Glenquey is a hidden gem of a fishery located high in the Ochils above Glendevon, providing fly only fishing for brown trout. The location is stunning, the reservoir being formed at the head of the glen, overlooked by the rounded ridges of the main Ochils ridge and to the north by maturing broadleaved woods planted by the Woodland Trust.
It is a quiet tranquil place, visited by the occasional walker, intrepid cyclist and most summers by the local Osprey population
The crystal clear water holds a stock of native wild trout, supplemented periodically with quality stocked brown trout.
The reservoir, one of five in Glendevon, was built in 1909 to supply water to Dunfermline in Fife. It extends over 41 acres with shallow shelving on the southern bank, which makes for easy wading. In the summertime, as the water recedes and vegetation grows on the exposed bank, it provides excellent insectivorous feeding.
From the 2019 season, the season will runs from 15th March to 6th October.
Permits are £8 per day to Devon Angling Association members and £12 per day to non-members. Day tickets for junior Association members (under 16s) are £3 and for junior non-members £5. Take advantage of the £20 adult Association membership, allowing a season’s access to the trout fishings on the River Devon, giving excellent value.
All fishings at Glenquey are from the bank and for safety reasons all young anglers must be accompanied. A 4-fish limit applies per permit and permits are available at:
The Paper Shop, Dollar
Muckhart Inn [http://www.theinnatmuckhart.com/ ]
Mona’s of Muckhart [http://www.monasofmuckhart.co.uk/]
Please leave your dogs at home, they are not permitted
Please park your cars in the DAA car park (on the left hand side before you reach the Scottish Water gates – car park is signposted) and leave space for other anglers. Under no circumstances should cars be take up the Scottish Water road to the dam
On completion of your fishing session please complete the catch return on your permit and post in the box below the notice board on the path leading up from the car park
Just lift the lid and post into the box
The return are really important in informing the Association of the condition of the fishery and help inform decisions. In recognition all returned permits are entered into a monthly draw and the lucky winner gets a free permit [so remember to complete your address]
Fly only fishing is allowed and for anglers you’ll find a floating or intermediate line is all you need. A dry fly, right from the start of the season, will take fish using Dark Grouse or Black Hoppers as well as Wickham’s and Dry Cinnamon and Gold. For wet fly fishing try a Peter Ross on the tail with a pick of the Claret range (i.e. Grouse or Bumble series), Bibios, Kate McLaren or Zulus early in the season. As the season progresses, try Gold or Silver bodied flies, still with a Peter Ross on the tail. Trout to 14″ in size give a good account of themselves, hitting the fly fast. Seasonal catch returns indicate an average weight of 3/4 lb. The day’s fishing runs from 10 am until an hour after sunset and whilst fish move and feed all day, you’ll find in the summer months most fishing is done in the evenings, with some spectacular movement when a hatch of Caenis or Midge is on the water.
So, give yourself a treat away from the lure chasing Rainbows. Head up the A823 into Glendevon, turn left up the Glenquey road (opposite the lay-by alongside Castlehill Reservoir) for 3/4 mile and park in the Devon Angling Association car park. From there a short walk takes you up to the fishing. Pick your bank (or fish all the way round) and enjoy. Please leave us a record of what you catch in the box provided – and tight lines.
Anthony Glasgow has written a wonderful account of a days fishing on Glenquey for the Scottish Field which can be enjoyed online here: