Brief mid-summer update

Now the school holidays are upon us, the rain has arrived not quite enough to put much water in the river above the compensation flow from Castlehill (even after the weekend showers though the river at Vicars Bridge was well coloured at 6.30am this morning there has only been a token rise). At least Castlehill is slowly filling again, so it would be nice to have it full in time for some late season spates

Fishing on the river has been pretty slow; though there have been some impressive catches particularly by the upstream nymphing community. I have had a couple of great evenings speculatively fishing dries at a couple of spots on the upper river catching all age ranges. We received an email from a former resident of Tillicoultry who fished the river for the first time in years:

I am absolutely delighted to report that the river is far cleaner and healthier than I remember. I didn’t see a single piece of litter. And the fishing was wonderful. It really exceeded expectations. There was a good hatch of olives when I started and I managed to pick up fish on the nymph and dry fly from Vicar’s bridge upstream and from Rumbling Bridge to the Crook of Devon until the light faded. I must have had about 30 in all, including two nice fish of between half and three quarters of a pound. I hooked a bigger fish of closer to 1.5 pounds that spat the hook at the net. I’ll be back to try for him another day!

There have been a few Sea Trout reported and the big spring tides last week may have brought a few more in.

May was an exceptional month at Glenquey when 65 anglers caught a total 654 fish (mean 0.59lbs and 10.1 fish/angler visit). In June the action slowed 71 anglers caught 369 fish (mean 0.57lbs and 5.2 fish/angler visit). Obviously the weight of fish recorded in returns is subjective but interestingly the relatively productivity of May compared to June is a consistent pattern in catch returns. Once again a huge thanks to the anglers returning catch returns ……… the May draw was won by an angler from Linlithgow and the June draw was an angler from Tillicoultry.

As ever the work parties have been out and about, concentrating on trying to keep paths and accesses open by a variety of mowing and strimming, but they have also found to complete modest stockings of Glenquey and the river. If you have time to help out then please get in touch with Alan Armstrong ………. see the following post:

https://devonanglingassociation.org.uk/2017/07/20/daa-work-parties-mid-week-volunteering-opportunities/

 

 

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2 Responses to Brief mid-summer update

  1. Cailean Moore says:

    It’s good to see the river fishing so well this year and myself and my partners in nymphing have had some nice big fish this season. Lately I’ve been fishing a team of 3 spiders working my way down stream and then fishing Euro nymphs on the way back up. Casting a team of 3 spiders in a dead drift across the current to rising fish has had some savage takes. Best spiders for me this month have been a Iron Blue, an old English pattern called a Winter Brown and a Greenwells Spider all in a size 16 and fished naturally in the current, not skating down and across. My friend had a stunning big Brown Trout that was estimated at 4lb plus. In our Upstream Nymph community, we have a rule not to name the exact location of where we caught our fish, but naming the river as Upper, Middle or Lower Devon or whatever river we’re fishing is perfectly acceptable. Too many locations on rivers get hammered when they are publicly posted on the internet as was the case when my friend caught a 5lb trout on the Clyde and next day, there were 8 anglers at his spot.
    It’s also been good to see new stiles been put up and the care that goes into the river from you guys is appreciated from anglers like us whose enjoyment is increased because of it.
    I’m just back from a 2 week holiday and can’t wait to get the rod out for a wee cast.
    Tight Lines
    Cailean

    • Graham says:

      Cailean
      Thanks for the appreciation of our wonderful work parties ……. hard work by anglers for anglers (and dog walkers, hikers and nature lovers too)

      I have followed with interest your Upstream Nymph facebook page and have learnt a lot. I fish most of the season with dry flies cast upstream (though I am not afraid of slack line cast downstream) so it is interesting that that my two go to flies on the Devon are Greenwells and Iron Blue Duns (conventional dry, parachute and klinkhammer-ish) match two of your three spider team!

      I also agree about being non-specific about where you have caught quality fish in public forums. I have contributed to a well known strictly moderated forum dedicated to wild fish angling for over ten years and rarely mention the Devon by name let alone where I have been fishing! There are some high profile fishing journalists that could do with learning that lesson!

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