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  1. #1
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    Default River Findhorn: DRYNACHAN

    I know there are a few members on here who like me have a soft spot for the River Findhorn.
    The 3 Drynachan beats are my favourites and I have fished them most years since 1995. They are part of Cawdor Estates (Thane of Cawdor in Macbeth!)
    Here's a few pics of the 3 beats.
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    Fishermans and gardeners cottages are right by the riverside!
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    Views of the Bridge pool on beat 2.
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    Good water below the bridge.....Keirstream caught and returned a nice grilse in this run......that man sure does get around!!!
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    Bridge pool action!
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    Great photography from friend John who managed to chop me off!
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    More of beat 2.
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    Good water on the top beat looking towards Shennachie.
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    A view from the hills....it is 4x4 country to get to some parts of the beats.
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    Forum member Loopie6 and friend fishing the Red Rock stream.
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    Findhorn paradise........running off nicely after a 5 ft flood!
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    A great stream on the bottom beat.
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    Friend Robin into a grilse in the stream pictured above.
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    ...and back she goes!
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    September Tartan....what a battle you get with these cock fish at the end of the season

    If you haven't fished Findhorn before it is worth a trip.
    As a highland spate river you pays your money and takes your chances.
    Last word....it is reputedly the fastest rising river in Scotland and sadly has claimed a few fishermen in the past. When it starts to rise get out pdq!
    Mike
    Last edited by clydesider; 19-07-2017 at 04:11 PM. Reason: Restoring photos

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    I love the Findhorn and moved up here from Ayrshire 18 months ago. I'm a member of the Forres water which is nice as I can fish it whenever I want, I have fished Lethan a few times but my favourite so far is Altyre.i aim to try a few more beats next year if I can find out how to get access.

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    Yes I remember it well Mike.
    I certainly do get around particularly on freebies.
    On the theme of the Findhorn being one to watch for fast rising water , I remember stopping at the lay by at the top of the Moy water with the other Robin and Mick D. We looked over the fence and saw the water was perfect, plenty gravel exposed then settled down for a cup of tea.
    10 minutes later , raring to go and another check revealed no gravel and a huge angry 6 ft. flood.
    And of course that day at Drynachan when I arrived to find that a poor soul had been washed away and drowned trying to return to his home bank with a fast rising river and his 2 companions getting out by the skin of their teeth.
    A dangerous place for the unwary but a wonderful place to be.
    Respect My Authorita!!

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    I have never even got near fishing this river, I don't even know it but I love it. Just looks such a beautiful water.

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    Totally agree with Mike. wonderful wonderful river BUT Drynachan is a bit pricey these days. . . .

    great photos. . . was that nice big water this year?????????

    P.S. dont tell the world Mike!!!!!! LOL!!!
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    A river I really would like to try some day. (Maybe once the cherubs are a bit older)

    Thanks for the pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gotoneon View Post
    Totally agree with Mike. wonderful wonderful river BUT Drynachan is a bit pricey these days. . . .

    great photos. . . was that nice big water this year?????????

    P.S. dont tell the world Mike!!!!!! LOL!!!
    Pricey.......it's only 220 plus vat per day in September! The beats had record catches a couple of years back and they took the opportunity to raise prices.
    The "rise" was also a couple of years ago and boy did we do well.
    This year has been a drought though
    Mike

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    Surely that price is for four rods though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bankwheel View Post
    Surely that price is for four rods though?
    Nope... that price is for one rod in September which traditionally always recorded the highest catch.
    Cheaper earlier in the year ie around 100 per rod day.
    But you do get to mix with the hoi poloi...we met and chatted to Royal Fergie (as opposed to ManU Fergie) one year and she even let us plebs fish her stretch of water!
    Mike

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    Great pictures, thanks for posting, its a stunning glen for sure...

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