Findhorn District Salmon Fishery Board Conservation Code 2021
Anglers must release:
All fish caught up to 14th May inclusive
From 15th May:
All fish over 9lbs / 28 inches (4 Kg / 72 cm)
All coloured, stale and gravid fish
As many hen fish as possible
If an angler catches a fish that they feel is likely not to survive, then the angler can retain it, but they must report immediately to the Estate, the Bailiff (Sean McLean 07920 483081) or the FNLFT (Bob Laughton 07887 535986) , who will decide what to do with the fish. This course of action also applies to all fish over 9lbs, which would normally be returned throughout the season under the FDSFB Conservation Code.
Anglers are asked to achieve a minimum of:
75% of all salmon/grilse and sea trout caught from the 15th May
Guidance only as Release Rate above should take priority:
A maximum of 1 salmon (under 9lbs) or 2 grilse (fish under 4lbs) per rod per 6 days.
Before 1st May fly fishing is encouraged.
Most beats are fly only all season. From 1st May it is mandatory.
Pinched or barbless hooks are recommended.
Avoid using triple hooks.
You may be aware of the Conservation Measures to Control the Killing of Wild Salmon regulations (http://www.gov.scot/Topics/marine/Salmon-Trout-Coarse/fishreform/licence/status) introduced by Scottish Government. The River Findhorn has been classified as a Grade 1 river indicating that “Exploitation is sustainable and therefore no additional management action is currently required”. This recognises the effectiveness of current measures (The FDFSB Conservation Code) while reinforcing the need to make sure that it is observed to maintain our status in the future. We will notify you if this status changes and if further conservation measures are required by the Scottish Government.