Another DAA construction project

The DAA work party have been busy today (before the rains came) putting the finishing touches to the new bridge they have built at Lower Mains

A great effort by the lads which which will benefit anglers and members of the public

If you fancy getting involved, as a rule the guys meet up in Tillicoultry about 11am Wednesday before heading out to the designated work area.

If you are interested and would like to give a hand, on a regular or even occasional basis please give Alan Armstrong a bell (01259 751120) and he will provide you with the rendezvous information.

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Brief mid-summer update

Now the school holidays are upon us, the rain has arrived not quite enough to put much water in the river above the compensation flow from Castlehill (even after the weekend showers though the river at Vicars Bridge was well coloured at 6.30am this morning there has only been a token rise). At least Castlehill is slowly filling again, so it would be nice to have it full in time for some late season spates

Fishing on the river has been pretty slow; though there have been some impressive catches particularly by the upstream nymphing community. I have had a couple of great evenings speculatively fishing dries at a couple of spots on the upper river catching all age ranges. We received an email from a former resident of Tillicoultry who fished the river for the first time in years:

I am absolutely delighted to report that the river is far cleaner and healthier than I remember. I didn’t see a single piece of litter. And the fishing was wonderful. It really exceeded expectations. There was a good hatch of olives when I started and I managed to pick up fish on the nymph and dry fly from Vicar’s bridge upstream and from Rumbling Bridge to the Crook of Devon until the light faded. I must have had about 30 in all, including two nice fish of between half and three quarters of a pound. I hooked a bigger fish of closer to 1.5 pounds that spat the hook at the net. I’ll be back to try for him another day!

There have been a few Sea Trout reported and the big spring tides last week may have brought a few more in.

May was an exceptional month at Glenquey when 65 anglers caught a total 654 fish (mean 0.59lbs and 10.1 fish/angler visit). In June the action slowed 71 anglers caught 369 fish (mean 0.57lbs and 5.2 fish/angler visit). Obviously the weight of fish recorded in returns is subjective but interestingly the relatively productivity of May compared to June is a consistent pattern in catch returns. Once again a huge thanks to the anglers returning catch returns ……… the May draw was won by an angler from Linlithgow and the June draw was an angler from Tillicoultry.

As ever the work parties have been out and about, concentrating on trying to keep paths and accesses open by a variety of mowing and strimming, but they have also found to complete modest stockings of Glenquey and the river. If you have time to help out then please get in touch with Alan Armstrong ………. see the following post:



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We have had an disappointing report of an angler fishing the lower river having his bag and jacket stolen. The victim had set his bag and jacket down (well hidden) while he fished but on his return found someone had lifted the bag and jacket.

Please be aware of the security of your belongings while out fishing and lets hope this was just an isolated incident.


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Pink Salmon

The Forth District Salmon Fishery Board have confirmed that a Pink Salmon has been caught on the River Leven (the Fife version).

First confirmed Pink Salmon caught within the Forth District on the River Leven (Fife). If you catch a pink salmon or humpy, then please, if possible, keep the salmon alive and phone 0131 447 1527 (or send a message via Facebook) so the one of the River Forth Fisheries Trust’s biologists can arrange for samples of tissue to be taken. If not possible, then please dispatch it as humanely as possible. The Trust Biologists would still like to be have a look at the fish to establish sex, age (though scale samples), likelihood of spawning, etc. Location of the fish when caught is also useful.

If you are aware of any other pink salmon caught in the District please let us know.


Some information of the species can be found here –

Please be aware

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DAA work parties – mid week volunteering opportunities

The routine work parties on the Devon and Glenquey are generally during the middle of the day on a Wednesday. The work is varied ……… anything from building stiles/bridges, clearing shrubbery, removing blockages from the spawning burns, clearing fallen lumber and at this time of year the biggest task, maintaining paths and access by mowing/strimming. Volunteers just need to be willing; the DAA will provide any tool that you might possibly need with a lot of good banter!

If you fancy getting involved, as a rule the guys meet up in Tillicoultry about 11am Wednesday before heading out to the designated work area.

If you are interested and would like to give a hand, on a regular or even occasional basis please give Alan Armstrong a bell (01259 751120) and he will provide you with the rendezvous information.

Any assistance will be gratefully received 🙂

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Marine Scotland Salmon tracking project

We have a request from the Scottish Government agency Marine Scotland (the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory at Pitlochry) for salmon anglers to watch out for tagged salmon over coming seasons.

From July 2017 Marine Scotland (in conjunction with local DSFBs and Fisheries Trusts) are tagging and tracking salmon. If you are fortunate to catch and land a salmon on the Devon or any other water please look out for tags like this near the dorsal fin:

The colour of the cord may vary from yellow shown in the photo.

Subject to being able to maintain the welfare of the fish, please remove the plastic cord, by carefully cutting through itand then retrieving/retaining the acoustic tag (black plastic approx. 18mm in length). Please then forward to Marine Scotland with the details of the catch (location, date plus any information on the fish condition such as sex, length, weight and photos ) and your own details (name, email and address) to:

Armadale Tracking, Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory, Faskally, Pitlochry, PH16 5LB

In return you will be sent £20 for your troubles

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Found – House Key at Tait’s Tomb car park

If you have lost a brass house key at or about the car park at Tait’s Tomb please contact Cailean Moore or the DAA and we will endeavour to reunite you with your key 🙂

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