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 showing 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 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

Monday, May 30, 2016

Steady Start To The Week

Low water again today but fishing conditions were generally good. Neil Tong took advantage with a nice fish of 8lbs from Pitlochry bank this morning caught on a Vision 110. Still plenty of fish about - and hopefully a few more to come this week.

Neil Tong enjoys success on Pitlochry bank this morning

Friday, May 27, 2016

Fishing Well

Conditions looked good at the Dam today - good cloud cover, no wind and plenty of fish showing. As it turned out two fish were caught: Graham Fyfe did well, following on from yesterday's success, with a fish of 6lbs caught on the fly from Pitlochry bank; and Jim Fisher struck late with an 8lb fish on the fly - again from Pitlochry bank. Hopefully we'll end the week with a few more tomorrow.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Return To Form

It's been a frustrating week on our Dam beat - lots of fresh fish showing.....but proving hard to catch. Things took a turn for the better today - the fish seemed to be in the mood - at last - and with three caught it was a welcome return to form: Graham Fyfe was first into action catching a 9lb fish on his third cast on Port-na-Craig bank this morning; Michael Ross followed up just after changeover with a lively fish of 12lbs on Pitlochry bank; and Gordon Nichol rounded things off nicely with a fish of 7lbs on Pitlochry bank - all were caught on the fly. With lots of fish about prospects look excellent for the weekend - surely more to come.

Graham Fyfe with fish ready to be returned on Port-na-Craig bank this morning

Michael Ross caught this beauty on Pitlochry bank this afternoon


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Update

Salmon have been difficult to tempt during the past week, plenty of them showing and good numbers to be seen going through the ladder and into our Ruan Ruarie beat on the R Garry where today's fishers said that lots had shown in the morning. Rain however soon brought a change to conditions as the Garry rose four feet and the flood made its way downstream raising the Tummel by 3 feet of dirty water. Still quite a few fish showing below the dam this evening but very difficult fishing conditions due to the dirty water. Anglers fishing next week will be rubbing their hands with glee with the better prospects of success. Good catches from our lochs where fish have responded to the warmer weather and fly hatches at long last after a cold period a few weeks ago. On the R Tummel fly hatches have increased a trout responded, mainly Olives, Olive Uprights and Large Brook Duns in evidence. Some of the larger trout have not yet recovered from winter and spawning, the photo shows a trout that measured about 56cm but still had some way to go before regaining its weight, caught recently on dry fly.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Excellent Start To The Week

Generally good conditions today at the Dam and with three fish caught it was an excellent start to the week: Alun Williams was first into action with a fish of 13lbs; Steve Watt was next with a 7lb sea liced fish: and Dave Stewart landed a fish of 9lbs - all were caught on Pitlochry bank in the morning on the fly. Good to see there are plenty of fish about and looking promising for the rest of the week.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Good End To The Week

The count at the fish ladder stood at 1044 this morning - the fish are on the move.  Lots could still be seen on our Dam beat, though, and it was another good day with two fish caught: Dave Stewart was first into action - three casts after losing a fish at the bank he successfully caught and landed a fish of 11lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning; and in the afternoon Diarmid Harvey had a 10lber - again on the fly from Pitlochry bank. With lots of fish running at the moment prospects look good for next week.

Dave Stewart lands an 11lber this morning

Diarmid Harvey with a 10lber on Pitlochry bank this afternoon




Friday, May 13, 2016

Counter now shows over 1000 salmon

Over 1000 salmon have now made their way past the Pitlochry counter this year, with this figure reached this afternoon. This is the highest number on today's date since 2011 (approximate count on 13 May - 1000 (2016); 321 (2015); 445 (2014); 125 (2013); 521 (2012); and 1425 (2011)). The approximate dates a count of 1000 was reached in previous years were 11 June 2015; 26 May 2014; 24 May 2013; 24 May 2012; and 6 May 2011. Some large brown trout are also to be seen in the ladder, perhaps having moved in to prey on the salmon smolts which are making their way down the ladder just now.

Large brown trout and a salmon in the ladder today. The fish counter counts salmon as they make their way up the ladder through the pipe showing in the top left of the picture. Please click on the picture for a closer view.

Good Fishing Continues

With light winds, good cloud cover and plenty of fish showing conditions looked good at the Dam today The fish weren't giving themselves up easily, though, and we ended up with one caught and another two lost: Gordon Nichol was the successful angler with a fish of 16lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning. Looking good for tomorrow.

