The Nairn remained at a good level for fishing until friday when it had dropped back to pretty low again. Catches were very good for some lucky anglers. Monday saw Gordon Rennie land an 11 lb salmon, Billy Milne with a 9 lb salmon, Eddie Wallace a 9 lb and John Mackintosh a 9 lb salmon. Tuesday saw 6 in the book with Gordon Rennie scoring again with 9 lb and 7 lb salmon both released and a 2 1/2 lb sea trout, Billy Milne had an 8 lb salmon, Charlie Black 11 lb salmon and new member Maciej Dubanowski had his 1 st salmon ever at 12 lbs and also landed a 3 lb sea trout from the same pool so congratulations to him, and Mr Fraser from Cawdor had a 10 lb salmon. Wednesday and Charlie Black had a 7 lb salmon he released. Thursday and things quietened down and only 2 were caught with Davie Campbell losing a good salmon then landing his 1 st fish of the season, a nice 5 lb fish and Charlie Black had a 9 lb salmon. Friday and Billy Maitland landed a cracking 12 lb salmon for his first of the season. Saturday and Jake Steven had a 7 lb salmon.
Successful flies were Cascade, Allys Shrimp, Pink Willie and Willie Gunn. Levels are going to drop further and with no rain forecast next week it may be a struggle. Sea trout are on the go though and its is worth a shot in the evening with small flies.
Low water prevailed at the start of the week until tuesday, when it rained all day then all night. A 2 meter flood on wednesday made the river unfishable, and resulted in major gravel movement and also bank damage and trees deposited in some pools. Anglers should beware as some bits of the river that were easily crossed are now deepened. Thursday saw a drop in the level, and some anglers were successful with Billy Milne landing a cracking 5 lb sea trout he released. Jim Fulton had a 4lb grilse he released, Kelvin Fraser landed a 9 lb salmon spinning and an unknown angler had a 12 lb salmon. Friday and the river rose again, but Sandy Wallace managed an 8 lb salmon spinning. Saturday and levels were back down but still high. Catches were a bit disappointing, but Gordon Rennie managed a cracking 9 lb sea liced salmon, Brian Herbert a 2 lb sea trout and David Johnstone a 4 lb sea trout. Plenty fish were seen running, but the fish seemed reluctant to take. River levels are back to a nice height and this week should see plenty of action, but more rain seems to be in the forecast.
Low water prevailed once again all week and the river is at its lowest for many years now. We had heavy rain all day on saturday and the river rose 3 inches but is falling away already. Jake Stevens went out on Saturday night and managed to catch a 3 lb sea trout in Town Water but plenty sea trout have been seen in the estuary, and they will have run on Saturday in the fresh water so next week could be very good.
Anglers please note with immediate effect we no longer have the Clava / Leanach fishings as the new owner has decided to make the fishing private.
Low water prevailed on monday and tuesday but the snow and gales made fishing almost impossible anyway. Wednesday saw the river rising and we had a good lift in levels. Charlie Walker had a sea liced 4 lb sea trout on wednesday on fly, and a shoal of sea trout was also seen early morning running up at Firhall. Friday saw Kevin Graham from Inverurie land nice 3 lb sea trout. Apart from that it was a bit disappointing with no salmon caught, but a few were hooked and lost. The river has now dropped back and is almost at summer level again and with no rain in the forecast it will drop further. The smolt trap has been working again, and 4000 were caught during 1 day, which is exceptional.
Low water all week again, and still no sign of any appreciable rain this week. It did not stop Sandy Ord however, who fishes only the Town Water every morning, and he duly caught the first fish after the 31 st March moratorium. It was a 7 lb sea licer and wins him the Graeme Moffat memorial trophy. Conditions are still not good however, with the very low water persisting. The river is now in need of a good flush to get things moving again. Hopefully we will get back to normal levels soon.
Once again it was low water all week and we are now below summer level. No catches once again this week, and prospects do not look good, as very little rain is in the forecast. Sea trout have been seen running in the estuary so it is worth a shot in the evening with the usual sea trout flies. The smolt trap has stopped turning due to the low water and has been raised to prevent any fish entering. Hopefully we will get back to normal levels soon and get back out for a cast.
As predicted, there was almost no rain at all and as a result I have heard of no fish being caught all week. The river is now at summer level and badly needs some fresh water but the coming week does not appear to have any rain at all. April can be a great month on the Nairn for springers so lets hope we get some decent rain soon. The smolt trap has been in action and is doing well so early in the season with plenty smolts, parr, trout and even a lamprey. The main migration is usually May when the count really takes off. April also sees the arrival of the sea trout and the Nairn can be very prolific in April and May for these lovely fish.
The usual Willie Gunn is recommended with Cascade and Allys also worth a try.
Best week this year on the Nairn with some great spring fish caught and released. The previous week Sandy Wallace had a cracking 14 lb fish. Water levels were very good at the start of the week but the lack of rain has meant levels are down now. This week, monday started off with Gordon Rennie netting a 10 lb salmon. Tuesday saw 3 caught with Gordon once again on the mark with a 16 lb salmon, Stewart Hayden a 10 lb salmon and Charlie Black also with a 10 lb fish. Saturday saw John Macdougall land a 9 lb salmon. All fish were caught on fly. The week ahead is going to be a struggle but as the fish are in, dropping a fly size or two should still attract a fish in the lowish water. Very little rain seems to be in the forecast. The usual Willie Gunn is recommended with Cascade and Allys also worth a try.
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.