The 2019 season will start on the River Devon and at Glenquey on Friday 15th March ………. though judging by the current state of the river and the forecast rain for tonight, the river is likely still to be thinning out from another spate on the opening day (then Saturday is forecast to be absolutely Baltic). Despite the forecasts, I am sure that some of our keener enthusiasts will be out on the river this Friday and Saturday and Glenquey will get its first casts on Friday. In the last update we were in the middle of the wee ‘fake spring’ burst of warmth, where fish were seen rising on the river and at Glenquey. I expect that this burst of wet weather will recharge all the reservoirs and groundwater levels …….. which normally leads to good spring trout fishing on the river once temperatures (air and water) rise.
In the meantime the work parties have been busy!
Clearing falling lumber from the Devon at the Haugh
Spreading Type 1 to improve the parking facilities at Glenquey
The work party is manned by volunteers who are out on DAA waters most Wednesdays of the year doing what they can to improve access for anglers, make sure fish can reach their spawning grounds and clearing fallen lumber and maintaining paths/stiles/bridges/fences/etc. If you are interested in getting involved then please get in touch; see https://devonanglingassociation.org.uk/about-3/contact/ for contact details
Good luck to all our members and visitors for the 2019 season!
Its Saturday 23rd of February, with only 20 days to the start of the 2019 Season and in stark contrast to this time last year it feels like spring is just around the corner …….. no doubt by the time March 15th comes around Glenquey will be frozen and the banks will be wreathed in snow!
So what’s new?
Permits are back from the printers and are being distributed to our outlets:
Please note the modest in prices for permits (details in the link above)
There are two important changes to the DAA rules:
- Fishing either side at Dollar Weir will not be permitted – traditionally we did not permit fishing either side of the weir during September and October. The Forth District Salmon Board are now enforcing the regulations and we are required not to allow fishing at anytime. The old yellow marker posts will be repainted and the FDSB will be setting notices to this effect. Notices will also be erected at Cambus, so we will be interested to see how that is enforced!
- Salmon fishing effort to be reported – The mandatory salmon return required by the DAA for salmon anglers now not only requires a record of all fish caught and returned, but also a record of the effort put into endeavouring to catch salmon. You are now required to keep a record of the numbers of days spent on the river endeavouring to catch a salmon (even if you are on the river for an hour count that as a day). This will allow Marine Scotland to review not only the number of fish caught but also how much effort it took to catch those fish.
Members of the DAA committee assisted the Forth Rivers Trust as they began their ‘Fish in the Classroom’ programme at Tillicoultry Primary School. Once again we thank EPIC [Enabling Projects in Clackmannanshire] for funding and supporting the DAA with this important opportunity to engage with young people about the wonders of the freshwater habitat on their doorsteps. Some may become anglers but hopefully all will begin to understand the importance of protecting rivers and burns.
Work is ongoing with local landowners to address the continuing problems of cattle encroachment on the river below Dollar. The work parties are gearing up for their annual campaign of clearing the winter’s toll on bankside trees before the endless toil of clearing paths begins.
The work parties are planning a campaign of clearance in the ‘Devon Gorge’ between Muckhart Mill and the Cauldron Linn. This is one of the remotest parts of our fishery, best suited for a full days exploration with a rod. Access takes (a lot of) effort, access/egress to the river can be difficult but on the right day the fishing can be superb. The plan is to clear fallen lumber only ……. it will remain a proper expedition to fish here!
Best of luck for new season to our members and visitors …………. and please share your experiences with us!
Some of our members may be familiar with DAA member Drew Jamieson from encounters with him on the Devon or from reading some of his work in the likes of The Scotsman (where he has been their angling correspondent), Trout and Salmon, Fly Fishing and Fly Tying, Trout Fisherman and the Atlantic Salmon Journal. He was responsible for an extremely professional rebuttal of CEMEX proposal for sand & gravel extraction in Glenquey which helped inform the refusal of planning permission by Perth & Kinross Council. From 1979 until 2000 he was responsible for the trout reservoirs of Lothian Regional Council and the fisheries of East of Scotland Water, across the south and east of Scotland. He has also served on the Secretary of State’s Consultative Committee of Freshwater Fisheries, been Honorary Secretary of the Scottish Angler’s National Association (SANA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Fisheries Management (of which he was chair of the Scottish Branch for a number of years.)
He has just released a series of independently published books (which feature various references to the River Devon) available through Amazon which I suspect will be of great interest to River Devon anglers!
Following the AGM the DAA confirm that there will be a modest increase in permit prices for the 2019 season; Junior permit prices remain unchanged.
