Salmon and Sea-trout season- 11 February 2012 to 31 October
Brown trout season 15 March to 6 October Inclusive.
NEW FOR 2012
We can now offer tuition to anglers on a one to one or group basis from a
fully qualified instructor.
Learn to Spey cast, cover that spot where fish are -but is always just out
of reach or just brush up on your skills.
We can arrange it for you or if your beat gillie has no objections it can be
done on your beat at a time to suit you.
Please ring Frank on 01888 562428 to book a slot- it will improve your
We can also provide shooting instruction for both rifle and shotgun-
again from a fully qualified instructor- again contact us if interested.
We have some interesting developments in this area so keep looking back for
the exciting news -hopefully around March/April time.
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Update 30 November 2012
Monday 22 opened with levels at around 6-8 inches and peaty. R Breakell
landed two fish of 8lb and 10lb sea-liced. E Corry from Ireland also landed
a fish at Turriff. Levels remained around 6 inches until Friday and beats
from Turriff up landed fish but lower beats struggled. J Noriss landed a 13
lb fish at Lower Netherdale and I have reports of another off that beat at
We had snow on Friday 26 and levels were up a couple of inches on Saturday.
The last three days were mainly given over to guests on most beats- but
Monday saw the river at two and a half feet above normal and very black.
Very few fish were caught and plenty anglers complaining. Tuesday saw levels
down around a foot but the colour was odd and although a few more fish
were seen it was poor for the time of year and water levels. The last day
saw levels around a foot and the colour was perfect. A few more fish were
taken up and down the river but most were stale and as the weather closed in
around lunchtime a miserable season end was reflected in the weather.
Keep up to date with our new stock and news over the close season by
visiting our facebook page.
There are some changes to some beats for 2013 with improved access and we
are now just starting to look at lets for 2013- so if you are interested in
something give me a shout so as I can get your name on the list.
Update 22 October 2012
I have reports of a couple of fish at 24lb sea-liced and one at 30lb from
above Marnoch Bridge in the last two weeks.
As our last spate ran off on Sunday October 14 things looked great for
Monday. Unfortunately the river was rising in the hills and we even had some
sleet and hail. This saw the river rise to three and a half feet and it was
very dirty. Tuesday saw levels at 2 feet 2 inches and quite dark. This
dropped to 1 foot 6 inches by 5pm. Turriff had a good day with numbers well
into double figures , with the best individual catch of 4 for the day. Upper
Netherdale and Carnousie landed a fish at 18lb and fly anglers using s1/s2
and Skagit lines hooked lost and landed a few fish on the fly with the best
result being 6 to 18lb to one rod.
Levels continued to drop away to a foot on Wednesday and beats from Forglen
up worked away. Thursday saw levels on the rise again to two feet and dirty.
Levels were down to around one foot six inches on Friday but the river was
dirty below the Isla- although fish were caught. Saturday saw levels around
a foot and again fish came off most upper beats.
As reported earlier- beats above Turriff have done well and beats below have
struggled to even see a fish in some cases. Marnoch Lodge landed 16 by
Friday- 13 on the fly and in contrast a Lower beat landed 5.
There are some sea-liced fish running as some were caught at Turriff and
Avochie saw fresh grilse- so they are running hard . Most fish caught are
coloured and may be fish spreading out to spawn. There are not many fresh
fish running – and perhaps like last year November will see a run of clean
Levels have opened this week around 6-8 inches with a tinge of Peat stain.
Early reports indicate a few fish off above Turriff but not much activity
between Turriff and Banff.
Update 13 October 2012
Saturday 29 September saw a fair few fish off as levels were around plus
5 inches. G Barron had three at Upper Netherdale to 13lb and M Ewen Snr. and
Jnr. also had a couple of fish each and Mountblairy landed six to 14lb.
Monday 1st October saw levels at 3-4 inches above normal and another
reasonable day with J Gardner taking a 15lb fish off Turriff and R Breakell
having 4 to 12lb further up river. The rest of the week slowed down and
there were plenty fish running and showing but little caught- despite a few
inches of a rise on Thursday.
The lower river continued to be bereft of fish and they were not being seen
running through these beats either- whilst from Turriff up they were
Monday October 8 saw levels at 2 inches and again a few fish came off upper
beats Inc. a 29lb fish at Upper Netherdale to C Wyness (photo can be seen if
you click on our Facebook page.)
