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Why fish the Findhorn

Historically, salmon fishing has been renowned in Scotland, but don’t forget we also have wonderful trout fly fishing in rivers, lochs and ponds, along with grayling angling and to a lesser extent but with some great specimens, FishPal also cater for coarse anglers too.  Take a look at the Fisheries list in the menu to see the fisheries and beats which show their beats off with any availability shown, or do a *search (Book fishing) for Salmon, sea trout, brown trout or grayling. Catches, river reports and river levels are also available in the menu as well as tackle advice and fishing regulations.


The River Findhorn is a very different type of Scottish salmon river, as it is not a Lowland river. The river needs special tactics, such as stealth and agility to be successful on some of the beats. The river offers a variety of pools, and has a very steep gorge located in the centre of the river. Smaller rods and more trout type tactics are often used to great success in catching salmon. Out of the gorge the river offers more of a traditional type of fishing. With the catchment being smaller that the Spey, Beauly, the river does run low in river height quite quickly and benefits hugely from rain showers and a good 'spate". For further Information call 01753 470612 and to find what is available go to the "find fishing" link on the left hand menu.






About the river

The Findhorn rises in the Monadhliath Mountains, (the Grey Mountain Range), and flows in a north easterly direction for nearly seventy miles entering the Moray Firth at Findhorn Bay just to the north of Forres. It drains an area of some three hundred forty six square miles. For much of its course it runs almost parallel to its larger neighbour, the River Spey. Findhorn Bay, itself is a large tidal lagoon of about two and one half miles in width, stretching from Findhorn Village across to the Culbin Forest.

An angler playing a salmon on Altyre beat, photo by Ian Neale

The Findhorn River is one of Scotland's fastest flowing rivers. The upper river is shallow and streamy with stretches of riffles between the pools. For much of its journey, the Findhorn River flows through peat bog moor land which gives the river a rich and dark peaty tinge. The scenery is stunning with steep mountain outcrops and the renowned heather-clad grouse moors coming along the riverside. The upper Findhorn is also known as Strathdearn, as it flows from Coignafearn and down to beyond Tomatin.

The middle river flows from Drynachan beat and down through the famous Findhorn Gorge for approximately twenty miles through Banchor, Lethen and Glenferness. This spectacular granite gorge is some two hundred feet high in places and becomes quite narrow at certain points; Randolph's Leap at Logie is around ten feet wide at its narrowest point. Great care should be taken when fishing the gorge, as the river is known for flash flooding and can rise very quickly. The main headwaters of the river, rises far to the West and often gathers water from storm fronts hitting onto the West coast. The river, therefore, is subject to sudden rises and falls.

Below the gorge are the Poolie Falls at Sluie, which act as a temperature barrier as fish cannot ascend the Poolie Falls until the water temperature rises in the Spring. The steady snowmelt from the corries of the Monadhliath Mountains generally keeps the river at a good fishing level well into May. The main tributary of the Findhorn is the River Divie, which flows into the Findhorn, just below Randolph's Leap at Logie. The Divie is a major spawning tributary of the Findhorn for both salmon and grilse and is indeed kept as a spawning sanctuary. The Divie is fed by the Dorback Burn, which in turn is fed from Lochindorb. Lochindorb is a substantially large loch system and therefore in periods of heavy rainfall, will keep the Divie topped up throughout the summer months thus, sustaining river levels on the lower beats.

The Whirling Hole on the Upper Home beat on Darnaway, photo Ian Neale

The lower river flows from Sluie on the Darnaway Beats, through the Altyre Estate and into the Forres Angling Association water at Forres.

The Maharajah pool on Glenferness Estate, photo Ian Neale