Well this afternoon was lovely, gone was the sunshine and replaced with a lovely dose of drizzle likely to extend over the bank holiday weekend. We really need more of this weather after yet another prolonged dry spring. Already Castlehill Reservoir, who sole purpose is to act as reserve (costs a lot of money to pump it to the water treatment works), is a couple of metres below the dam’s crest. The River Devon really needs the reservoir level to be at the dam crest, so that any spate events in the Ochils (particularly on the east of Glendevon) over top the dam. These spate events may ruin a days fishing (except those with the skill/knowledge to know where to present a worm in these conditions!) but are absolutely vital for the rivers health. Spates benefit trout and their invertebrate prey by clearing accumulated silt/algae, improve spawning grounds by transporting fresh sand/gravel and encouraging migratory fish into the river.
So what happening?
Well Glenquey remains pretty well full but fishing really well. Alan Graham reported catching 15 trout and missing at least a further dozen others on Friday (24/5). Chris Adams fishing last Sunday reported “Great afternoon up the Quay today. 12 to the net, better 2 in photos from the north bank, Osprey & a wee Barn Owl fly-by. Beautiful whether you’re catching or not!!”
Chris was fishing with a wee black & claret Muddler on the top, “but a small silver invicta was the most popular, just under the surface. Something bigger ran off with the Muddler on the south bank in the evening!”
On the Wild Fishing Forum an angler who has known the Devon for decades posted “A lot of winter work has been put in by the Devon club to give better bank access. Well done those folk on the work parties. ”
On a slightly more serious point regarding Glenquey, please do not brings dogs with you, that isn’t permitted!
The River Devon has taken a wee while to come alive but I am now seeing a lot of reports of decent fish caught on nymphs and dries. The lack of rain means that fishing needs a bit of finesse and care as fish in these conditions are super spooky.
Kenny McAulay and at least one other angler have hooked and lost a large Rainbow Trout on the upper beats (presumably since Castlehill hasn’t been stocked with Rainbow’s for a few years an old resident swept over in the winter spates). We encourage any angler who manages to catch this fish to take it home for tea!