Update 26 May 2010.
Temperatures continued to rise nearing the weekend of the 21
May. Eden reported a fish of 8lb on Thursday and again the Wrack landed fish
on Friday along with Mr. Metcalf at U/Netherdale and Carnousie and J Royles
at Scatterty landed a 4 lb Sea-trout. As the temperature reached 22 degrees
c on Friday, heavy thunder storms broke out. The Wrack again landed three
sea-trout and a salmon to G Donald and G Noble. Saturday 22 May saw the high
temps continue but the river was up to one foot above normal. Sea- trout
were reported off Scatterty and Upper Netherdale. Monday 24 May saw R
Breakell land two salmon at 8 and 13 lb along with a 4 lb sea-trout, Nigel
Barron landed a 12 lb fish off the Castle Water Huntly and R McDonald landed
a three pound sea-trout off Turriff Angling Association. Levels are now down
to three above normal and temperatures have plummeted to highs of 10 Degrees
and it has only been 4 degrees overnight. We had hail yesterday and frost
forecast for tonight with snow on the high hills tomorrow !!. The river has
a good head of fish in at the moment but we are lacking numbers of anglers
to take advantage. There are still plenty of very good weeks available
through the year. Check out the availability page or give me a call.
Do you own a blank firing pistol ? If you train or
have trained dogs in the past you may well want to dig it out to see if it
is an OLYMPIC 380. It will have this stamped on it somewhere. These
are to become a section 5 firearm from June this year and will therefore be
illegal to own. Please hand it in to your local Police station before the
Once again we will be holding our open day at the Turriff
Angling Association on Saturday June 5th at 10 am. As usual we will have
some casting instructors available to help you out and this year our local
Loomis pro guide has agreed to take along a selection of Loomis kit for you
to play with. It is an informal day and everybody usually gets at least half
an hour with an instructor to help out with their casting . Come along and
get skilled up.
Update 17 May 2010.
Last week turned out reasonable for catches. Ally Henderson
landed three for his day at L/Netherdale out of the days total of 5, which
bettered Mondays catch of 4. Montcoffer saw a fish of 9lb on Monday
Whilst C Wieland returned two off a cascade on the Wrack of 8lb and 10 lb. D
Burgess rook a sea-trout at Carnousie of 2 lb and Martin Grant and Walter
Sim landed fish of 12 lb and 8 lb both sea-liced off the Wrack on Saturday.
Mountblairy reports a fish of 15 lb late this pm. These lower beats are now
beginning to hold some significant numbers of sea-trout which are crashing
about the pools after 9pm. Hopefully this will be the start of a better
season for them. The river is now back to just above normal and the weather
is starting to warm up slowly. Indeed we are forecast temps of 18 degrees
and more by this weekend. I still have three weekly rods on the Wrack w/c 24
May. With fish being caught every time an angler visits that beat it seems
odd nobody has snapped it up yet! Also I still have weeks in May and into
June/July at Mountblairy and Two rods at Forglen in June. These have got to
be a winner with the fish we have around at the moment.
Update 11 May 2010
The weather remains cold and indeed we have had snow showers
the last two days with a dusting lying on the ground first thing this
morning. Water Temps have dropped from 10 degrees down to 7 degrees today.
Fish continue to come off as levels hover around the plus six inches mark.
We did see a rise of about two to three inches on Thursday and this had the
river peaty by the weekend. N McHardy had his first salmon in two years at
Marnoch Lodge on Tuesday and Mr. Kruger landed a 7lb fish at Conniecleugh on
Friday and the next beat down river at Avochie saw Mr. Pearson land a 9lb
fish. Saturday saw the Trodden party land a salmon at 10 lb and a sea-trout
of 4.5 lb off the Wrack. Mr. Breakell landed a 7lb fish off a middle beat on
Monday but the cold weather has kept the anglers away from the river. There
are still plenty of day tickets available at present and this will remain
the case until nearer the end of the month.
