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2018 AGM update

There was a strong turnout for the DAA AGM held at the Royal Hotel, Tillicoultry on 9th January and some lively discussions. The key issues that came up during the meeting were:

  • Trout fishing on the Devon was generally very good with fish up to 4lb being caught. Despite a number of modest autumn spates, only four salmon and ten sea trout were caught. Volunteers surveying the river have seen sight of a number of redds in the river, it has been difficult to assess the number of salmon in the river due to water conditions making surveys well nigh impossible.
  • Glenquey had another successful season, but was impacted by the reservoir remaining high restricting access to the north bank (the DAA will endeavour to open up more space but this remains a major undertaking). On average anglers are catching five fish per visit at an average weight of a little over 1/2lb.
  • The DAA are looking forward a number of key projects in 2018 including tackling the problems of cattle encroachment into the river, improving access for fish into the Tillicoultry & Thorny Burns and working with the River Forth Fisheries Trust biologists
  • Work parties have been busy all year clearing vegetation, improving access, removing fallen lumber, building bridges, repairing stiles and clearing rubbish.
  • The meeting noted with sadness the death of Roger Dalton earlier in the year, who had been a great servant of the Devon Angling Association
  • The DAA finances remain robust so once more permit prices will be frozen at the same rates as the previous season
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New permit outlet in Alloa

Please note that 2018 permits will be available from Buicks (Alloa) hardware store, Union Street, Alloa FK10 1EL

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The season end update

So a month has passed since the official end of the Devon Angling Association fishing season, time to wrap up another season and bring you up to date.

The Annual General Meeting of the Devon Angling Association will take place on Tuesday 9th January 2018 at the Royal Arms, Tillicoultry. All members are welcome!

The Salmon fishing on the Devon in 2017 was disappointing with only four salmon and ten sea trout being caught

For the first time for a couple years we had a number of spates which brought fish into the rivers but like a lot of East Coast rivers, in relatively small numbers. This has affected even rivers such as the mighty Tweed, so this video might be of interest:

Then yesterday our friends at the River Forth Fisheries Trust recorded this scene on the Teith with their GoPro camera when out surveying Redds

Well worth a watch …….. the same may have happened on the Devon!

In other news a number of our regular work party went back to school (including revisiting the horrors of exams) to be trained to be able to administer herbicides to control invasive plant species with the  Forth Invasive Non Native Species Programme. This will give the Association another tool to help control Japanese Knotweed and particularly Himalayan Balsam.

The DAA spent time with the River Forth Fisheries Trust looking at a number of potential projects on the river to improve access to spawning burns throughout the catchment and to reduce the impact of cattle on the river.

Thanks to the great work and support of Fish Legal, we are still pursuing Scottish Water through the courts for their catastrophic pollution of the upper river.

As ever the Wednesday work parties have been busy clearing lumber from the Autumn gales and clearing casting space at Glenquey. Through the winter months they will be out most weeks working to improve fishing for all members and visitors ……. if you can spare a few midweek hours please don’t be shy

On behalf of the Association, we thank our members and friends for another great season on our wonderful river and reservoir ……… we look forward to seeing you again in 2018 🙂









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2017 Season Salmon/Sea Trout catch returns

Members holding Salmon/Sea Trout  are reminded that their catch returns must be submitted to the Hon. Secretary by 20th November.

Salmon/Sea Trout returns are mandatory!

You can either send the catch return issued with your permit directly to the Hon Secretary by post or alterntively electronically see

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Almost the 2017 season’s end update

Well its that time of year again, nights are drawing in, the 2017 Brown Trout season on the River Devon is already over and the Salmon/Sea Trout finish on Tuesday 31st October.

Time for an update!

The last few weeks of the season on the river were kind for anglers, with a couple of decent spates prompting Salmon into the river, interspersed with some lovely weather and encouraging the resident Brown Trout to head up river.

After a very good season for Brown Trout, trout fishing on the lower river slowed down but on the upper river trout were still rising to the dry fly on the season final day. I fished for two hours with the same Parachute Greenwells Glory ……

…… and found plenty of fish willing to give it a nibble, mostly of this kind of class.