Tuesday saw J Anderson and R Breakell land three each to 14lb but by
Wednesday things slowed and as the river approached its second lowest level
since March- the heavens opened on Friday- although not as drastic as
forecast. This has given us around 4ft today Saturday October 13 and should
see us set up for the remainder of the season.
In the shop the Swedish brand Pinewood has arrived with Mouflon suits and
Ontario Waterproof fleeces now in stock. Our full range of Shooting stuff
will be out on display once the fishing season ends.
In conjunction with Waulkmill Clays we are running a Team Flush over the
Winter with an accumulating prize fund to be won. If you have a look on our
YouTube page we have some films of last Sunday.
Waulkmill is open every second Sunday with the next date being the 21
October. We also have a shooting instructor available for lessons- either
clay or game shooting and a gun fitting service will be up and running
sometime in November and will be ran in the shop on selected Thursday late
night openings. Keep looking back for dates and keep up to date with
Update 29 September 2012
A hard couple of weeks for contrasting reasons. Last week levels remained
low and despite a few sea-liced fish running off the 4 metre tides it was
tough going and a few beats blanked whilst neighbours did ok. Biggest fish I
heard of came off Muiresk at just over 20lb. This week saw low levels on
Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday saw 70mph gales but despite this a few fish came
off to fly fishers. Rain around Turriff was steady but not severe- however
the catchment thankfully caught heavier stuff and by Wednesday we were on
the rise and this peaked around 5 and a half feet overnight Wednesday into
Thursday was a wash out at nearly 4 feet but Thursday faired better. Friday
saw the river very black but levels have dropped to around plus 7 inches
today (Saturday). Thursday saw sea-liced fish off many beats but it was
slower on Friday. The cry now seems to be plenty of fish but not looking at
anything. These fish have obviously been waiting the last 3-4 weeks in the
bay and are in a hurry to get to the spawning areas. Let us hope that things
settle a wee bit and the fish coming in the next few weeks are not in such a
Rapalas are still in short supply and back orders due 9 September have still
not arrived. There are only two new colours for next year- but not sure of
any discontinuations apart from the blue and silver in Countdowns and
Eley Clay cartridges at the offer price of £168 for fibre have all gone and
a new order will be placed. Game cartridges are in stock and some 12 gauge
shotguns brand new for £600-£800 are in stock from Huglo and Hatsan. Escort
Semi – Autos are due in the country late October and hopefully we should see
some early November. Also awaiting delivery from Sweden are Muflon Jackets
and Trousers from Pinewood Clothing along with some waterproof fleeces.
Our shooting instructor is available for lessons either for clays or
available to accompany you on your driven days to improve your shooting.
Again November should see the arrival of our fully adjustable Remington
semi- auto for a proper gun fitting service and lessons for beginners.
Update 8 September 2012
This week has seen water levels fall away fast with bright hot days and a
fair breeze blowing. There would appear to be plenty grilse around 3-4lb in
the middle to lower beats but tempting them is very hard. Most beats are
struggling to get off the mark this week after being well into double
figures last week. Salmon have still been tempted to 14lb and even if only
the odd one or two have come off some beats it has made half the total.
There is one rod available at Eden next week on Wed, Thurs ,Friday and
Saturday and 2 rods remaining for 3 days on Mountblairy 29,30 and 31st
October. We also have week 16 Sept at Upper Netherdale for up to 4 rods and
the cottage if required and a cancellation at Waterside for week 23 Sept. In
October we also have Ferry Cottage for the last full week – 4 rods and the
cottage , as well as the last three days, on both beats with or without
Accommodation- so 8 rods in total.
Update 25 August 2012
Levels ran around 3-4 inches for the remainder of week 6 August. Most
Lower beats saw 8-10 fish caught for the week and middle to upper beats
faired better with some between 20 and 30 for the week.
Monday 13 saw levels at plus 2 inches and grilse came off the length of the
river. Heavy rain and earth works saw the river unfishable below the Turriff
Burn on Tuesday and up to plus 6 inches but above this it continued to fish
well. Wednesday saw levels down to plus 4 inches and the lower river
had a better day and fish were reported to 15lb. Some coloured but many
sea-liced. Thursday saw levels up again and rising by 11 inches during the
day. Friday saw levels down to plus 6 inches and another reasonable day was
had all round. Saturday saw levels up again to 9 inches and peaty. By
evening this turned very black and put the fish off completely. With the
levels up and down daily fish never settled and some beats did ok and others
Week of 20 August has been the same with levels up and down after heavy
showers and after heavy showers all afternoon Friday the river is up to
nearly 2 feet and dirty Saturday morning.
Fish continue to come off to 17lb but again higher beats have been more
consistent with catches as fish continue to run quickly through the lower to
middle beats. The forecast for Sunday is dry but rain for Monday .
We still have 4 rods and Ferry Cottage in September week 16th and a
cancellation for week 23 September at Waterside Lodge Sleeping 12 and
fishing 4 rods on Upper Netherdale and Carnousie. These beats have
fished well so far this season with the middle beat showing catches over 150
salmon so far. Please ring if interested. Also 2 rods through September and
now October at the Castle Water Huntly.
Cartridges are in for the season and Eley clay cartridges are on special
offer at £168 per thousand for fibre wad 7.5 28gram and £165 for the plastic
wad.2 Shotguns in stock start at £620 – new with a 3 year warranty and a
display model Beretta Silver Pigeon 111 28” barrels with multi chokes on
offer at £1950. We also have a Huglo 410 shotgun over and under with single
trigger and an ejector brand new at £555. Game bags and Cartridge bags also
now in but will not be on display until November due to lack of space – so
ask if you want something and Pinewood outdoor clothing will supplement the
Deerhunter range this season.
Update 7 August 2012
Levels have held up well over the last two weeks at around plus 4 inches
with a few rises to 9 inches and a flash rise yesterday of 9-12 inches
depending on where you were.
With this level of water the higher beats have done very well with beats
well into the twenties for returns each week. Lower beats have struggled a
wee bit but are still managing to post something on a daily basis. Plenty
fish are being seen running through and many of the fish caught are
sea-liced and in the teens of pounds.
I still have two weeks at Ferry Cottage with 4 rods in September and
October. These beats are fishing very well with one well over a hundred so
far for the season.
Update 23 July 2012
Another decent week with most beats having a few fish. Monday saw levels
open around 11 inches but it went up by about 4 inches during the day.
However fish came off the length of the river.
Tuesday saw the catches continue with again most beats on the score sheet.
Wednesday saw it rain all day and Thursday saw levels rise two feet to
around three feet. This halted the catches on the lower beats but upper
beats continued to catch fish to 14lb. Friday and Saturday fished very well
with many sea-liced fish coming off from Wrack to Huntly.
Grilse have put in an appearance already this year and although some are
skinny from 3lb to 6lb they are decent fish.
We have had beats catching 13-40 fish a week for the last few weeks- and
this has been on day tickets for some. Upper Netherdale has had Ferry
Cottage empty and performed really well. As a result there is availability
for 2013 which can be preliminary booked NOW. Forglen has rods left this
week and Muiresk had rods last week .
Wrack has a cancellation next week for three rods , Ferry Cottage at Upper
Netherdale has availability in August and the last full week of the year and
Waterside Lodge and Ferry Cottage now have the last three days of the season
with accommodation available. Marnoch Lodge has availability through
September and given water this has been fishing exceptionally well this
year. If interested give me a call.
Update 16 July 2012
What a week for some. Levels opened on Monday 9 July at just under
three feet and a few fish came off up and Down , Avochie reported two salmon
and 2 sea-trout and Wrack posted fish of 15 and 21 lb.
By Tuesday more fish were coming off as levels dropped and sea-liced fish
were recorded from Avochie up. Wednesday saw the river rising and it
dampened catches as it hit three feet again. Mountblairy and Dunlugas landed
a few. Thursday saw things come alive above Turriff with Upper
Netherdale and Carnousie doing well with fish to 17lb and Marnoch Lodge
having a fantastic time. This continued on Friday and again into Saturday.
Marnoch Lodge and Upper Netherdale were well into the thirties in number and
both beats lost big fish at the bank after 45 mins. Heavy showers over
Sunday have kept levels up at around one foot as we enter another week and
prospects look fantastic.
I have Weekly rods available at Forglen next week and the Wrack the week
after. I also have Marnoch Lodge with the Coach House in September and even
A full week with 4 rods left and Ferry Cottage at Upper Netherdale and
Carnousie for the last full week of October. All these beats are fishing
extremely well this year.
