In addition to the other Middle Beats, we also have access to the delightful Altyre Estate Beats on the Lower River Findhorn, which are situated below the Poolie Falls at Sluie and only some five miles above the tidal sea pool below the Forres Angling Association water. The fishing here on Altyre Estate is divided into Upper and Lower Beats offering over two and a half miles of private fly fishing for up to four rods.
There are some fourteen named pools winding through magnificent sandstone outcrops of outstanding beauty. The river here is easy to fish, which is therefore, perfect for the beginner, intermediate and more advanced casters. Access to all of the pools is also fisher friendly with vehicular access within easy walking distance of all pools and no rock climbing required! However, we strongly recommend a 4X4 vehicle as the access tracks can get a bit sticky in wet weather conditions!
These beats have been very consistently fished over the early Spring months from March through to June. Findhorn “Springers” tend to be big and agressive taking fish with our best salmon in recent years weighing around 34 lbs. caught and released from Palamore Pool on the Upper Beat in late April. The early Spring salmon tend to hold up below the Poolie Falls at Sluie until the water temperature rises above 42°F (5.5 C). Therefore, this means these early fish will often hold up on the Lower Findhorn beats of Altyre and Darnaway until water temperatures rise sufficiently later in the Spring to allow them to ascend the Poolie Falls.
Altyre is also the perfect beat to fish for grilse and summer salmon from early July through late September. Given decent river levels and conditions, they will move upstream from the tidal pools below and often rest up in some of the deep holding pools on the Altyre Estate Beats before moving on upstream to the Middle and Upper Findhorn Beats. Being so close to the sea pool in Findhorn Bay, fresh fish will run off every high tide and move upstream. Therefore, all of our fish are usually fresh sea-liced salmon and grilse straight from the last tide. We can catch fresh salmon and grilse on Altyre Estate right up to the last day of the season on September 30th.
We are also able to offer some limited weeks with combined fishing on Altyre Estate and the Meads of St. John’s Beat, Darnaway on the opposite bank. This offers a great and rare opportunity to fish on both banks with complete exclusivity and without any opposition! Bed and Breakfast accommodation may be arranged at Bradbush House through March to September. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and information on all of our Guided salmon fishing and Spey casting instruction packages.
“Surely there is no other river in the world so beautiful”
Charles St. John