In addition to the Forth District Salmon Fishery Board’s drop in session at the Forth Rivers Centre, Callander , the FDSFB and the Forth Rivers Trust will be hosting a screening of the documentary Artifishal produced by Patagonia. It outlines the impact of hatcheries and fish farms on wild salmon.
The drop in runs from 3pm – 7.30pm
Forth DSFB Public Drop-In Event 11th June 3pm – 7.30pm
The viewing of Artifishal will be from 6.30pm for 7pm and though free will require a ticket, that should be booked in advance. See for details, venue and booking information:
The Forth District Salmon Fishery Board will be hosting its annual drop in event at the Forth Rivers Centre in Callander. It will be an opportunity to find out what the FDSFB and partners have been doing in the catchment . Refreshments will be provided and FDSFB staff will be in attendance to answer questions about their projects
More details here:
Forth DSFB Public Drop-In Event 11th June 3pm – 7.30pm
Immediately following will be an opportunity to see the documentary Artifishal [see subsequent post]
Well this afternoon was lovely, gone was the sunshine and replaced with a lovely dose of drizzle likely to extend over the bank holiday weekend. We really need more of this weather after yet another prolonged dry spring. Already Castlehill Reservoir, who sole purpose is to act as reserve (costs a lot of money to pump it to the water treatment works), is a couple of metres below the dam’s crest. The River Devon really needs the reservoir level to be at the dam crest, so that any spate events in the Ochils (particularly on the east of Glendevon) over top the dam. These spate events may ruin a days fishing (except those with the skill/knowledge to know where to present a worm in these conditions!) but are absolutely vital for the rivers health. Spates benefit trout and their invertebrate prey by clearing accumulated silt/algae, improve spawning grounds by transporting fresh sand/gravel and encouraging migratory fish into the river.
So what happening?
Well Glenquey remains pretty well full but fishing really well. Alan Graham reported catching 15 trout and missing at least a further dozen others on Friday (24/5). Chris Adams fishing last Sunday reported “Great afternoon up the Quay today. 12 to the net, better 2 in photos from the north bank, Osprey & a wee Barn Owl fly-by. Beautiful whether you’re catching or not!!”
Chris was fishing with a wee black & claret Muddler on the top, “but a small silver invicta was the most popular, just under the surface. Something bigger ran off with the Muddler on the south bank in the evening!”
On the Wild Fishing Forum an angler who has known the Devon for decades posted “A lot of winter work has been put in by the Devon club to give better bank access. Well done those folk on the work parties. ”
On a slightly more serious point regarding Glenquey, please do not brings dogs with you, that isn’t permitted!
The River Devon has taken a wee while to come alive but I am now seeing a lot of reports of decent fish caught on nymphs and dries. The lack of rain means that fishing needs a bit of finesse and care as fish in these conditions are super spooky.
Kenny McAulay and at least one other angler have hooked and lost a large Rainbow Trout on the upper beats (presumably since Castlehill hasn’t been stocked with Rainbow’s for a few years an old resident swept over in the winter spates). We encourage any angler who manages to catch this fish to take it home for tea!
Our friends at the Forth Rivers Trust have published their spring newsletter setting out some of their work on the whole Forth catchment:
Apologies for the silence on the website, the DAA website is run from a PC at the end of the unclassified road at the far end of the Information Super Highway …….. finally after four weeks we finally have connections reaching the dizzying speeds of 1.4 Mb/s. Me thinks it is time for the UK and Scottish Governments to deliver there promises of universal access to high speed broadband to rural Scotland!
A totally wacky start to the 2019 season ……………. the season opening days were greeted with snow and ice; followed by prolonged drought. Castlehill Reservoir is already 2.0m or so below the dam, which doesn’t bode well for the summer. The river is already bare bones, and fish for the most of the day aren’t actively feeding at the surface. That said there are several reports of decent fish being caught. A couple of week ago I met a young lad trotting maggots with a float using a centre pin reel who had caught several fish in 1lb to 1.5lb range ……… fascinating technique and casting with the centre pin reel is a real art!
