SEASON 2016 NEW
Results from the smolt trap on the Nairn at the start of the season were very encouraging with than 8,300 smolts recorded.
In spite of 2 spells of heavy rain, we only had 2 small rises in levels during the week. This was enough to get some fresh fish into the river, but most of the fish caught were turning red. Successful anglers were Gordon Rennie who had 5 for his week, David Johnstone who had 2 and David Wilson and John Mackintosh a grilse each. All these fish were caught on fly. This was very disappointing given the reasonable water levels, but the fish seemed reluctant to take in the very peaty water. The level has now dropped away back to low, and with no prospects of rain for the rest of the week, this week seems to be destined to have low levels yet again.
Yet another week and the Nairn missed the rain the Findhorn got. We did get 2 very small rises on friday and saturday and that meant some small grilse came on the take on friday with the lucky anglers being Gordon Rennie, John Mackintosh (2), Charlie Black and Stewart Hayden. The weather forecast seems to predict heavy rain on tuesday so maybe all is not lost yet, and given a nice rise, we may yet see catches improve to more normal. Coloured fish will be about though and anglers should release all these fish as they will be full of spawn. Only 4 weeks to go and the season will be over so hopefully we will get some sport over the remaining weeks.
River Nairn Category
There is great news for the river category, as it has been categorised as 1 for next year moving on from 2 for this year. In other good news the smolt trap on the river Nairn this year produced approx 8,000 smolts which is very encouraging.
Another week of no rain and therefore no water. Only about an inch to go now before it is at its lowest for many years. It looked as if the river was having a blank week, but Brian Herbert from Buckie managed to catch 2 small grilse on saturday, after fishing all day. Once again prospects for rain do not look good, and with a possible heatwave halfway through the week, it is indeed looking grim. With only 5 weeks to go we badly need a good rise soon. The Nairn harbour area has plenty dolphins at the river mouth feeding on our precious salmon no doubt.
The whole week once again suffered with a lack of rain, and levels continued to drop to very low.
If it drops another 2 inches it will beat the SEPA lowest record, since they began recording the levels. Despite this 10 small grilse were were caught, all about 3 lbs, during the week. Once again the forecast for the week ahead does not look good, as very little rain is forecast. We badly need a good flood to get things moving again, as the season has only got 6 weeks to go.
Most of these fish were released. Willie Gunn, Cascade and Allys are all recommended, with a Monkey or Sun Ray worth a shot as well, but smaller fly sizes should be used in the low water, with a small hitch fly also worth a try in the streams.
The week suffered with a lack of rain, and levels continued to drop to very low. 10 fish were caught during the week, even in the low water, but the forecast for the week ahead does not look good as very little rain is forecast, if any. All of the fish caught were small grilse from 2 lbs to 4 lbs which is quite worrying as a lack of feeding in the sea seems to be the main problem.
Monday and 4 were caught by Sandy Ord (2), Billy Milne and Dave Carson. Tuesday and Eddie Wallace and Gordon Rennie had 1 each. Wednesday and Gordon Rennie had a small grilse. Thursday saw Davie Campbell with a small grilse and David Wilson and Gordon Rennie had a grilse each on Friday. Junior member Robert Johnstone had a 3lb grilse on Saturday his first on the river. Most of these fish were released. Willie Gunn, Cascade and Allys are all recommended, with a Monkey or Sun Ray worth a shot as well, but smaller fly sizes should be used in the low water, with a small hitch fly also worth a try in the streams.
The Nairn had 2 good floods during the week and another few inches rise on saturday. From no rain its now too much rain and the fish are running through. Catches were very good though, with 33 caught for the week. Apologies for anyone who has been missed. Monday was almost unfishable but Pete Wall managed a grilse, Al Mackellar grilse and Gordon Rennie also scored. Tuesday and grilse were caught by Al Mackellar, Gordon Rennie, Ian MacLaren, Sandy Wallace, Robin Mitchell, and Don Ross. Wednesday saw 2 17 lb salmon caught, 1 by day ticket visitor Mr Dott who returned it and the other by Jake Steven, but this one was heavily diseased. Grilse were caught by James Dunbar, Hughie Fraser and Charlie Black. Thursday and Pat Jackson had his 1st grilse of the season, as did Jimmy MacKenzie. Friday and Billy Milne and Gordon Rennie both had grilse. Saturday and Charlie Walker had his 1st grilse of the season, Billy Milne and Davie Campbell also scored. Most of these fish were released. Willie Gunn, Cascade and Allys are all recommended, with a Monkey or Sun Ray worth a shot as well. Given the current high water, next week should also be good.
The river remained low until wednesday when a big flood of 2 feet made it unfishable. Once again we had the best week of the season so far. as the fish came in at last. Gordon Rennie had a grilse from Milton on monday, and Thomas Lobar a grilse from Sluice on tuesday. Wednesday and Thomas again had a grilse from Sluice. Thursday and river was almost unfishable but Pete Wall had a grilse. Friday with the river fining down saw Gordon Rennie have 3 grilse and Billy Milne a grilse. Saturday was the best day and Sandy Wallace had 2 grilse, Billy Milne a grilse and a sea trout, Ian MacLaren had 2 grilse, David Wilson a grilse, James Dunbar a grilse, David Johnstone a grilse and sea trout, and Thomas Lobar finished off his week before going offshore, with a cracking 15 lb salmon and a grilse. Most of these fish were caught on fly. Prospects for the coming week are good as we had thunder on saturday night and the river has been topped up again. Willie Gunn, Cascade and Allys are all recommended, with a Monkey or Sun Ray worth a shot as well.
The river remained low throughout the week but the catches were the best week of the season. The grilse seem to have arrived at last in numbers, and most of the pools seem to be well stocked now, with fish showing. Davie Campbell on monday had a grilse and a sea trout and Gordon Rennie had a small fat 5 lb grilse. Adrian Ormerod had 2 grilse on wednesday. Thursday and David Wilson had his 1 st fish of the season, a sea liced 6 lb grilse, Davie Mackintosh had his first of the season with 2 grilse and Gordon Rennie a 5 lb grilse. Saturday and Charlie Black had 2 grilse of 5 lbs and 3 lbs. Prospects look very good, as august is the top month on the Nairn. At £25 a day it is a true bargain. It appears that this week could be changeable with showers which should raise levels. Willie Gunn, Cascade and Allys are all recommended.
We had a good rise on monday after rain sunday. Gordon Rennie took full advantage and had a grilse and 2 x 8 lb salmon on monday. Wednesday and Pete Wall had a 4 lb grilse. Friday and Pete Wall had 2 grilse of 2 lb and 4 lb. Brian Herbert had 3 grilse as well. The Town Water had a few fish caught too and seems to be holding a few fish and is worth a cast. Rain seems to be at a premium this week though and things may slow down. We need a good flood to get rid of the slime on the river bed. Willie Gunn, Cascade and Allys are all recommended with a Monkey also well worth a try.
Monday started off with the river at a nice level for fishing, but dropping fast. Despite the good water, the only angler to score was Davie Campbell from Elgin who had a sea liced 6 lb salmon on his cascade fly. Levels dropped away for the rest of the week back to summer level, until saturday, when a thunder storm up the hill caused a 4 inch rise but nothing was caught. June can be an odd month on the Nairn so hopefully things will improve. We badly need some heavy rain now to get things moving again.
Willie Gunn, Cascade and Allys are all recommended with a Monkey also well worth a try and Invicta or Teal Blue and Silver for sea trout.
At last heavy rain on Wednesday gave the river a 1 foot rise. Catches were a bit
disappointing though considering the long dry spell.
Billy Milne had a few hours out and had a sea liced 5 lb grilse and a 3 lb sea trout.
Stewart Hayden had a sea liced 5 b grilse and Adrian Ormerod had a 7 lb coloured
salmon. Gordon Rennie had a 2 lb sea trout. Billy Maitland had a grilse and Clive
Topping 2 sea trout as did Jake Stevens. David Johnstone had a salmon at 8lb and
3 sea trout all around 2lb.
Once again the weather looks dry for next week so Monday will be the last of the good water. Tics are prevalent this year so all anglers should beware and inspect their waders and clothes to avoid being bitten. Willie Gunn, Cascade and Allys are all recommended with a Monkey also well worth a try and Invicta or Teal Blue and Silver for sea trout.
The river remains to be below summer level and fishing is almost at a standstill now. The Findhorn had a foot rise midweek but the Nairn had nothing in its catchment area. The only angler who was successful was the keen sea trout angler from Elgin, Peter Wall who went out late on wednesday evening and had an exciting time with fly, landing 3 sea trout the biggest 4 lbs and hooking a few as well. He released them all. He said the pools were pretty full of fish in the Kildrummie area so its well worth a shot as it gets dark with small flies. Prospects for this week dont look too good either with the odd shower forecast. Willie Gunn, Cascade and Allys are all recommended with a Monkey also well worth a try if the rain comes and Invicta or Teal Blue and Silver for sea trout.
The river dropped all week and became lower than summer level. It is the lowest this year by far and the weather outlook is not good at all, with no rain this week either. Sandy Ord managed his first fish of the year from Firhall with a cracking 10 lb salmon. The rest of the week was blank with very few people out for a cast. Even the sea trout seem to be absent this year. Willie Gunn, Cascade and Allys are all recommended with a Monkey also well worth a try. C Black.
The river remained at a good height for fishing until friday, when the level dropped back to summer level. Rain is urgently need to get things moving again but the sea trout should be in the river now and worth a shot at night. David Johnstone started the weeks catches off on tuesday, when he landed a cracking 16lb salmon on a Monkey fly, which he released. He also lost another salmon about 10 lbs in the Milton area. Wednesday and Davie Campbell from Elgin had his first fish of the season, a sea liced 10 lb salmon on a Cascade Tube from Graeme’s pool. Junior Josh Wallace rounded off the week with a 10 lb salmon, for which he wins the Junior trophy so well done him. Willie Gunn, Cascade and Allys are all recommended with a Monkey also well worth a try.
Perfect water levels once again all week with small rises most days. The water temperature is still cold however, with 6C to 7C the maximum. This is still very cold and not conducive to good fishing but the forecast is for things to warm up. Catches were not as good as they should be however, with only 2 caught for the week. The lucky anglers were Charlie Black who had a 10 lb salmon from Green Road on his Willie Gunn and Hughie Fraser who had his first fish as well 10 lbs on his Fraser Shrimp at Kildrummie. Willie Gunn, Cascade and Allys are all recommended.
Last week Sandy Wallace had the only fish a cracking 18 lb salmon from Holme Rose.
Lovely water all this week and we can have no complaints so far this season, with a nice lift in levels most days. It was a bit disappointing though with only 1 fish caught all week. Sandy Wallace struck again getting a fresh 16 lb salmon from Rosefield area, so well done again him. There are good prospects of water again all week with a small snow melt already, but the hills have a good covering now so hopefully a few more will be caught this week. Temperatures are still low though and the water is only about 6 C, and this will be holding back the fish. Willie Gunn, Cascade and Allys are all recommended.
The NAA Committee have called an Extraordinary General meeting for Friday 8th April 16 in the Nairn Fire station at 7.30 pm. All members are requested to attend to as the committee will present and discuss the Nairn District Salmon Fishery board conservation code for 2016.
Two more springers have been landed on the Nairn a 9lb fish to Tomma Reay and a 12lb fish to Gordon Rennie.
The river remained at a good height for fishing all week, with a small snow melt each day. The week was disappointing however with nothing reported. The water temperature was still very cold and not the best of conditions. Once it heats up a bit, more springers will be caught for certain. Willie Gunn is the most popular fly at this time of year, and usually catches most fish, but a Cascade or Allys is also worth a try.
The river fell away all week but was still at a nice level for fishing. The only fish reported for the week, was caught by that veteran well know angler Adrian Ormerod, who managed a sea liced 15 lb salmon from the Milton area on tuesday. The river was not heavily fished at all and most anglers are waiting until April when the main spring run usually appears. Willie Gunn is the most popular fly at this time of year, and usually catches most fish, but a Cascade or Allys is also worth a try. More bank clearance work has been done on the pools at Kildrummie and also at the new Clava beat.
Nairn season gets off to a great start with Gordon rennie landing the first fish of the season a fantastic springer of 20lb on Tuesday 8th March, see picture on website main page. A few well mended kelts have also still been reported. The water level has just risen up to 1 meter on the sepa gauge and with a rise in temp now is a good time to be on the river.
In other news the club has secured the north bank fishing from Leanach House. This fishing is from Clava road bridge downstream to the viaduct on the NORTH bank only. Anglers can fish this stretch with immediate effect.
This year the river Nairn will open on Saturday March 5th with the opening ceremony at the Jubilee Bridge.
Anglers are to note that the club no longer has the Cawdor beat which is the south bank below Holme rose bridge to above the Hanger pool. The Dalcross beat is also no longer available to members. A new map to reflect these changes can be found on the Permits page.
There is no change to the permit prices other than the weekly visitor ticket which is reduced from £135 to £100. Junior tickets up to age 16 remain FREE.