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The Association has 6 miles of fishing offering arguably some of the best salmon and sea trout association water in Scotland.
The River Nairn rises in headstreams, on the slopes of Carn Ghriogair in the Monadhliath Mountains and flows north-eastwards through Strathnairn for 38 miles, to empty into the Moray Firth at Nairn.
The fishings are over some 4 beats and there are 34 named pools which include some excellent fly water.
Methods are mainly fly but worming and spinning are allowed depending on level markers.
Given favourable conditions, there is every chance of hooking a fish from opening day onwards. For a relatively small river, it can be very productive, both in terms of quality and size of fish with salmon up to 20 lbs and sea trout up to 6 lbs caught each season. Fishing after a rise in water levels, the visitor can easily account for 2 -3 fish in a day.
Often referred to as "The Little Gem" the Nairn can provide fantastic sport for local anglers and visitors alike. It is still a Grade 1 river due to its prolific catches and its annual smolt trapping catches are some of the best in Scotland.
Visitors are made very welcome by the local anglers who are helpful in assisting them when they take a permit to fish this fine wee river.
Several big floods have occurred during the close season, and some bank damage has occurred, but the pools are in good order for the new season.
Season permits are available now and some outwith the Nairn area annual permits are sometimes available.
Work parties will be out in February clearing paths and fallen trees in preparation for the opening of the river.
The season runs from 3 rd March until 7 th October.
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The river was opened on the 11 th February at the Jubilee Bridge with a small ceremony with 3 people. Les Stuart one of the committee did a small speech and christened the river with the usual dram. Then twelve year old junior member Tommy Mcintosh made the 1 st cast accompanied by his grandfather Tackie Mcintosh. The river was frozen at the edges and the surface was covered in grue so was unfishable. There has now been a big snow melt and the river is running very high. It is hard to guess river levels now due to the SEPA web site being totally useless and with no fix in sight, anglers must be careful when wading, as the usual river crossing points may have deepened. Also as you cannot tell now if the river is rising this needs careful watching too. Last years Covid rules are still in force with hand wipes and sanitiser to be used after touching any surfaces like gates and stiles. Tight lines to everyone and hope you all have a successful season.