Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – Wednesday 31st March 2021
From Friday 2nd April the ‘Stay at Home’ requirement will be replaced with a ‘Stay Local’ message. Restrictions on non-essential travel across local authority boundaries will remain in place for at least another 3 weeks.
Under the current timetable for easing COVID restrictions, travel may be permitted within all of mainland Scotland from Monday 26th April. Self-catering accommodation may also be permitted to reopen at this time, currently subject to a strict one household limit. This will be confirmed at the Scottish Government briefing on Tuesday 20th April.
It is not yet clear when travel restrictions between Scotland and the rest of the UK will be relaxed. There is a chance it could be allowed from 26th April, although it may be more likely that it is delayed until Monday 17th May.
The guidance for self-catering accommodation is currently being updated and we should know more in the coming weeks. This makes planning for the season ahead quite difficult, so for now all bookings are in heavy pencil as we cannot say for sure what travel or accommodation restrictions may still be in place for the season.
The Shenachie gauge is the best one for the Lethen Beats. It is about 9 miles upstream from Dulsie Bridge. Any change in the level at Shenachie takes a few hours to reach Dulsie Bridge.
SEPA have provided web access to many electronic gauges on the rivers of Scotland and their website can be accessed here.
SEPA water level stations on the River Findhorn:
Findhorn, Nairn & Lossie Fisheries Trust
2019 saw the very generous support of many fishing tenants and others continuing. It is suggested that each rod should consider a contribution of ₤5 per day but the Trust is grateful for any donations received. Subscribers receive newsletters which give details of the Trust's activities. Continuing support is vital to the well being of the river. Please refer to www.fnlft.org.uk/river-findhorn for information on the Trust and the Findhorn District Salmon Fishery Board.
Iain Kelly lives in Forres. He has good knowledge of our beats and is an experienced Findhorn fisherman. If you require assistance for a week or just a day or two, then contact Iain by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone him on his mobile 07778 507950.
Bill Cottle of Everyman Ghillie Services is a travelling fishing instructor who has a good knowledge of our beats. If you require assistance for a week then contact Bill by email:email@example.com or telephone 01889 562745 or mobile 077480 02797.
Glyn Phillips lives near Forres. He is familiar with our beats having fished some of them regularly in the past. If you require assistance for a week or just a day or two, then contact Glyn by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone him on his mobile 07891 778111.
Catch & Release
As part of their work to promote catch and release FishPal have produced three short films which promote good handling practice:
Film 1 - Tackle
Film 2 - Planning the River
Film 3 - Catch and Release
Fish Scale Samples
We continue to ask for scales samples to be taken off any fish that are killed. Scale envelopes and further information is available in the Lodge and Cottage. The information gained from the scale readings will be of great importance for research purposes.
Dunearn Lodge and Dulsie Cottage
Basics in Lodge and Cottage
The following are supplied:-
- All bed linen and towels.
- Soap and lavatory paper in bathrooms.
- Washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, kitchen paper, cling wrap and tinfoil in the kitchen.
- Washing Machine soap.
For obvious reasons we do not wish to get involved with groceries etc. but there is an efficient service run by Tesco and more recently by Sainsburys.
Both deliver on a Sunday.
If cleaning help is required during the week please contact Louise Baird.
Mob: 07548 135750
For the Lodge the ground floor has 6 sets of linen/towels and with the 1st Floor included has 12 sets. At Dulsie Cottage there are 4 sets. Extra sets of linen may be available during the week for a charge of £10 per set.
From Airport / Stations to the Lodge or Cottage and return.
Taxi 24/7 Nairn Tel: 01667 459595
Nairn Taxis Tel: 01667 451111
New Midge Repellant
Bug Soother – a deet-free insect repellent. More information can be found at http://bugsoother.co.uk/
Ticks & Lyme Disease
Please be aware while walking along the Beats that ticks may be present in the undergrowth. Whilst not all ticks carry the bacteria which causes Lyme disease, and the risk of catching it is small, it is advisable to take preventative measures and to know what to do if you do get bitten. With this in mind we have provided information in the Lodge and Cottage folders
On the Findhorn when the weather is very wet the water levels can rise with alarming speed and height. Everybody is advised to equip themselves with an inflatable device. The other advice we offer is to limit wading as in a lot of pools it is totally unnecessary and very often spooks the fish. If you must wade it is suggested that with thigh waders you should never go in deeper than just above the knee and with chest waders never go in deeper than the groin.
Given the large number of diverse users of the river the Fishery Board now regard biosecurity as an awareness rather than a policing issue. In order to reduce the paperwork to comply with this requirement we now ask for ONE form to be completed on behalf of the fishing party and returned at least 2 weeks prior to your visit. Please ensure that every member of your party is aware of the biosecurity requirements and has taken the appropriate action. A list of all fishers in your party would be helpful and is appreciated. A hard copy of the form is included in your pack and an online version is available on request or from the FNLFT website.
Rod Sizes: On a full river a 13’-15’ rod with 8/9 weight line is best. On a low river a 10’-12’ rod with 7/8 weight is ideal and the new style switch rod fits the bill very well. Avoid using a trout rod and any rod with a line weight under 7 weight as these lighter rods are not suitable for playing salmon quickly which is necessary for a quick release to ensure a good survival rate.
Flies: all popular patterns from size 6 to 14 cover most events. Please avoid using treble hooks. Best practice is to pinch in barbs on single and double hooks. Hitched flies can be very effective throughout the season.
Please note that it is illegal in Scotland to use a knotted net, gaff or tailer.
4WD vehicles are strongly recommended for the Dunearn and Daltra Beats. If required they can be hired from:
Aberdeen 4x4 offer a meet and greet service at Inverness and Aberdeen airports where they will meet the customer at Arrivals and get them on their way without any delays. Alternatively, arrangements can be made for the vehicle to be dropped off at Dunearn Lodge/Dulsie Cottage at the start of your week and collected at the end. For Lethen guests they are also offering a 10% discount (quote Lethen 1 as a code when making the booking). For further information contact:
Website: www.aberdeen4x4.co.uk Telephone: 01224 877899
Website: www.invernessairport4x4.co.uk Telephone: 01463 709888
Highland Defenders are based in Boat of Garten and specialise in the hire of Landrover Defenders. Lethen Estate guests are offered 1 day free hire when they book 7 days. They also offer a drop off/collection service (usually charged at a flat fee of £50 which covers both the vehicle drop off and collection).
Website: www.highlanddefenders.com Telephone: 07775 677717
Focus Vehicle Rental. Offer a range of Land Rover vehicles and should offer a 10% discount if you mention Lethen Estate. They have offices in Inverness and Inverness Airport.
Website: www.focusvehiclerental.co.uk Telephone: 01463 709517
Rhino Car Hire offer a range of cars including 4x4's with collection available from Inverness Airport. They will offer a 10% discount for Lethen Estate guests. Website: www.rhinocarhire.com