Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sawmill Success

The Dam has been quiet over the last week but the Sawmill can still produce a fish or two: Martin Timmins had a week to remember with a fish of 24lbs on Wednesday night and another today at 3lbs – both were caught on the fly - good going. There’s still fish about – and hopefully a few more next week.

Martin Timmins releases a 24lber on Sawmill this week

Friday, July 14, 2017

Dam Success

Saul Mackay showed that it’s still worth a cast on our Dam beat – a quick run through Pitlochry bank this morning producing a sea-liced fish of 10lbs on the fly – it can be done.  With good numbers of fish continuing to move through the beat and a few rods on tomorrow there could be more to come this week.

Saul Mackay with 10lb sea-liced fish on Pitlochry bank this moring

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Dam And Ruan Ruarie Success

Not many anglers out at the moment but Martin Cavanagh showed that it's still worth a try with a fish of 8lbs yesterday afternoon on the spinner from Port-na-Craig bank. Further upstream at Ruan Ruarie Dave Wilson did well today with a grilse of 4lbs and a fish of 8lbs - both on the spinner. Still good numbers of fish about and with favourable water levels there's room for optimism.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Good End To The Week

It's been a quiet week on our Dam beat - still good numbers of fish about but not many anglers. Saul Mackay ventured out this evening, though, and was rewarded with a fish of 9lbs caught on the fly from Pitlochry bank - it can be done. With a few more rods out there would surely be more - let's see what next week brings. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR TAGGED SALMON!

This summer, from July on, a large number of salmon will be caught at Armadale on the Scottish north coast, tagged with acoustic tags of about 18 mm (¾”) in length by Marine Scotland Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory, and released.

It is thought that the salmon will include ones destined for rivers all around Scotland and arrangements are being made for there to be fixed receivers, including ones close to the mouths of many rivers, to detect tagged fish as they pass.

In addition, Marine Scotland would like the help of anglers who should watch out for tagged salmon.  The tag (black cylinder, as shown in the photograph) will be near the dorsal fin and if you catch a salmon with a tag, then please remove it by cutting through the plastic attachment cord and send it to Armadale Tracking, Marine Scotland, Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory, Faskally, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH16 5LB (phone 01796 472060) with a note of day and location of capture and your name, postal and, if applicable, email address, and the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory will send you a £20 reward.

If you have any other information about the fish (for example a photo, length, or sex of the fish), then please include it when you send in the tag. However, please do not delay the safe return of the fish to the water to obtain any such information.

The tagging will produce extremely useful information on the coastal and in-river movements of salmon, so please watch out for tagged fish, which could turn up anywhere, and return the tags as requested.

Example of tag and plastic attachment cord.
The tags will be attached near the dorsal fins of the fish.
Please note that the colour of the attachment cord will not necessarily be yellow.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sawmill Return

Good numbers of fish continue to enter our beats and Andrew Khakoo was in the right place this morning to land a fresh fish of 10lbs on the fly on our Sawmill beat. Definitely worth a cast and hopefully a few more this week.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Dam Fishing Well

The river remains at a good height and our Dam beat continues to fish well: John Love persevered this week and was rewarded on his final day with a fish of 12 lbs from Pitlochry bank this morning; and Hugh Robertson was successful last night landing a fish of 16lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank. Hopefully a few more to come this week.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sawmill Return

It was a quiet day at the Dam but the recent lift in water levels has brought our Sawmill beat back to life and Andrew Khakoo was able to take advantage with a fish of 9lbs on the fly this morning. The river remains at a good height – room for optimism.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

First Tummel Fish!

Conditions looked good today but the fish remained stubbornly uncooperative for the day rods - despite their best efforts. In the evening, though, new club member Bertie Warren got his first Tummel fish – a 3lber on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank – well done! Bertie has put in the effort over the last couple of months so that one was well deserved. Should be more this week.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Excellent Start To The Week

The river was at a good height this morning - prospects looked good - and with two fish caught it was an excellent start to the week: William Smith landed a fresh fish of 18lbs on the fly on Pitlochry bank this morning; and in the evening Brian Joseph caught a fish of 10lbs on Port-na-Craig bank - again on the fly. Looking good for the rest of the week.

Ready to go - Brian Joseph releases a 10lber on Port-na-Craig bank this evening

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Dam Fishing Well

The river was settled and at a great height this morning – very promising. A couple of fish were lost on Port-na-Craig bank early on but Gavin Hutchison, on his first visit to the beat, managed to hang on to one – landing a superb fish of 14lbs on the spinner on Port-na-Craig bank just before midday – well done. With more rain forecast for tomorrow it’s looking good for next week.

Gavin Hutchison enjoys the moment - a 14lber from Port-na-Craig bank this morning

Friday, June 9, 2017

Ticking Over

Heavy rain overnight put water levels up again but with the river running clear this morning prospects looked good. It didn’t take long for Laurent Memeteau to take advantage, catching a fish of 9lbs on the spinner with his second cast on Port-na-Craig bank this morning! More rain followed, though, and the river seemed to colour up again. It should settle back nicely for tomorrow – hopefully a few more to come this week.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Rain .... And Fish!

With heavy rain overnight the river was on the rise this morning. The fish were very active early on by all accounts and Martin Wilson was able to capitalise with a fish of 7lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning with another lost not long after. By mid-morning the river was fairly coloured and since then has risen by another couple of feet. The river should fall back and clear nicely over the next few days, though, – should be interesting.

Kennylee Murray had a good day on our Ruan Ruarie beat last Saturday with fish at 9 and 7lbs on the spinner. Should be plenty of fish up there now - and some good fishing opportunities.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Dam On Form

While the rush of salmon through the ladder seems to have slowed down a bit over the last few days there's still good numbers showing at the Dam and Tony Brown did well this morning to intercept one on Port-na-Craig bank - a nice fish of 8lbs caught on the fly. Every chance for more tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Fishing Well

Good numbers of fish were showing at the Dam today – and some of them hung about long enough to get caught: Jim Fisher was the successful angler, landing a fish of 9lbs on Pitlochry bank on the fly this morning – it can be done. Should be a few more this week.

Jim Fisher returns a 9lber on Pitlochry bank this morning

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Good End To The Week

Perseverance was the key yesterday (Saturday) and it paid off for Jamie McCulloch who landed a fresh fish of 7lb on Pitlochry bank in the morning. With five fish caught it wasn’t too bad a week given the difficult conditions – and room for optimism for next week.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Dam Success

Lots of fish moving ….. but not easy to catch: it was more of the same at the Dam today. Ewan Maclachlan was up to the task, though, landing a nice fish of 16lbs on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this morning – it can be done! Looks like more of the same for the weekend – hopefully a few more to come this week.

Ewan Maclachlan lands a 16lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Lots Of Fish About

The river rose by 6 inches overnight and this brought lots of fish into out Dam beat this morning - conditions looked excellent. These fish were moving fast, though, - over 200 have ascended the ladder in the last 24 hours – but with three fish caught it was still an excellent day: Nicol Paton was first to take advantage with a fish of 10lbs on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this morning; not long after Dave Stewart had a fish of 6 lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank; and in the afternoon Graham Fyfe continued his good run with a fish of 6lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank. The river has now dropped back a little but with plenty of fish about prospects remain good.

Dave Stewart lands a 6lber on Pitlochry bank this morning



Friday, May 19, 2017

Dam Fishing Well

When Tony Brown lost a good fish early this morning on Port-na-Craig bank it looked as if it could be one of those days. More was to come, though, and with three fish caught it turned out to be an excellent day at the Dam: Graham Fyfe was first on the scoreboard with a fish of 8lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank; Tony Brown put the morning's disappointment behind him with a fish of 8lbs on the fly - again from Pitlochry bank in the afternoon; and in the evening Saul Mackay continued his good run with a fish of 7lbs on Pitlochry bank. Plenty of fish about - and they can be caught - despite the low water. Room for optimism.

Tony Brown lands an 8lber on Pitlochry bank this afternoon

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Fishing Well

Two fish were caught at the Dam today – not too bad given the conditions. Saul Mackay was the angler on form - continuing his good run with fish at 18 and 8lbs both caught on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning – it can be done. Fresh fish can be seen throughout the beat and prospects remain good.

Mixed Fortunes!

More frustration for the day rods on the river yesterday (Tuesday) - lots of fish about but none willing to take - a now familiar pattern. Late in the evening, though, Jim Fisher ventured out to try a new rod / line combo. Starting on the top pool on Pitlochry bank he fished about half way down when Saul Mackay appeared. Jim invited Saul to try out the new rod ..... and six casts later Saul is into a 14lber! Unlucky Jim ... well done Saul. Maybe a bit of luck is the key at the moment. Should be more this week.

Saul  Mckay with 14lber on Pitlochry bank

Monday, May 15, 2017

Good Start To The Week

Heavy rain was forecast for today but it didn’t come to much – the river remains low and clear. It was a pleasant fishing day, though, and with one fish caught it wasn’t a bad start to the week: Jim Fisher was the successful angler with a fish of 10lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning. Plenty of fish about so every reason to be optimistic for the rest of the week.

