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(Last updated: Tuesday 18th September)
Altyre, Mon 17th September
We saw river levels running at just 3" on the Forres gauge on Monday morning. However after a prolonged period of heavy rain falling over the River Findhorn catchment through the previous week-end we finally saw the long awaited spate! By Monday afternoon river levels started rising quickly on the Altyre beats and within five minutes we saw a big dirty spate of around 3' coming down towards us!
Earlier on in the morning Ian Neale hooked a released a good sized sea trout of around 3 lbs from the Upper beat. A little while after that another grilse was hooked and lost, also from the Upper beat. Needless to say after the dirty water arrived on Monday afternoon fishing was over for the day!
On Tuesday river levels had fallen away nicely but the water was still quite dirty and consequently no fish were seen or touched for the Altyre rods. It was pretty much the same story on Wednesday although it was starting to show slightly better clarity. Then later on in the day another rise came down running around 1'3" on the Forres gauge and very dirty once again!
On Thursday we finally saw an improving river with good water clarity and running at a very respectable 9" on the Forres gauge. There were also good numbers of fish starting to run through the Altyre beats, with
several fish being pulled here and there.
Ian Neale hooked and lost a good sized fish in the Roan pool in the morning and regular guest Don Milne briefly hooked and lost another fish also in Roan pool, later on in the afternoon. Ian Neale was finally rewarded with a hat trick of grilse later on in the afternoon and all three fish hooked and released from the Upper beat.
River levels continued to Yo Yo throughout the next two days but water clarity remained pretty good. Nigel and Susie Warren-Thomas from Suffolk had booked a couple of days salmon fishing and this was their first experience into the world of salmon fly fishing. They both took to it very quickly and were casting a good line across the pools.
Later on Friday afternoon, Nigel was delighted to hook and release his first ever Atlantic salmon of around 8 lbs from the Upper beat. We had also seen a good number of larger fish running throughout the day and there were several other fish that were coming short to the fly, just nipping and pulling!
On Saturday morning river levels were running at 10" and falling away slowly throughout the day with very good water clarity. However, there were not so many fish showing and there were no other fish caught.
Despite the water clarity problems earlier in the week, it was great to see the river running with a decent flow once again after many months of continued low water. We have seen some more heavy rain falling
over the catchment throughout the week-end and river levels are on the rise once again today (Monday) which bodes well for the forthcoming fishing week on the River Findhorn.
LSat 15th September
On Monday just before lunch there was a sharp rise of 2 feet or so that left the river high and dirty for the rest of the day. Things were still settling down on Tuesday when Gordon Rennie landed a coloured 4lb grilse on a purple dropper in the tail of the March Stream on the Dunearn Beat. Charlotte Blackledge also had success on Tuesday with a 6.5 pounder from the Boat Pool on the Altnahara Beat, on a silver stoats tail. Adrian Ormerod was out on Dunearn Tuesday evening and he had a double success in Morgan's Haugh. At around 6.30pm he landed a 12lb cock fish on a size 6 cascade and he followed this with a 16lb cock fish on the same fly at 7.15pm. The river level seems to be holding a bit better this week with slight rises each morning.
On Wednesday there was more success on the Dunearn Beat when Dave Carson caught a coloured grilse of around 5lb in the tail of Morgan's Haugh on a gold body Willie Gunn double size 8 and later that afternoon Charlie Black had a 10lb salmon in the neck of Nettle Hole on a Red Flamethrower double size 8. Then in the evening Adrian Ormerod caught and safely released a 12lb cock fish in the tail of Morgan's Haugh on a size 8 Cascade at 6.45pm and lost another one. On the Daltra Beat the Blackledge party were unlucky not to score but report losing a couple of fish in the tail of the Loop Pool.
Dave Carson returned to the tail of Morgan's Haugh on Thursday and he was soon into a good fish. This time it was a well coloured cock salmon of around 17lbs on a red flamethrower size 8. It put up a good fight and swam off strongly when released. On Mini Daltra Stephen Blackledge caught a 6lb fish in the tail of the Loop and daughter Charlotte landed a 9lb salmon in Laird's.
There was more success for the Blackledges on Daltra on Friday with a 5lb grilse in the tail of the Loop. Peter McKinney had a great day on Dunearn on Friday. Conitues on the beat report.Beat catches reported
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