Update 6 July 2012
Middle beats have had a fantastic time on the higher levels. The river
fined down all last week and sea-liced fish were abundant on all beats above
Marnoch with fish reported to 20lb. Lower beats struggled a bit but Dunlugas
hit it sweet and the sea-trout numbers were well into double figures. This
week has seen a repeat as levels were peaty and around the 5 inch above
normal mark. Forglen saw fish of 18 and 19lb and Wrack reported fish to
15lb. Avochie had fish of 7lb , 9lb and 13 lb on Tuesday – all sea-liced .
As Levels drop and clear most lower beats are picking up a few sea-trout and
We have availability next week for day rods and I have 3 weekly rods
on Wrack beat week 15 July due to a cancellation.
In the shop we are awaiting a delivery of Eley First 12 gauge 28gram fibre
7.5 shot cartridges at a special rate of £160 per thousand. Some of of the
order is already spoken for so ring if you want some set aside for you.
Update 28 June 2012
Now in stock Co2 powered .177 BB Kalashnikov full size
replica along with a range of soft air bb Guns and ammunition.
Air rifles continue to sell faster than we can keep stock but a reasonable
stock on the shelf with Gamo Whisper X in .22 arriving today.
GMK have run out of Sako .17hmr Quads – but we have one left on the shelf
and still have a great deal on Savage Axis 243 to include a Kaspa 3-12x 50
scope and weaver mounts.
Update 25 June 2012
Since the last update we have had nothing but rain- although nothing like
the south. Tuesday 19 saw levels rise to around a foot and drop back on
Wednesday and Thursday but with heavy rain overnight levels reached over
three foot on Friday , dropped a couple of feet for Saturday but went up
during the day and despite a forecast for drier weather we had rain
yesterday and levels are around 2 feet 6 inches today. However fish are
coming off and F Deline from France had a reasonable week with salmon and
sea-trout off Avochie and Upper Netherdale and Carnousie whilst Forglen
returned sea-trout and salmon to 18lb.
With decent water levels and fish in the whole system there is still fishing
available. Muiresk has three rods week 16 July and week 6 August ,
Upper Netherdale and Carnousie has Ferry Cottage available through July and
August and have week 30 September available- a prime week. Forglen has rods
on week 2 July and two rods week 23 July.
Update 19 June 2012
The first few days in June saw very little action but on the 6th we had
heavy rain all day which saw us with a rise of 14 inches through Thursday.
This saw Eden round off the week with 6 Salmon and 12 sea-trout. Monday 11th
saw a flurry of activity on Monday with several small fish caught as well as
some sea-trout. Best fish reported was 11lb with one lost well over 20lb. A
few more fish around 8lb were reported up and down the river for the rest of
the week but in general fairly slow. This week has seen a few fish off on
Monday, again on the small side – some were coloured and some were sea-liced
so they are still running the river. Temperatures have been cold at 8
degrees c max during the day so the sea-trout fishing at night has been
poor- and so far there does not seem to be a great run. Heavy rain well up
the catchment yesterday has seen us reach 12 inches above normal today and
we continue to see heavy showers. Hopefully this will not disperse any
sea-trout and perhaps encourage some more salmon to enter the system.
Update 4 June 2012
Week of 14 May was fantastic. Plenty of fish to 21 lb and some anglers
were catching 2 or more in a day with some catching 4-5 in a couple of days.
These fish were spread throughout the whole river and it was more like back
end fishing than spring fishing. Levels were around 7 inches until Saturday
May 19 when they went up to one foot eight inches- but the fish were still
Monday May 21 saw levels at seven inches again and two salmon at 20 and 24
came to one angler and a 4lb sea-trout to another. As Temperatures began to
rise the fish went off the take – but with temps of 27 degrees and non stop
sunshine Eden landed an 11 lb sea-trout. A few fish continued to be caught
despite the weather but it was much much slower than the week before
as Temps peaked at 30 degrees C on the Sunday. In contrast Monday 28 May saw
temperatures plummet to 10 degrees and the fish came back on the take- with
multiple catches again for lucky anglers with several managing 2 or 3 and
one managing 5 to 17lb before 11 am on Tuesday.
Levels are hovering around normal to two inches and fish continue to come
off from Marnoch to Banff in reasonable numbers to 15lb. A few sea-trout are
around in the lower river along with some big salmon but the upper river is
suffering a wee bit from lack of water.
The river continues to fish its socks off with the best May anybody can
There are some cracking beats available from now through the season. Wrack
has rods now until July, Muiresk has rods from end of May, Forglen has June
and August availability and Upper Netherdale has availability from June to
July and a week in September as well as the last full week of the season at
Ferry Cottage for 4 rods.
