EVENT: Litter pick at Vicars Bridge, Saturday 20th March 10.00am

Apologies for the short notice, but we understand that there is an organised litter pick been arranged at Vicars Bridge this Saturday morning (20th March 10am)

I am afraid I don’t have much detail other than it will centre about the car park and clear the accumulated litter in and around the bridge and surrounding woodlands. Members of the DAA have been invited.

If any members care to assist, I suggest heading there with a handful of bin bags for 10am.

Please maintain the rules on social distancing.

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2021 Glenquey update

At the opening days of the season due to the current Covid-19 lockdown, tickets for Glenquey will only be available from the Sorting Office, Dollar. When restrictions ease, hopefully in late April permits will be available once again from Mona’s of Muckhart and the Inn at Muckhart.

Glenquey has not been stocked since 2017 and has reverted once more to a “wild trout fishery”. There has been debate among the members of the committee whether there was a case for additional stocking resuming. Historically, Glenquey was stocked normally bi-annually with Brown Trout sourced from the now closed Howietoun Fishery. In recent years the fish were as big as 10”-12”, but prior to that, fish introduced were as small as 6”.

The committee agreed that this year a concerted effort should be made to analyse catch returns so we can make an assessment on the state of the stock of fish in the reservoir. We know that there is a substantial breeding population in the reservoir, this autumn a number of witnesses reported trout in excess of 2lb going up the feeder burns to spawn, but thanks to the dam there are no opportunities to recruit new stock naturally

Your catch returns are a hugely important tool in collating data about the health of fish stocks in Glenquey.  Unfortunately we only receive about 60% return of catches to the collection box at the reservoir

For the 2021 season we are reaching out to all Glenquey anglers to fill out their catch returns even if you have blanked (that information is just as important) and provide as much information as possible

To help a new collection box has been installed at the car park so that those who have forgotten to post their return at the existing box, may do so.

There are a number of tools available for estimating the weight of fish returned all based on the length of the fish and their condition. A simple solution to avoid carrying/handling a tape measure is just mark a scale on your rod from the end of the grip (for example a lot of competition anglers use insulating tape or tippex at 3″ or 4″ intervals).

These two sites provide really good tools for estimating weights  https://www.durhamflyfishing.co.uk/resources/Brown%20Trout%20Weight%20Length%20Ratio%20DFFCo.pdf  and http://www.letsflyfish.com/weight.htm

If you choose to remove a fish, please weigh it at home, measure its length and girth and send that information on to the DAA.

We would appreciate your help in amassing the data which might inform our future management plan for Glenquey. Please complete the return as normal and add any other useful information if you have time (locations, water level, weather etc).  If you have distinct views on stocking or not stocking, perhaps you would like to let us know,either on the catch return form or by any other means.

Last and by no means least don’t forget, there is the long running monthly draw of completed catch returns with the prize of a free day’s fishing at Glenquey.

 

 

 

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2021 Permits – March update #1

The new season is getting very very close so time for an update on the permit situation, well for the moment it is literately a cut and paste of the last update Angling Scotland’s Covid guidance for angling – https://www.anglingscotland.org.uk/covid-19-advise-when-we-get-back-to-fishing/

The lockdown means a number of our outlets remain closed, but we have been able to distribute Brown Trout permits to the following outlets:

DOLLAR – The Sorting Office [including Glenquey Permits]

TILLICOULTRY – The Paper Shop

ALLOA – Buicks

As soon as other are able to open and have permits we will provide an update on the website

While the current restrictions persist, please do not break the Covid Regulations to travel from outside Clackmannanshire to purchase permits. If travel restrictions remain in place on 15th March (hopefully not) then we will find away, in advance of the seasons start, to provide permits for residents of Perth & Kinross. As soon as Covid Regulations allow permits will be distributed to outlets as soon as reasonably practical.

Annual Salmon and Sea Trout permits are available directly from the Hon Secretary as usual.

THIS INFORMATION WILL BE UPDATED AS/WHEN RESTRICTIONS ARE CHANGED

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Great job opportunity for 18-24 year old from Clackmannanshire

The Forth Rivers Trust are seeking to recruit a Project Support Officer, to support the trust’s work. The candidate will need to be aged 18 – 24, live in Clackmannanshire and not be currently participating in employment or education such as college or university.

