Saturday, September 29, 2018

Dam Salmon

Not many anglers out at the moment but Jock Stewart showed it's still worth a go landing a 6lb salmon on the fly on Pitlochry bank this afternoon.The river remains at a good height and with good numbers of fish showing in the beat it's definitely worth a cast.

Monday, September 24, 2018

RECENT SNFFL COMPETITIONS ON THE RIVER TUMMEL


Two SNFFL competitions took place recently on our Pitlochry to Ballinluig stretch of the River Tummel – full details are on http://www.sana.org.uk/snffl.html.

The competition on 2 September was their Premier League’s final 2018 event and the 18 anglers competing caught (and released) 53 brown trout and 20 grayling. Club Member Jason Henry caught 4 fish and was placed 7th on the day. Overall for the season, he finished 4th in the Premier League over the whole season’s Premier League’s events.

The competition on 9 September was their First Division’s final event and the 13 anglers competing caught (and released) 13 brown trout and 15 grayling. Club Member Kathy Shepherd took part.  She too has been doing well and overall for the season finished in 6th place in the First Division over the whole season’s First Division events.

Congratulations to both these club members.

Jason Henry out on the River Tees


Monday, September 3, 2018

Hill Lochs Continue To Fish Well

As the weather has settled down to more like what we come to expect in the hills for this time of year, rather than the roasting we all endured earlier in the season,I am pleased to report that both lochs are fishing well.
Black wet flies,dries and daddies doing well on Bhac.
On Kinardochy traditional black wets and dries seem to be most popular.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Loch Bhac - September update

The recent return to cooler (more normal) weather has resulted in improved fishing at Loch Bhac. Fish are free-rising and well dispersed around the loch and with a September stocking planned, prospects look good from now until the end of the season.

Today, fishing from the bank, club member Colin Milne caught a fine rainbow of 4lb 2oz in a bag of three for 7lb 12oz + two others returned. The successful fly was a cruncher fished on a washing line setup. With fish well up in the water, floating and midge tip lines are proving most popular. Trout are being caught on dries (when conditions permit), traditionals such as Kate McLaren and Butchers as well as the usual range of nymphs, buzzers and boobies.

Colin's four pounder

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Sawmill Sea Trout


Not many anglers out at the moment and it has been quiet since last week’s rise in water levels. Andrew Khakoo was successful this morning, though, with a sea trout of 1lb caught in Sawmill. Still worth a cast.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Dam Fishing Well

The rise in river level really seems to have livened things up at the Dam: Jim Fisher caught two fish on Pitlochry bank this evening at 9 and 10lbs, both on the fly. It'll be interesting to see what the rest of the week brings - with water prospects look excellent.

Dam Salmon

Not many anglers out at the moment but with a rise in water levels yesterday conditions looked more promising. Martin Wilson took advantage and was rewarded with a fish of 7lbs caught on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank last night - it can be done! Could be more this week.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Sawmill Success


After the prolonged dry spell the recent lift in water levels seems to be having a positive effect: Paul Carter followed up on his recent success at Ruan Ruarie with a fish of 8lbs caught on the fly this evening – this time from our Sawmill beat. It’s still worth a cast!

July Hill Lochs Report

Since the unusually long heatwave and drought conditions we all endured in June and July,I am glad to report that both hill lochs are fishing well.
Bhac rainbows being tempted by buzzers,nymphs and dries once again.
On Kinardochy black pennel,clan chief,bibio and dark sedges are doing well with the brown trout.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Fish About!


The recent rain seems to have livened things up at Ruan Ruarie and Paul Carter was in the right place to take advantage, landing a fish of 6lbs on the fly early this morning. With good numbers of fish now in the beat Ruan Ruarie offers the chance of some great sport at this time of year. Further downstream on the Tummel, Andrew Khakoo landed a fish of 8lbs on the fly on our Sawmill beat this morning. Great to see some fish getting caught - could be more this week.
Additional note added later: on Monday 30 July, Sean Dugan while fishing for salmon in the company of his friend Stephen McLaren caught and released a large brown trout of 3 to 4 lb on Ruan Ruarie Beat.  

Monday, July 2, 2018

JUNE REPORT FROM HILL LOCHS

Following on from the very good catches reported since the beginning of May some excellent catches have continued into June.
Bhac anglers have had success with nymphs,buzzers and dries.Whilst brownies in Kinardochy have been partial to soldier palmer,bibio and kate mclaren.

