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Tides and the phases of the moon can affect when salmon and sea trout enter the river. Big spring tides are preferred, and fish can reach Castle beat within a day from the sea if the river water levels are favourable.

River Deveron Fishing for Salmon, Sea Trout & Wild Brownies

The Fishery

The fishery Covers 2 miles of this superb river over two beats: Lower and Upper Castle Double Bank form beat one over 1.25 miles (up to 4 rods), and Upper Castle Single Bank over 0.75 miles forms the 2 rod beat. Castle fishery is an upper middle beat of the Deveron and offers excellent value fishing on one of Scotland’s premier salmon, sea trout and brown trout spate rivers. The fishery is set in beautiful Highlands countryside and it is rare to see anyone else other than a fellow rod and the occasional Kingfisher.

Access to beat one is approximately 2 miles downstream of Huntly and includes the junction with the River Bogie, one of the two main tributaries of the Deveron. This beat is all double bank (although nearly all of the fishing is performed from the left hand bank) and includes 21 named pools. All the pools offer good fly water and a chance of a fish or two in high or low water. On Lower Castle the main left hand bank is well maintained with a cut grass path linking the pools for easy access. Upper Castle Double bank is a bit wilder and runs partially through a gorge, so useful when looking for shade and has some deep pools. Most of the water can be covered from the bank with little or no wading required. There is a fishing hut in the middle of Lower Castle with a lavatory and gas stove for making hot drinks.

Beat two is Upper Castle single bank (Left Hand Side) is approximately 0.75 of a mile in length and includes 7 named pools from Bridge of Gibson to the white post above the Horse Pot (Association pool). The water is much faster through this beat than lower Castle with a variety of pool types. This is a two rod beat which is overgrown (but accessible) in parts and so has not been fished much in spite of the attractive water and pools there. It has had a reputation of good Salmon and Trout catches in previous years so could reward the adventurous rod this year!

The lovely Castle Hotel is 10 minutes’ walk from the fishery at the top of the track and offers excellent food and accommodation.

Ringstone Pool.jpg (36 kb) Meeting Pot in high water - River Bogie joins the Deveron at Castle Fishery River Deveron

The Deveron:

The River Deveron is a north east Scotland spate river which runs from its source in the Ladder Hills (part of the Grampian range) for 60 miles to the Moray Firth at Banff.

The Deveron is rated (by catch returns) as the 5th best salmon and sea trout river in Scotland and is only surpassed by the mighty Tweed, Tay, Spey & Dee. Unlike the top 4 the Deveron is a relatively narrow river and so offers an intimate fishing experience. Deveron salmon have a good average size, with 10lb+ fish being very common, and there are always a number of 20lb+ fish caught each year. In fact the Deveron holds the British record for the largest salmon caught on a fly which weighed a staggering 61lb. The salmon season starts on the 11th February and spring salmon can be encountered from opening day anywhere on the river, although unusually the higher beats often out fish the lower and middle beats. Fresh fish continue to enter the river throughout the season, with a good grilse run in the summer and a significant run of large autumn salmon right up to the closing day on the 31st October. Given sufficient water sea liced salmon can be caught nearly anywhere on the river. Wild Brown Trout over 5lb are caught each year on the river especially in spring, and is typically in the top 5 rivers in the UK for wild trout enthusiasts.

Castle Fishery.jpg (36 kb) Forsyth Pool - Primary holding pool at Castle Fishery River Deveron