The Deveron River fishing season starts on 11th February and closes on 31st October. There is always a chance of Spring fish. Sea trout start from mid-May through to July. The grilse runs start in June and July and extend well into September and often into October. Excellent dry-fly fishing for Brown Trout is available in April and May. It is a river of big fish and each season brings in some fish in the 20-30lb class.
The Deveron River is a well-kept secret and anglers return year after year, generation after generation. It 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.
Right from opening day in February salmon can be encountered 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 a 7 lb fish is not uncommon.
The grilse run begins mid-July but given water can start in June and 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 high water.