Friday, 23 September 2011

River Deveron - Turriff Angling Association 23/09/2011

Was fishing the Turriff AA stretch of the River Deveron today with my friend Charlie. We arrived at the beat about 7.30am and met one of the local rods. He talked us through all the pools and explained where all the likely taking spots and lies were. During our day we met several of the local rods and would like to mention just how kind and helpful they all were. What a fine bunch of guys who went out their way to help and make you feel welcome. Now to the fishing.  We were informed that the gauge was steady and sitting at 6" which was a good height for the beat. We tackled up and headed to the top of the beat, Charlie went in at the Cairns pool and I fished the lovely looking Island Stream. Charlie saw a good few fish splashing in the Cairns and one that had been in a good while but was over 20lbs easily. Neither of us touched anything and we headed down to the Burnmoo pool and the Bridge pool. Again neither of us touched a thing but a local rod told us that high tide was at 9.20am and we should start seeing fish aroung 3-4 o'clock. After luch we fished the below the bridge which is double bank fishing. I started in the neck of the Worming Hole and Charlie started at the Wires Pool. What great water to fish the fly at 6" on the gauge. Once again nothing touched, which was becoming a regular theme! We did see 2 or 3 Grilse moving through but they didn't hang about. We packed up about 6.30pm wondering where all the fish were and how come during the end of September why we didn't see much either. The Deveron is famous for it's back end run but just typical, during our day out, the fish were not playing ball! Here is a few snaps of the beat.
The hand crafted sign in the car park.
Island Stream which is a nice bit of fly water. The banks through-out the beat were in tip top shape. Hats off to the Turriff AA who should be very proud of what they have here.
BurnMoo Pool which was more suitable for spinning due to the slow moving nature of it but we fished it through none the less.

Bridge Pool. There was a nice deep channel about a rod length out which im sure the fish would lie in a higher water.
An upstream view from the bridge.
A downstream view from the bidge. The pool below is the Worming Hole which is a cracking cast off the left bank.
Fishing out through the Worming Hole into the neck of the Wires pool.
A bankside view of the very productive Wires Pool.
The well maintained Bothy. The hut is equiped with a kitchen, flushing toilet and wood burner. It also boasts a number of comfy sofas to rest the legs at lunch time.
A hand made table at the top of the hill looking into the Worming Hole pool. There were alos to carved stools for the table too. These wooden features are present all along the beat. Nice touch.

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