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Title: River Deveron 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on February 07, 2019, 09:55:29 AM
Shared from the  Deveron, Bogie & Isla Rivers Charitable Trust Facebook page: (

Join us for the River Deveron Opening Ceremony at 10am at the Turriff Angling Association Lodge!

Special guest James Stokoe will kick the ceremony off by presenting Mr Richard Breakell with the Morison trophy for his 22lbs spring salmon, caught and safely released at Muiresk Fishings, and officially open the salmon season with a dram of 18 year old Deveron malt whisky, with Richard Breakell making the first cast.

Many thanks to Henderson's Country Sports for donating the salmon rod, which will be presented to the trophy winner, Macduff distillery for the Deveron malt whisky, Dean's for their donation of delicious shortbread and Turriff Angling Association for providing such a beautiful location to hold the opening ceremony!

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Title: Re: River Deveron 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on March 23, 2019, 19:05:52 PM
First trout hunt of 2019. Was hard work but well rewarded on a new beat :z16

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Such a bonny coloured fish i took a few pictures, one of those orange finned deveron Browns

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Lovely day with great company, excellant way to start a new season :z18

Title: Re: River Deveron 2019
Post by: Allan Liddle on March 24, 2019, 09:45:38 AM
Cracking fish, was a little further downstream from you guys yesterday, fishing was good but nothing of this size.
Title: Re: River Deveron 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on March 24, 2019, 12:48:07 PM
Was a nice day in good company to blow away the cobwebs  :z16
Title: Re: River Deveron 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on March 24, 2019, 18:29:06 PM
A tad Windy today, but in between the Hail, the rain and the Hooley, the sun kept appearing.
Everytime it did there was a flurry of olives hatching off, in quite large numbers at some points. :z16

So fed up with trying to pitch tungsten nymphs into the wind, i switched to the dry and hunted down some rising fish.
I found a few at the top of the beat, and then a few more at the bottom.

One from the top

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Had two or three like that and then wandered down to the bottom after struggling with the wind
Worth the gamble though as i found another group of rising fish, hitting the olives every time the sun came out.
in amongst them was this lovely lad

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An inch or so shorter than yesterdays one, but it took a dry, so i'm a happy bunny.
Trophies yesterday on the nymph  and today almost trophies on the Dry.
Worth getting cold for :z16

Title: Re: River Deveron 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on March 24, 2019, 18:32:04 PM
Great stuff Sandy, it must have felt more than a tad Baltic on the water today :z16
Title: Re: River Deveron 2019
Post by: Euan Innes on March 24, 2019, 18:48:25 PM
Well played Sandy. Cracking opening batting.
Out with the digs today and the wind was fierce but you are right that when the sun came out it was lovely. Away again for the next two weeks so hopefully I will be out when that is over.
Well done again.

Title: Re: River Deveron 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on March 31, 2019, 17:36:33 PM
Beautiful morning, so an impromptu ticket, courtesy of Mr Henderson. (You're a star :z16)

And i was back on the river, but without the Hooley and the rain.

Nymphing my through some pools i picked up one or two nice ones

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But come lunchtime, as one would hope, there started to trickle off a few olives and some March browns.
Took the fish a wee minute to notice them, but from 1.30pm onwards they seemed to spot them. Some nice rising fish in amongst them too  :z12

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And some very pretty smaller ones in great condition.

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CDC Spiders seemed to be the way forward, with some of the other dries getting rejected. The cripple was accepted almost every time. :z16

Lovely day to be out, with the water in perfect condition and loads of flies.

Title: Re: River Deveron 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on March 31, 2019, 20:14:45 PM
Crackers Sandy :z12
Title: Re: River Deveron 2019
Post by: James Laraway on April 02, 2019, 10:38:54 AM
Hi Sandy

a CDC spider sounds interesting. Surely with the hackle being so soft all it does is fold along the hook shank though? Do you put something behind the hackle to 'hold it up' ?

Title: Re: River Deveron 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on April 02, 2019, 10:41:28 AM
Nope, itís a spun collar and does the job just lovely.
My favourite type of dry. Pretty sure there is an SBS on here somewhere for it

Title: Re: River Deveron 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on April 02, 2019, 11:16:49 AM
This one Sandy? ...... (
Title: Re: River Deveron 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on April 02, 2019, 11:25:35 AM

That was the simplified version for folk without a dubbing spinner.

Not sure where the other one is, I couldnít find it, mind you could have been over 10 years ago 🙄

Title: Re: River Deveron 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on April 02, 2019, 11:46:47 AM
This is the fly James

Title: Re: River Deveron 2019
Post by: Iain Cameron on April 03, 2019, 12:20:41 PM

Had a couple of grand days out on the river, and with decent hatches of LDOs, picked up a few good trouts. Had late afternoon fish of 3.75lbs on consecutive days - very much worth waiting around for in the cold!

