Fishing on the River Findhorn
The renowned salmon river, the Findhorn, flows within 100m of Tomatin House and offers exciting salmon fishing right on the doorstep.
Extending to around two miles of single bank, with ten named pools and numerous productive runs or lies in between, there is a wide choice of fishing for up to six rods. The salmon arrive in April/May and can provide exciting sport until the season closes at the end of September. Fishing is by fly only, with many pools easy for novices to cover.
There is also a healthy stock of brown trout in the river, with fish up to 5lbs being caught in recent years; the occasional sea trout may also be caught.
The average weight of salmon caught over recent years has been around 8 to 10 lbs (3.5 to 4.5 kilos), but many years have seen fish over 20 lbs (9 kilos) landed.Almost every year there are reports of "Jaws" being seen, or hooked and lost, in various pools.
However, in Nov 1990 while netting for breeding stock, a monster of 40 lbs (18 kilos) was caught on the Tomatin House water, and subsequently released. It was reckoned that earlier in the season, when the fish was in prime condition, it would have weighed 45 to 50 lbs (20 to 23 kilos). Not just a 'Fisherman's Tale' !
Highlands country house available for rent near Inverness, Scotland for salmon fishing, deer stalking and golf