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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 16th July)

Altrye weekly report: Sunday 15th July
River levels have remained very low for these past few weeks and day time air temperatures have been soaring, making for very difficult fishing conditions! However we did see a slight change to the weather pattern earlier in the week with the onset of some light and persistent drizzly rain which was just enough to lift river levels by around 2" on the Forres gauge by Wednesday afternoon.

However, it was also just enough to encourage some fresh fish to move upstream from the lower river beats and the sea pool and into some of the Altyre beats and pools, where fish were seen running!
The Altyre beats were only lightly fished last week, but on Thursday afternoon Leslie Tyson was unlucky to briefly hook and lose a good sized fresh salmon on a small hitched tube, which took off downstream and snapped the tiny size 16 hook!

It also appears that there are some good numbers of fresh salmon and grilse building up in the Forres AA pools just below us and some of the local rods have been enjoying some great sport in recent days. I gather that local angler Geoff Holloway hooked and released nine fresh grilse between Friday and Saturday morning on the Forres AA water, all nine fish hooked on a small hitched tube, great stuff!

River levels have remained steady at 2" over the last couple of days and further rain fall over the River Findhorn catchment is much needed to get these fresh fish on the move. We have seen a small amount of rain here today (Sunday) but as always the weather forecasts seem to be rather unpredictable and pretty unreliable!
There are several different weather forecasting stations on offer and most of them all seem to tell a different story, with their weather forecasts changing almost hourly! It is really most frustrating, but I just hope we do see a change in our fortunes before too long. We shall wait and see!

As always please do contact me : ian@speycaster.net for further information on all Summer salmon fishing availability on Altyre Estate, River Findhorn.


Lethen Monday, 09 July 2018

There was a cooler start to the week with cloudy skies and drizzle. The river only rose an inch or so but it did slightly improve the conditions and the Maitland-Jones party in Dulsie Cottage were able to take advantage.

On Monday Guy Torrance had a 3.5lb fresh grilse in the White Stream and he followed this with a 12lb silver healthy looking cock fish in Dalnashaugh. It was his first cast across the throat of the pool and the fish put up a very good fight. They were out early on Wednesday morning and at 5.15am Andy Torrance caught a 4.5lb fresh silver blue grilse on his second cast across the throat of the Whin Pool, it took off downstream and also put up a very good fight. They reported seeing plenty of fairly fresh grilse jumping in the pools.
Mark Maitland-Jones finished the scoring for the week with an 11lb salmon from the Daltra pool on Friday.
There was a 2lb sea trout from the Middle Falls pool on Dunearn on Wednesday. Other than that is was fairly quiet for the Player party in the Lodge. They managed to move a couple in Lady Mary's and another in Roland's. Then later in the week they did lose a grilse in the Loop and move one in the Black pool.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 14th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Glenferness 3, Lethen 4.
Total: 7 Largest: Lethen 12lbs
SEA TROUT: Lethen 1.
Total: 1 Largest: Lethen 2lbs
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 3, Lethen 15, Banchor 7, Drynachan 9, Nairn Angling Assoc 4. Total: 52
SEA TROUT: Drynachan 2. Total: 2

June
SALMON & GRILSE: Altyre 4, Darnaway 2, Lower Dounduff 3, Logie and Relugas 6, Glenferness 21, Lethen 13, Drynachan 4, Nairn Angling Assoc 6. Total: 59
SEA TROUT: Logie and Relugas 1, Glenferness 1, Drynachan 8. Total: 10