Fishing regulations

Anglers should be aware of the legal requirements before you book fishing. There are conservation codes, individual beat and booking agency conditions to consider. Fundamental legislation requires anglers to have written permission to fish for salmon and sea trout. The season extends from the 11th February until 30th September.

River conditions

The following Salmon Conservation Policy issued by the Findhorn District Fishery Board must be complied with.

Findhorn District Salmon Fishery Board
Conservation Code 2018
RELEASE Anglers must release:
All fish caught up to 14th May inclusive (including dead fish)
From 15th May:
All fish over 9lbs / 28 inches (4 Kg / 72 cm)
All coloured, stale and gravid fish
As many hen fish as possible
RELEASE RATE Anglers are asked to achieve a minimum of:
75% of all salmon/grilse and sea trout caught from the 15th May
KEEP RATE Guidance only as Release Rate above should take priority:
A maximum of 1 salmon (under 9lbs) or 2 grilse (fish under 4lbs)
per rod per 6 days
METHOD Before 1st May fly fishing is encouraged.
Most beats are fly only all season. From 1st May it is mandatory.
Pinched or barbless hooks are recommended.
Avoid using triple hooks.

Looking upstream towards the Poolie Falls on Upper Home beat. © Ian Neale

Fishery conditions

Individual owners may also have their own individual conditions, such as the hours that fishing is allowed on that beat, provision of ghillies (if any) and what fishing methods you can use.

FishPal Booking Conditions

This site uses the FishPal booking engine, so if you use our online booking system, or our call centre on 01573 470612, you need to agree to FishPal's booking conditions.

You will be given another opportunity to read all these conditions before doing any online booking, where you have to indicate your agreement to them. They will also be included in the joining instructions you are given when your booking has been completed.

Casting a fly over the Whirling pool on Upper Home. © Ian Neale