(Last Updated: Monday 16 May)
Week commencing 9th May.
Mid week saw some welcome rain, sadly it only caused a rise of 2 inches. Friday Gordon Rennie caught a 9lb sea liced salmon on a Willie Gunn fly.
With very little rain in the forecast it seems low water will continue.
The smolt migration is now under way on the river Nairn.
The catchment has seen a real mix of weather over the last few weeks from snow to brilliant sunshine. With the slight rise in water temperature the fish are now ascending the falls at Sluie and as a result catches are beginning to be frequent on Logie & Relugas and the beats above.
Altyre continued to fish well early April with 9 salmon recorded.
Darnaway reported a great week, the week of 11th April. Catches are listed below:
11/04/22 – 10lbs and 9lbs from Scur (Meads of St John)
12/4/22 – 11lbs Craigie pool (Spring Home), 12lbs Scur (Meads of St John), 13lbs Scur (Lower Home)
13/04/22 – 7lbs – Sluie pool (Spring Home), 11lbs Scur (Meads of St John),
14/04/22 – 9lbs Craigie, 10lbs Marnachie, 11lbs Craigie (both Spring Home), 8lbs Halliemuir, 16lbs Scur, 8lbs Broadreeds (all Lower Home)
15/04/22 – 15lbs Craigie (Spring Home), 15lbs Scur, 10lbs Halliemuir (Lower Home), 7lbs Cottall Island (Meads St John).
16/04/22 – 8lbs Marnachie (Spring Home), 10lbs Gorach (Lower Home)
For week commencing 18th April just 3 fish landed. On Tuesday 2 nice salmon were caught on Lower Home, a 16lbr and 14lbr from Gorachs and Scur. This was followed by a 14lbr from Thompsons.
Catches reported from Logie & Relugas are as follows;
14/04/22 - 12lb salmon caught Logie beat Craiggiehall pool
15/04/22 – 7lb salmon caught Relugas top beat Scum pool
20/04/22 – 8lb Salmon caught Relugas top beat Bridge pool
21/04/22 - 8lb Salmon caught Relugas middle beat. Duillan pool
23/04/22 – 18lb salmon caught Logie beat. Garden pool
Further upstream at Lethen, they had an excellent week of 18th April. Report as follows;
Jack Christison landed our first fish of the season with a lovely 12lber on a 2” Willie Gunn from Dalnashaugh on the Daltra beat at 8pm on Monday 18th April. Jack also noted another two fish showing which is a positive sign that the fish have started to arrive on the Lethen beats.
There was more success on Tuesday when Paul Kelly landed a 9lb sea liced beauty from the neck of Maharajah on Mini Daltra at 1pm, on a 2” last hope! Jason McCruden was out on the Altnahara Beat in the evening and reported landing a nice chunky 12 pounder from Deadman's on his ¾" sparky fly. He also lost one in Englishman’s. All fish safely released.
On Wednesday Roger Dowling had a lovely afternoon on the river and, despite the very bright conditions, had 3 fish (a sea liced 14 pounder and two 8 pounders) all from Dalnashaugh.
On Friday Jason McCruden fished Altnahara, starting at Princess he fished all the way down before he caught a cracking 12lb salmon in the tail of Lower Sawpit at 8pm. Roger Dowling was back on the Daltra beat and he had a lovely day. He confirmed the river is getting lower by the day but fish are still running hard. Roger landed a 10lb fish in Dalnashaugh on a size 8 shrimp and this time it had long tailed lice on it so it had probably had been in the river less than 24hrs.
On Saturday Charlie Keyser had a successful afternoon on Altnahara. At 2.30pm he landed an 11lb fish in Chair Pool on a 1” Snaelda tube and then later on at 5.20pm he scored again with a 10lb salmon in Upper Sawpit on a size 8 yellow shrimp double.
There was also a 14lb salmon caught from Glenferness on the Saturday. The first fish from the beat this year.
With liced fish being caught at Lethen / Glenferness it is a sure sign that the fish are now running hard and are well spread through out the river, fish will likely have reached Drynachan, Moy & Freeburn upstream.
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