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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 18th June)

Sun 17th June Altyre

River levels remained very low for the start of the week with very few fish seen running through the lower river beats and therefore fishing was slow going everywhere! However, we finally saw some rain falling over the river Findhorn catchment on Wednesday evening and into Thursday, with river levels rising at Shenachie nearly twelve inches by Thursday evening.
By Friday morning the river had fallen back a little but still at a really good fishing height for the Altyre beats. Water clarity was also ideal but it was quiet on both beats and very few fish seen throughout the day. However, we had heard of numbers of fish that had been seen on the Forres Angling water in recent days and we were hopeful that they would soon start to move upstream, which they surely did!
By Saturday morning the river levels had fallen back to around five inches on the Forres gauge but we soon started to see and catch fresh fish that were moving through the beats. Early on Saturday morning Andrew McInnes hooked and released a cracking fresh sea liced salmon of around 10 lbs from the Upper beat on a small Purple Cascade. A little later on in the day and Ian Neale hooked and landed another two fresh fish, one a salmon of around 7 lbs and another grilse of around 4 lbs, both from the Upper beat.
It was really heartening to end the week on a high note and it would appear that there are some good numbers of fresh salmon and grilse moving in off the high tides and into the river system. After further rain falling over the River Findhorn catchment through Saturday, river levels have risen once again today (Sunday) on the back of that rain.
Therefore, this bodes really well for anglers at the start of our fishing week on Monday and fly fishing conditions should remain good on our beats. Hopefully and according to the weather forecast there appears to be more unsettled weather with further rain coming our way on Wednesday, which will be most welcome!
As always please do contact me : ian@speycaster.net for further information on Summer salmon fishing availability on Altyre Estate, River Findhorn.
Tight Lines. Ian Neale Speycaster

Sun 17th June Lethen

Nothing to report at the start of the week. We did however receive a positive report from Paul Kelly who was fishing the Altnahara Beat which makes for rather nice and even encouraging reading:

"I'm afraid we don't have any catches to report from today but as you'll know the fish are a bit stiff at the moment. We did have a number of offers of interest but they just wouldn't commit. It was a very pleasant day weather wise and although low water Altnahara still has plenty of good fishing. The gorge pools all had fish in varying numbers and sizes. During a visit to one of the pools this afternoon we witnessed rows of fish, many of them very fresh but not keen. It was a joy just to watch them in their glory jostling for the best lies, it was quite a sight. I'm sure somebody will hit the jackpot when we get a rise of some kind! Similarly they had some offers on Daltra but no solid connection, however, enjoying their fishing and the solitude".

We did get some rain in the middle of the week and river rose about a foot Thursday evening but then dropping off again quickly. It was enough to freshen things up a little and Nick Jeffrey reported a very exciting end to the week on the Dunearn Beat. There were plenty of near misses and a blank week was eventually avoided when Justin Jeffrey landed and released a 10lb salmon on a hitch fly from the Falls pool in low and rising water on Saturday afternoon. It was his first Findhorn fish and an amazing catch in the falls.

Jack Christison also had success on Altnahara on Saturday when he landed a very fresh 4lb grilse from the tail of the chair, on a small orange pot belly pig. Jack confirmed the water level was definitely up a few inches from the start of the week and that there was no shortage of of fish showing in most pools, some of them bars of silver but all very reluctant to take.

Steady rain on Saturday meant another rise of about 10" early Sunday morning that should hopefully freshen things up a little for the start of the week. It should be a bit cooler this week with more rain forecast for Wednesday.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 16th June)
SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 3, Glenferness 3, Lethen 2.
Total: 8 Largest: Altyre & Glenferness & Lethen 10lbs
SEA TROUT: None reported
TROUT: None reported








Season review

A river report will be available in due course from the Trust, other details can be found off this link

Catches reported to us were:

February
SALMON & GRILSE:xx Total: 0
SEA TROUT:xx Total: 0

March
SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 3, Darnaway 13. Total: 16
SEA TROUT:xx Total: 0

April
SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 9, Darnaway 47, Logie and Relugas 2, Lethen 4, Nairn Angling Assoc 5. Total: 67
SEA TROUT: Darnaway 2, Nairn Angling Assoc 4. Total: 6

May
SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 3, Darnaway 4, Lower Dounduff 1, Logie and Relugas 6, Glenferness 2, Lethen 15, Banchor 6, Drynachan 7, Nairn Angling Assoc 4. Total: 48
SEA TROUT:xx Total: 0