Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Great Fishing At The Dam

The river remains at an excellent height and the good fishing continues: visiting angler Roberto Fraga fished the afternoon on Port-na-Craig bank and had a day to remember with fish of 10, 12 and 13lbs all on the fly with another one lost. Great to see lots of quality fish about.


One of three fish landed on Port-na-Craig bank by Roberto Fraga today




Monday, July 6, 2020

Excellent Start To The Week

With the river having settled back to an ideal height prospects looked good this morning. As it turned out three were caught over the day and it was an excellent start to the week: Martin Wilson was the successful angler with fish of 16 and 14lbs on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this morning and one of 13lbs from Pitlochry bank in the afternoon – nicely done. There should be more to come this week - definitely worth a cast at the moment.


One of three fish for Martin Wilson today




Sunday, July 5, 2020

Boats available for visitors and members Lochs Bhac & Kinardochy

Boats are available for booking but due to Covid19 guidelines they are only available for two days per week on each loch. Kinardochy boats are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays and Bhac boats are available on Thursdays and Sundays. All of our other visitors permits are available as usual, bank rods on Loch Bhac, trout and salmon fishing on R Tummel and salmon
fishing on the R Garry. 

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Good End To The Week

Conditions were excellent on the river today with the water at a favourable height and good numbers of fish showing on the beat. Paul Carter took advantage of the situation with an early morning fish on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank. Not a bad way to round off the week. 


Paul Carter with 12lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning

Friday, July 3, 2020

Fish At The Dam

The river is at a good height at the moment and it seems to have brought in a few fish: Martin Wilson caught a nice salmon of 13lbs on the fly this evening on Port-na-Craig bank. With a few anglers out tomorrow there could be a few more ot come this week - looks promising.


Martin Wilson with 13lber on Port-na-Craig bank this evening

Thursday, July 2, 2020

PAC welcomes visitors again!

Following Nicola Sturgeon's welcome announcement of further relaxation of the Covid19 restrictions from July 3rd we are delighted to be able to open our waters to visitors again provided that they comply with our Covid19 Rules. The rules contain a list of fishing that's available to visitors, including our beats at Pitlochry Dam, just in time for the grilse run!
River Garry at Ruan Ruarie

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Dam Sea Trout

Not too many sea trout reported at the Dam but Bob Crowther managed to land one of 2lb on the fly on Pitlochry bank last night. The Dam is now dropping back to an excellent height - could be a few fish to come this week. 

Monday, June 29, 2020

Covid19 Unlocking!


Assuming confirmation from Scottish Government on relaxing the five mile travel rule later this week, it is the Club’s intention to welcome back anglers (members and visitors alike) living out with the Pitlochry catchment to fish from Friday 03 July. We also hope to have some boat days available on our lochs at an early date after 3 July, all going well!
Loch Bhac bank and boat fishing hopefully soon!

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Sawmill Salmon

The river was at a great height this morning and it seems to have encouraged a few fresh fish into our waters. Martin Timmins reported a lively spell in Sawmill with lots of fish showing and was lucky enough to intercept one – a fresh 8lber caught on the fly. The good fishing continues.


An 8lber for Martin Timmins in Sawmill today





Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Dam Salmon

Another lift of water overnight - and it seemed to bring a few fresh salmon with it. Tony Brown ventured out for a cast and was successful on Pitlochry bank this morning with a fish of 9lb caught on the fly. With the river at a good height prospects should be good for the rest of the week.


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Sawmill Fishing Well

It’s been quiet on out beats for the last few days but the recent lift in water seems to have livened things up a bit. Martin Timmins was in the right place to take advantage with a 17 lb sea-liced fish caught on the fly in Sawmill yesterday. There seems to be good numbers moving through the system right now so could be more to come for those willing to venture out.


Superb fish for Martin Timmins on Sawmill yesterday





Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Dam Success

The river was up today but it wasn't too long before it coloured up with the rain having come after a prolonged dry spell. Martin Wilson was in the right place to take advantage of the conditions early on, though, with a nice fish of 9lbs and another lost on the  fly on Port-na-Craig bank this morning. Shouldn't be too long before the river clears again - could be more to come before the end of the week.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Dam Fishing Well

The river has had a quieter feel to it over the last few days but Massimo Castelvecchi managed to strike silver this evening with a superb fish of 10lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank - good to see some determination and perseverance paying off. Still fish to be had for those willing to venture out for a cast.


