DAA AGM 14th January 2020 @ 7.30pm – Royal Arms, Tillicoultry

Title says it all!

The Devon Angling Association’s AGM will take place in the Royal Arms, Tillicoultry at 7.30pm on 14th January 2020

All members are welcome

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DAA branding for clothing

The DAA’s Colin Smail has organised a means of obtaining Devon Angling Association branded clothing ……… as a brand it will probably won’t rival Next or FCUK but is a lovely emblem to add to clothing of your choice

For a modest fee Logo Express in Stirling will embroider the logo on to any item of clothing. Contact details:

Logo Express, 4 Kings Court, Glentye Road, Broadleys Business Park, Stirling, FK7  7LH

Tel: 01786 447454

Email: sales@logoexpress.co,uk

It looks really good on sweatshirts!!

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2019 season catch up

The wet autumn meant for the first time in a number of years a decent number of salmon (and some sea trout) were caught in the last couple months of the season. Final catch returns are being collated for Marine Scotland, but it looks likely at least 20 salmon were caught. Alistair Crawford has returned to his old form catching several include a fish of 11-12lb!

Members of the committee have begun base line invertebrate surveys on the river which will in due course be fed into the national database run by SEPA and provide a quantifiable means of measuring the impact of development and pollution incidents.

Alan Armstrong spotted an oil leak at Rackmill Substation, which he immediately reported to SEPA who attended and with the contractors quickly remedied the incident. This sort of incident shows the importance of vigilance and contacting the SEPA hotline (number in the permit):

SEPA Pollution Hotline 0800 80 70 60


Colin Smail and Bob Wright escorted a representative of the Wild Trout Trust to a number of locations on the river. They have produced an excellent report with guidance on improvements that could be made to the river to encourage trout numbers and health.

A date for everybody’s diaries, the Annual General Meeting of the Devon Angling Association will take place on Tuesday 14th January at 7.30pm in the Royal Arms, Tillicoultry

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2019 Salmon/Sea Trout catch returns

A quick gentle reminder to members holding a Salmon/Sea Trout permit, that we require a catch return by November 20 even if a NIL return

Please also note the requirement in the catch return to record the fishing effort (number of days spent on the river fishing for salmon/sea trout) and note that Marine Scotland consider 10 minutes on the river equals 1 days effort.

Catch returns can be made either on the Yellow form issued with the permit or electronically using the word or excel sheet here:


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September 2019 update – Part 3 – Working with the Forth River Trust

One of the important tasks that members of the DAA committee undertake is supporting the Forth River Trust’s biologist undertaking their routine surveys of the River Devon.

This year:

  • Bob Wright, Keith Broomfield and Alan Graham assisted with kick sampling to understand the relative health of the river’s invertebrate population (a key indicator of the relative health of a watercourse).
  • Colin Smail and Keith Broomfield assisted with electo-fishing in the Alva, Tillicoultry and Dollar Burns to survey at routine annual locations with relative density of young fish in these key burns

You may have seen Keith Broomfield’s excellent nature related articles in The Courier and Alloa Advertiser which frequently feature the Devon, Strathdevon, the Ochils and Glendevon. He is also an excellent twitter feed featuring many of his amazing wildlife photos:

Keith in recent weeks has published two articles about these surveys which I am simply going to quote from and use a few of his photos!

With an air of excitement, we empty the contents of our small river sampling net into an inspection tray and stare in wonderment at the multitude of wriggling invertebrates suddenly revealed.

Accompanied by Alan Graham and Bob Wright of the Devon Angling Association, and under the watchful eye of Amy Fergusson and Kyle Hind of the Forth Rivers Trust, we had just been ‘kick sampling’ to determine the abundance and variety of invertebrates on a stretch of the River Devon in Clackmannanshire.

The technique involves kicking the stony riverbed with wader-clad feet, and then catching in a net any invertebrates stirred-up into the water. This sampling exercise was a trial run by the angling association with a view to becoming part  of the national Anglers’ Riverfly Monitoring Initiative to provide data on the health of our rivers.

In our examination tray there are numerous mayfly, caddisfly and stonefly larvae, as well as tiny freshwater shrimps. These invertebrates are the engine room of the river, the driving force that supports everything else – food for birds, fish and so much else. They provide many other ecological benefits, too, including the recycling of nutrients.


