When to Fish
Length of season
The season opens on the 11th February through until 30th September. On
the lower beats of Darnaway, Altyre, and the Forres Angling Association
water, anglers should expect to catch fresh Spring salmon through
February, March and April.
On the Findhorn, the Spring salmon fishing can be split into two defined
periods through the Spring months of February to June. On the lower
beats from Sluie at Darnaway to Forres AA, salmon fishing can be
tremendous from opening day through to early May as salmon are held back
in these lower beats until water temperatures rise to 42f.
Daltullich Bridge Pool, Daltullich.
Cold snow melt water from the Monadhliath Mountains keeps these early
Spring fish bottle-necked in these lower beats until such time as the
water begins to warm and they can ascend the Poolie Falls at Sluie.
Therefore, given a long cold winter with good snowfall, prospects of
catching these early Springers can be excellent on these lower beats. As
the Spring weather improves in early May and water temperatures begin to
climb, salmon will begin to move quickly through the Falls and upstream
into the middle and upper beats where sport for Spring salmon will be
enjoyed through May and June. The 2008 season, indeed proved to be an
exceptional year for Spring salmon with a huge fish of over 28 lbs.
hooked and released on Altyre Estate in mid April.