The Deveron rises in the Cabrach area of west Aberdeenshire and flows 48 miles to Banff and enters the Moray Firth at Banff Bay. From its source the river flows 17 miles down Strathglass to the town of Huntly. Below the town the river is joined by the River Bogie - a good sea trout river - and 6 miles further downstream by the Isla. From there the river flows eastwards to Turriff and then 11 miles north to Banff. Above Huntly the river is fast flowing with many gravely runs, rocky cascades and deep pools. Below the town the river flows slowly through rich arable farmland with many long deep pools, streamy runs and glides. With no lochs on the system river levels rely on snow melt from the hills in the spring, and rainfall during the summer and autumn months.
When to fish
The river has runs of spring fish in March and April, followed by summer fish and grilse in mid June which build and continue through the summer months. The most productive months for salmon are September and October. Sea trout normally enter the river in May and the runs peak in late June and July. In excess of 1000 salmon and grilse with an average weight of 9/10lbs are caught annually. Sea trout returns are in the region of 1500 per season. Season: 11th February to 31st October.
Where to fish
With over 40 beats on the river fishing is widely available. Beats range from association/club fishings to premier beats that are let to regular tenants. Cancellations do occur on these beats, best to check with the relevant estate/owners. In the spring, fish run through the lower beats to the Coniecleugh beat where the cauld holds them when river temperatures are low. In the summer and autumn some of the best beats are Avochie, Rothiemay, Glennie, Turtory, Marnach Lodge, Forglen, Mountblairy, Dunlugas and Mountcoffer.
To book online
The following fisheries show some or all of their current availability on this system usually with on line booking. Click the relevant names for more details: