The weather once again last week, was not good with high winds and pretty cold, last year at this time we had caught 3 however Adrian Ormerod has managed to get the club off to a start with the first fish of the season at around 7lb on a Cascade. The week ahead looks even worse with snow and very cold weather on the way. Still worth a try though as fresh fish will be in somewhere, if you can stand the cold.
The smolt trap goes in this week so we are looking for volunteers to man the trap on a daily basis. Ali Skinner the bailiff is the man to call. His number is on your permit. The usual Willie Gunn is recommended with Cascade and Allys also worth a try.
The work parties have now finished thanks to all would put some great effort in. That's the first full week of the new season over, but with constantly rising and falling water every day, it did not give good conditions. Despite this, a few hardy anglers did venture out but the only fish that were caught were all well mended kelts. One angler was in double figures for his week. Given that the Findhorn is doing very well, there are bound to be fresh fish in the Nairn now, and I am sure the 1 st fish will be caught this week. The usual Willie Gunn is recommended with Cascade and Allys also worth a try.
The season opens on Saturday 4th March with the opening ceremony at the Jubilee Bridge at 10.00 am. Volunteers are required to help our water bailiff with the Smolt trap which will be installed at Milton bridge from late March until the end of May. Please phone him on his mobile (0782 5554808) if you wish to volunteer, he will be delighted to have assistance it is also very interesting to see !
The 2nd river work party is taking place on Sunday 12th February to clear paths and trees before opening. Please attend at Kildrummie Farm at 10.00am if you wish to volunteer - we have tools and gloves. **Some really excellent work has recently been done by members at Jocks and the Howford bridge. See our Gallery page **
If you haven’t fished the Nairn then why not consider it for 2017, the club has extensive fishing from the lower river to the upper reaches. Springers can be caught from opening day and most are in the 12-17lb range. With the seatrout runs also seeing significant improvement it has to be worth a cast !
Season 2016 summary
Despite some prolonged low water the 2016 season on the Nairn was actually a very good one indeed. Early indications of just how healthy the River Nairn can be seen from the results from the smolt trap operated early in the season by the NDSFB where they recorded more than 8,000 salmon smolts. Anglers also reported good numbers of seatrout present in the system this year, if more people were to try fishing for these fish then the results might be quite surprising. Overall and despite many anglers reporting loosing a larger number of fish than normal, the recorded returns for the year were still very good.
It is of great credit to the members of the club that the number of returned fish this year was in excess of 70%, the vast majority being caught on the Fly. The committee are working hard to ensure we can improve on this number for the forthcoming 2017 season.