The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Devon Angling Association was held on Tuesday 14th January at the Royal Arms in Tillicoultry with a turnout of 18 members.
Our president Bryan Anderson thanked the committee and work parties for the sterling work carried out administering the Association and maintaining the river and Glenquey. The main items of business discussed were:
- The Devon fished well all season, benefitting from plenty of water. The no-stocking policy does not seem to have impacted fishing with a number of 3lb+ fish being reported. It was acknowledged some anglers were not happy with the no-stocking policy but they appear to be a small minority. The additional water resulted in the first decent run of migratory fish for a few seasons. We were able to report to Marine Scotland 25 Salmon and 14 Sea Trout caught and returned.
- Glenquey had a more difficult season with the reservoir remaining full for most of the season and limiting fishing to the south bank. August was a disappointing month for fishing effort which has been attributed to the road closures on the A823. A total of 452 permits were issued and of the 257 returned showed that 999 trout were caught (mean weight 0.5lb with the best being over 2lb)
- The DAA have instigated routine invertebrate surveys in conjunction with SEPA and Forth Rivers Trust
- The DAA have benefitted from a site visit from the Wild Trout Trust (see post from last week where a copy of their report can be downloaded https://devonanglingassociation.org.uk/2020/01/11/river-devon-wild-trout-trust-advice/ ) . In 2020 the DAA intend to improve access for trout to the Thorny Burn, address the poaching of the river banks and bed by cattle around Tates Tomb and plant native trees (thanks to Kenny Macaulay who secured 500 trees from the Woodland Trust. We also adopt their advise on bank maintenance and improving habitats
- The DAA continues to support Fish in the Classroom and this year the FRT have selected Muckhart Primary School.
- Kenny Macaulay has been co-opted on to the committee and will become a bailiff. Kenny has been ‘taking care’ of Dunning Glen for a few years, routinely clearing the detritus left by ‘wild campers’ and just as importantly engaging directly with campers to encourage them to gather their rubbish up at the end of their stay.