The successful candidate will be working with with Forth Rivers Trust Project Officers in conjunction with Clackmannanshire Council’s Flood Risk Team.

Anticipated that the early part of this year will be home working, as restrictions ease it will be a blended model of home working, office-based work and field work with a particular emphasis on working outdoors.

Locations for this role vary will include communities across Clackmannanshire. It will also include work around the Forth Catchment such as Lothian, Stirlingshire and South Perthshire.

This role will provide experience and personal development within the following areas:

  • Environmental Restoration
  • Climate Change
  • Ecological Surveying
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Land Management/ Natural Flood Management
  • Using relevant software and IT packages, including ArcGIS, Microsoft packages, etc

Salary           £17,290 per annum plus pension contribution

Hours           35 hours per week (part time or flexible working available)

Contract:      Until 31st March 2022, extension of contract subject to the confirmation of additional funding

Details of how to apply are here, note the closing date for applications is Monday 14th March 2021, Midnight

[word document]:   Forth RT – Project Support Officer (Clacks Council) 

or via this weblink: https://forthriverstrust.org/we-are-recruiting-project-support-officer/

It is a fantastic opportunity to begin a career in environmental or fishery management

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2021 Permits – February update #1

I am sure that no-one needs any reminding that we remain in Covid-19 lockdown, but the current Scottish Government guidance allows angling as an appropriate activity providing appropriate social distance practice is maintained.

Angling Scotland’s Covid guidance for angling – https://www.anglingscotland.org.uk/covid-19-advise-when-we-get-back-to-fishing/

The lockdown means a number of our outlets remain closed, but we have been able to distribute Brown Trout permits to the following outlets:

DOLLAR – The Sorting Office

TILLICOULTRY – The Paper Shop

ALLOA – Buicks

As soon as other are able to open and have permits we will provide an update on the website

While the current restrictions persist, please do not break the Covid Regulations to travel from outside Clackmannanshire to purchase permits. If travel restrictions remain in place on 15th March (hopefully not) then we will find away, in advance of the seasons start, to provide permits for residents of Perth & Kinross. As soon as Covid Regulations allow permits will be distributed to outlets as soon as reasonably practical.

Annual Salmon and Sea Trout permits are available directly from the Hon Secretary as usual.

THIS INFORMATION WILL BE UPDATED AS/WHEN RESTRICTIONS ARE CHANGED

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January 2021 update

Happy New Year to all our members, visitors and friends!

Once again we find ourselves in lockdown, but hopefully there is light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine roll out and it’s only 56 days before the fishing season opens on the Devon and at Glenquey!

While there is no point at this stage trying to predict what restrictions may be in place, eight weeks away, at least for the moment the Scottish Government seem content that angling is an appropriate outdoor activity to undertake during Covid 19 restrictions. Closer to the opening of the season we will update the website with relevant information regarding any restrictions, social distancing and permits.

There is no change to permit prices from the 2020 season

Permits will be distributed to our outlets during February, when hopefully they will be all trading by then.

As usual Dennis Toon has collated our annual newsletter which makes a really interesting read which can be read here:

DAA – newsletter – Spring 2021

With the AGM delayed, where there is normally a vote of appreciation cast,  can I on behalf of the Members and Visitors thank our Honorary Secretary David, President Bryan, our Bailiffs (Jim, Alan, Kenny & Greame) and the members of the work parties for all the hard work, time and dedication in keeping the Devon Angling Association ticking, particularly during such a challenging year. It is much appreciated!

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DAA 2020 Annual General Meeting – cancelled

In line with current Scottish Government Covid-19 guidance and restrictions, we have reluctantly decided to cancel the 2020 AGM and the usual business of the meeting will be postponed to the 2021 AGM.

Around the time of the AGM we will share the Secretary’s Annual Report and the newsletter here on the website.

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Belated end of Season 2020

Season 2020 closed on Saturday 31st October and I think it would be fair to suggest it will be a fishing season etched on our memories like no other.

Beyond the national shutdown in response to Covid-19 between late March and end of May, the impact of the pandemic continues to impact the work of the Devon Angling Association. The Scottish Governments post-lockdown restrictions and the needs of individuals to self-isolate, has meant a much reduced scale of work has been able to be undertaken.

Under the current guidance we have decided it would be prudent to cancel the 2020 Annual General Meeting. In early January we will publish the secretary’s report on the website which will summarise the 2020 season in detail and any other pertinent information. Work is already in hand to prepare for the 2021 season.