Avochie has some rods in June and a week in September where you could have
Avochie House if required.
Please check out the availability page for the full list.
Update 16 May 2012
What a time to be fishing the Deveron. We have had a tremendous run of
fish and many anglers are having a superb time-one even commented that it
was better than Russia !!!!
There really are too many anglers catching fish to mention- and some are
catching 2,3 and even 6 in a day with fish from 6-20lb. Many fish are
12-17lb and covered in sea-lice.
Where beats have anglers on- fish are being caught from Banff to Huntly.
Water levels have been a little erratic but for the most part between 6 and
9 inches- just perfect fly height for most. Only last Saturday saw a rise to
nearly 3 feet but salmon were taken up stream and it brought more fish in
with sea-liced fish caught up river on Monday. Brown Trout are also in great
form and fish of 4 and 5 lb came off Avochie to the spinner in dirty water.
The Deveron Festival success continues with it winning the prestigious
Thistle Award from Visit Scotland for Best Nature Experience in the
Aberdeenshire and Tayside regional awards. We are now off to the National
awards on 9 November.—a few short films of the ceremony can be found here
In the shop our latest Shotgun cartridge order has finally arrived- so now
fully stocked and we have a deal on Savage 243 rifle with the new Weaver
Kaspa Scope 3-12x50. This outfit is coming in with nearly 1/3 off the RRP.
We have new Vision Running line in stock and after a Rio day with Simon
Gawsworth we have the new Scandi short versi tip lines which revolutionised
the switch rods I tried them on.
They are also available for single handed rods but you must scale the line
rating back- ask for details. We are fully stocked with air guns and
shotguns continue to sell well with prices starting at £620 for new guns
with 3 year warranty. If you are interested in clay Pigeon shooting as
part of your holiday or looking to put a day together please contact us as
we now have several facilities where we can run such an event.
Update 7 May 2012
April 24 saw levels down slightly at 2 ft but rising to 3.5 feet by
evening. Wed 25 saw levels down slightly but it was dirty and it rained all
day. This resulted in Levels at 5.5 feet first thing Thursday and it peaked
Thankfully the rain stopped and levels dropped slowly.
By Sat they were at 4 ft but not too dirty.
Hungry Hills landed a 14lb salmon and Avochie an 8lb salmon and a sea-trout.
Marnoch Lodge landed a 10lb salmon and another sea-liced at 18lb on the fly.
Sunday saw the opening of the 2012 Deveron Festival and around 500 people
came along to the river and marquee to see tackle and other crafts as well
as casting demos from Andy Murray G Loomis, Eoin Fairgrieve Trout and
Salmon, Mark Roberts Hardy Greys, Scott Mackenzie and Jim Fearn Rio and
The river was perfect and all 120 anglers were salivating to get going on
Monday opened at 2 feet but it was raining hard. In truth the water started
rising by 11am and it turned dirty. Most would have packed up but they stuck
at it and boy did they get results.
Scatterty saw two fish at 12 and 17lb, Muiresk a 15lb sea-liced fish,
Mountblairy a 6lb fish, Wrack 10lb, Aswanley 10lb and a 3lb sea-trout,
whilst Marnoch Lodge had a 10lb fish and a sea-trout. All these were taken
on the Fly.
Turriff and Hungry Hills also had fish at 14lb.
Tuesday saw the river at 3 ft and dirty. Not a great start and again most
people would have not bothered to tackle up.
Avochie had an 8lb fish, Marnoch Lodge had two at 6lb and one at 8.5lb plus
a sea-trout, Aswanley had another at 10lb, Wrack one at 17lb, Again all on
fly and Dunlugas had two at 10lb.
Wednesday saw better conditions and again the river produced. Wrack had
three fish at 15,16 and 17lb, Forglen one at 16lb and Marnoch Lodge had
three at 16,10 and 14lb.
Over the three days the trout over 1lb to 3lb were numerous and indeed Paul
Proctor and Alan Little had 50 on Tuesday between them and they only counted
fish over 1lb- a fantastic result and shows the potential the river has in
regard to trout fishing.
Some anglers stayed on to fish and Thursday saw more fish at Forglen and
Marnoch Lodge. Levels are now just under a foot and running clear but we
have been back to raw cold winds and snow showers since Friday, which has
sent anglers back indoors. You can see some short films of the festival on
our you tube channel
http://www.youtube.com/user/turrifftackle and I will put some pictures
up here when I catch my breath.
