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
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