So how did the end of the season pan out?

The obvious thing to say is that it was wet and at times very wet!

The prolonged rain through August and September ensured that Glenquey pretty much remained full, ensuring most angling was undertaken from the south bank. In August 43 anglers submitted a catch return recording a modest 60 fish [0.6lb mean and 1.4 trout/angler]. In the last five weeks of the season the trout were far more co-operative with 57 catch returns recording 167 fish [0.6lb mean and 2.9 trout/angler]. It is difficult to judge the full impact of Covid-19 on Glenquey but it would appear to have had a marked increase in angling effort after lockdown compared to a typical season. It is disappointing that only 54% of tickets issued return a catch return. The catch returns provide the DAA with key information about the health of the fish population in the reservoir. To hopefully improve the level of submitted catch returns we will endeavor to either move the box closer to the car park or install a second box adjacent to the car park.

The Devon had a number of major spates and throughout August and September, with a major storm event on the 12th August. This resulted in the usual redistribution of detritus along the river and caused a few landslips and tree falls, such as this recorded by visiting angler Mark Coutts and his pal, away above Rumbling Bridge in the Devon Gorge:

It certainly had not effected the trout fishing as the pair managed to land approximately 40 trout, of which this was typical:

The late season fishing between spates was very good indeed. A number of large fish, in excess of 1lb were caught by all methods. I spent a bit of time watching for salmon leaping at Dollar Weir in late September, and was once again astonished to see the size of some of the mature Brown Trout heading upstream. Impossible to know how many but there were Brown Trout well in excess of 4lb. Increasingly we see upstream nymphing successfully deployed on the Devon, it takes a bit of time to master but in the rights hands can produce spectacular results. Good fish were found along the whole length of our water, including this wee gem caught by Jakob Monk at Dollar:

The big spates brought a lot of Salmon into the river, but they proved quite allusive.  In the end a total of 26 salmon were caught and returned, with Colin Smail proving to be the most successful angler with a total of 5. Ross Haldane caught what appeared to be a very large fish in mid September. A total of 13 Sea Trout were caught and Alan Graham proved to be the champion for Sea Trout catching 9 of the 13. It was a strange season as there clearly a lot of Salmon in the river, I managed four trips where I had at least one proper hook up (you know its Salmon within a couple of seconds of a tug) without even seeing the fish. Then on my penultimate trip I had a mad twenty minutes were I was able to catch a 7lb cock Salmon, then a 4lb hen Salmon before finally managing to snap my rod tip bringing the session to a premature end ……… comfortably the best day of my season. The cock Salmon

On behalf of the DAA can I wish all our members and friends a very happy Christmas with your families and a safe and prosperous 2021! 

Tight lines

 

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Salmon and Sea Trout catch returns – reminder

It looks very much the weather is being kind to anglers and hopefully another couple of rises in the river will draw more fish into the river! With just about two weeks left of the Salmon season on the Devon, a polite reminder that Salmon and Sea Trout Catch Returns are mandatory.

Once again for the 2020 season, in line with requirements of Marine Scotland, please record:

  • For each month record the number of Salmon and/or Sea Trout caught separately, including NIL catches
  • For each month record the number of days fishing (part days count as one whole day)
  • A Catch Return form was issued with your permit but can also be downloaded from the website.

All catch returns must be received by November 20th, 2020. Paper copies can be sent directly to David Mudie (Hon Secretary)  @  19 Norwood Avenue, Alloa, FK10 2BY

The return can also be sent electronically via thedaa@talktalk.net

Please ensure you include your name and membership number.

Regardless if you intend to renew for Salmon/Sea Trout permit, please return this season permit and save yourself the expenses of obtaining more passport photos!

Hopefully by the season end, we will be able to report on some decent fish being caught!

 

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Lost landing net – Linnbank area – FOUND!!!

In what has is becoming an annual event, David Mudie our secretary, has mislaid his landing net in the Linnbank area. To be fair he was in the process of safely landing and releasing a salmon!

The net by now may be a wee bit further down the river, but if you come across a landing net with a lanyard of blue rope, the owner would love to be reunited.

Any news please get in touch with David directly or through the usual channels!

In breaking news, I am happy to report that net and owner are due to be reunited ……… thanks to Jamie Beveridge for finding and passing on to Alan Armstrong!

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