There was a strong turnout for the DAA AGM held at the Royal Hotel, Tillicoultry on 9th January and some lively discussions. The key issues that came up during the meeting were:
- Trout fishing on the Devon was generally very good with fish up to 4lb being caught. Despite a number of modest autumn spates, only four salmon and ten sea trout were caught. Volunteers surveying the river have seen sight of a number of redds in the river, it has been difficult to assess the number of salmon in the river due to water conditions making surveys well nigh impossible.
- Glenquey had another successful season, but was impacted by the reservoir remaining high restricting access to the north bank (the DAA will endeavour to open up more space but this remains a major undertaking). On average anglers are catching five fish per visit at an average weight of a little over 1/2lb.
- The DAA are looking forward a number of key projects in 2018 including tackling the problems of cattle encroachment into the river, improving access for fish into the Tillicoultry & Thorny Burns and working with the River Forth Fisheries Trust biologists
- Work parties have been busy all year clearing vegetation, improving access, removing fallen lumber, building bridges, repairing stiles and clearing rubbish.
- The meeting noted with sadness the death of Roger Dalton earlier in the year, who had been a great servant of the Devon Angling Association
- The DAA finances remain robust so once more permit prices will be frozen at the same rates as the previous season