Alloa Fly Tying group


DAA member Scott Freeman has been running a fly tying group for a couple of months. They meet most weeks on a Tuesday between 7pm and 9pm at Coopers in Alloa (23 Kellie Place, Alloa, FK10 2DW).

It an opportunity to get together in a very social setting with fellow local anglers to tie flies for the river and still waters and blether about fishing. The group take their own dedicated room with tables, and food/drink is available for purchase from the bar.

You will need to bring your own fly tying gear but Scott will give a heads up in advance of the flies being tied so that you don’t need to bring the “kitchen sink” with you …….. for example they are looking at tying Parachute Sedge patterns next Tuesday.

The easiest way to keep up with the group is to search for ALLOA FLY TYING on Facebook (and you will be able admire in the posts some real quality tying). For non-Facebook users wanting to get in contact with Scott email and I will endeavour to connect you.

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REMINDER – DAA AGM 14th January 2020 @ 7.30pm – Royal Arms, Tillicoultry

Just a wee nudge šŸ™‚

The Devon Angling Association’s AGM will take place in the Royal Arms, Tillicoultry at 7.30pm on 14th January 2020

All members are welcome

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River Devon – Wild Trout Trust advice

During the autumn committee member Bob Wright arranged for the Wild Trout Trust’s Gareth Pedley (Conservation Officer North) to undertake a day long survey of a number key locations along the Devon.

The Wild Trout Trust areĀ a conservation charity that focuses on practical work to improve habitat for trout across the UK and Ireland.Ā  TheirĀ approach to habitat and ecosystems is based on science and refined by experience of the practical application of habitat improvements.

Gareth visited the river on October 1st and produced a report which will help formulate the DAA next couple of years work to improve habitats and fish passage in the river. See below to read the report

WTT – River Devon 2019

Very interesting reading

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Fish in the classroom – Forth River Trust Crowdfunder

The Devon Angling Association has for a number of years supported the Forth Rivers Trust ‘Fish in the Classroom’ programme financially and practically. In 2020 we will once again support a primary school within the Devon’s catchment.

To quote the FRT:

Fish in the Classroom is an interactive way for children to learn about rivers and river wildlife, brown trout in particular. The project runs yearly from January to March when the Trust engages with schools across the Forth to provide an interactive learning experience.

Fish in the Classroom consists of the Trust carrying out an interactive presentation to the class introducing them to rivers, the issues they face and the wildlife that use them. During the presentation, staff will introduce the children to the brown trout providing information for the lifecycle of a brown trout.

As well as the presentation, the class will receive a fish tank and brown trout eggs. The class will then get to watch the progress of the brown trout as it develops from an egg to a fry (baby fish). As the brown trout develops, the children will need to fill out the workbook provided tracking their progress to determine when they need to be released. The children will also need to keep the tank cold by placing frozen water bottles into the tank.

Once the eggs have hatched and turned into fish, the Trust will return and accompany the class to their local river where the fish will be released. Whilst at the river, an invertebrate kick sample will be carried out to identify other wildlife within the river, providing an outdoor learning experience.

Learn more here:

The Trust have unfortunately lost a principal funder who has supported the scheme for a number of years; they are therefore seeking support from other funders and the greater fishing community via crowdfunder appeal

If you would like to support this great scheme please donate here

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DAA AGM 14th January 2020 @ 7.30pm – Royal Arms, Tillicoultry

Title says it all!

The Devon Angling Association’s AGM will take place in the Royal Arms, Tillicoultry at 7.30pm on 14th January 2020

All members are welcome

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DAA branding for clothing

The DAA’s Colin Smail has organised a means of obtaining Devon Angling Association branded clothing ……… as a brand it will probably won’t rival Next or FCUK but is a lovely emblem to add to clothing of your choice

For a modest fee Logo Express in Stirling will embroider the logo on to any item of clothing. Contact details:

Logo Express, 4 Kings Court, Glentye Road, Broadleys Business Park, Stirling, FK7Ā  7LH

Tel: 01786 447454


It looks really good on sweatshirts!!

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2019 season catch up

The wet autumn meant for the first time in a number of years a decent number of salmon (and some sea trout) were caught in the last couple months of the season. Final catch returns are being collated for Marine Scotland, but it looks likely at least 20 salmon were caught. Alistair Crawford has returned to his old form catching several include a fish of 11-12lb!

Members of the committee have begun base line invertebrate surveys on the river which will in due course be fed into the national database run by SEPA and provide a quantifiable means of measuring the impact of development and pollution incidents.

Alan Armstrong spotted an oil leak at Rackmill Substation, which he immediately reported to SEPA who attended and with the contractors quickly remedied the incident. This sort of incident shows the importance of vigilance and contacting the SEPA hotline (number in the permit):

SEPA Pollution Hotline 0800 80 70 60

Colin Smail and Bob Wright escorted a representative of the Wild Trout Trust to a number of locations on the river. They have produced an excellent report with guidance on improvements that could be made to the river to encourage trout numbers and health.

A date for everybody’s diaries, the Annual General Meeting of the Devon Angling Association will take place on Tuesday 14th January at 7.30pm in the Royal Arms, Tillicoultry

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