What a season we have coming up in the first
Opening day will be at Turriff Angling
association again and we are hoping many of you can make it.
As you may have seen last season we have the
Morison Trophy to fish for and this will be officially launched
on opening day, Friday 11 February.
It is hoped we will have a celebrity to launch
the trophy and if we succeed in this matter we will have a
marquee and some hot food laid on to make it a memorable
occasion. Watch this space for all the details if we can pull
Then on Week of 16 May we are having the
Deveron Fishing Festival. Most of the river has been generously
donated by the owners and many of the top tackle Companies have
agreed to attend.
They will have three days on the river and
anglers willing to participate will be allocated via a ballot-
their choice of manufacturer to spend a day trying all their
tackle and get expert tuition from their in house professionals-
many of which are famous names in the angling world. This should
allow each angler to spend three days with different companies
trying all the latest kit.
More information on this will be in the
February and March Edition of the Trout and Salmon along with an
application form. It should also be available on the Trust
Website which is having a section designed to take all the
information. Again I will keep you posted as we finalise the
At the end of this week we are having a dinner
to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Deveron, Bogie and
Isla River Trust and an auction will take place during the
evening to raise funds for the trust. Tickets will be limited to
250 and I will let you know when they are released for sale.
New stock will be arriving in the shop from
February. We will have a complete range of the new MOW tips by
Rio for the Skagit lines along with tip pouches. New boots and
waders from Vision and also a new range of reels. There are also
jackets, rods and fly lines all new to the range.
For the ever increasing popularity of sea
angling we have a complete new supplier in Jarvis Walker. They
are one of the biggest suppliers in the southern hemisphere
based in Australia and their range of tackle is of superb
quality at even more superb prices in these stringent times.
Fishing lets are being worked on currently and
have been since November. If you had a beat last year and have
not yet had a letter give me a call as some post sent in
November has still not reached its destination. It looks like
there will be some superb sea-trout availability in June-
despite some being snapped up quickly after last years superb
run of these fine fish.
The voluntary code
for 2011 has also been changed . It now requests that all Salmon
caught before 1 June are returned. In return anglers will be
given a side of smoked Salmon from Sutherlands in Portsoy or an
engraved metal fly box. Some beat owners are also going to give
the angler a day fishing the house rod later in the season if
they return a fish in the spring.
It is hoped these incentives will encourage
the angler to continue to come and fish the river and be given
something in return -for them giving the river something back.
Figures show that the Deveron used to produce,
at its height ,nearly a thousand fish before the end of May.
This figure is now about a fifth of the peaks seen in the
fifties and in the seventies. If we can get the return rate of
spring fish up to those levels seen for the sea-trout we might
see the improving spring numbers in the last few years get even
The Deveron Fishing Festival
A great opportunity to come and test- on the river all the
gear from the major Brands as well as sample the fishing.
An extensive programme of events will be held in the evenings
to keep everybody interested.
Full details can be found
here as well as a registration form
Opening Day Ceremony
This year once again the opening ceremony will
be at Turriff
Angling Association at 10am. On Friday
11 February 2011.
This year we will have a small marquee to
launch the aforementioned Morison Trophy.
We have Free fishing for all on the Turriff
Angling association beat and as you will note we have secured a
Chivas Brothers will be providing plenty free
drams on the day which should go down well with the sausage
rolls provided , along with Tea for those of you driving. Please
come along and make it a memorable morning- and don't forget we
are still trying hard to get a celebrity to attend.