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The Darnaway stretch of the River Findhorn is set within a stunningly beautiful part of Moray, with sections from dramatic cliffs and gorges interspersed with wide meandering river banks.
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The Spring Home Beat is stunningly beautiful, with superb vistas and is classed as our premium beat. The majority of the Spring Home Beat rods are let on 5 year leases for the first 11 weeks of the season from the beginning of March to mid May. It is a 4 rod beat. Whilst access to some parts can be demanding in certain areas and care is required, the rewards can be worth the effort. There is an Edwardian hut at Marnachie pool, and there is also one available for use further up the beat, known as the Craigie Hut.
The Autumn Home Beat season commences 9th August 2021, the first 2 weeks of the beat is split and let on a weekly basis, with the use of 4 pools. The Aspen, Marnachie, Hut and Sluie pools are served by the Marnachie hut. (2 Rods)
From the 16th August 2021, 4 rods are available and the whole of the Home Beat, is let on a weekly basis, using both huts as appropriate.
This section of the Findhorn is very attractive and secluded, it has an Edwardian hut at Marnachie pool, which is the main one but there is also one available for use if required known as the Craigie hut."
The Upper Home Beat on Darnaway, River Findhorn, is situated at the lower end of the River Findhorn Gorge.
Ian Neale of www.speycaster.net offers exclusive salmon fishing for up to two rods off the left bank from 24th May 2021 through to early August. There are some twelve named pools from the Streenoch Pool down to the Gorge Pool just above Sluie.
The famous Salmon Leap Pool at Poolie is also included in the fishing, where given the right conditions, fish will often be seen ascending the Falls. There is also a well equipped fishing hut situated and overlooking the impressive Craigie Pool below.
Please contact Ian Neale, firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on availability.
Sluie (Spring & Summer sessions)
This beat is restricted to single rods and again set in stunningly beautiful scenery. Access to the beat is off the Grantown Road, down a forest track. The Sluie Beat (East Bank) runs from Leadendreicht Pool northwards. It is split into Spring and Summer sessions. There are four recognised pools fishable from this bank: Leadendricht, Thomsons, Gorachs and Broad Reeds. Other pools are approached by foot along the paths. Please note that access to the Halliemuir and Scur pools (Lower Home) is not available on this beat. There is a fishing hut available for use.
Lower Dounduff Beat, which runs from the Dunearn Burn junction upstream for approximately one mile to the northern march of Dounduff Farm, has ten recognised pools and a number of small taking "lies". Fishing commences 1st April 2021, with Ali Hutchens managing bookings for this season.
Access to the beat is by an Estate track off the Conicavel/Daltulich Bridge road.
This beat is spectacular with views along the gorge. There is a fishing hut conveniently situated towards the middle of the beat with ample parking.
Please contact Ali Hutchens email@example.com or 07710 238 750 for further information on availability.
Meads of St John
The Meads of St John Beat, is a hugely popular 2 rod beat which runs from the tail of St John's Pool upstream for just over one mile to the neck of Pallamore Pool, with eight recognised pools. This beat enjoys easy access although some care is required to get to the water's edge with some of the pools. The beat suits all levels of angling ability. Access to the beat is by the Estate road past Berryley and then a track to within a few minutes walk of each pool. There is a fishing hut overlooking the river by the Roan Pool, situated about mid-beat.
Lower Home (Spring and Summer sessions)
The Lower Home Beat runs from Leadendricht Pool some ¾ mile downstream to below the Scur. There are seven recognised pools and is one of the most popular beats on the river. It is left bank only and is a two rod beat. It is split into Spring and Summer sessions. The beat on the opposite bank, the Sluie Beat, does not extend to the Halliemuir and Scur pools. The fishing hut available for use on this beat is a modern timber building with a small verandah. The hut is situated in the middle of the beat close by the car park. Access to the Lower Home Beat is via forest track from Conicavel village and although in a gorge, the various pools are all relatively easy to access where you can enjoy the beautiful views.
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Week commencing 12th July, despite the river running dirty on Monday 12th July, a highly delighted angler hooked a cracking fish weighing 17lbs from the Lower Home beat, with a 4.5lbs grilse caught the next day with a 4lbs grilse caught on the Wednesday, all three from the Lower Home beat. With more difficult fishing due to the warmer drier weather conditions, the Meads of St John beat saw a lovely 7lbs fish caught on Thursday 15th July,
Ian Neale reports from the Upper home beat that after heavy rain fell over the Findhorn catchment the previous week-end water levels had risen but running very dirty last Monday! However, by Tuesday with clarity looking much better a fresh 10lb salmon was caught and released in Essiemore pool. On Wednesday a fresh grilse of around 3lbs was also caught and released from the Whirling Hole pool. Levels soon fell away through the following days and overhead conditions became quite tropical! A total of 6 fish caught for the week.