The River Deveron is 61 miles long, from source to estuary. Its source starts in the Ladder Hills in the Grampian range. It starts as a peaty, fast flowing stream and is joined by the tributaries the Alt Deveron and the Black Water.
The river passes through the market town of Huntly, and downstream of Huntly Castle it is joined by its tributary, the River Bogie. Four miles further downstream the Deveron’s second tributary, the River Isla flows in at the Avochie beat, and from here the Deveron becomes a slower flowing and bigger river, riding its way North East towards the Moray Firth.
There are many long slow runs, to look at you would think without flow, however when you cast a fly it swings round true. These deeper sections also hold big trout and a streamer is also a god tactic, if dries and nymphs are not working.
Biggest fly caught salmon in the UK
The Deveron is one of the best salmon rivers in Scotland, and undoubtedly one of the finest wild brown trout rivers in Europe. The record for the fly caught salmon stills stands at 61lb caught in 1924 by Mrs Clementina “Tiny” Morison. The original cast is held in one of the estate offices and we can take you to see that.
There are a huge variety of beats on the Deveron, all offering different fly fishing water. The fly hatches in spring and summer evening cans be prolific and there are some stunning wild trout to be caught. You can enjoy fishing on the following beats:
Salmon Beats on the River Deveron
If you are unfamiliar with the term “beats” …A beat is a named stretch of the river, usually under ownership of different bodies. They vary in length. The number of rods allowed to fish on each beat at any given time, is controlled by the River Association. Fishing rights are fairly divided according to the length of each particular beat, to give all land owners a fair chance and avoid overfishing in any one area.
Upper River Deveron Beats
Aswanley and Invermarkie
Lynebain Fishings 2 rods, double bank, two rods
Upper Castle – 0.75 mile, single bank, 2 rods
Lower Castle Beat 1.25 miles, double bank, 4 rods
Middle River Deveron Beats
Conniecleught beat 2 miles, double bank, 4 rods
Avochie beat – 2.5 miles, double banks, 5 rods
Rothiemay Castle –
Mayen 1 mile both bank (as Stobiehaugh)
Stobiehaugh – 1 mile both bank (as Mayen)
Turtory beat – 1.5 miles long, 2-3 rods
Glennie – 2 rod beat
Euchrie left bank, approx 1 mile – 3 rods
Kinnairdy Castle – 1 mile, left bank, 2 rods
Marnoch Lodge beat 2.25 miles, 5 rods
Lower River Deveron Beats
Upper Netherdale beat 1
Upper Netherdale beat 2
Laithers – 2 miles, right bank,
Forglen – 4 miles, double bank, 6 rods
Dunlugas – 2 miles, 4 rods,
Mountblairy 2.25 miles, 4 rods, left bank (biggest salmon 61lb caught here)
Eden – 2 miles, 6 rods
Lower Inverichnie (small beat 3 rods, 3 named pools)
Wrack – 3 miles double bank fishing
River Deveron guides
We have two professional fishing guides based on the Deveron, Kevin and Alan who live and breathe the Deveron. They can be supplemented by 2 guides that know the Deveron well, but live further away. We can provide premium salmon and trout fishing tackle, Orvis breathable Waders, a choice of fly lines, and poly leaders and quality flies tied by our guides, that really work.