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(Last updated: Monday 1st October)
Altyre Sun 30th September
River levels were at a good fishing height for the start of our last fishing week of the season on Altyre Estate, running at a respectable 11" on the Forres gauge. Fish seemed to be running in reasonable numbers
and Leslie Tyson enjoyed a great morning of sport with four fish of around 10lbs, 6lbs, 5lbs and 4lbs all from the Roan pool and hooked on the Altyre Dog tube. A little later on in the evening and Ian Neale
managed to hook and release another couple of fish of around 7 lbs and 6 lbs, both from the Roan pool on the lower beat.
On Tuesday with river levels running at 10" on the Forres gauge fishing was much quieter and there were fewer fish seen running on the lower beat. However, Leslie Tyson managed to hook and release a grilse of around 4 lbs later on in the afternoon from the Roan pool. On Wednesday and with levels falling away to 8" on the Forres gauge it was another quiet day and very few fish seen or hooked!
By Thursday morning after a night of heavy rain falling over the river Findhorn catchment river levels were on the rise once again and reading 1'4" on the Forres gauge. Water clarity was really good and there were some very good numbers of fish seen running throughout most of the day, but seemingly intent on moving upstream in a hurry! Ian Neale finally managed to hook and release a reasonably fresh fish of around 7 lbs from the top of the Roan pool on a Purple Cascade tube fly.
By Friday morning river levels were running at 1'1" on the Forres gauge, however water clarity was poor with some dirty water coming in from the River Divie above us on Altyre! Consequently fishing was slow going and with very few fish to be seen or touched all day!
On Saturday morning and with river levels remaining steady at 1'1" on the Forres gauge, water clarity had improved and Leslie Tyson hooked and lost a fish in Roan pool. Finally he was rewarded with a small grilse of around 4 lbs from the St. John's pool on the lower beat. Hector Low hooked and released a fish of around 10 lbs from Palamore pool on the Upper beat.
So ends another fishing season on the river Findhorn which finally ended on a high note after some very dry weeks through the Summer months. However, the river appears to be in very good shape and there are some very healthy stocks of salmon and grilse from the top of the river right down to the lower beats, waiting to spawn in the upcoming months.
Lethen Mon 1st October
On Monday Mike Burrell was on the Dunearn Beat and he landed a 4lb coloured grilse in Lady Mary's. He also reported that they managed to raise quite a few other fish, some were hooked but all lost. Mike had more
success on Tuesday with 2 more fish. The first was 5lb from the tail of Tinkers and the second 3.5lb from the Hitch Stream.
On the Daltra Beat on Tuesday morning James Gardiner caught his first salmon, a 12lb hen fish from Laird's on a size 8 Ally's Shrimp. Then in the afternoon there was another first salmon for Mike Dorman, a 9lb hen fish from Laird's, again on a size 8 Ally's Shrimp. Both fish were safely returned.
Fish were lost on both beats on Wednesday. Thursday morning on the Dunearn Beat Fergus Laing landed a 4lb grilse in the Garden Pool on a 2" silver stoats tail and Iain McLaren had a 5lb grilse in the tail of Polnachesse on a size 8 Calvin shrimp. Both were safely released. Adrian Ormerod was out on Mini Daltra on Thursday afternoon and he safely released two fish. The first was a 9lb salmon from the Island pool on a size 8 gold bodied Willie Gunn and he followed this with another 9lber from the tail of the same pool with the same fly. On the Dunearn Beat on Friday Sophie Wigan caught a small 4.5lb grilse in Tinkers on a 1" Garry Dog tube.
Glyn Phillips was out on the Dunearn Beat on Saturday and got off to a positive start early in the morning with 2 in Gaffers. The first around 10lbs and second at 15lbs. Andrew McInnes landed a 9lb salmon in Garden in the morning and then a small 4lb grilse in Kennel in the afternoon.
There was a successful end to the week for the Gardiner party on Mini Daltra on Saturday. There were 4 fish in total, two grilse (4lb & 5lb) from the Island pool, followed by a 4lb grilse in the Loop and then a 10lb salmon from Laird's. All were on an Ally shrimp and were safely released.
Nairn Monday 1st Oct
Another great week for catches, and we are catching up fast for the previous 3 months of low water. Monday and Ron Cameron was on the mark with a fresh 10 lb salmon, Gordon Rennie and Davie Campbell had a grilse each, Alan Watson had 2 grilse and Billy Milne had a great couple of hours, with 4 grilse and an 8 lb salmon. Prior to that he had hooked a huge fish that cruised up and down the pool for 10 minutes with not a show, and finally broke him on an underwater snag. Tuesday and Charlie Black had a grilse, Billy Maitland a grilse and Gordon Rennie on the mark again with 2 grilse. Wednesday and Gordon once again had a grilse.Beat catches reported
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