Welcome to the DAA

Welcome to the Devon Angling Association website.

The Association offer fishing on approximately 15 miles of the River Devon in Clackmannanshire and Kinrossshire; from below Castlehill Reservoir in Glendevon to  Menstrie .

The river provides good opportunities to catch migratory Salmon and Sea Trout, particularly in the later part of the season and the river holds excellent hard fighting native Brown Trout all to the stunning backdrop of the Ochils.

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Additionally the Association is able to offer members and visitors bank fishing on Glenquey Reservoir in the heart of the Ochils.

The website is intended to provide information & news for members of the Association, provide a guide for visitors to the Devon & Glenquey and hopefully be of interest to all.

During the 2017 Season all Salmon caught on the River Devon must be returned to the river without exception. 

For the latest news of the Association , River Devon & Glenquey plus other related snippets please see the DAA News & Blog tab.


307 Responses to Welcome to the DAA

  1. Bud1994 says:

    Bumped into a mink, just bellow the dam wall on the fossoway run last night, it was across river and heading downstream, once roughly in line with me, it stopped we made eye contact, it then continued on its way, few minutes later it appeared on the same side off river as me with dinner in its mouth ( some sort off a Rodent not a fish ) it come bouncing up the river bank not a care in the world and was literally touching distance away before it veered away into the longer grass, it then crossed back over the river few meters away, carefully navigating its way over the dam rocks before heading into the woods!!

    • Cailean Moore says:

      Had a good afternoon on the Devon with the new 2wt. A peach of a rod for 88 quid. Still shaking from the fish I lost at the net. Easily my pb on the Devon fish and was around the 5lb mark. Not bad for a wee stream and a 2wt.
      Caught some big bruisers today at the head of pools where the fast water comes in. All were caught on size 20 French nymphs for a total of 8. Photos available on my Facebook group Upstream Nymph.

      • Christopher Ward says:

        well done mate, I’m getting lots of luck on a size 18 small black dry but only very small fish, will need to give your advice a try in the hope of landing something bigger. Must be fun with the 2 wt rod. I fish a 4wt on the river and at times don’t even know that i have hooked some of the small ones. A 5 pounder on a 2 wt must have been fun. Off to tie up some leaders with nymphs .

    • Graham says:

      The mink can be totally without fear at times ……. I will try and get hold of one of the local keepers who do routinely trap mink on the upper river, principally to protect pheasant and partridge young (am not sure now whether they have feeding stations in the woods at the moment, but the landowner at the east bank has pheasant shoots each year along those fields). The good news is that there are otters in about this part of the river; they super territorial and don’t tolerate mink

      Well done looking forward to seeing the pics of the big yin when you land it next time 🙂 (hopefully you will let us post it here with the appropriate acknowledgement)…….. must be a great way to catch the kind of fish (upstream nymphing is a technique I haven’t quite mastered but persevere with it in hope!)

  2. Alan Graham says:

    Dates for your 2018 Diary
    In case you have not heard the Scottish Fly Fair will take place on the 10th – 11th March 2018 at the Stirling Court Hotel – University of Stirling. Lets make it a success by turning up enmasse

  3. Alan Graham says:

    Just back from the “Quey” had my best session so far this year. Lots of Olives hatching and the water is now dropping back nicely. No nasty surprise’s when I got back to the car this time.

  4. Kenny says:

    Found dead gold fish ,were the mine water comes in.

    • Graham says:

      Kenny that is very very odd; I presume you saw no other signs of distressed fish?

      You must presume that some fool has thought they would have a chance of survival but most likely they died of shock (or disease). Can you the DAA a favour and report your observation to SEPA https://www.sepa.org.uk/contact/contact-us-via-email/

      It may seem an innocent (and stupid) act by the gold fish owner, but these fish are particular susceptible to disease due to the way they are bred and raised; they shouldn’t be coming into contact with wild fish.

      • Graham Halliday says:

        I was fishing down from Vicars Bridge yesterday – a good rise came on early pm for over an hour or so with a strong hatch of upwing flies – two or three varieties including big Mayflies. Couldn’t find the right fly to entice the troot ! However, it seems that the mine treatment pond isn’t doing much – where it runs into the river the whole bank is bright orange for a few metres – maybe the pond and filter area is choked and needs a clean out ? I did pull out a hundred or so of these Himalayan plants though – cleared a corner bend and only took about five minutes…..

