April 7 through April 13 2024
April 14 through April 20 2024
April 21 through April 27 2024
The Deveron and its sister river the Don are famous within Scotland and the UK for the quality of their brown trout fishing. We have secured exclusive rights to six miles of fishing, both banks, across a rotation of the very best Deveron beats, some within walking distance of the lodge and others a 20 minute drive, which will give the group variety and the best chance of success.
Whilst prolific, the Deveron river does not have the same volume of trout as many US rivers and rather than concentrating on a single pool, fishers hunt and fish their way upriver through a mixture of glides, runs and pocket water. Dependant on the beat, the river ranges from 25 to 15 m wide and fishers should anticipate walking and wading approximately one mile of river every day. A competent fisher, with half decent conditions, should expect to catch 10+ fish a day.
If there is fly on the water then dry fly, in particular deer hair emergers and the Scottish dry the ‘jingler’, rule supreme and it is often the technical glides that yield the biggest fish. During periods when there is no fly, great success can be had nymphing the riffles and runs, or by fishing streamers and spiders. The main April hatches are March Brown’s and Large Dark Olives, both of which are a substantial mouthful and the reason why the largest trout of the season are nearly always caught in April. Whilst they won’t give themselves up easily, there is the potential to catch a 25” + trout from all of the beats that we will fish.
Brown trout are the target species but there is also a chance that a spring salmon could be caught and Spey gear will be available for those that wish to try.
April trout fishing is relatively relaxed, and each day will start with a cooked breakfast with anglers, fishing in pairs with their guides, leaving the lodge by 9.30 am. A light lunch will be taken in the field with fishers returning to the lodge around 5.30 pm. All rods, reels, flies & terminal tackle will be provided.
The roe deer is a small deer which inhabits mixed arable and wooded areas of Scotland. Exactly the terrain that the Deveron flows through. Roe are generally stalked in either the early morning or evening, during the day they retreat into cover, and roe stalking outings are available by separate arrangement.
Waterside is a purpose-built, and extremely comfortable, fishing lodge located just a stone’s throw from the river Deveron in the county of Aberdeenshire. The lodge has both a games room and a rod room, five en suite bedrooms, with views up and down the Deveron valley.
The trip is full board and there will be a focus on local Aberdeenshire produce which is some of the best in the world. House wine is provided and smarter wines can be arranged with advance warning. Please bring any spirits you might wish to drink.
Waders are a must-have and they are not included. All rods, reels, flies & terminal tackle will be provided. If you prefer to bring your own gear, our goal is to be able to fish the prolific March Brown and Blue Winged Olive hatches that have made the Deveron so famous. For that fishing, a 9’ 5wt is best. If, however, we have high water during the week, the streamer fishing can be incredible. A 9 or 10 ft 7 wt rod is perfect for streamer fishing. Lastly, there will be the start of the Atlantic salmon run on the Deveron in April. You can choose to target the salmon throughout the week. For salmon fishing, we use an 8 wt two-handed rod. Feel free to bring your own equipment, however, GLoomis rods will be provided. The weather in Aberdeenshire in April can be a little unpredictable and you should have layers for all weather.
A trout legend in his own lifetime. Whilst Rick is more used to the comfort of the drift boat, he is excited to be rolling back the clock, getting back in the water and doing what he does best.
A Scottish allrounder with a guiding CV that includes multiple Scottish locations, and seasons in Russia and Iceland. Mungo grew up on the banks of the river Deveron.
Carl is a trout whisperer. He has fished competitively for England, worked in Montana and is the ‘home’ guide/ghillie for Waterside.
A 50% deposit is due when booking. The balance is due January 1st, 2024. We recommend purchasing travel insurance after sending your deposit. We pay a non-refundable deposit to the estate, so if you need to cancel for any reason, we can refund your money only if we are able to sell your spot to someone else.
Waterside Lodge is located a short distance from the town of Turriff where there is a supermarket, gas station, pharmacy and other shops and amenities. You can find many local beaches, potteries, & antique shops. The cities of Aberdeen and Inverness are both approximately an hours' drive away.