Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Scotland -

THE DEVERON is of­ten con­sid­ered to be Scot­land’s fifth salmon river, lin­ing up be­hind the Spey, Tay, Dee and Tweed. A po­si­tion that doesn’t fully re­flect the river’s beauty or im­por­tance to the his­tory of salmon fish­ing – af­ter all, the record fly-caught salmon of 61lb was caught from the Deveron by Mrs Cle­mentina Mori­son. Big fish still run the river, with 30lb-plus fish ap­pear­ing in the catch records each year.


The ma­jor­ity of Deveron rods con­cen­trate their ef­forts on the au­tumn run, with Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber con­sid­ered the prime back-end months. How­ever, the river also has a good run of spring and early-sum­mer fish, which is un­der­ex­ploited. This means that Deveron beats of­ten rep­re­sent good value for early-sea­son sport. Grilse usu­ally en­ter the river in June and July, of­ten with an ex­tended run into Au­gust or even Septem­ber. The Deveron is, for the most part, a medium-sized river and can be fished ef­fec­tively with­out the need for ex­tremely long casts or big rods. It is a nat­u­ral spate river, with no lochs to slow the flows so it can lift and fall quickly af­ter rain. Ris­ing in the Grampians, it flows north through beau­ti­ful High­land scenery be­fore reach­ing the coastal low­lands and ul­ti­mately the North Sea at Banff. The Mori­son Tro­phy is awarded every year for the heav­i­est fly-caught salmon from the river. Vis­i­tors can see the mag­nif­i­cent leaping salmon tro­phy at Tur­riff Tackle and Tro­phies.


His­tor­i­cally, the Deveron was a pro­lific sea-trout river with fish start­ing to run in May and con­tin­u­ing through­out June and July. Un­for­tu­nately, the sea-trout run has de­clined in re­cent years, and as a re­sult con­ser­va­tion mea­sures have been in­tro­duced that call for the re­lease of all sea-trout caught. Fish­er­men that tar­get these fish in the Deveron are oc­ca­sion­ally re­warded with a fine dou­ble-fig­ure spec­i­men, though the av­er­age size is around 3lb.

Brown trout

The Deveron has a very good head of wild brown trout, with some amaz­ing spec­i­mens caught in re­cent years. Fly life and hatches can be pro­lific from May on­wards, mak­ing the river some­thing of a dry-fly fish­er­man’s dream. The up­per stretches, in par­tic­u­lar, are worth ex­plor­ing, with rocky runs and deep pools be­tween banks lined with heather.

The Deveron is a noted big-fish river, and home of the Mori­son Tro­phy.

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