Firstly, the River Deveron, offers some of the best salmon and trout fishing in the UK.
The River Deveron is 61 miles long, from source to estuary. Starting in the Ladder Hills in the Grampian range, it transforms to a fast flowing stream, later joined by the tributaries, the Alt Deveron and the Black Water.
Secondly, the river passes through the market town of Huntly, and downstream of Huntly Castle it is joined by its tributary, the River Bogie. The River Deveron’s second tributary, the River Isla flows in at the Junction Pool on the Avochie beat. Finally, downstream from Rothiemay bridge, the Deveron gradually becomes a slower flowing and bigger river, winding its way to the Moray Firth.
Generally, Salmon fishing is at its best, after the river levels have risen, and then settle back. Essentially, the River Deveron it is a spate river.
Trophy River Deveron Trout
Firstly, throughout the river, you can enjoy good trout fishing. The upper river is more streamy and classic fly water.
The lower sections can be slower, holding big trout, and streamer fishing is highly effective, especially during the Spring smolt run.
As you can see from the trout below, there are many specimen trout in the Deveron. Importantly, the fly hatches in spring and summer evening can be prolific, allowing some stunning wild trout to be caught.
Generally a 9ft 4weight rod is ideal for dry fly fishing on the River Deveron. The best sport is in early May when good hatches of fly occur in the warmer parts of the day.
Biggest fly caught salmon in the UK
Firstly, the Deveron is one of the best salmon rivers in Scotland. Secondly, it is 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. Interestingly, the original salmon cast, (seen below) is displayed proudly in the entrance of Avochie Estate.
Salmon Beats on the River Deveron
Firstly the term salmon beat, refers to a named stretch of river. The river beats are under different ownership and all overseen by the River Association, who determine how many rods can fish, according to the length of your beat. Therefore fishing rights are fairly divided with the various owners, and as a result, overcrowding never happens.
Upper River Deveron Beats
- Aswanley and Invermarkie
- Huntly Burgh
- 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 Beats
- Conniecleught beat 2 miles, double bank, 4 rods
- Avochie beat – 2.5 miles, double banks, 5 rods
- Rothiemay Castle –
- Corniehaugh –
- 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 Beats
- Upper Netherdale beat 1
- Upper Netherdale beat 2
- Laithers – 2 miles, right bank,
- Carnousie/Ardmiddle –
- 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)
- Scattery –
- Eden – 2 miles, 6 rods
- Lower Inverichnie (small beat 3 rods, 3 named pools)
- Mountcoffer beat
- Wrack – 3 miles double bank fishing
River Deveron guides
To conclude, we have two professional fishing guides based on the Deveron, Kevin, Scott and Alan, they live and breathe the Deveron.
In addition, two other guides are available on the Deveron, that live in Aberdeenshire.
In conclusion, 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.