Massimo Castelvecchi with 10lber on Pitlochry bank this evening

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Biggest Fish Of The Season

The Dam had a quieter feel today but the evening session came alive with the biggest fish of the season so far: Lukasz Cwik caught a 23lber on the spinner on Port-na-Craig bank this evening - well done. It put up quite a fight by all accounts - you never know what the next cast may bring. Looking good as we head into the weekend.


Lukasz Cwik with 23lber on Port-na-Craig bank this evening


Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Great Fishing At The Dam

The river is close to summer low levels but with fish about the Dam continues to do well: Iain McLaren continued his excellent run of form with a fish of 10lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning; Martin Wilson followed up in the evening with a nice fish on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank; and Bob Crowther rounded things off nicely with a fish of 12lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank this evening. Great fishing at the moment - should be more to come this week.


A 10lber for Iain McLaren on Pitlochry bank this morning





Martin Wilson with an 8lber on Port-na-Craig bank this evening



Bob Crowther back on form with a 12lber on Pitlochry bank this evening





Monday, June 8, 2020

Steady Start To The Week

Settled conditions this morning and a few fish about by all accounts. Stephen McLaren was able to take advantage with a fresh fish of 8lbs landed on the spinner from Pitlochry bank this morning. Should be a few more to come this week.


Stephen McLaren with 8lber on PItlochry bank this morning

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Dam Salmon

With strong winds and generally unsettled conditions prospects didn't look too promising today but catches held up well: Duncan Webster was first into action with a fish of 10lbs on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this morning; and Martin Wilson managed to winkle another one out this evening - a nice fish of about 12lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank. Not a bad end to the week.

Ladder count update

Today's count was 948, which compares favourably with last years figure on June 7 that was 695.

Thursday, June 4, 2020

PAC Waters Fishing Well

The heavy rain on Tuesday evening didn’t have the desired effect – the river remains at summer levels – but despite this PAC waters continue to fish well: Dave Stewart was first into action with a sea-liced fish of 12lbs caught on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning; and not to be outdone Graeme Stewart was successful further downstream at Sawmill with a fish of 11 lbs on the fly – nicely done. There’s no shortage of fish about – definitely worth a cast.


Dave Stewart on Pitlochry bank this morning with a 12lb sea-liced fish


An 11lber for Graeme Stewart on Sawmill today

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Sawmill Salmon

It was a quieter day at the Dam but the Sawmill still managed to produce a fish: Martin Timmins had another good morning with a fresh fish of 14lbs caught on the fly and another one lost. Good numbers of fish were seen moving through the beat so room for optimism for the rest of the week.

NIce fish for Martin Timmins in Sawmill this morning

Nice fish for Martin Timmins in Sawmill this morning



Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Booking System upgrade

Our Beatbooker booking system will be unavailable on Thursday 11 June due to essential maintenance. Very sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Ladder update

This morning the counter at the Visitor Centre showed that 834 salmon had ascended, the figure for the same date last year was 637, so far so good!
Only one rod fishing today!

Monday, June 1, 2020

Another Exceptional Day At The Dam

With hot and sunny weather and the river at summer levels it didn’t look too promising today – and certainly hard to follow on from the success of last week. As it turned out it was another exceptional day on the river: Iain McLaren was in action again and had another day to remember with fish at 7lbs, 8lbs, 9lbs, 10lbs and 11lbs – all on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning – great fishing; new junior member, Mati Banat, had an evening to remember with his first ever salmon - a fish of 8lbs on the spinner this evening on Port- na-Craig  bank – well done, great stuff; Liam Mullen, another junior member, followed soon after with a fish of 8lbs on the spinner – again from Port-na-Craig bank – nicely done; and further down on our Sawmill beat Ally Gowans caught a fresh fish of 15lbs on the fly. An excellent start to the week - great to see the juniors enjoying success. It will be interesting to see what the rest of the week brings.


Junior member Mati Banat with first ever salmon on Port-na-Craig bank this evening - congratulations!
One of five caught by Iain McLaren today






Saturday, May 30, 2020

Good End To The Week


Conditions weren’t the best for fishing today with bright sunshine and an awkward breeze for most of the day but still plenty of fish about: Dave Stewart managed to follow on from his success of yesterday with a fish of 8lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning; likewise Jim Fisher continued from where he left off yesterday with a nice fish of 11lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning; and Martin Timmins did well on Sawmill this morning with a fish of 11lbs and a sea trout of 2lbs – both on the fly. Not a bad way to round off the first week back to fishing.


