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Salmon fishing at Lethen includes the choice of prime beats on the beautiful River Findhorn from early May to the end of September.
The three rod Dunearn Beat is the top beat of the Lethen water and offers the angler every type of pool and stream in the Findhorn book. The two rod Daltra and Altnahara Beats are let together and rotate over the week combining to provide a superb variety of angling opportunities as the river passes through the steep Altnahara gorge and then moves to the open landscape of the Daltra beat.
The Dunearn Beat, (17 named pools) provides most fishing for the three rods when running at a medium to high level but in contrast in low water conditions the rocky falls pools just above Dulsie Bridge come into their own along with other white water throats & runs.
The Altnahara Beat is immediately below the Dunearn Beat but in every respect offers a different set of challenges to the angler. For its entire run of 15 named pools it is set in a magnificent gorge. This beat offers the angler the most fishing when the water conditions are on the low side. The river then emerges from the steep Altnahara gorge into the more open Daltra Beat (13 named pools) which offers a wide variety of fishing from high water levels downwards, perhaps really coming into its best on a falling river to a medium height. The combination of the Altnahara Beat with the Daltra Beat ensures that so long as the river is in a fishable condition there are always excellent angling opportunities in a number of pools up and down the beats.
The fishing is normally let by the week, but day lets are also available and are mostly taken up by local anglers.
New tenants are shown the water by our River Keeper. We maybe able to organise a ghillie/guide to suit your requirements.
Accommodation is available with the fishing.
We let Dunearn Lodge (sleeping five couples) with the Dunearn Beat and Dulsie Cottage (sleeping two couples) with the Daltra/Altnahara Beat.
Please follow the website link on this page for more detailed information on the fishing and accommodation.
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Monday 27 September 2021
Heavy and consistent rain on Sunday night and early Monday morning meant the river was in spate by Monday afternoon. It dropped off nicely on Tuesday and in the afternoon and on Dunearn Richard West scored with an 18lb salmon in Polnachesse at 2pm and then a 13lb fish from the Garden pool at 5pm, both were safely released. Jason McCruden and his son Ashley had a great afternoon on Boat on Altnahara. Ashley hooked something rather large that they never saw but unfortunately it snapped him.
Conditons were ideal on Wednesday. David Johnstone and Chris Williamson were out on Dunearn and they managed 4 fish and also lost a couple. All 4 fish were from Kennel, although they reported seeing fish in most pools. Chris scored first at 10am with a 9lb salmon on a size 8 Junction Shrimp and at 11am David had an 8lb salmon a size 8 Tosh. Then later in the afternoon at 4pm Chris landed a 6lb salmon on a size 8 Silver Stoat and 30 minutes later David landed a 5lb grilse on a size 8 Red Francis. They were all safely released.
Jason McCruden had an amazing Wednesday afternoon on Daltra. He fished the whole beat with the 13ft rod and a brass tube and only got one pull. He went back up to Daltra, picked up the 11ft switch rod and Sparky Fly and caught a 23lb cock salmon that swam off well when released. He carried on down with the switch rod and caught a 5lb grilse at the tail of Whin, further down and in Dalnashaugh he caught a 7lb salmon near the tail. Back up to Daltra and in the same spot as earlier caught a hen fish around 16lb. They were all landed between 3.30pm and 6.15pm, on the Sparky Fly and 5ft slow sink poly leader, and they were all safely released.
On Thursday Jack Christison and Ian Mcinnes had a great day on Daltra, despite the fish being surprisingly uncooperative given the good conditions. Ian landed the only fish of the day from the Loop , an 8lb hen fish on a size 10 Red Francis that was safely returned. It was quieter day on the Dunearn beat as well with Hamish Young landing a 1½lb sea trout from Kennel on a Sunray Shadow 1" tube and one of his guests, Mr Scovell earlier landing a 4½lb grilse from the March Stream on a size 8 Cascade. Both were safely released.
It has been a positive final week of the season. After a difficult last month or so, we finally cracked 200 fish for the season, which is our best catch total for 5 years. Overall we have to be pretty happy given the disruption for most of the year.
Total Catch: 12
Day Lets: 0