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Novar - Oct 2013
by Novar Fishings Manager - 11:19 on 15 November 2013
The summer-long drought gave way to a wet but mild autumn, and throughout October water levels were much better, with 6 moderate spates. The last 2 days saw the highest water levels of the season reaching + 2ft on the gauge!
Catches improved significantly, but many fish running the river were already coloured, suggesting that they had be waiting for some time in the lower reaches of the river, or in the Cromarty Firth.
124 salmon & grilse were caught on the Novar beats; 10 of which were ‘first salmon’. The second week of the month was the best, accounting for 49 fish. Anglers reporting 2 or more fish in a day included William Skinner, Hugo Llewelyn, Dave Morel, Nick Fitzgerald (3), Ross Hukins, Terry Young, Bryan Alexander, John Campbell and Peter McCluskey. Topping all of these efforts, John Campbell landed 5 fish from Beat 1 on the 30th.
Amongst the successful ‘first-timers’ were father and son Jamie & William Skinner, Tom Brandreth, Bill Middleton, Joe Damico, Jim Utts, David Koo, Steve Dover and Jason Burns. Also of note was a grilse for 93-year old Harry Watson from Inverness on the 26th; apparently his ‘first fish for a couple of years’!