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Jock Royan

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I have been a fanatical Salmon 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! On leaving school, and 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 the Ghillies job on the River Spey in 2007, where I spent 7 wonderful years. Due to family commitments, I have recently ended my term as Ghillie at Kinermony but fully intend to continue with my reports and will use my expertise in assisting other Ghilles on an ad-hoc basis. I will also Orvis Endorsed Guides continue to arrange fishing for visiting parties and can now assist with any guiding or instruction they may require. 

It is my intention through this new-look web-site to promote all aspects of fly-fishing, both on this magnificent river and further afield. As a Scottish International Fly Fisher and Ghillie, I have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge on Stillwater, Rivers and more recently SaltWater Fly Fishing. My aim is to pass on my 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 information on availability, tackle, casting tuition, general advice, weekly reports or whatever - you’ll get it all here. I also write the River Spey reports in the Trout & Salmon magazine, therefore I'd like to encourage you to share any interesting anecdotal tales or photos from the riverbank. Many thanks for dropping in and tight lines - Jock Royan.