      • Graham says:

        That’s great to hear ……. frustrating when fish are rising like that and taking your fly. When it happens to me I tend to tie an emerger pattern like a parachute (Iron Blue Dunn or Greenwells Glory) or a small (olive and grey) klinkhammer and concentrate on working out where the fish is laying and make sure the fly is presented well. Sometimes works 🙂

        The DAA (and the Fisheries Trust) are aware of the current discharge from the treatment works and both SEPA and the Coal Authority have been contacted. The problem lies in the treated water not spending enough time in the reed beds (the majority of the flow runs along the north bank of the reed bed rather than generally over the whole area). The treatment system is working (the majority of the sediment is being captured) and the sediment is harmless other than it coats the river/stream bed making life for invertebrates impossible. It is disappointing that the new system is less effective than the old one but hopefully we will hear from the Coal Authority presently with their proposals to rectify their treatment system and prevent further pollution of the river. As soon as we have any news on progress I will post it here!

        Finally well done for the plucking, thanks, it is amazing just how much can be cleared in a short time. Hopefully others will follow your lead

  5. Kenny says:

    Cailean It can’t find your net I can give you a wooden net.

    • Cailean Moore says:

      Thanks Kenny mate for the offer. It’s very much appreciated but I’ve placed an order for a new wooden net as a replacement.
      If anyone wants their net converted to a floating version give me a shout or if you want to make your own give me a shout on Upstream Nymph on Facebook.

  6. James says:


    Had another great time fishing Glenquey today, taking a nice fish early on,fantastic place. However on my return to the car someone left a note on my windscreen saying “this is a car park for fisherman only , your car may be clamped next time”. I feel whoever left this has totally misjudged the situation and made me and others feel unsure whether paying for a permit to fish Glenquey will later result in a very expensive day and unworthy hassle. This situation really needs to be resolved as I love fishing this location. Please let me know what I should do , can leave a note “Gone Fishimg” if required. Just really feel it was unfair to pay for the permit and be welcomed with this response, let alone had I been clamped, who would be responsible for the costs ?

    • Graham says:

      Apologies on behalf of the DAA …….. I think there may have been a case of mistaken identity. We do have an occasional problem with walkers (with or without dogs) using the limited parking space and I suspect our resident bailiff my not have seen you on the reservoir and put 2 & 2 together. I expect he was just making a (mistaken) point but a note would do no harm …… I will pass on your experience to officers of the Association.
      Hope it didn’t sour the day too much!

      • James says:

        Hi Graham,

        Thank you for the reply, I had a great day and will be returning this coming week. I think I was hidden down the far end trying to keep out the wind. I will try to leave a note next time as I do agree it’s a hard thing to enforce and appreciate having the car park so close to the resevoire.

    • Bud1994 says:

      As far as am aware, clamping cars is illegal in Scotland only the police, local council and dvla are authorised to do so? And to be honest not sure either off these authorities would see it worth their while, to send someone out for a situation like that….. it’s probably something the association might want to check up on, incase our bailiff ends up in the wrong! (Crazy world I know)

      It’s not letting me reply on the lost box post, any information on where the angler was on the fossoway beat? I personally am up there regularly and know the stretch very well…..any landmarks that the angler can remember they fished that day, Ill have a scout next time am about!

      As for the fishing, 2 fish is the most I’ve had in one session from the river fished euro nymph techniques without a tug, late at night there is some movement enough for the dry fly angler in me to put a dry on, but their not interested in them either….. team off wet flies have done the business for me particularly a black spider!!

      Kind regards!

      • Graham says:

        Andrew I don’t think you need exercise yourself about the risk of being clamped by the DAA!

        Thanks for the offer of help looking for the missing flybox ……. I was at error by forgetting to allow comments on the post but I have added your kind offer to the post!

    • Cailean Moore says:

      Lost my floating net I use to release my fish. It’s a Leeds scoop net with grey foam insulation I fitted to it’s frame. Was downstream from Tates Tomb and I was parked in the big lay by there. Anyone finds it please let me know.