With Castlehill full the river has reacted quickly to rain events and the numerous spates have brought a migratory fish into the river. A number of sea trout have been caught mostly in the  1lb to 3lb range. Salmon are being seen throughout the river occasionally splashing about in the pools but despite a lot of effort only a few have been caught including this fella (26″ so perhaps 7lb, which I caught on Saturday on the lower river)

Hopefully by the time of the next update several more will have been caught!

Salmon/Sea Trout holders please remember to return your catch returns by the 20th November even if it is zero.

At Glenquey the season ended on the 6th October, with the reservoir substantially full restricting the majority of the fishing to the southern bank. During August there were 56 anglers catch returns showing 139 fish caught (mean weight 0.63lb and anglers catching a mean 2.48 fish/visit). The final weeks of the season interest began to dwindle with only 30 catch returns submitted  recording 103 fish caught (mean weight 0.66lb and anglers catching a mean 3.43 fish/visit)

Its been another great year at Glenquey; interestingly we have had 327 tickets submitted this year compared 2016 when 328 were submitted! This shows that anglers caught 1668 trout at a mean weight of 0.59lbs

As ever the work parties have been hard at work clearing fallen lumber (including the tree at Dollar weir) and access to the spawning burns. The team have also been out supporting the River Forth Fisheries Trust biologists undertaking electro-fishing surveys of a number of the key spawning burns and exploring the potential of underutilised burns.  We will be working with the Trust over the winter to explore opportunities for further improvements. Members of the working parties are due to undertaking training with the trust’s invasive species team in the use of herbicides to control invasive plants. During the winter it is intended to look at the potential for making the north bank at Glenquey fishable when the reservoir is full, but this is a major undertaking due to the practicalities of getting equipment there and finding a home for the arisings.

To note for the future, as soon as arrangements for the DAA AGM are known we will publish on the website. In mid November we put up an online survey, nothing too taxing, which we hope anyone who has fished DAA waters in 2017 will complete ………. please 🙂

Hopefully the Salmon/Sea Trout anglers will have some luck in the next few days, otherwise 16th March 2018 isn’t that far off ……….. see you on the other side!







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September update

August has been notable for the most unusual of occurrences …….. rain, in fact enough rain to trigger a number of small spates in the river and fill Castlehill to just about the brim. Fingers crossed a couple of decent rain events may encourage a decent run of Salmon into the river for time for a few years during the actual season!

We have had quite a few reports of good fishing through out the river except on the lower river where spates brought a few days when the river ran pretty dirty as it cleared accumulated silt. Trout up to 4lb and quite a number of this years stocked fish have been caught with the fly and by bait anglers; such as this cracking wild fish caught by Cailean Moore (fishing upstream with nymphs)

A few Sea Trout have been reported including rumours of an 8lb Sea Trout being caught. Ross Haldane had a pair of cracking Sea Trout (biggest about 3lb). One reassuring sign is there seem to be a lot of Salmon and Trout parr troubling anglers …….. can be frustrating but they are the future!

Glenquey has been fishing well. I only have at the moment July figures which showed we 56 tickets were returned and they caught 257 trout (mean 4.6 trout/angler at mean estimated weight of 0.58lbs). The ticket winner was one of Glenquey’s regulars Donald McGregor

A wee reminder to Glenquey anglers that the season close is 6th October these days

The work parties have been very busy clearing paths, quite a bit of fallen lumber and have begun their inspections of the burns to make sure Trout and Salmon can get in to the spawning grounds and that there is enough light to encourage invertebrate life. The latest burn tackled was the Kirk Burn which by all accounts was a real grind. While the attention of the world media focussed on some wee bridge over the Forth, unnoticed the work parties put the finishing touches to their main civil engineering project of the late summer


There is just over four weeks of the Trout season left and another three weeks or so of the Salmon season. It is still worth getting out on the river, while some trout may be beginning to think of spawning bigger fish tend to start feeding aggressively. I have found September a great month for fishing dry flies. I was out late on Saturday afternoon and in a short session I caught several fish like this using a parachute adams tossed upstream on the food line at the head of pools (fish weren’t otherwise rising)

More unusually I spotted and caught this little fella with my scoop net. My big fat paw for scale and a shot in more detail!

Three-spined Stickleback, almost specimen size and probably destined to be Kingfisher fodder!

Best of luck to everyone for the last weeks of the Trout season at Glenquey and on the river. Hopefully the river will get a few spates and we will get some decent Salmon catches to match!

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