Permit prices will be
RIVER DEVON – BROWN TROUT 2019
Adult Season £20.00
Junior Season £5.00
Adult Daily £8.00
Junior Daily £3.00
RIVER DEVON – BROWN TROUT, SALMON & SEA TROUT 2019
GLENQUEY RESERVOIR – BROWN TROUT – BANK FISHING ONLY 2019
Adult daily [DAA member] £8.00
Junior daily [DAA member] £3.00
Adult visitor daily £12.00
Junior visitor daily £5.00
This is the first increase in permit prices for 12 years (the last increase was back in 2007) and the DAA do not anticipate any further increases in the immediate future.
On a fairly miserable evening out of doors, 24 members of the Devon Angling Association attended the Annual General Meeting at the Royal Arms, Tillicoultry.
The meeting was opened by DAA President Bryan Anderson who set out some of the challenges that the Association has faced in 2018 apart from the persistent summer drought, including the requirements of the Scottish Government and their agencies in controlling salmon fishing.
Hon Secretary, David Mudie paid tribute to Gordon Forbes who passed away during the year; he had a faithful servant of the work parties and served on the committee until ill health forced his retirement from active service with the DAA.
A number of important subjects were openly discussed and there were considered debates of the issues and challenges arising. The key issues were:
- Scottish Water settlement – Fish Legal were successful in winning a settlement from Scottish Water for the impact of the pollution caused by their failings in 2011 which caused a massive fish kill on the Fossoway beats. Part of the settlement will pay for the work undertaken by the Forth Rivers Trust to support our claim in the courts. The balance of this settlement will be used to support environmental improvements in the Fossoway beats to further enhance the recovery of this section of the river. The DAA have a number of proposals which will begin this year developing with the riparian owners
- Dollar Weir restrictions – The Forth District Salmon Board are enforcing the exclusion of fishing 5om either side of weirs. The DAA had previous restricted fishing in September and October at the weir, but from the 2019 season this will be for the whole season. The marker poles will be repainted and the FDSB will be posting signs (and at Cambus …….. we will wait and see who enforces that!)
- EPIC donation – The DAA was delighted to receive a donation of £1000 from EPIC [Enabling Projects in Clackmannanshire]. This money is ring-fenced, half the sum will be used by the DAA to support Forth Rivers Trust ‘Fish in the Classroom’ project. Last year we worked with Alva PS and in 2019 we will be working with Tillicoultry PS. The balance is to be used for equipment for clearing paths and accesses along the river corridor. We are extremely grateful for the support of EPIC.
- Salmon catch returns – Marine Scotland will require a measure of rod effort for salmon returns (number of days fished per fish caught). The catch return forms will be amended to suit.
- Permit prices – after considerable debate over the last year by the committee and at the AGM it has been decided to raise permit prices. Permit prices have remained at the same price since 2007 and we don’t anticipate any further requirement to increase permit prices in the immediate future. There will be no change to juvenile permit prices. Adult trout season permits will be £20 (£17 in 2018) and Salmon/Sea Trout/Brown Trout permits will be £50 (£45 in 2018). Glenquey permits prices will rise by +£1 to £12/day for non-members and £8/day for members.
- Stocking Policy – the DAA committee have agreed to continue the policy of not stocking the Devon. We did not stock the river in 2018, in part prompted by the closure of Howietoun Hatchery in 2017 and the lack of alterative suppliers of triploid Brown Trout. Marine Scotland licences for stocking require that only triploid (sterile) trout can be used for stocking rivers. The committee are persuaded by the advice of fishery biologists and the Wild Trout Trust, that the stocking of triploid trout has a negative overall impact on wild Trout and Salmon stocks, principally as triploid trout are sterile, continue to feed right through the winter, eating mostly juvenile trout and salmon. The DAA and Forth Rivers Trust will be measuring and monitoring the impact of the policy.
- Cattle poaching river banks downstream of Dollar – The committee are working hard to come to agreements with the landowners and their tenants to restrict access to the river by cattle to hopefully control the damage they are doing to the banks.
The meeting closed at just before 9pm just after the date for the 2020 AGM was set for Tuesday 14th January 2020.
Note the annual newsletter will be added to https://devonanglingassociation.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=72&action=edit
Just a reminder the Devon Angling Association AGM will take place on Tuesday 15th January 2019 at the Royal Arms, Tillicoultry at 7.30pm
All members are welcome
Royal Arms location: https://goo.gl/maps/n1MeE5edXB32
A collection of fly-tying equipment including vices Fly-tying equipment including vice, capes etc. is available for sale; an ideal way to get into making your own flies!
For details please contact David Mudie:
Telephone: 01259 213891