At the opening days of the season due to the current Covid-19 lockdown, tickets for Glenquey will only be available from the Sorting Office, Dollar. When restrictions ease, hopefully in late April permits will be available once again from Mona’s of Muckhart and the Inn at Muckhart.
Glenquey has not been stocked since 2017 and has reverted once more to a “wild trout fishery”. There has been debate among the members of the committee whether there was a case for additional stocking resuming. Historically, Glenquey was stocked normally bi-annually with Brown Trout sourced from the now closed Howietoun Fishery. In recent years the fish were as big as 10”-12”, but prior to that, fish introduced were as small as 6”.
The committee agreed that this year a concerted effort should be made to analyse catch returns so we can make an assessment on the state of the stock of fish in the reservoir. We know that there is a substantial breeding population in the reservoir, this autumn a number of witnesses reported trout in excess of 2lb going up the feeder burns to spawn, but thanks to the dam there are no opportunities to recruit new stock naturally
Your catch returns are a hugely important tool in collating data about the health of fish stocks in Glenquey. Unfortunately we only receive about 60% return of catches to the collection box at the reservoir
For the 2021 season we are reaching out to all Glenquey anglers to fill out their catch returns even if you have blanked (that information is just as important) and provide as much information as possible
To help a new collection box has been installed at the car park so that those who have forgotten to post their return at the existing box, may do so.
There are a number of tools available for estimating the weight of fish returned all based on the length of the fish and their condition. A simple solution to avoid carrying/handling a tape measure is just mark a scale on your rod from the end of the grip (for example a lot of competition anglers use insulating tape or tippex at 3″ or 4″ intervals).
These two sites provide really good tools for estimating weights https://www.durhamflyfishing.co.uk/resources/Brown%20Trout%20Weight%20Length%20Ratio%20DFFCo.pdf and http://www.letsflyfish.com/weight.htm
If you choose to remove a fish, please weigh it at home, measure its length and girth and send that information on to the DAA.
We would appreciate your help in amassing the data which might inform our future management plan for Glenquey. Please complete the return as normal and add any other useful information if you have time (locations, water level, weather etc). If you have distinct views on stocking or not stocking, perhaps you would like to let us know,either on the catch return form or by any other means.
Last and by no means least don’t forget, there is the long running monthly draw of completed catch returns with the prize of a free day’s fishing at Glenquey.