The River Deveron
The North East's Best Kept Secret
The river Deveron due to its more
illustrious North East neighbours the Dee and Spey is a well kept secret
where anglers return year after year, generation after generation.
The Deveron rises in the high hills above the Cabrach along with its main
tributaries the Blackwater and the Bogie.
The peaty water flows over a bottom of shingle and rock and is fast
flowing in its upper reaches. Joined by the Isla it slackens its pace as it
meanders through the fertile countryside until its 60 mile journey ends in
the sea at Banff.
There are superb glides in its middle to lower reaches and due to the
rocky bottom it has plenty of white water and can fish well in low water. It
is prone to flash flooding and the water runs black but fines down to that
golden brown colour which fly anglers love.
Salmon can be encountered right from opening day on February 11th
anywhere on the river but the higher beats are usually a favourite. During
April and May the brown trout fishing is superb with many specimens of 5 to
6 lb being caught each year.
Sea Trout start running towards the end of May until July and again a 7
lb fish is not uncommon.
The grilse run begins mid July but given water can start in June and can
last all season. This is supplemented with the summer Salmon which can reach
18 lb. The back end run starts in September and fish can weigh up to 40 lb
+. Indeed the British record for a salmon caught on fly came off the Deveron
and weighed 61 lb.
Favourite flies include the Stoats tail, Munroe Killer. Willie Gunn, Ally
Shrimp ,Cascade and the executioner. Spinning is allowed on most beats in
high water and flying "c", Toby's and Rapalas are great takers of fish in
We at Turriff Tackle have many beats to offer for let and this increases
Our business is fishing and we have a large number of clients and anglers
looking for fishing. We know it can be difficult to match a holiday date to
an available fishing week but we do offer first refusal to those who
register their name with us before we show the availability here on this
If you click on the beat header you will be taken to a map of the
Deveron. There you can click on the individual beat to see some information
on the beat and a few pictures of pools.
Not all beats wish to be included but many will be added throughout the
year. If your fishing beat is missing ask the owner to get in touch-
there is no cost to come on board.
The information is provided for the benefit of the angler wishing to fish
River Deveron Map
Map of the River Deveron showing the location of the Live Webcams on the