Fishing Beats

  • Dunearn Beat The Dunearn Beat is the top beat of the Lethen water and offers the angler every type of pool and stream in the Findhorn book. The beat provides most fishing for the three rods when running at a medium to high level but in contrast in low water conditions the rocky falls pools just above Dulsie Bridge come into their own along with other white water throats and runs. The fishing rights on both banks are retained except for the two pools (Kennel and Garden) at the bottom of the beat which are shared with Glenferness Estate. Whilst most pools above The Falls at Dulsie Bridge can be fished from either bank the pools below the bridge are fished from the left bank only. This is because of the severely rough terrain on the right bank makes access virtually impossible. The beat runs past birch woodlands perched on the steep banks between open areas of farmland. Vehicle access to groups of pools is the norm. 4WD is advised.
  • Daltra Beat The river emerges from the steep Altnahara gorge into the more open vistas of the Daltra Beat. This beat offers a very wide variety of fishing from high water levels downwards, perhaps really coming into its best on a falling river to a medium height.  Vehicle (4WD is best) access is to groups of pools. Again the scenery is magnificent with some fine old conifers within the extensive areas of native broadleaves. The weekly team of two rods fishes this beat on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. From the Daltra Pool to the Sand Pool there should be no opposition from the Glenferness bank. The combination of the Altnahara Beat with the Daltra Beat ensures that so long as the river is in a fishable condition there are always excellent angling opportunities in a number of pools up and down the beats.
  • Altnahara Beat The Altnahara Beat is immediately below the Dunearn Beat but in every respect offers a different set of challenges to the angler. For it’s entire run of 15 named pools it is set in a magnificent gorge. The steep sides to this gorge are studded with native flora and trees ranging from Caledonian pine, birch, alder, birdcherry to numerous types of willow. A few exotic trees introduced on the Glenferness side add to the diversity. This beat offers the angler the most fishing when the water conditions are on the low side. Some experts say the lower the better! This is all to do with the series of turbulent rock pools in the middle of the beat which only fish in really low water conditions.   Above and below this area there are larger pools that offer good prospects in medium as well as low water conditions. It is only in very high water that the two rods are left just two top class high water pools to share between themselves. For the weekly team this is not a serious problem because of the daily alternating arrangements with the Daltra Beat downstream. The weekly arrangement is Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on the Altnahara Beat with the other days being available for locals.   On this beat all fishing is from the left bank as Glenferness has the fishing rights on the right bank. It should be noted that there is no vehicle access along this beat. Vehicles are parked beside the public road.
  • Loch Belivat The loch is served by a single rowing boat and you will be the only ones fishing during each session, with an average catch per outing of 2 fish and an average weight of about 1½ lbs. Catch and release is encouraged and we do ask for all fish under 12" long to be put back. The bag limit is 2 fish per rod per session. Surrounded by mature woodland, the loch feels secluded and peaceful despite being located just off the A939.

Rob Hoskin, Estate Office, Lethen, Nairn, Scotland IV12 5PR Tel: 01667 452247 Email: info@lethenestate.com