Gordon Nichol on Pitlochry bank this morning



Thursday, May 12, 2016

Fish About

It was another challenging day at the Dam but Iain McLaren was up to the task landing a fish of 9lb on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning - nicely done. Overcast and cooler weather is forecast for the weekend - hopefully things will liven up.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ticking Over

There was a slight rise in water overnight but not enough to make much of a difference to fishing conditions - it was to be another day where perseverance was the top tactic. As it turned out one fish was caught - Ally Gowans did well to land a fish of 7lbs on Pitlochry bank this morning - caught on the fly. Another fish was also lost in the morning. With a change of weather forecast over the next couple of days things could pick up again as we head into the weekend.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Fishing Well

More bright sunshine and gusty winds at the Dam today but with a good run of fish there was room for optimism. Neil McLellan was on form again landing two fish on Pitlochry bank this morning - at 12 and 7lbs - both on the fly. Hopefully more to come tomorrow.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Off The Mark

With low water and bright sunshine prospects didn't look too promising this morning. Graham Nichols persevered, though, and was rewarded with a fish of 10lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank this afternoon - nicely done. With high pressure firmly in charge it looks like more of the same tomorrow. .

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Important safety message

Notices reminding the public about the dangers of the River
Tummel. Anglers need to take precautions too.
One of our anglers took a tumble early last week from the water's edge straight into deep, cold water at the headland beside the "Stepping Stones" on Portnacraig bank (correction - apparently happened on the Pitlochry bank). Thankfully he was wearing a life jacket. He asked us to put a reminder to others on the news blog for them to do likewise.  It is a very important message and we are happy to oblige. We already encourage the use of lifejackets strongly both when fishing from the bank and when out in a boat and our website gives detailed guidance. A growing number of our anglers comply, which is great.

Club President Jimmy Ross setting a good example
on Friday evening by wearing a life jacket.

Found items

We have had reports of anglers out recently on Portnacraig Pitlochry beat finding both a pair of spectacles and a spectacle lens. If you have lost either of these, please let us know and we'll try to point you in the correct direction to get reunited with your property. We would always suggest that if you find anything on our waters and don't locate the owner right away that you hand the item into the local police station, particularly if the item could have been lost by other than an angler, as well as letting the Club know.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Steady End To An Exceptional Week

It was a quieter end to the week - still plenty of fish showing but proving hard to catch. John McElroy provided the only fish of the day - a sea-liced fish of 9lbs from Pitlochry bank this morning - good effort. At least another two fish were lost during the day on PAC beats. With thirty two fish caught it has been an exceptional week - let's see what next week brings.

With thirty two fish caught it was an exceptional week on PAC waters

Friday, May 6, 2016

Still Fishing Well

The action has slowed somewhat from earlier in the week but with two each at the Dam and the Sawmill our waters are still fishing well: Craig Robertson got things going with a 9lb fish on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning; Stephane Bovy followed on Port-na-Craig bank with a fish of about 9lbs on a Vision 110; Paul Carter opened his season landing a very nice fish of 19lbs on Sawmill this morning on the fly; and this evening Andrew Khakoo also got his season under way with a fish of 9lbs on the fly at Sawmill, All in all not a bad day - looking good for tomorrow.

Nicely done - Andrew Khakoo get his season under way at Sawmill this evening

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Another Good Day At The Dam

Ideal conditions again at the Dam today and the good fishing continued: Curtis Brunker had an excellent day with three fish caught - 5 and 14lbs from Port-na-Craig bank this morning and another from Pitlochry bank at 9lbs in the afternoon - all on the spinner; Dave Stewart was on form with two fish at 10lbs and 15lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning; and Gordon Nichol landed a nice fish at 8lbs on Port-na-Craig bank on the fly this morning. Lots of fish about and looking good as we head into the weekend.

Curtis Brunker on the way to a hat-trick  at the Dam today

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Great Fishing Continues

It was another superb day at the Dam with lots of fish showing and lots getting caught: Steve Watt had a great day with four - fish of 8 and 6lbs on the fly and a 24lber on a Vision this morning on Pitlochry bank and another on the Vision at 9lbs on Port-na-Craig bank in the afternoon; Geordie Stewart had a good day with fish of 9 and 8lbs on the spinner on Pitlochry bank this morning; Roy Longair continued his good run with a fish of 15lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank in the afternoon; Alun Williams did well with two fish - one of 10lbs on the spinner from Pitlochry bank in the morning and another at 15lbs on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank in the afternoon; Rab Brown landed a fish of 9lbs on the spinner from Port-na-Craig bank in the morning; and this evening Gordon Nichol got his season under way with a fish of 14lbs on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank. At least another six fish were lost during the day. Lets hope the fish keep coming.

Geordie Stewart on Pitlochry bank this morning - fish ready to be returned