Pretty much from the start of the season Glenquey has been fishing really well. In the first week of the season quite a few anglers were reporting catching 3 or 4 reasonable fish on avisits (Chris Ward posted photos on Facebook of a couple of cracker he had caught in the first week or so). Lots of positive comments about the work done by work parties on the north bank
The settlement of our legal action against Scottish Water following the Glendevon Water Treatment Works pollution incident in 2011 is now complete. Our thanks extend to our friends at Fish Legal and their lawyers for their amazing support in recovering an appropriate level of compensation from Scottish Water. We must remain vigilant and we can thank our member Graham Burns who having witnessed the discharge of effluent from Dollar Sewage Works had the sense to immediately report it to SEPA.
If you see anything suspicious being discharged to the river, please immediately inform SEPA using their pollution hotline number on 0800 807060 [the number is on your permit, please record the incident number and send details to the DAA at the earliest opportunity]
In other business the DAA are working with the landowner and their tenant looking at means of restricting cattle poaching of banks in the vicinity of Taits Tomb. Work parties are bracing themselves for the new season of mowing and striming.
Please also note that due to the enforcement of regulations, the Forth District Salmon Fishery Board fishing between the yellow marker poles at Dollar weir is no longer permitted at any time of the season. Signs to this effect should be erected by the Board soon.
Time for your collective rain dances!
The Forth District Salmon Board posted the following on Facebook earlier this week:
Reports of tiger trout being caught in the River Forth is something that crops up from time to time and generally the fish is killed and nothing more is done. Because of this, often it is not possible to know whether this is a one off issue or part of a larger escape. These fish can cause substantial damage to the native fish populations and can compete for food along with predate juvenile native salmonids.
We have recently received reports of tiger trout being caught low down on the River Forth. Thank you to the angler who reported this to us and we have reported this to the Fish Health Inspectorate.
All escaped farmed fish should be reported to the Fish Health Inspectorate in Aberdeen – 01224 295525. All fish farms have a duty to report any escapees. All reports are available to view – http://aquaculture.scotland.gov.uk/data/fish_escapes.aspx.
There is of course a bit of a distinction between what might be a one off single escapee and a larger incident. The FHI will follow up any reports and are particularly looking for a pattern of reports indicating an issue or of course a large release of farmed fish found. The fishery or fish farm would not necessarily be aware of the escape so its important that they are contacted to make repairs or changes if there is a problem.
If you catch or see an escapee please report it to FHI and/or let the Forth District Salmon Fishery Board know by messaging this page or email email@example.com and we’ll follow it up. Picture and location as well would be helpful.
They shouldn’t be there and its difficult enough for our native fish without this type of competition.
If you catch a non native fish such as a tiger, rainbow, blue trout etc in a river around the Forth District please remove it from the river, report it to the Board and/or the Fish Health Inspectorate. If these catches are left unreported, the problem may persist when it could be dealt with.
Again, thank you to the angler who reported this in. Anglers are the eyes and ears on the river and by reporting issues like this to the Board, we can try to keep track of the situation and highlight it to the relevant authorities.
The Devon Angling Association whole heartedly agree. If you catch a Rainbow, Blue or Tiger Trout please remove and report it to the Board and Fish Health Inspectorate. Escapee Rainbow Trout from Crook of Devon used to be a problem but even still an occasional Rainbow appears in the upper river flushed out of Castlehill.
A couple of items have been mislaid at Glenquey in recent weeks
- David Hartley lost his mobile phone half way up the south bank (though the information I had was it might have ended up in the reservoir)
- Alan Graham mislaid his hearing aid
If you come across either please get in touch with the DAA at the usual places and we will reunite them with their owners
Similarly David Mudie is still looking out for his favourite landing net lost somewhere upstream of Vicars Bridge
To quote David, “Us fishermen must be a careless lot“