May has finally seen temperatures rise; the arrival of the first groups of swallows and black headed gulls to the river signified that the river was at last coming to life!
Firstly I am sad to report the death of Gordon Forbes a few weeks ago. Gordon was brought up in Drum and had honed is skills as an angler and countryman on and about the Devon around Crook of Devon. He was an enthusiastic member of the work parties, never afraid to taking on a project himself (mink trapping, clearing the Thorney Burn of obstructions, clearing debris etc.). He served on the Committee for a number of years till illness made him resign in 2016. He was very passionate about the Devon and in recognition his family spread his ashes into the river on Saturday in memorial. A good guy!
Once the winter finished in the Ochils (8 brave souls braved the elements in March), Glenquey has been fishing very well (as the local osprey will testify). In April 56 permits were returned to the box recording 122 trout being caught (average 2.17 trout per angler at average weight of 0.75lb). The prize draw from the returns was won by Gordon Dow of Powmill who wins a Glenquey day ticket.
On the May Day bank holiday there were 12 cars parked at Glenquey, which is pretty unusual. The residents in Glenquey did appreciate that cars were parked off the road. Please if the car park is busy, please ensure that the road is kept clear at all times.
The river was very quite with little to report in March and April other a couple of nice 2lb trout being caught by bait anglers. The warmer weather has really brought the river to life, but offset by increasingly low flow in the river. I have heard of anglers down well with nymphs cast to the deeper more oxygenated heads of pools ………. a lot of friends and colleagues would lynch me for saying this but we really could do with a week of rain!
Work parties have started the endless task of striming access routes and clearing back Himalayan Balsam as it begins to sprout!