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Jock Royan


I have been a fanatical angler since a very early age and having spent almost 40 years on various rivers throughout the World, catching well in excess of 1000 Salmon, I have gained a great deal of experience in all aspects of the sport. I was introduced to Salmon Fishing by Jock Masson, most probably the finest angler ever to have cast a fly on the River Deveron. Together in the late 70's, we spent many hours fishing on the Deveron's finest beats, normally by invitation but occasionally without! As a 17 year old, whilst waiting to join the RAF, I was very fortunate to spend a year on the River Deveron's finest beat - Forglen, then under the watchful eye of legendary Ghillie Jonathan Taylor. Not only did Jonathan and Jock teach me a great deal about Salmon fishing, but indeed many lessons on life in general. Both were remarkable men, excellent role models and of course, in the tradition of distinguished Salmon fishers, great raconteurs. After serving 26 years in the RAF as a Mechanical Engineer, I followed my heart and accepted a Ghillies job at Kinermony on the River Spey. After 7 wonderful years and due to a variety of reasons, I decided to return to Engineering and am no based in Aberdeen working in Oil Industry. Time permitting, I fully intend continuing with my reports and assisting fellow Ghilles on an ad-hoc basis. I will also Orvis Endorsed Guides continue to arrange fishing for visiting parties and assisting with any guiding or instruction they may require. 

It has always been my intention through this web-site to promote all aspects of fly-fishing, both on this magnificent river and further afield. As a Scottish International Fly Fisher and former Ghillie, I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge on Stillwater, Rivers and more recently SaltWater Fly Fishing. My aim is to pass on this expertise to seasoned and novice anglers alike. Please feel free to contact me on the link at the top of this page, whether it's for information on availability, tackle, casting tuition, general advice, weekly reports or whatever - you’ll get it all here. Finally, I'd like to encourage you to share any interesting anecdotal tales or photos from the riverbank which I'll share through social networking. Many thanks for dropping in and tight lines - Jock Royan.