Lower and Upper Castle Fishings lie a short distance north of the Aberdeenshire market town of Huntly and amongst beautiful and quiet countryside. Access is excellent with Huntly only approximately 2 miles away by road. Huntly provides a wide range …
Lower and Upper Castle Fishings lie a short distance north of the Aberdeenshire market town of Huntly and amongst beautiful and quiet countryside. Access is excellent with Huntly only approximately 2 miles away by road. Huntly provides a wide range of local facilities whilst Aberdeen serviced by the airport at Dyce lies approximately 40 miles south east. Locally, there is a good range of hotels offering excellent facilities for fishermen including the Castle Hotel, Huntly. Alternatively, there are numerous holiday cottages and bed and breakfast establishments available within the district.
Aberdeenshire (including part of the historic county of Banffshire) is renowned as being one of the sunniest and driest in the country and has a wide range of excellent places to stay, eat and shop. The local area is famed for its fine scenery and offers wonderful leisure and recreational opportunities. There are numerous golf courses accessible in the area, and being a popular tourist area, local attractions also include ‘The Whisky Trail’, ‘The Castle Trail’, Duff House and Museum (forms part of the National Gallery of Scotland) as well as the Macduff Marine Aquarium and Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in Fraserburgh. The historic harbour in Banff has been converted into a yacht marina. Royal Deeside and the scenic Spey Valley are about 1 hour drive away. Aberdeen International Airport is about 35 miles away offering regular domestic and international flights.
THE RIVER DEVERON SYSTEM
The River Deveron is situated in North East Scotland within the counties of Aberdeenshire and Banffshire and has an overall catchment area of 1266km2 and a length of 96kms (61 miles) from source to sea. The Deveron salmon and sea trout season officially opens on the 11th February and closes on 31st October (inclusive) and the brown trout season runs from the 15th of March to the 6th of October (inclusive).
The Deveron has a well-deserved reputation as a top class salmon river which runs of spring, summer and often prolific runs of autumn salmon through to its season’s end. It is a river of big fish and each season brings in some fish in the 30lbs (13.6Kg) class. The Deveron has the fifth highest salmon and sea trout rod catch in Scotland and currently holds the record for the heaviest UK fly caught salmon, weighing 61lbs (27.6Kg) and caught by Mrs. Clementina “Tiny” Morison on 21st October 1924. The Deveron is also well known for high quality wild brown trout fishing and the river regularly produces specimens of over 5lbs (2.26Kg).
LOWER AND UPPER CASTLE FISHINGS
The Lower Castle beat accommodates 4 rods over approximately 1.25 miles of double bank fishing with 21 named pools. This water offers a number of deep holding pools as well as fast streamy water with many easily accessible pools and all productive in the right water conditions.
The River Bogie joins the River Deveron at the Meeting Pot and lower down a boat may be used to fish Forsyth Pool to its best. The upper section of this beat has some gorge features which although challenging can reward the adventurous angler.
The Upper Castle beat accommodates 2 rods over approximately 0.75 miles of single bank fishing with 7 named pools. In recent times, this beat has been under fished yet offers some good holding pools and some challenging fishing due to its wild nature.
The water is of modest width and is easily waded, or fished from the bank.