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About the river

About the river Deveron

One of Scotland's unspoilt glens. The river Deveron is approximately 55 miles long and rises in the Cabrach Hills between Glass, Dufftown and Rhynie. It's split into three sections. 

Lower Deveron, good fly fishing in lower water conditions, spinning is allowed on some beats.

Middle Deveron offers fishing to suit all abilities, with good numbers of fish caught during the season.

The upper reaches enjoys, fast running rocky pools will challenge even the most experienced of fishermen.

Angling Heritage 

61 lbs Deveron Salmon – The Heaviest UK Fly-Caught Salmon

Tiny Morison & her 61 lbs Deveron Salmon – The Heaviest UK Fly-Caught Salmon.

The 21st of October, 1924 probably started off as any other, being the beginning of Autumn the leaves were turning deliciously golden on Deveronside. That day at Lower Shaws (Mountblairy) on the banks of the river Deveron, a record was smashed and a legend born. The fish in question was an Atlantic salmon weighing in at 61 lb and the angler being a local lady by the name of Mrs Clementina “Tiny” Morison. The fish became the heaviest UK fly caught salmon.

To this date and with the combined efforts of many generations of anglers passing by all the UK’s game angling rivers, the achievements of Tiny Morison has yet to be surpassed. The 61lbs salmon wasn’t officially weighed until 24 hours after it was caught and was almost certainly heavier than recorded. Mr Harper, who attended to the catch, reckoned on a weight loss of “a pound or two”. The salmon was caught on a 1.25” “Brown Wing Killer” fly.

On the day of her ‘big catch’, Mrs Morison had already caught other sizeable fish – two of 16 lb each and another of 12lb. She wrote to her friend Lt. Col. W. Keith reporting the drama “I rushed down put my hands in his gills and dragged him up onto the bank. He looked enormous lying there – a huge male fish, well hooked but a beautiful shape and coloured. I had no idea what a prize he was. We sent him to Aberdeen to get a cast made”. Charles Middleton was the Morison’s chauffeur and although he was only 11-years-old when the big fish was caught, he remembers the excitement; “The fish was enormous. They had to get a horse and cart to take it back from the river. It was smoked and we all got a piece”

Morison Trophy 

In 2011 the Morison family, together with the Deveron, Bogie and Isla Rivers Charitable Trust launched a memorial trophy to be awarded annually for the heaviest fly caught salmon from the river Deveron, that is witnessed and returned to the river alive. The Trophy is made of silver and black limestone and is the most valuable game angling award in Britain. How to enter the Morison Trophy 

Mountblairy beat

Mountblairy beat


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