Here's the first of them, which was a right plump lump:


back in the office today, sigh!
Title: Re: River Deveron 2019
Post by: Rob Brownfield on April 04, 2019, 23:27:55 PM
Was sat in the office in Huntly half expecting the river to come and visit! It was over itís banks in some bits.
Title: Re: River Deveron 2019
Post by: Sandy Nelson on May 05, 2019, 14:25:52 PM
Festival weekend and the Weather decides to play Foul :z6

Hey ho what can you do, so we drew a new beat to us, one closer to the sea than usual, but not quite what we were expecting
Beautiful water, with more riffles and runs that you could dream of.

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So we worked them all with the nymphs and we picked up fish all day.

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Probably every other fish was a smolt, but they were in great condition and some of them were a good size too.

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Nice too see so many in the river, lets just hope they can evade the perils of passage to the open water
Speaking of open water perils, as i climbed out of one pool a head popped up behind me and i though oooh, an otter, then it swam right up to me and i realised it was a wee bit too big for a otter

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Only a little fella, but you got the distinct impression he was taking the piss, anyway he kept coming back for a laugh and i did notice he was sporting a Bright green tag on his tail. I reckon its a common seal as it was small and the head shape was right for it.

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He soon vanished, so obviously had other people to go and check up on and have a laugh at, so we got back to the fishing

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The brownies weren't bothered by him and soon started rising, as did the smolts....again....

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We kept working the river both with nymph and dry and continued to get fish, but nothing substantial

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So a lovely day on lovely water, but as we found out later, we were very sheltered from the wind which aggravated most other folk on other beats. We experienced  this ourselves this morning when we were not so lucky and found a risen water, carrying some colour and quite cold at just 8degrees. Still a few fish rising to LDO's but again nothing of Note.

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With the wind biting and the water feeling grey, it just didn't have the vibe we were hoping for, so it was off home for an early bath.
I guess those are always the chances with organised events, some you win and some you loose. But it was nice to meet up with some folk and have a bit of banter on saturday night , heres hoping next year the weather does the opposite and the big boys come out to play. Many thanks to Frank Henderson and the Deveron/Bogie and Isla trust for organising the event. Hopefully some of the other managed to winkle out some of the Deveron Gold. :z16

Title: Re: River Deveron 2019
Post by: Allan Liddle on May 08, 2019, 07:14:15 AM
Great report Sandy and wind played havoc although pleased to say my wee party also had good fishing with mixed methods from dries, to nymphs and even wets.
Couple of big fish lost, one on Saturday on nymph which was a sea troot.

Great to meet up with everyone and pity more didn't make the tying session in the Legion (we were in the lounge as per usual) but great craic for those that were there.

Guiding Monday and Tuesday, typically the weather had improved and big hatches again, fish certainly switched on and fishing is good again now.
Bloody weather  :cry :z4
Title: Re: River Deveron 2019
Post by: Allan Liddle on July 12, 2019, 14:04:15 PM
Mid Season Round Up:

Been a mixed season so far on the Dev, with dries working very well right into July and nymphs not so good with fish not into the faster bits in great number due to the better oxygenated water elsewhere.
Fished a variety of beats and had great sport on them all with either good numbers or Rod Benders on the DHE or Dirty Duster.

Season total on big fish so far for Deveron is 25, with three over 5lb and a PB of 5lb 10oz, so pretty chuffed with this (especially as I'd lost it the week before but was successful 2nd time I hooked him)

Been lucky to have had a few more outings with the two dugs, sadly Mac has a large tumour and is on borrowed time, but still going strong as he's a grizzly bear.
Found a new Otter friend as well which has seen us so often he's quite chilled about being close to us, especially when the dogs are there.  Love watching him feeding away and love otters as they're my favourite (as well as owls)

Not been out over past week because of work and the fact I've switched to lower Spey chasing silver (successfully with a nice wee 4 1/2 lb grilse before the water shot up again )

Might get out early next week once river settles, especially as we've now moved into the 2nd part of the season and soon time will run out once more.  Who knows I might even have to put the dries away and reach for the tungsten, although I hope not  :wink

Still plenty beats offering very good value trout fishing guys, especially if you are prepared to stay on until dark, or hit river early morning.

Stunning river and always a pleasure to be out fishing on it. 

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Title: Re: River Deveron 2019
Post by: Mike Barrio on September 28, 2019, 21:37:10 PM
From what I've seen of the photos, it looks like the Deveron has taken a fair hammering in this weekend's storm, especially in the lower reaches  :z6