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Salmon Fishing - River Findhorn Scotland

O. S. Map 27

With its source high in the Monadhliath Mountains, 60 miles from the outflow at Findhorn on the Moray Firth, the River Findhorn is a most attractive salmon river, with a succession of deep pools and fast runs throughout its length. Up to 1000 salmon will be taken in a season with sea trout mainly in the lower beats.

Drainage schemes for forestry and farming mean that the river rises and falls more quickly than it once did. The gorge section of the river, 200 feet deep in places, continues for twenty miles below Dulsie Bridge, making for difficult fishing in places. There will often be salmon in the gorge from the opening day on 11th February but it might be May before good numbers of salmon run beyond the gorge. The early Findhorn fish of February and March can be large, some over twenty pounds. Grilse arrive by early July and can be taken throughout the river. On the uppermost beats, September tends to be the best month of the season. Rods on the best beats are in high demand and may be difficult to obtain. Salmon fishing, however, is available to the visiting angler at reasonable cost on the four miles of the Forres Angling Association water on the lower river. This is excellent association water. The best months for salmon on the association water are July to September, and June to August for sea trout. Expect to pay around 30 (to end May) to 40 for a day permit and 120 (to end May) to 185 for a week.

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Forres Angling Association - Enquiries to:

The Forres Tackle Shop, 97D High Street, Forres, Moray, IV36 1AA

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The maps on this website have been reproduced with the permission of Collins Bartholomew. Please note that these maps may date back several decades. Much of the human detail will have changed but the character of the rivers and lochs, and the trout and salmon in them, will be much the same as they have always been.

In addition to the information provided here, I would recommend that anyone planning a fishing or walking trip in Scotland should equip themselves with a compass and the appropriate Ordnance Survey map. The most useful of the O.S. maps for the fisherman is the Landranger series, scale 1:50,000. For each of the lochs and rivers listed here, I have given the relevant O.S. Map number. 

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River Findhorn

River Findhorn Salmon Fishing


River Findhorn Salmon and Sea Trout Fishing

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    The River Findhorn

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See also Scottish Salmon and Sea Trout Catches


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