    • Alan Graham says:

      James I had one on my car two PLUS a Flat tyre !!!!!!

  7. Christopher Ward says:

    Thank You to Devon Angling Association. I received a voucher for a free days fishing at The Quey through the post today after posting my day ticket in the collection box at the reservoir. I reckon a lucky day awaits me.
    Thanks again gentlemen. Christopher.

    • Graham says:

      Congratulations Christopher!

      The DAA put all the catch returns posted in the box each month into a pot and one lucky angler is drawn for a freebie at Glenquey!

      Message is clear ………. fill out your tickets with all your details and return to the box at the end of your session. You might get lucky 🙂

  8. Alan Graham says:

    A request to all Fisherperson’s on the River Devon. You will be aware that many areas are infested with Himalayan Balsam. During the months of May June and July we would ask you all to take 10 – 15 minutes of your time and PULL out AROUND 50 OF THESE PLANTS. Leave them well away from the river bank to decompose. This way will go along way to helping the committee to eradicate this Non Native Invasive Species. Thanks for your help.

  9. Alan Graham says:

    Up at the Quey again – hard session with the Wind in all directions. However the day was made by the return of the OSPREY wonderful sight. Ended day on 7 Ospery Nil

  10. Michael Brown says:

    At the moment there are 4 young guys fishing from the south bank where the river bends before flowing past Sterling Warehouse – very frustrating to see.

    • Graham says:

      Michael aplogies for the delay in this being posted; as a new contributor you have to be approved, which stops the website being deluged with spam (typically 50 – 100 comments a week).

      I will pass you comment onto the bailiffs, who I am sure will take a run that way on future Sundays.

      • Cailean Moore says:

        How is the river fishing after the mild weather we’ve had? Hopefully the river is warming up and the fish are coming on to the fly life. Hoping to get a cast next week.

      • Christopher Ward says:

        I walk the dog most nights at the haugh and the last few nights i have started to see fish rise and jump, so must be warming up, plenty of fly life too, so we can start getting the wee dries ginked up

  11. Christopher Ward says:

    Hi All, going up they Quay on Saturday and wondering if anyone has tips on flies and leader set up including breaking strain. Weather looks about 9 degrees with cloud and sun at times but a bit windy . Been up 6 times with no fish, thanks in advance, cheers.

    • Jack Morrison says:

      Hi Christopher, it’s still early doors, I would go deep and slow, vary what you are using until you find something that works.

      • Christopher ward says:

        After 6 previous blanks I finally managed my first fish on the quay , ended up with two on a size 16 hot spot pheasant tail niymph on a midge tip. Great feeling catching your first fish on a new water .

      • Jack Morrison says:

        Well done mate! Onwards and upwards from here!

  12. Bud1994 says:

    WHAT AN AFTERNOON ON THE QUEY………. not good fishing tho, absolute madness in that wind!!

    There was a tremendously strong north western wind, casting on the south back was extremely difficult, headed over to the north bank in the hope to get the wind at my back (sort off) got down the ladders walked over the outlet, come to the rope ready to pull me self up the wall…… huge gust off wind and a slip later, ended up looking like Tarzan gone wrong, clattering against the wall luckily no damage done!

    Is the association got any plans for improving access to the north bank? If that was an elderly or less stable gentleman god forbid that could have been deadly to be honest!

    • Christopher Ward says:

      Used the rope myself on sat and it does require a bit of effort. Not advisable for anyone with limited mobility. The alternative is a 15min walk back to near the car park where a path takes you to the other bank. Certainly a fixed metal ladder as used on the other wall would be a huge improvement.

      • Graham says:

        Andrew, good to hear that you did not come to any serious harm, but in the process you have raised a serious point which requires addressing.

        The recommended route to the North Bank is the path described by Christopher where there is a footbridge over the burn or the long way round [I will put up a map showing the route on the website later this week]!

        When the level drops in the reservoir it is possible to bypass the overflow walls but at other times we have to recommend the path. I am told that once upon a time we had ladders there but they were removed by Scottish Water and it is unlikely that they would approve of either the existing rope or ladders on their spillway.

        Christophher good to hear you finally got your fish!

      • Alan Graham says:

        Unfortunately that would need the Water Board Approval

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