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(Last updated: Wednesday 11th October)
Ian Neale reports from Altyre Estate for week ending September 30th as follows :
River levels were at a good fishing height for the start of the fishing week, with a sudden rise on Monday afternoon pushing levels up at two foot nine inches on the Forres gauge. From Tuesday onwards levels fell away slowly until another small rise on Friday and again on Saturday afternoon. The Altyre Estate beats were only lightly fished for much of the week and despite good water, the fishing was a little quiet with fewer fish seen running than in previous weeks.
Newcomer to salmon fishing and Spey Casting, Martin Scholten from the Netherlands was over here in Moray for a long weekend sampling the delights of Scotland, whisky and salmon fishing! He was quick to learn the technique and was soon casting a good line. It was not long before he hooked and released a lovely deep fish of around 7 lbs. from the Roan Pool on the Lower beat, which gave him some good sport. The river started rising at around lunchtime and suddenly the fish seemed to switch off!
So, sadly, that brings us to another end of the season here on the river Findhorn. Therefore, the salmon and sea trout can be left alone to carry on with their spawning season over the upcoming Autumn months. I look forward to catching up with old friends and welcoming new fishing acquaintances in the 2018 season, which re-opens on February 11th 2018.
Please do contact me for any information regarding fishing availability on the Altyre Estate during the 2018 season.
Tight Lines.Ian Neale. firstname.lastname@example.org
Fishing Report for w/e 30th Sept 2017
A quiet end to the season with the Dunearn and Daltra Beats on lightly fished and Altnahara not at all. Dave Carson and Gordon Rennie were out on Dunearn on Monday. Gaffer's was the first stop and on arrival the river was still rising rapidly so Gordon Rennie tried the tail of Polnachesse and had success with an 8lb salmon netted and released. The rest of the week belonged to Adrian Ormerod, his 42 years of experience Findhorn paying off with two fish on Tuesday, a 20lber on Thursday and a 9lb salmon safely released on Saturday which meant Adrian caught the first and the last fish of the season. There were reports of plenty of fish running from Morgan's Haugh to Gaffers on Saturday which is positive sign.
Dunearn 5 x salmon
The river was at a good height most of the week, but catches were disappointing. Willie Wallace had 2 grilse on monday that he released, and on tuesday Gordon Rennie also had 2 grilse he released. All fish were pretty coloured and the river contains a fair number of these fish showing in most pools. With only a week to go before the season ends, it appears that not many fresh fish have run into the river. With gales and rain forecast the river should be at a good height for fishing until the season comes to an end. Catches for the season are pretty good and it is expected that they will be well up on last years catches.
David Clark holds up a cracking Spring salmon of around 18lbs from the Scur pool on Darnaway 2017.
Peter James looking pleased with this 12lb fish from Palamore pool on Altyre Estate in April 2017.
Tom Brown and Leslie Tyson, looking very pleased with the first fish of the season of around 8lbs, from Altyre Estate.
Barry Stables with the first salmon of the season of around 21lbs from Thompson's Pool, Sluie beat.
A season report will be posted as soon as it is available.Catches reported to us were: