Tuesday, January 17, 2017

OPENING DAY ON PORTNACRAIG PITLOCHRY BEAT


Club member Bob Crowther giving the toby a try on opening day
Although several club members fished in good conditions on opening day with both fly and spinner, no salmon were caught.

TAY OPENING - VERY WELCOME ANNOUNCEMENT RE RIVER GARRY


Jim Smith of SSE, with Claire Mercer Nairne and Calum McRoberts, the ghillie,
heading out in the boat to make the first cast at the opening ceremony at Meikleour
The guest of honour at yesterday's opening ceremony at Meikleour was SSE’s Managing Director of Generation Jim Smith.  Mr Smith made the very welcome announcement that SSE will shortly commence engineering work to restore flow to the highly abstracted upper River Garry. The Struan Weir at the foot of this stretch of river has just been breached to allow salmon to make use of the rewatered river. Although there is much still to be done, this is great news and Pitlochry Angling Club members and visitors will benefit from the increased salmon runs which will result. Mr Smith also gave the Tay a good tipple to bring luck in the coming season and made the first cast. Large numbers of people turned out both here and at the other main ceremony to watch and many also fished - two springers were caught at Meikleour.

Monday, January 16, 2017

First casts 2017

Green Bank
Steve Watt was the first person to fish our Portnacraig beat this season. Best wishes and tight lines to all our anglers!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

TAY SALMON SEASON OPENING DAY ARRANGEMENTS


Portnacraig Pitlochry Beat, yesterday, 14/1/17
Conditions are excellent on Portnacraig Pitlochry beat for the start of the salmon season tomorrow (Monday 16th January), with the snow on the hills slowly thawing and the river at a very nice height. The opening day is just for paid-up members who take turns if necessary with the tickets with up to three of us fishing on each bank at any time.
Our last opening day fish was a magnificent fresh run 21 pounder caught on fly in 2013 - the photo is still online at http://pitlochryanglingclub.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/opening-day-success.html. Something similar tomorrow would be great! The lucky member, Gordon Nichol, who caught the fish was awarded The MacTaggart Kenmore Trophy (see below) and an accompanying gallon of Dewar’s whisky for it at a Gala Dinner that evening at Kenmore Hotel!
The main opening day ceremonies tomorrow are beside the Kenmore Hotel and at Meikleour Fishings Boathouse by Kinclaven Bridge. People are very welcome to attend either event – full details are at http://kenmorehotel.com/salmon-opening and http://www.tdsfb.org/images/River%20Tay%202017%20Opening%20Poster.pdf. Both events are expected to be well-attended.  
Tight lines to everyone fishing anywhere on the Tay tomorrow! Entries for The MacTaggart Kenmore Trophy for landing and returning the biggest fish of the opening day from anywhere on the Tay system should be made immediately after capture to Kenmore Hotel 01887 830205 and with the support of any witness, a good photograph and measurements of the fishes length and its girth immediately in front of the dorsal fin.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Pitlochry Dam salmon fishing permits for 2017


Visitor permits for Pitlochry Dam beat salmon fishing are available for booking online (17 January to 15 October). No Sundays.

3 rods per day on each bank (Portnacraig and Pitlochry) rotate beats at 12:00 noon.

  • Jan/Feb £20 - 17/01 to 28/02
  • March £25 - 1/03 to 14/03
  • March £35 - 15/03 to 21/03
  • March £45 - 22/03 to 31/03
  • April/May £60 - 1/04 to 31/05
  • June £45 - 1/06 to 7/06
  • June £35 - 8/06 to 30/06
  • July £25 - 1/07 to 31/07
  • Aug, Sept & October £20 - 1/08 to 14/10
Wishing our many visitors tight lines for 2017!

Monday, December 26, 2016

HIGH WATER AT PITLOCHRY DAM

Following very heavy rain, Christmas Day produced the first high water pulse of the winter on the Tummel. This flushed out lots of debris in the way of fallen timber and the like from further upstream and peaked at lunch time at about 7 feet above summer height.

The new Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre (not yet open) overlooking high water at
Pitlochry Dam with the dam spilling 25/12/16, 1300 hrs
 
 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Fly tying evenings on Mondays during the winter months.

Tummel Shrimp
Our friendly and sociable fortnightly fly tying evenings start shortly. These evenings are open to all anglers/fly tiers, not just Club members. Evenings are informal and members are happy to teach anyone who wants to learn how to tie flies, join in for a blether or as many do try to refill these depleted fly boxes for next years fishing.

The venue is Scotland's Hotel, Bonnethill Road, Pitlochry, 7pm until 9pm on the following dates:
  • November 21
  • December 5 and 19
  • January 9 and 23
  • February 6 and 20
 We look forward to meeting you there! Call the Club mobile for further information 07541404048

Sunday, October 16, 2016

BUCKLAND LECTURE EVENING: HOW SMART ARE FISH?



Committee member Dr Andy Walker is speaking at the Buckland Lecture evening in the Pathfoot Lecture Theatre, University of Stirling on Thursday 27th October


18:30 Professor Felicity Huntingford “How smart are fish and why does this matter?”

19:20 Dr Andy Walker “Are domesticated trout less smart than wild ones? A fisherman's perspective”

Followed by open discussion and refreshments

Attendance is free and there is no need to book, but for catering purposes please let Lorna.Kennedy@glasgow.ac.uk know if you plan to attend. It will be a very interesting evening.

Full details are on the flyer to the left - please click on the images to see them full size



Monday, October 3, 2016

Ruan Ruarie Return

Good numbers of fish have been showing on our Ruan Ruarie beat recently and Nick Berridge Sharp was in the right place today catching a 6lber on the fly. With plenty of fish heading through the Dam over the last couple of weeks there should be more opportunities on our Garry beat.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Fish At The Dam And Conditions Looking Good

Good numbers of fish have been seen on all our beats over the last few days - and with the counter at the fish ladder already at 6319 the fish just seem to keep on coming. Martin Wilson took advantage with a nice fish of 13lbs caught on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank last night. The river is at a great height and should drop back nicely over the coming week. It's definitely worth a cast - surely a few more to come before the end of the season

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

DOORS OPEN DAY – 2016. PITLOCHRY DAM

Pitlochry Dam 13/9/16
More news in connection with Pitlochry Dam.
For Doors Open Day on Saturday 24 September, SSE is running hour long guided tours, including inside the power station itself and into SSE’s corporate historical archive and letting people know about salmon and the fish ladder. The tours take place at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00 only on this particular Saturday. No charge is being made but pre-booking is essential – to book tickets go to  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sse-doors-open-day-tickets-27602261106, only 30 tickets per slot (three groups of ten people). Limited mobility access to the corporate archive and across the Dam.  No dogs, except assistance dogs.  Relevant safety equipment will be provided on the day. Many of our anglers may welcome this opportunity to find out more about the dam and its history, and about the fish ladder.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

SSE's NEW VISITOR CENTRE AT PITLOCHRY DAM GETTING UNWRAPPED


The outer wrapping shielding SSE's new Visitor Centre at Pitlochry Dam during construction has now been partly removed, allowing us a first look. The Centre is planned to open in October and it will be open all year.

 




Sunday, August 28, 2016

Pitlochry salmon count 2016

Just a plot of the salmon counts at Pitlochry Dam fish ladder and water temperature this year using information from our Pitlochry counter Twitter site https://twitter.com/pitlochryac. Do please check this link any time you would like information on the count. Alternatively please join the many people who "follow" the site and get an email alert each time we send out an updated count.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dam Salmon

The river is currently at a good height and there are still good numbers of salmon showing at the Dam - though they've proved hard to catch recently. Martin Wilson did well this evening, though, with a fish of 6lbs from Port-na-Craig bank on the fly - it can be done. With a few more rods out there could be more to come this week.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Dam Fishing Well

With over 600 fish through the ladder in the last couple of weeks there's no shortage of fish on our Dam beat at the moment. Geoff Byron took advantage yesterday afternoon with a fish of 7lb caught on the fly on Pitlochry bank. With a few more rods out there would surely be more. Conditions look good for next week.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Grilse

Good numbers of fish are being seen on our Dam beat at the moment. Most are heading quickly towards the fish ladder but with good water levels many are lingering long enough to provide good sport. Gordon MacDermid was in the right place this afternoon landing a fresh grilse at 5lbs on the fly on Pitlochry bank. With a few more rods out this week there should be more to come.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Fishing Well

The river was at a good height yesterday and Martin Wilson was able to take advantage - and continue his good run - with a fish of 8lbs on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank in the evening. The river looks set to remain at a good height - well worth a cast.

Martin Wilson on Port-na-Craig bank last night - the good fishing continues



Saturday, July 23, 2016

Good End To The Week

Conditions were good again today at the Dam and Gary Waugh was able to take advantage with a grilse of 4lbs caught on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this morning. In the evening Brian Joseph ventured out for a cast and was rewarded with an 11lber from Port-na-Craig bank - again on the fly. Further upstream at Ruan Ruarie Dave Wilson was on form to land a 9lb fish on the spinner. The fish keep coming - and great to see all our beats fishing well. Next week should be good.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Dam And Sawmill Catches

The water dropped and cleared nicely overnight and with lots of fish showing this morning prospects looked excellent. Martin Wilson was able to take advantage catching fish at 6 and 4lbs (and losing another two) - all on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this morning. Further downstream Gordon Nichol lost a fish at the bank and then landed a grilse of about 4lbs on the fly. The water remains at a good height and with fish about - and a few rods out tomorrow - there could be more to come this week.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sawmill Return

The good fishing continues at our Sawmill beat - Andrew Khakoo followed up from yesterday with a fish of 13lbs on the fly this morning. Lots of fish were showing on the beat by all accounts - worth a cast.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Grilse About!

Andrew Khakoo continued his good run with a 3lb grilse on the fly from Sawmill this morning - it can be done. With the river remaining at a great height and fish on the move it's definitely worth heading out for a cast.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer Salmon

Alan Booker took advantage of the good conditions yesterday catching a fish of about 11lbs on the fly on Port-na-Craig in the afternoon - fairly fresh by all accounts. With a bit more rain today the Dam should continue to fish well - and with plenty of summer salmon about it's definitely worth a cast.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sawmill And Dam Success

With the river at a great height at the moment and good numbers of fish showing prospects looked good today. Andrew Khakoo was first to take advantage with a fish of 16lbs early this afternoon from Sawmill while at the Dam Derek McLay caught a nice fish of 18lbs on Pitlochry bank this morning on the fly and in the evening Gordon Nichol landed a sea-liced fish of 7lbs from Pitlochry bank - again on the fly. A few more rods out would surely see more. 

Success - Andrew Khakoo lands a 16ler at Sawmill this afternoon

Friday, July 8, 2016

Fishing Well

Only one angler out today but with the river at a good height and plenty of fish about it was perhaps not surprising that a fish was caught - Tony Brown was the successful angler landing a fish of 10lbs this morning on the fly on Pitlochry bank. Hopefully more to come tomorrow.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Fish About

The river remains at a good height and there's still lots of fish showing at the dam - but not many rods out to take advantage. Despite being very lightly fished we've had a couple of fish so far this week: on Tuesday afternoon David Will landed a fish of 7lbs on Port-na-Craig bank on the spinner; and tonight Martin Wilson landed a very nice fish of 14lbs on Port-na-Craig on the fly. A further return from last Saturday - Michael Frize landed a 4lb grilse at Ruan Ruarie on the spinner. Definitely worth a cast.

Success - Martin Wilson on Port-na-Craig bank this evening

Soldiers Leap - No Fishing

The Soldiers Leap pool at Ruan Ruarie is an important resting place for salmon as they ascend the River Garry towards their spawning grounds. In order to protect these fish, prevent disturbance to them and keep anglers out of danger at the leap fishing in the vicinity of the leap is not allowed. Anyone found fishing at Soldiers Leap will therefore be fishing illegally and prosecutions will be pursued. "No Fishing" notices have been erected at Soldiers Leap. Rules for fishing at Ruan Ruarie can be found here and a beat map is also available.   




Friday, July 1, 2016

Summer Salmon

Good numbers of fresh fish have been seen on the beat over the last couple of days and Dean Pepper was successful yesterday morning with a fish of 6lbs from Pitlochry bank - caught on the spinner. The river remains at a good height - prospects looking good for tomorrow.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Salmon count at Pitlochry reaches 4000

The salmon count at the Pitlochry Fish Ladder reached over 4000 this evening. This is a good count for this time of year and compares with 1892 in 2015, 2322 in 2014, about 2900 in 2013, 2160 in 2012, and about 3100 in 2011 on the same date.

Regular Pitlochry count updates are at https://twitter.com/pitlochryac and you can see all the old tweets with counts there - there's no need to sign in, but if you do sign in and "follow", you'll get a tweet each update.

Counter display at 2030 tonight


SSE's new visitor centre at Pitlochry Dam under
construction 22/6/16. It is scheduled to
open in the autumn. Please click on
the image to see a bigger picture.

 

Dam Return

Not many rods out on the Dam at the moment but there are still fish to be caught: Martin Wilson ventured out for a cast this evening and was rewarded with a fish of 6lbs - caught on the fly on Pitlochry bank. With e few more rods over the next few days there should be more to come.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Sawmill Success

It's been hard going on the Sawmill recently but with a good run of fish today chances improved significantly. Andrew Khakoo was in the right place to take advantage this morning and was rewarded with a fresh fish of 7lbs on the fly - it can be done. With conditions looking good for the rest of the week there should be more to come.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Good End To The Week

Conditions didn't look great yesterday - the water was still at a good height but the bright overhead sunshine didn't help. Phillippe Hehn persevered, though, and was rewarded with a fish of 4lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank in the afternoon - a nice way to round off the week. With rain forecast over the weekend the good fishing should continue.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Fish Caught At Dam And Ruan Ruarie

It's been hard going at the Dam over the last couple of weeks - low water and the fish moving fast. But with a bit of rain this week and the river at a good height there was room for optimism today. Saul Mackay took advantage with two fish landed at 9 and 10lbs and another two lost - all on the fly on Pitlochry bank this afternoon. In the evening Iain McLaren followed up with a fresh fish of 10lbs on the fly and lost another at the net - again on Pitlochry bank. The first fish of the season were caught at Ruan Ruarie - Steve Watt doing well landing two fish on the fly - one at 7lbs and the other at 14lbs.  Looking good for tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Excellent Day at The Dam

It was a warm and muggy day at the Dam with thunder and lightning and a downpour that freshened things up. The fish seemed to like it ... and with three fish caught it was an excellent day: Jim Fisher got things going with a fish of 9lbs from Pitlochry bank mid morning; Jim Carson followed up with a fish of 10lbs - again from Pitlochry bank in the morning: and Saul Mackay rounded things off nicely with a 17lber from Pitlochry bank in the evening - all were caught on the fly. Hopefully the good fishing will continue.

Jim Carson gets ready to release his fish on Pitlochry bank this morning

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Good End To The Week

Fishing conditions have been difficult this week with the low water and bright overhead conditions. After the success of Monday it has been hard going with a few fish hooked and lost but nothing landed. Munro Reid broke the deadlock on Saturday morning, however, with a nice fish of 7lbs from Port-na-Craig bank on the fly - it can be done. Hopefully with improving conditions catches will pick up again next week.

Munro Reid enjoys success on Port-na-Craig bank this morning