New books by DAA member Drew Jamieson

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!

















































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Permit prices 2019

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


Adult Season                      £20.00

Junior Season                     £5.00

Adult Daily                         £8.00

Junior Daily                        £3.00


Season                        £50.00


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.

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Notes from the AGM – Tuesday 15th January

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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!)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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



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DAA AGM – 15th January 2019

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:


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FOR SALE – fly tying equipment

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



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2018 wrap up

Today is the first day in December, so a quick apology for not getting an update earlier!

The season closed on 31st October on a spectacularly beautiful day which I spent fishing at Rackmill and the Haugh, without so much as a tug; but the scenery was amazing

Bryan Anderson caught 2 salmon on the closing day, while the first reported salmon was caught and returned by Graham Halliday on the 25th October at the pool at Muckhart Mill using a size 1 copper mepps. Graham measured the fish at 72 cm which puts in the 6.5 – 7.0lb range and obviously pretty fresh.

 Inevitably as soon as the season closed the rains came and more salmon were seen coming into the river. As far as I know, only five salmon and seven sea trout were caught and returned this season, which is a disappointment. It was probably inevitable with very dry summer emptying the Ochils reservoirs and particularly Castlehill, meant much of the early autumn rain stayed in the Ochils in sharp contrast to the state of the river this weekend! The final weeks of the tout season saw some very large brown trout being caught.

The season closed at Glenquey on the 6th October.  During  September and October 52  catch returns were left in the box, showing a total haul of 205 fish being caught with a total weight of 108lb [mean 3.9 fish/visit at mean weight of 0.52lb] including a few fish around 2lb.

The work parties are carry on their work and will be looking this winter to tackle:

  • Clearing access to the Alva Burn to allow full access to this important spawning burn for trout and salmon
  • Keeping the fish passes at Dollar clear of debris
  • Endeavour to clear blockages and improve access in the Devon Gorge which is a major undertaking in a remote location.
  • Re-establish the path on the south side of Glenquey (including building a new burn crossing) and continue clearing scrub on the north bank


You may have seen various press articles confirming that Fish Legal had been successful on our behalf, in an action against Scottish Water relating to the release of Sulphuric Acid into the Fossoway section of the River Devon in 2012

This was an appeal against an earlier Sherriff judgement in favour of Scottish Water; rather than return to the Sherriff Court Scottish Water agreed a settlement of £15,000. I am not going to describe the legal arguments but if you are interested the judgement can be read here:

The Devon Angling Association AGM will take place on Tuesday 15th January 2019 at the Royal Arms, Tillicoultry. All members are welcome!

The good news is that it is only 103 more days before the start of the 2019 season 🙂

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Nearly seasons end

The Brown Trout season comes to a close next Saturday. It hasn’t been a classic season on the Devon with really tough conditions generated by the prolonged summer drought and Scottish Water abstraction in the Ochils reservoir resulting in consistently low water until  Castlehill finally overtopped about a week ago. Anecdotal information suggests that the river is stuffed with wee fish (trout/salmon fry and parr) this season boding well for future seasons. Despite the tough conditions, anglers prepared to approach pools carefully have been rewarded with decent fish caught by a variety of methods including spinning with very small Mepps, trotting worms and casting upstream nymphs.

I have heard various reports of Sea Trout clearing the weir at Cambus on the higher tides and Salmon seen splashing at various locations. There are no reports yet of a Sea Trout and Salmon catches on the river; indeed I fished from The Haugh to Taits Tomb last Saturday and never saw a thing (including even a rising trout). Scenery was awesome though :

Here is preying for rain!

Glenquey has fished well throughout August despite the blazing conditions. A Mr Cairns from Kinross was drawn from the catch returns and receives a free day permit for Glenquey. In August 48 anglers submitted catch returns recording 241 trout caught (estimated mean weight 0.6lb and catching 5.0 trout per visit)

The work parties have been busy clearing paths and after the first storms of the autumn will now begin the task of clearing fallen lumber from the river and spawning burns. Both I and the DAA wouldn’t be happier if we could  wave a cheerie bye-bye to invasive plant species along the Devon catchment (Japanese Knotweed,  Himalayan Balsam and, god forbid, Giant Knotweed)  ………….. but just occasionally you happen upon an alien species that gladdens your heart

A wee cheeky Sunflower on a shingle bank with flood debris and Himalayan Balsam as neighbours!

Enjoy the last few days of the trout season on the river and at Glenquey……. Salmon anglers prey for rain!


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