The season end update

So a month has passed since the official end of the Devon Angling Association fishing season, time to wrap up another season and bring you up to date.

The Annual General Meeting of the Devon Angling Association will take place on Tuesday 9th January 2018 at the Royal Arms, Tillicoultry. All members are welcome!

The Salmon fishing on the Devon in 2017 was disappointing with only four salmon and ten sea trout being caught

For the first time for a couple years we had a number of spates which brought fish into the rivers but like a lot of East Coast rivers, in relatively small numbers. This has affected even rivers such as the mighty Tweed, so this video might be of interest:

Then yesterday our friends at the River Forth Fisheries Trust recorded this scene on the Teith with their GoPro camera when out surveying Redds

Well worth a watch …….. the same may have happened on the Devon!

In other news a number of our regular work party went back to school (including revisiting the horrors of exams) to be trained to be able to administer herbicides to control invasive plant species with the  Forth Invasive Non Native Species Programme. This will give the Association another tool to help control Japanese Knotweed and particularly Himalayan Balsam.

The DAA spent time with the River Forth Fisheries Trust looking at a number of potential projects on the river to improve access to spawning burns throughout the catchment and to reduce the impact of cattle on the river.

Thanks to the great work and support of Fish Legal, we are still pursuing Scottish Water through the courts for their catastrophic pollution of the upper river.

As ever the Wednesday work parties have been busy clearing lumber from the Autumn gales and clearing casting space at Glenquey. Through the winter months they will be out most weeks working to improve fishing for all members and visitors ……. if you can spare a few midweek hours please don’t be shy

On behalf of the Association, we thank our members and friends for another great season on our wonderful river and reservoir ……… we look forward to seeing you again in 2018 🙂









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2017 Season Salmon/Sea Trout catch returns

Members holding Salmon/Sea Trout  are reminded that their catch returns must be submitted to the Hon. Secretary by 20th November.

Salmon/Sea Trout returns are mandatory!

You can either send the catch return issued with your permit directly to the Hon Secretary by post or alterntively electronically see

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Almost the 2017 season’s end update

Well its that time of year again, nights are drawing in, the 2017 Brown Trout season on the River Devon is already over and the Salmon/Sea Trout finish on Tuesday 31st October.

Time for an update!

The last few weeks of the season on the river were kind for anglers, with a couple of decent spates prompting Salmon into the river, interspersed with some lovely weather and encouraging the resident Brown Trout to head up river.

After a very good season for Brown Trout, trout fishing on the lower river slowed down but on the upper river trout were still rising to the dry fly on the season final day. I fished for two hours with the same Parachute Greenwells Glory ……

…… and found plenty of fish willing to give it a nibble, mostly of this kind of class.

With Castlehill full the river has reacted quickly to rain events and the numerous spates have brought a migratory fish into the river. A number of sea trout have been caught mostly in the  1lb to 3lb range. Salmon are being seen throughout the river occasionally splashing about in the pools but despite a lot of effort only a few have been caught including this fella (26″ so perhaps 7lb, which I caught on Saturday on the lower river)

Hopefully by the time of the next update several more will have been caught!

Salmon/Sea Trout holders please remember to return your catch returns by the 20th November even if it is zero.

At Glenquey the season ended on the 6th October, with the reservoir substantially full restricting the majority of the fishing to the southern bank. During August there were 56 anglers catch returns showing 139 fish caught (mean weight 0.63lb and anglers catching a mean 2.48 fish/visit). The final weeks of the season interest began to dwindle with only 30 catch returns submitted  recording 103 fish caught (mean weight 0.66lb and anglers catching a mean 3.43 fish/visit)

Its been another great year at Glenquey; interestingly we have had 327 tickets submitted this year compared 2016 when 328 were submitted! This shows that anglers caught 1668 trout at a mean weight of 0.59lbs

As ever the work parties have been hard at work clearing fallen lumber (including the tree at Dollar weir) and access to the spawning burns. The team have also been out supporting the River Forth Fisheries Trust biologists undertaking electro-fishing surveys of a number of the key spawning burns and exploring the potential of underutilised burns.  We will be working with the Trust over the winter to explore opportunities for further improvements. Members of the working parties are due to undertaking training with the trust’s invasive species team in the use of herbicides to control invasive plants. During the winter it is intended to look at the potential for making the north bank at Glenquey fishable when the reservoir is full, but this is a major undertaking due to the practicalities of getting equipment there and finding a home for the arisings.

To note for the future, as soon as arrangements for the DAA AGM are known we will publish on the website. In mid November we put up an online survey, nothing too taxing, which we hope anyone who has fished DAA waters in 2017 will complete ………. please 🙂

Hopefully the Salmon/Sea Trout anglers will have some luck in the next few days, otherwise 16th March 2018 isn’t that far off ……….. see you on the other side!







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September update

August has been notable for the most unusual of occurrences …….. rain, in fact enough rain to trigger a number of small spates in the river and fill Castlehill to just about the brim. Fingers crossed a couple of decent rain events may encourage a decent run of Salmon into the river for time for a few years during the actual season!

We have had quite a few reports of good fishing through out the river except on the lower river where spates brought a few days when the river ran pretty dirty as it cleared accumulated silt. Trout up to 4lb and quite a number of this years stocked fish have been caught with the fly and by bait anglers; such as this cracking wild fish caught by Cailean Moore (fishing upstream with nymphs)

A few Sea Trout have been reported including rumours of an 8lb Sea Trout being caught. Ross Haldane had a pair of cracking Sea Trout (biggest about 3lb). One reassuring sign is there seem to be a lot of Salmon and Trout parr troubling anglers …….. can be frustrating but they are the future!

Glenquey has been fishing well. I only have at the moment July figures which showed we 56 tickets were returned and they caught 257 trout (mean 4.6 trout/angler at mean estimated weight of 0.58lbs). The ticket winner was one of Glenquey’s regulars Donald McGregor

A wee reminder to Glenquey anglers that the season close is 6th October these days

The work parties have been very busy clearing paths, quite a bit of fallen lumber and have begun their inspections of the burns to make sure Trout and Salmon can get in to the spawning grounds and that there is enough light to encourage invertebrate life. The latest burn tackled was the Kirk Burn which by all accounts was a real grind. While the attention of the world media focussed on some wee bridge over the Forth, unnoticed the work parties put the finishing touches to their main civil engineering project of the late summer


There is just over four weeks of the Trout season left and another three weeks or so of the Salmon season. It is still worth getting out on the river, while some trout may be beginning to think of spawning bigger fish tend to start feeding aggressively. I have found September a great month for fishing dry flies. I was out late on Saturday afternoon and in a short session I caught several fish like this using a parachute adams tossed upstream on the food line at the head of pools (fish weren’t otherwise rising)

More unusually I spotted and caught this little fella with my scoop net. My big fat paw for scale and a shot in more detail!

Three-spined Stickleback, almost specimen size and probably destined to be Kingfisher fodder!

Best of luck to everyone for the last weeks of the Trout season at Glenquey and on the river. Hopefully the river will get a few spates and we will get some decent Salmon catches to match!

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River Forth Fisheries Trust summer news letter

Our friends at the RFFT latest newsletter

The RFFT have a few big projects on the go at the moment on the Allan and particularly on the Almond where they are undertaking a huge project to remove barriers to fish migration. They haven’t forgotten the Devon; apart from routine monitoring they are shortly going to electro-fish the Hole Burn to see if fish can reach it’s main stem from the river and the upper reaches of the Gairney Burn to establish if fish can pass right through the Gairney Glen (clearing this stream which we think is an important spawning ground is a major undertaking in a pretty remote setting)

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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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