River and Glenquey update July 2016

Apologies for the lack of news in recent months, in part driven by other commitments but certainly from my perspective the first months of the season on river to mid June were really slow.

River Devon

The river has been uniformly low for much of May and June, the only saving grace being the occasional additional release from Castlehill Reservoir when they have been running their hydro-electric plant. These general raise the level of the river by 10-15cm for a couple of days and does help clear some of the silt/algae that forms in the prolong dry spells.

In the early season there were a couple of reports of decent fish being caught by bait anglers of up to 4lb. It is only in recent weeks with a bit more cloud cover and rain things have improved. I finally began rising and catching decent trout with the dry flies (including a cracker of about 2.5lb. There have even been reports of Sea Trout splashing in pools …….. the sceptics find this surprising considering how low the river has been

Annual stocking has been completed: these fish have now moved away from where they were released and can still be found. One angler recently caught nine stocked fish in one session (all released).

Pollution incidents continue on the river; with the usual suspects reported once again to Sepa (Scottish Water’s Tillicoultry and Alva WTW). The new Coal Authority mine water treatment facility at Mains of Blairingone, below Vicars Bridge is causing concern as ochre is now finding its way to the river. The Coal Authority contractors are supposed to return this month to attempt to remedy this situation.

River Work Parties

Work Parties have been busy for the last few months attempting to clear vegetation to facilitate access to the river for angling. At this time of year I guess the work parties must feel that it is like painting the Forth Rail Bridge. Approximately six weeks ago they cleared routes through ‘Alva Airfield’ (around the B908) laready the jungle has quickly re-established itself. They have cleared around the ‘Alva Airfield’ , Balguharn, March Glen, Sheardale, The Haugh to Rackmill and Linnbank to Vicars Bridge. This benefits anglers (and dog walkers) access, has helped to reduce the extent of the Himalayan Balsam infestation and involves a huge amount of effort!


By contrast Glenquey has been in excellent form!

The regulars have been ‘busting a gut’ setting unofficial records. Donald MacGregor managed in one session to land 39 trout. Jim Milne by all accounts heading up on Sunday to try and top that …… he couldn’t quite manage to but still landed an impressive 30 trout. Neither will probably be able to keep up with the local Ospreys which once again can often be seen at Glenquey and the other local reservoirs.

Glenquey has benefitted from water at good height allowing full access to all banks. Access has been further enhanced by the sterling work of the work parties over the Winter/Spring who managed to open up access right along the north bank with the help of chainsaws and a huge amount of bloody hard graft!

In May there were 73 angler submitted returns showing 345 caught which represents an average of 4.72 trout/visit with an average weight 0.59lbs [prize winner from the submitted returns was from Sauchie]

In June there were 72 angler submitted returns showing 445 caught which represents an average of 6.18 trout/visit with an average weight 0.65lbs [prize winner from the submitted returns was from Alloa]

Interesting despite there being two modest stockings, a lot of the fish were overwintered or natural breeding stock.

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8 Responses to River and Glenquey update July 2016

  1. David Nisbet says:

    I fished qlenquey yesterday on sunday 18th september ,i caught maybe 9-10 fish on dries,cdc yellow owl in a size 14 doing most of the damage as small olives were hatching off,i had two fish that were touching a 1lb,but looked like they had lost weight,anyone else noticed this,these fish should be in there prime this time of year.

  2. Graeme says:

    Had another look for my net this morning but no luck. Thanks for kind offer. Graeme

    • Cailean Moore says:

      Most likely a walker has picked it up and there are regulars walking that way and even over that stile. Print a small sign asking if found return to etc. with your mobile number and fix it to the gate post. Who knows, someone might have found it.

  3. Graeme says:

    Lost net at Tait’s Tomb. I lost an old folding/extending net near the stiles last Monday.evening. It is an old faithful to me. If you find it please contact me. Thanks. Graeme.

  4. Cailean Moore says:

    Hi, I’m enjoying a good season on the river with 14 good fish caught on my parachute emerger on Saturday. Three of these fish were over 36cm and despite the low watet conditions, with careful approach they can be caught. I’d love to post videos of the release of these big fish or even photos, but don’t know how to do so.

    • Graham says:


      Good for you 🙂

      Parachute emergers work for me all season round on the Devon (Adamns, Iron Blu Dunn and Greenwells Glory are my choice!)

      As the DAA website is purposefully not a completely open forum there is no means of you uploading files to the site, but I welcome any contributions! If you email me a link or file to thedaa@talktalk.net I will endeavour to upload them to the website!

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