Scott Mackenzie DTX rods are newly in stock and
Beretta shotguns are arriving slowly.
Update 4 May 2010.
Tuesday saw levels still at around 10 inches. A Maskell
landed a 5 lb salmon from Avochie and Fish were also reported from
Corniehaugh. Laithers, Lower Netherdale and a 4.5 lb brown trout from
Euchries. Wednesday saw some more sea-trout come off and one at 4.5 lb from
Turtory. Eden saw a salmon and a sea-trout on Thursday and F Myer Hansen a
Norwegian visitor landed a 10 lb sea-liced fish from Carnousie and Scatterty
produced a 6lb sea-liced fish to R McDonald and Turtory reported a salmon of
12 lb to Mr. Morison. We are down to around +6 inches on the stick this week
and catches have slowed somewhat in the cold northerly winds but B Arnold
returned a 6lb fish off Mountblairy today. Remember we have still
availability in May and June on weekly lets with cottages and day lets.
Upper Netherdale and Carnousie has availability with the
Magnificent Waterside Lodge sleeping up to 12 or the smaller Ferry Cottage
sleeping up to 7 During July and August this year
Update 26 April 2010
week of weather, water levels and fish. Last Saturday saw A Duntire land a
10 lb fish off Dunlugas and D Reid take two sea-liced sea-trout off
Scatterty. Monday 19 April saw levels open at 1' 2" and running clear. C
Wyness landed a fish of 8lb and on Tuesday he landed one at 8lb and P
Jackson also landed one at 8lb. They ended the week with five between them
at Upper Netherdale and Carnousie. R Walker landed another springer at 6 lb
sea-liced and a sea-trout at Mountblairy and Mr. Alexander landed a 3.5 lb
sea-trout off Eden whilst D Reid landed a sea-liced salmon at 11lb off
Laithers on Friday. Saturday saw The Harries Party land three salmon at 12lb
and tow at 8lb along with a sea-trout. They also lost a large salmon. Whilst
on the opposite bank at Dunlugas D Beedie landed three sea-trout. The
weather continues mild and the river temperature has crept up to 47 degrees
f today. There seems to be a good head of fish in and they are well spread
out. Hopefully we can get a few more anglers out to take advantage of the
For those of you having trouble with twitter- the link was
changed by Twitter and some people could not get on. This has been sorted
out - however if you experience a problem in the future- you just type
turrifftackle into the twitter search and you will find us- please note
turrifftackle is all one word , no spaces etc.
Update 19 April 2010
The first full week of fishing - At
last a week where levels dropped all week and anglers could fish. Mr.
Gardner landed two salmon at Conniecleugh on the Saturday in two feet of
water. By Monday 12 April levels stood at two feet and it was clearing out.
K Barron landed a sea-liced fish of 12 lb at Avochie and Turtory reported
two with three lost. Tuesday saw Sean Barron keep up with his brother with a
9lb sea-liced fish at Marnoch Lodge and Bill Moreland took an 8lb sea-liced
fish off Turriff Angling Association. Nothing reported for Wednesday but
with levels at one foot six inches on Thursday Sandy Shand caught his first
ever spring fish a- 6lb sea-liced fish again off Avochie. The week was
rounded off with a report of two more fish off Turtory and a 5 lb sea-liced
fish to R Henderson off Marnoch Lodge on Saturday. Levels are down to one
foot two inches today Monday 19 April and Gillies up and down the river
report seeing plenty of fish in the river last week with many being lost.
Hopefully despite a little snow this morning and colder temperatures it will
not hamper the river levels and more anglers will venture out.
Turriff Tackle is now a dealer for Beretta, Tikka and
Sako Rifles and Leupold and Steiner optics as well as Zeiss. Federal
Ammunition should arrive this week to add to the Winchester and Remington
ranges in stock already. Please visit http://www.gmk.co.uk/ for
details of the full range available. Hopefully stocks can be built up over
the coming months for the shooting season.