Update 23 April 2012
As we entered April the record breaking temperatures of 23 degrees
disappeared and were replaced with SNOW!!. Exactly one week on the Tuesday
of 23 degrees to the following Tuesday with 6 inches of snow lying. As this
melted during the week and supplemented with showers we went from –8 inches
to 4 feet above normal on April 6. The following week saw a few fish
off upper reaches to 14lb and an 11 lb fish off Forglen. By April 16 we were
at 10 inches above normal and we had our best week so far with with fish off
a few upper beats to 15lb and Upper Netherdale and Forglen taking fish to
12lb. With reports of 6 sea-trout off Montcoffer the previous week this was
followed up by several sea-trout to myself and my host on another lower
beat. The river levels fluctuated with heavy showers and but by Friday we
were at 2’6” and rising. Very heavy rain saw levels at nearly three feet of
mud on Saturday morning and by 6pm it reached just over 5 feet. Today Monday
April 23 sees it at 3 feet and very dirty with more rain forecast all week.
Lets hope it slows a bit for the end of the week and the festival on Sunday
and early next week, as we have fish and anglers all over the river so a
decent height might see some fish caught.
Update 15 April 2012
Paul Proctor has the Deveron in his top five Brown Trout destinations in
this Months Trout and Salmon Magazine. The trout fishing continues to be
fantastic this year with many fish reported over 3lb.
Many are over a pound and above is one of four off the river on Thursday 12
Update 31 March 2012
My last report a month ago saw levels at plus two inches. We now stand at
best at 6 inches below summer level. The weather has been dry and for part
exceptionally warm with temperatures breaking records at 23 degrees. This
has kept angling pressure down but for those that ventured out there have
been some salmon to catch. Montcoffer saw an 8lb fish on 2 March and from
two middle beats on Saturday 3 March we saw an 8lb fish to J Anderson and a
16lb sea-liced fish to another lucky angler. 9 March saw another fish off
above Marnoch and Forglen saw a 10lb fish to A Hutcheon on 13 March.
17 March saw N Smith land a 12lb fish heavily seal damaged and Monday 19
March saw I Sutherland land a 6lb fish at Dunlugas and D Wiseman take a 7lb
sea-liced fish at the Wrack. This was followed by Mr Rennie on the Wrack on
Tuesday at 8lb a 14 lb fish off the middle river and a 12lb sea-liced
fish by B Campbell on Saturday 24 March.
The trout fishing has been superb with large hatches of March Browns and
many trout of over 3lb coming off up and down the river to both dry and wet
We are desperate for some substantial rain but there are some salmon
entering the system so it is not a total lost cause.
There is plenty availability on day rods and some fantastic weeks for let
during the season. Forglen has availability during June and July this year,
Wrack has July and Ferry Cottage has Sept and Oct weeks for 4 rods with
Accommodation fishing Upper Netherdale and Carnousie. There are more beats
with availability so give me a call if you are looking for fishing this
year. We also have access to some accommodation not connected with the
fishings if you require somewhere to stay.
For the shop, rifle and shotgun sales continue to do well and we now have a
selection of Vision Shooting Heads back in stock and access to a wider range
if required. These lines were and still are amongst the best you can buy and
were very popular before they became unavailable in the UK. Further
details of the full vision range can be found here
Update 1 March 2012
Levels have stabilised just around the three inch mark- which has enabled
us to see the pools after the winter. We have only experienced one large
rise of 8 feet but it seems to have moved some gravel and it looks like for
the better on most beats.
We are now up to five fish off the river with two more off last week all
above Turriff inc one at Upper Netherdale to 10lb.
I have two weeks in October at Waterside Lodge and Ferry Cottage as well as
July rods at Forglen and Muiresk. Montcoffer has a great deal on a cottage
and 4 rods during the latter half of May – Where the rods are only £100 per
week and they have some rods only, available in June and July. Please check
the availability page for more dates and give me a call for more details.
Update 19 February 2012
Opening day saw the river running clear at about 10 inches above normal.
The sun was shining and temperature was around 4 degrees first thing. It was
a little wet underfoot with rain on the preceding Friday morning.