An 11lber for Jim Fisher this morning




Martin Timmins did well on Sawmill this morning - an 11lber ready to go back


Friday, May 29, 2020

Great Fishing On PAC Beats

After almost 10 weeks in lockdown there was some excitement about getting back out for a first cast today – and the big question was how well would the river fish after such a long rest period? The circumstances were unique and the general fishing conditions looked favourable – a falling river but with the water still at a good height and lots of fish showing throughout the beat over the last few days. I arrived at the river at 9.30am and my question was soon answered – I was just in time to see fish number twelve being landed on our Dam beat with reports of at least two more having being caught on our Sawmill beat - and more were to come! At the Dam the catches were as follows: Iain McLaren had a red letter day with seven fish -  8lbs, 8lbs, 9lbs,9lbs,10lbs,11lbs from Pitlochry bank this morning and one at 10lbs on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank in the afternoon – very nicely done; Sean Dugan also had a day to remember with a fish of 14lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning - well done; Saul Mackay had one of 10lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning – and lost a few others; Tony Brown lost a couple early on but persevered to land three nice fish at 9lbs, 10lbs and 14lbs on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this morning; Gordon Hanslip had a fish at 7lbs on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this morning; in the evening Dave Stewart had fish at 10lbs and 13lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank; and Jim Fisher landed a 10lber on PItlochry bank on the fly - again the evening. Further down at Sawmill: Ally Gowans had an early morning fish of 8lbs on the fly; Jim Fisher had one at 7lbs not long after – again on the fly; and John Tomlin got a nice fish of 11lbs on the spinner. Quite a day on PAC waters!


Sean Dugan on Pitlochry bank this morning



An early start for Ally Gowans on Sawmill this morning


Jim Fisher in action on Sawmill this morning

Almost there - Saul Mackay about to land a 10lber on Pitlochry bank this morning




Social distancing at the Dam beat today



Concentration on Port-na-Craig bank this morning - next cast could be the one ....






Thursday, May 28, 2020

Covid19 - Fishing restrictions 29 May 18 - June 2020.

IMPORTANT
No visitor day permits are available meantime. Fishing is allowed on some of our waters but only for members who currently reside within our Club membership area which is Postcode areas PH9, PH16, PH17, PH18 and PH10 (as far east as Kirkmichael).

Unfortunately, if you are not currently living within the area you must not travel to this area or fish here. If you have already booked fishing online and are not eligible to fish due to the restrictions your booking has been cancelled and a full refund will be made in due course.

Apologies for inconvenience and disappointment caused but we must adhere to the Scottish Government rules and advice to help rid Scotland of this deadly virus. We trust that everyone agrees and look forward to better times. Stay safe! 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Covid 19 restrictions update.

IMPORTANT! - Changes Covid-19 restrictions to allow fishing will probably require us to keep all of our waters closed to visitors and others who live outwith the immediate area. If you have fishing booked with us and do not live near to Pitlochry please note that your booking is likely to be cancelled. Refunds will be made where appropriate. Details will be updated after the Scottish Government update on Thursday 28 May.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Pitlochry Dam update 25 May

A good number of fish have ascended during the past week, the total on the counter this morning at around 10:30 am read 659, last year on 26 May the counter read 618 so for the first time I'm able to report that this year's count is slightly higher than last year's (which ended up being the lowest on record). Water level today was at a great fishing height and would certainly attract any fish waiting to come upstream.
Pitlochry Dam fish ladder.

Looking upstream from the Green Bank - water at a perfect height.

Monday, May 18, 2020

May 18 Dam update

The counter showed 315 salmon having ascended at 15:30 today. Comparable number for last year on 19 May was 449 fish so this year's figure is creeping up and that's quite a jump from last Monday's tally of 181.
Loch Faskally

Monday, May 11, 2020

May 11 Dam figure update

So the last few days of warm weather and low water really did encourage a few more salmon to ascend the ladder, this morning's count is 181. Nothing showing during my visit below the Dam, may a bit too sunny and cold?

Last year's count on May 9 was 304 fish.

Port-na-Craig from Pitlochry bank

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Dam counter 5 May 2020


Last years figures for May 4 LADDER COUNT 298
Water temp 10.2C (50.4F) Saturday 4/5/19 2125 BST

Today May 5 2020 at about 10:00 there were 64 salmon counted.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Pitlochry Dam today

R Tummel below Pitlochry Dam this morning. No change in the salmon count since Saturday still 61 fish ascended. An odd fish showing in the pools mostly they appear to be quite small.
Port-na-Craig from the footbridge

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Pitlochry Dam

Pitlochry Dam 2 May 2020
Looking lovely this morning, fish counter reading 61 salmon.