The 60-mile (96kms) River Deveron holds the UK record for a salmon. The male fish of 61lbs was caught on a fly in 1924 by Mrs ‘Tiny’ Morrison. The Deveron has been called the Hidden Gem of Scottish salmon rivers. There are few major hazards and much of it can be fished from the bank. About 3,500 salmon and 1400 sea trout are caught annually and the season runs from 11 Feb - 31 Oct. The spring brown trout fishing around April and May is renowned. The Isla tributary which joins the Deveron at Rothiemay yielded a remarkable 10lb wild brown trout in 2005. Sea trout of 5lbs are not unusual during June and July. There are numerous stocked ponds and lochs in the area. Teas and snacks available.

Huntly Angling Association manages 22 miles of the river system all available on a day ticket. The Deveron Isla and Bogie Charitable Trust has been revitalising neglected stretches by clearing banks, removing obstacles to migrating fish and restocking from its own hatchery. As a conservation measure anglers are encouraged to return uninjured fish.

Favourite flies: An artificial fly is normally used as bait but most owners allow spinning lures at high water – brown trout: Greenwell Glory; sea trout: stoats tail; salmon: Munro Killer or Cascade.

How to find out about fishing
 There are two websites offering fishing: which also has the address for donations, and

George Manson, manages private beats available for let by the day, 43 Gordon Street AB54 8EQ [t] 01466 792482

Day tickets are available from 'The Huntly Angling Association' from Murdoch McMath and Mitchell, solicitors at 27/29 Duke Street [t] 01466 792291

Artloch Fishery 3 miles from Huntly is stocked with rainbow and brown trout . Stuart Wright gives casting lessons.
[t] 07870 651368, 01466 799410

Tackle is available from Pete Watt, the ironmonger, 10 Duke Street [t] 01466 792793

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