The opening day ceremony was held at Turriff Angling Association where a
crowd of around 100 saw Mrs Jean Marshall presented with the Morison trophy
for the heaviest fish caught on fly during 2011 at 29lb. She was also
presented with G Loomis salmon rod for her efforts by D Burgess of G
This she kindly donated back to the Trust to enable them to use it to raise
funds and an 18 year old bottle of Chivas Regal from the days sponsor Chivas
The Gathering was then piped down to the river by members of Turriff And
District Pipe Band before local Westminster MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford blessed
the river and Mrs Marshall then took the first cast of the new season.
Despite more anglers out on the day being a Saturday no springers were
reported. We had to wait until Tuesday before an 8lb sea-liced fish was
caught by R Brown at Conniecleugh and this was followed by a 9lb fish off
Forglen by R Ewen (pictured)
Chivas Brothers are to donate a bottle of 12 year old Chivas Regal to
every angler who returns a spring fish up until the end of May. You now have
the choice of either the whisky or the side of smoked salmon. There is not
another reward scheme like this in the whole of Scotland.
Update 07 February 2012
We are fast approaching opening day on Saturday 11 February 2012. We have
not suffered the severe frosts seen on the Dee and today the river stands at
one inch above normal- running clear and we have no ice problems. Weather is
for more of the same with a little milder conditions for the weekend. There
is plenty of availability on Saturday and the Turriff Angling Association
water will be free of charge on Saturday.
The opening ceremony will be held at Turriff Angling Association by the
Deveron Bridge just outside Turriff and once again the event will be
sponsored by Chivas. Tea, coffee, hot sausage rolls and 12 year old Chivas
Regal will all be supplied after the ceremony commencing at 10am. We usually
see a fair turnout of over 100 people so we hope as many folk can attend
this year to once again make the event a big success. Please turn up in good
time to ensure you do not miss any of the festivities.
Update 05 February 2012
Update 23 January 2012
Not long to go now !! Plenty of rods still available for the opening day
on Saturday 11 February. Do not forget the opening ceremony 10am at Turriff
Angling Association. It is again sponsored by Chivas and there will be
plenty drams on offer as well as hot food.
Also for those looking for fishing I have some great stuff at Forglen,
Muiresk and Ferry Cottage for July onwards and Mountblairy has some for June
and July . The river is not expensive when compared with others and four
rods can come and fish with accommodation for less than £600 each for the
week. Give me a call as not all availability is advertised on the
Update 1 January 2012
Happy New Year and welcome to the 2012 season.
We are all looking forward to another season- where hopefully the fish will
be more co-operative than 2011.
2011 catch returns will ,we were informed at the Trust AGM be around half of
2010. This as we are all aware had nothing to do with lack of fish- indeed
quite the contrary at the back end. The river was stuffed full of fish but
they were just not interested. Many Owners and Gillies report numbers of fish
spawning in the main stem to be amongst the highest they have ever seen. So
far we have not had any damaging spates and we hope this will continue to
allow a successful hatching in the spring.
Turning to the shop for a moment - you will be glad to here that the
majority of products have seen no price increase for 2012 and indeed some
product ranges are reduced significantly for 2012. Our new stock will begin
arriving in February and that will include the new Fly Lines by Rio- which
are sure to be a must have for 2012.
The opening Day ceremony - just gets better and bigger every year . This
year the 11th February lands on a Saturday- so we are hoping for a big turn
The Morison Trophy for the heaviest Fly Caught Salmon will be presented for
the first time to Mrs Marshall- fitting that the fair sex should win it
first- when the heaviest ever fly caught salmon in the UK came off the
Deveron and was caught by Mrs Tiny Morison.
The celebrations will kick off at Turriff Angling Association at 10am and
all are invited. As usual drinks, beverages and hot sausage rolls will be
provided free ,courtesy of Turriff Angling Association.
There will also be another fishing festival at the End of April and full
details should be appearing in the February edition of the Trout And Salmon
Availability of fishing is now appearing on the availability page and I have
some more not shown yet so please ring if you are looking for
something throughout the season. I also have access to some
accommodation separate from any fishings so might be able to help if you
We continue to see demand for rifles and reasonably priced , new shotguns
below £700 exceed supply and will continue to endeavour to hold stock where
Ammunition supply is near back to normal and we have stock of most calibres.
Please remember if it is shooting accessories you are after - come February
11th a lot of it will be packed away as we have limited room- but please
ask- it may be in stock but out of sight. May I wish you all the best of
luck with your shooting for the last few weeks and tight lines for the forth
coming fishing season
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