2018 Season – early season update and news

Well the season is almost four weeks old, though until the last few days, it’s hard to remember such a wintery start to the season. Jim Milne was up at Glenquey very early in the season, reported fishing between ice flows to a background sound track of ice being crushed against the dam wall! I have had the excuse of all sorts of nasty infections to keep me of the water but a hard core of the membership have been out at Glenquey and on the Devon

I haven’t heard of any great success on the river, but the first reports of fish being caught at Glenquey was on Friday 23rd March when Alan Graham caught three 1/2lb fish relying on fishing at 8-9′ depth and noting their very soft takes. Alan was also up this Friday (13th April) in the fog and bagging 11 fish

A very foggy Glenquey

Thanks to the officers of Fish Legal we have successfully won an appeal with the Sheriffs Appeal Court on the 27th March in an action against Scottish Water for the fish kill incident in 2011 (sometime on the 3rd to 4th July 2011 12,000 litres of 96% concentrated Sulphuric Acid discharged from Glendevon Water Treatment Works into the Devon causing a significant fish kill). This has been a prosaic legal argument as to whether the Association as lease holder for the fishing rights had any rights/title to sue Scottish Water. The Sheriffs Appeal Court have now found in our favour allowing the Association through Fish Legal to present a case for compensation before the courts.

All permits were distributed to our suppliers by March 7th; this had been a logistical battle for David Mudie, our Hon Secretary, with the permits arriving late from the printers and then having to get all over Fife, Kinross, Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannan in the aftermath of the Beast from the East.

There will be a change of ownership at Dollar Paper Shop this year. The existing Post Office in the town is closing, but the new owners of the Paper Shop will be opening a Post Office counter and will continue to act as agents for Devon Angling Association

Alva Primary School completed their Fish in the Classroom project in March sponsored by the Devon Angling Association. A number of the committee members assisted the River Forth Fisheries Trust as the fry were released in the Alva Burn and the children learnt about river invertebrates.

As ever the work parties have been out most Wednesdays (they were excused from work while the Beast from the East passed!) and have completed a number of projects including replacing the footbridge on the south bank by Taits Tomb in early March

Removing the old bridge and salvaging useful components

The new bridge ready for installation

The final product

As hopefully the weather, water and fishing warm up in the next few weeks/months please keep your news flowing in. Use the comments section or drop us an email ( thedaa@talktalk.net ) with any photos you want to share with us!

Tight lines


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Mists of Time – new tackle outlet in Alloa

Mark and Honor Robertson have been in touch; they have opened a new outdoor store selling fishing and camping accessories in Alloa.

The shop, Mists of Time, can be found at Unit 9, 25 Shillinghill, Alloa [01259 210610]


They already stocking rods etc and will beginning selling bait in the next week or so

The DAA wishes them the best of luck with their new venture!

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Welcome to the 2018 season

The weather doesn’t look like it is going to be too kind for the opening days of the season; cold east wind, sleet & snow …….. don’t panic in a few weeks time winter will be a distant memory, hopefully 🙂

The Devon Angling Association wishes all our members and visitors a fabulous season on the River Devon and Glenquey Reservoir.

Don’t be shy, share your news, thoughts & successes through the comments or by getting in touch directly by email thedaa@talktalk.net [and I will happily put up suitable pictures, thoughts and stories on the website]

As an aside I have heard credible reports of large pike been spotted on the lower river. Traditionally there was a resident population which was thought to have been wiped out by pollution events from the Mills. Jack Pike occasionally appear in electro-fishing surveys (particularly in the Upper Devon presumably washed down from Castlehill Reservoir). An alternative theory is that it may have been Kelts …….. we will see!



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2018 Permits

The inclement weather of last week slowed the distribution of 2018 Devon Angling Association permits, but we can now confirm that permits have been distributed to all our permit outlets.


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River Forth Fisheries Trust winter newsletter

The latest newsletter from our friends at the River Forth Fisheries Trust can be read here:


There are loads of interesting reading, but one article particular caught my eye. Jo Girvan describes the ‘Rare Migratory Fish of the Firth of Forth’:



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Season 2018 news

Well the new season is a mere 19 days away!

It may be a slow start to the season with the imminent arrival of the ‘Beast from the East’, spring may be a wee bit delayed this year. I have just checked Metcheck.com forecast for the opening week:

The river will be the most likely place for success in the early days of the season, as I expect that Glenquey will be iced over. The boys from the work party were up on Wednesday clearing more bushes from the bank to improve access:

Despite the relatively mild weather through the earliest parts of the week, Glenquey itself remained in the grips of winter:

The work party will be tackling the north bank which is a major undertaking due to the constraints of access. We are grateful to local landowners (Mr Best and Mr Livingston) for their help in providing access for our work parties.

We have had a wee problem with the printers, resulting in a delay in the delivery of the 2018 permits which is now sorted. Permits are being distributed to our outlets; the list of permits suppliers can be found here:


Please note that our outlet in Alloa is now Buicks (Alloa) hardware store, Union Street, Alloa FK10 1EL

The Devon Angling Association have once again supported the River Forth Fisheries Trust with the Fish in the Classroom project. This year we worked with the Trust’s Amy Fergusson and Alva Primary School; with Ronnie Breingan, Colin Smail  and David Mudie from the DAA meeting P6 pupils. Details of the project are here:


The Devon Angling Association hopes that our members and visitors have a great season in 2018. Tight Lines



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Latest DAA newsletter

The Winter 2017/Spring 2018 DAA newsletter is available for download here:

DAA – newsletter – Spring 2018

This and older newsletter can be seen here:


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