Also please keep an eye on the home page of this site for
the commencement of web cameras. Yes folks we have two web cameras up
and running on the river at Avochie and Marnoch Lodge with a third at
Turriff Angling Association awaiting BT to get their act together and get us
a phone line in . There will also be a virtual river level so as you can see
how high the river is. The images change every 10 seconds and it is hoped to
stream them live in the future.
Update 11 April 2010
Last week was a washout with levels peaking at 8 foot on
Tuesday with melting snow. It dropped to three feet at the weekend but was
still fairly cloudy. G Barron returned a 9lb fish on the fly off Avochie on
Saturday . With very warm temps over the weekend levels today are down to
below two feet and next week looks like the week to start your season.
Update 1 April 2010
Tuesday saw the catches continue. Mark Abel and Stuart
Hunter both returned fish around 7lb at Forglen and Laithers reported a fish
from Saturday and one lost at the net on Monday. Levels remained just around
the 1 foot 5 inch mark and with temps around 6 degrees it was pleasant to be
out. Thursday saw another fish reported mid river and another lost. However
by the end of the week levels went up slightly and by the start of this week
Monday 29 March levels reached one foot 11 inches . However Tuesday saw a
howling gale and heavy rain and sleet. We woke up on Wednesday to up to two
feet of snow depending on how high up you stay and it snowed all day with a
gale force wind. Levels were 2 feet and dirty. Thursday saw levels at around
4 foot first thing and rising to nearly 7 feet by 5 pm. With all that snow
in the hills we are fearing the worst for levels and the resulting damage
that it will cause. Some rain is forecast for Saturday and very heavy rain
and gales for Monday. It might be this time next week before we can get
Keep up to date every day on my Twitter page with levels and
Update 22 March 2010
Last week was a complete write off. The temperatures were up
to 14 degrees and the snow melted quickly. All week the river ranged between
three and five feet and fishing was out. However today looked more promising
with levels fairly clear and standing at 2 foot 9 inches. Thankfully
promising turned out to be an under statement and three fish came off
the river. R Cowie landed one of 7 lb off Turriff Angling Association fairly
early and then an other lucky angler up river landed fish of 10 lb and 11 lb
sea-liced to make his day. Keep up to date with my twitter page through the
week as all news is posted straight away. With tickets from £10 per day it
is worth a day out.
Also if you are looking for any fishing check out the
letting availability which is updated regularly. The river may be number 5
for salmon catches in Scotland but a rod per week in high season will cost
no more than £430 and in some cases a lot less. check here:-
Update 15 March 2010
The river was fishable on Wednesday and Thursday only last
week when levels reached 1' 8" and cleared out. By Friday they were back to
3-4 feet as the Bogie Catchment caught the thaw. Today Monday levels were
running at about 5 foot first thing and by 5 pm running at 8 foot above
normal after temperatures remained mild overnight and we had some heavy
rain. Frost tonight might help it recede a little but more rain is forecast
for the latter part of the week so things do not look promising. For
those of you not taking advantage of my Twitter page - please have a look at
the info and if you have any suggestions we will see if we can help out.
There will also be a few deals on from time to time so keep logging in to
check. There is a spinning outfit on at the moment. I also have a week
available on the Wrack 24-29 May. I will offer it to last years client first
but if interested give me a call.
Update 7 March 2010
Temperatures remained well below zero for the early part of
the week with temperatures as low as -9 .By the end of the week things have
been milder but as a result the snow is now melting and river levels reached
around 3 feet at the end of the week. Perhaps with milder temperatures and a
small rise in levels a few fish can be tempted out of the "warm" north sea.
I have a few cancellations for fishing and an updated list
can be found on the
Please ring if interested as it has been e-mailed to those
who had names down for it.
I also have a
where I will post the river conditions every day. We are a bit short
of gauges on the river at the moment after the floods - so please cut me
some slack if I do not get it on every day first thing as planned until we
get repairs done and gauges back in operation.