with a cracking 10 lb salmon he released and John MacDougall had a sea trout he released. Gordon Rennie was not far behind with a big 17 lb salmon on tuesday, also released. Then
on wednesday Dr Marc Macdonald had a 12 lb also released. Marcs father-in-law Peter Fletcher took out a day ticket on thursday and was rewarded with an 8 lb salmon he released. The smolt trap was also installed
on wednesday to sample the annual smolt migration. Friday and 2 sea trout were caught by Davie Campbell and Dr Marc Macdonald both released. The smolt trap is already getting smolts so its a good sign of a
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