One way of monitoring fish populations, especially juveniles, is electro-fishing – a specialist technique that temporarily stuns the fish, enabling them to be scooped-up into a net before being later released unharmed back into the river.

As such, I was delighted to have been invited by FRT to participate in an electro-fishing session on the Dollar Burn. Headed-up by Jo Girvan, the team consisted of Jack Wootton, who also works for the Trust, volunteer Bethany Robinson and Colin Smail of the Devon Angling Association.

The Dollar Burn, along with Alva, Menstrie and Tillicoultry burns are regularly monitored by the Trust to assess how fish populations are faring and also to detect any trends.

Jo slowly wades slowly upstream, sweeping an anode into the water ahead of her. Jack is right behind and he quickly lifts up into his net any fish affected by the electrical current, which are then gently placed into a pail of water. Fish that are missed, recover within seconds and dart back to the bottom of the burn.


Jo sweeping Dollar Burn with the Anode

After a carefully timed sampling period, we return to the bankside and examine the live-catch. Jo is pretty satisfied with the result, with 39 young trout and six small salmon caught. The good number of one-year-old trout is especially encouraging, as it indicates that the most recent spawning season was relatively successful.

Juvenile Brown Trout from Dollar Burn

Comparing juvenile Brown Trout and Salmon [Brown Trout at top and Salmon at the bottom]

We also caught an eel, which caused a bit of excitement, as their numbers have plummeted alarmingly in Europe over the last few decades. This eel will stay in this burn for a few more years yet before embarking upon an epic migration to the Sargasso Sea off America to spawn.

Juvenile eel from the Dollar Burn

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September 2019 update – Part 2 – Work Parties

A separate post setting out some of the work done recently by our dedicated Wednesday work party team!

Our small group of volunteers head out onto the river and Glenquey most Wednesday’s to undertake works to improve the fishery, improve access and ensure that spawning fish can pass upstream to their traditional spawning grounds.

Just now the work parties have been working methodically up the river ensuring that passage can be made up the burns (for example making sure a channel is maintained at the confluence of the Tillicoultry Burn and river and clearing children’s dams from the Glendy Burn at Dunning Glen).

Over recent months quite apart from the endless strimming to maintain footpaths along the river and at Glenquey, the work parties have been busy making improvements for access including installing steps, building stiles etc.

Footpath improvements at Black Bridge


New sprung gate being built

Finished product

New footbridge over deep ditch

After every major weather event most of the popular stretches of the river are checked for falling lumber and cleared at the earliest opportunity

On top of these project they have been working with local landowners to deal with the increasing menace of fly tipping at key parking locations. The work parties has have to deal with the menace of blatant and inexcusable littering particularly at the height of the summer

These guys do a fabulous job for the association and the local community.

If you are interested in helping out or perhaps are able to give an occasional sunday morning please get in touch. The average age of our work parties are now well in excess of 70 and we really do need some (literally) young blood!








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September 2019 update

So next Saturday will bring to an end the 2019 Brown Trout season on the Devon and at Glenquey. The weather forecast suggest another damp week with the risk of heavy rain on Thursday so it looks like although the banks may be sodden the river should be at a fishable level after Thursday and Friday spates.

No reports (yet) of salmon being caught or even seen, but there has been a run of sea trout (seen at Dollar Weir)

Between spates the trout fishing has been really good, anglers practicing upstream nymphing have had good catches (particularly bumping heavier nymphs close to the stream bed). There have been several fish in the +1lb bracket on the fly and by bait anglers, and a fish 4lb+ landed downstream of Tillicoultry by a bait angler!

Glenquey has suffered a wee bit as the reservoir level has remained resolutely high. This is perhaps reflected in the low number of returns submitted in August (when combined with the rubbish weather) with only 23 returned. These showed  71 fish being caught (mean weight 0.5lb and an average 3.1 fish per angler visit). The lucky angler to win a free ticket came from Perth.

Note – Glenquey final week: There will be roadworks between Castlehill and Yetts O’Muckhart resulting in full closure of the A823. Please note these are overnight roadworks only and the closure should only come on after 20.00hrs ……… so shouldn’t affect anglers at Glenquey.

Best of luck for trout anglers in their final week and lets keep our fingers crossed that we get a run of salmon before the migratory fish before the end of the salmon season!



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