Spring Salmon Fishing At It’s Very Best

An absolutely cracking week for my clients and guests on Altyre Estate for W/C May 10th, with a total of 19 fresh Spring salmon, with the largest two fish of around 15 lbs, and all fish safely hooked and released! Another 10 fish were hooked and lost during the week, so all in all it was Spring salmon fishing at its’ very best on the fabulous Findhorn!

River levels were reading 3’3″ on the Forres gauge on Monday morning on the back of the recent snow melt water, so clarity was excellent. John Butcher managed to hook and release 2 fresh fish in the morning of around 9lbs and 10 lbs apiece, both caught from Roan pool on the lower beat.

On Tuesday levels had risen once again overnight with more melt water running off and reading 2’10” on the Forres gauge. Paul Coogan hooked and released his first ever River Findhorn salmon of around 10 lbs from Palamore pool on the upper beat just before lunch time. Jonathan Howitt hooked and lost a fish from Roan pool in the morning. In the afternoon, John Butcher was back in action once again with another really fabulous deep sea liced salmon of around 15 lbs, quickly followed by another fresh fish of around 10 lbs, yet again both from the Roan pool on the lower beat!

Then on Tuesday evening, Leslie “The Tysonator” Tyson was back on the Upper beat for a cast. He managed to hook and release a lovely fresh fish of around 12 lbs from Palamore pool, quickly followed by another fish of around 10 lbs from the tail of Palamore. He then moved down to Palamore Island and hooked another fresh fish of around 10 lbs, safely hooked and released. A short while after and another fish hooked and lost from the same pool. Later, he moved upstream and managed to hook and release another fresh fish of around 8 lbs from the Roehillock pool. Now that’s what you call a good evenings’ salmon fishing!

By Wednesday river levels had fallen away and reading 1’6″on the Forres gauge. Paul Coogan hooked and lost a fish in Roan in the morning and apart from that, no other fish were reported for the day!

On Thursday morning river levels had risen once again and reading 1’11” on the Forres gauge after heavy rain falling over the catchment overnight. Ian Neale hooked and lost a fish right down in the tail of Roan in the morning. Robert Mull and his daughter Lily had an amazing day of sport, with a 12 lb fresh fish for Robert, then followed by a cracking fresh fish of around 15 lbs for Lily, both caught and released in the Roan pool on the lower beat. Lily and Robert also hooked and lost another four fish fish between them through the day from Scur and Roan pools.

On Friday morning levels were running at 1’3″ on the Forres gauge and river was looking in good order. Robert Mull had another really enjoyable morning, with two fish of around 8lbs apiece hooked and released from the Garden pool on the lower beat and another two hooked and lost in the same pool, all before lunchtime! Later on in the afternoon, Robert managed to hook his third fish of the day, of around 10 lbs from the Roehillock pool on the upper beat.

By Saturday river levels were still reading 1’3″ on the Forres gauge and that niggling North Easterly breeze kept on blowing upstream all day! It also became bright and sunny which seemed to put the fish down until later in the afternoon when we could take advantage of the shadier pools. So, at around 4.00 pm, Ian Neale managed to hook and release a cracking fresh sea liced fish of around 12 lbs from the Soldier’s Hole pool on the upper beat fishing off the ledge! Later on in the evening and Leslie Tyson was back on as night watchman! He managed to hook and release a cracking fresh fish of around 15 lbs from Palamore, followed by another fish of around 12 lbs from the same pool. Before finishing off he went back up to the Soldiers Hole pool and caught another fresh fish of around 10 lbs fishing from the ledge and then finally another fresh fish of around 8 lbs from the tail of the pool.

This was a truly fantastic week for all of my clients and guests fishing on the Altyre beats. It was really heartening to see such a strong run of these fantastic hard fighting Spring salmon, which were literally pouring through the Altyre beats all week!

It looks like the unsettled weather is to continue right through into next week and therefore hoping my clients and guests are able to enjoy another great week of Spring salmon fishing on the River Findhorn.

Ian Neale Altrye Estate

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