Jim Fisher returns a nice fish of 10lbs on Pitlochry bank this morning

Friday, May 12, 2017

Good Catches

It's been a frustrating week on the Dam - no lack of fish but they haven't been in the mood - despite the best efforts of the rods. This evening, though, the deadlock was broken: Martin Wilson landed a fish of 9lbs and not long after Saul Mackay had a fish of 8lbs - both were caught on the fly from Pitlochry bank on the fly. Some encouragement for the weekend - hopefully more to come.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Dam And Sawmill Produce

Lots of fish moving at the Dam - especially first thing - but with wall to wall sunshine it was hard going and the day rods had no luck. In the evening, though, Martin Wilson landed a superb fish of 21lbs on the fly on Pitlochry bank - it can be done - while down at Sawmill Gordon Nichol landed a nice fish of 10lbs on the fly. They're not giving themselves up easily at the moment but the quality of the fish is superb. Prospects looking good for next week.




Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sawmill Return

It was a frustrating day at the Dam - no shortage of fish but none willing to take - the bright sunshine didn't make things easy. Sawmill continues to fish well, though, - Gordon Nichol landed a nice fish of about 12lbs on the fly this evening. The counter at the fish ladder was sitting at 601 this evening - a few fish on the move. Should be more to come this week.

Gordon Nichol lands a 12lber in Sawmill today





Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Steady Catches

Bright sunshine today but with plenty of fish on the move and two caught it was another good day at the Dam: Roy Longair caught a sea-liced fish of 11lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning; and in the afternoon Alun Williams landed a 12lber on Pitlochry bank - again on the fly. Perseverance is the key at the moment.

Roy Longair lands a sea-liced fish of 11lbs on Pitlochry bank this morning

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Dam Picks Up


Settled weather made for more pleasant fishing conditions and with two quality fish caught it was an excellent day at the Dam: Peter Fitzpatrick got things going with a fish of 12lbs on the spinner early this morning on Port-na-Craig bank; and Alistair Hamilton followed up with a fish of 13lbs on the fly Pitlochry bank in the afternoon. There’s lots of fish in the beat at the moment and despite the low water they are there to be caught. Should be more this week.

Peter Fitzpatrick lands a 12lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning


Alistair Hamilton enjoys success on Pitlochry bank this afternoon

REPLACEMENT OF OUTFALL PIPE AT BALLINLUIG WASTEWATER TREATMENT WORKS - SAFETY NOTICE

Work will be taking place from 2 May to approximately 16 May to replace a broken outfall pipe at Ballinluig Wastewater Treatment Works on the east blank of the River Tummel just above the bridge at Ballinluig. 
Although the contractors are making every effort to keep the work area safe, anglers also need to take care, particularly if in the vicinity at night, and comply with any guidance or restrictions.

Sawmill And Ruan Ruarie Returns

Last week the wind blew downstream and yesterday (Monday) it blew upstream – other than that not much changed at the Dam – fish showing but none willing to take – despite the best efforts of the rods. The Sawmill can still produce a fish, though - Ally Gowans landed a nice fish of 10lbs on the fly this morning - and up at Ruan Ruarie Dave Wilson managed to intercept an early runner catching a fish of 7lb on the spinner. Room for optimism.

Ally Gowans lands a 10lber on Sawmill yesterday

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Sawmill Success

The river cleared nicely overnight and with good numbers of fish showing early on it was looking promising this morning. The fish weren’t really in the mood, though, and as it turned out the only catch of the day was on our Sawmill beat where Gordon Nichol landed a fresh fish of 13lbs on the fly. Not a bad week given the challenging conditions – and hopefully things will pick up next week.

Ready to go - Gordon Nichol returns a 13lber on Sawmill this morning


Friday, April 28, 2017

Dam Success

With the river up about 10 inches and lots of fishing showing at our Dam beat conditions looked promising today. James Robertson was able to capitalise with a fish of  21.5lbs this afternoon on the fly from Pitlochry bank. The river is now dropping back to a good height for tomorrow – prospects looking good.

James Robertson with 21.5lb fish caught on Pitlochry bank this afternoon

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Consistent Catches

One landed and another lost at the net – not too bad given the conditions: Ally Gowans was the successful angler with a nice fish of 15lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning. With the current weather set to continue it looks like more of the same for the weekend – should be a few more fish to come this week.

Ally Gowans returns a 15lber on Pitlochry bank this morning

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ticking Over

Another difficult day on the river – cold, very high winds and snow! The fish didn’t seem to mind, though, with Gordon Nichol landing one of 10lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank this afternoon. The forecast improves significantly from tomorrow – hopefully more pleasant fishing conditions and a few more fish this week.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Fishing Well

Cold, windy and occasional sleet showers – not ideal fishing conditions but with two fish caught it was a excellent start to the week: Bruce Campbell was first into action with a fish of 10lbs on the spinner on Port-na-Craig bank this morning; and Richard Hamilton followed up in the afternoon with a fish of 9lbs on the spinner from Pitlochry bank. Let’s hope the weather improves and the good fishing continues.

Bruce Campbell with 10lb fish on Port-na-Craig bank this morning

Richard Hamilton enjoys the moment - a 9lber from Pitlochry bank this afternoon