Monday, June 18, 2018

First Of The Season From Ruan Ruarie


Over 1200 fish have passed through the ladder at Pitlochry Dam and most of these fish are now heading towards our Ruan Ruarie beat on the River Garry. Conditions were close to ideal on the beat this morning, with the river having fallen back nicely after a rise over the weekend, and Dave Wilson was in the right place to land out first of the season with a fish of 7lbs taken on the spinner. The rocky nature of the beat makes it a great choice for the adventurous angler – and well worth a cast now that the fish have arrived in numbers.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Dam Salmon


Conditions looked favourable this morning: overcast, light winds and fish showing throughout the beat – definitely room for optimism. David Russell was able to take advantage, landing a fresh fish of 8lbs on the fly on Pitlochry bank this morning. Not many rods out at the moment but it’s still worth a cast – should be a few more next week.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Sea Trout

Jim Fisher ventured out last night for a late cast and was rewarded with a nice sea trout of 3lbs - caught on the fly from Pitlochry bank. Still good numbers of salmon about at the moment with roughly twenty fish a day ascending the fish ladder at the Dam.

Jim Fisher landed a nice sea trout on Pitlochry bank last night

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

ALERT FROM FISHERIES MANAGEMENT SCOTLAND ABOUT PINK SALMON

Fisheries Management Scotland (FMS) has emailed DSFBs and Fisheries Trusts to let them know about a recent capture of a pink salmon on the south coast of Norway by an angler, and that a pink salmon may have been caught in commercial nets in NE England (also reported on Tweed News http://www.rivertweed.org.uk/news/?p=6234). FMS asks that anglers and other stakeholders as well as DSFBs and Trusts remain vigilant to the possibility of these fish turning up again in Scotland this year. 
 
FMS notes that whilst it was initially felt that the odd-year class of fish (like 2017) were likely to be most prevalent, that stocks from even-year classes (like 2018) may also occur.


FMS has offered to assist with the collection of any information on incidences of these fish, and it can be contacted (asap please) if you do record any sightings or captures http://www.fms.scot alan@fms.scot. People are asked to record the following information, and, where possible, retain whole fish, and scale and tissue samples.
 
Date caught  
Location with approximate grid reference  - (you can use https://gridreferencefinder.com/)  
Method of capture (or details of mortality)
Sex of fish
Size of fish length (cm) weight (kg)
Scale sample retained (y/n)
Frozen sample retained (y/n)
Any other relevant information

Note: Pink salmon were reported last year in Scottish waters from early July and it is possible that they might turn up even earlier in the year. One of the many reported in Scottish waters last year was from Portnacraig Pitlochry Beat, where it was found dead. It was a ripe female with only a few eggs left in place and may have spawned. There were news items about it on our News page - see

Monday, June 11, 2018

Good Start To The Week

We've had a quiet - and frustrating - period on the river recently with a number of fish hooked but none landed. Today, however, Pat Phelan persevered and was rewarded with a fresh fish of 9lbs late in the afternoon on the spinner from Port-na-Craig bank. Good numbers of fish are showing in the beat at the moment and hopefully there will be a few more this week.

Pat Phelan persevered today and was rewarded with a fresh fish of 9lbs on Port-na-Craig bank this afternoon

Sunday, June 10, 2018

BANKSIDE VEGETATION TRIMMING ON PORTNACRAIG PITLOCHRY BEAT

This morning a workparty of Club members organised by Club President Jimmy Ross carried out some bankside vegetation trimming on Portnacraig Pitlochry Beat as part of our ongoing programme of maintenance of Club waters.


Part of the workparty in action

More of the workparty in action 



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Fishing Well


With bright, sunny and warm conditions it was a quiet morning at the Dam but with good cloud cover in the afternoon the fishing picked up nicely: Roy Longair landed a fish of 15lb on the fly and Howard Rankin followed on with a fish of 14lbs on the spinner – both were caught on Pitlochry bank. Plenty of fish about and looking good for the rest of the week.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

More loch fishing available via our website

The list of loch fishing permits available from our website continues to grow. Now visitors can book fishing on Loch Bhac, Loch Kinardochy, Loch Tummel, Loch Rannoch and now, recently added also Loch Eigheach. Eigheach is a pretty loch that sits to the south of the road between Bridge of Gaur and Rannoch Station (B846). It holds a good population of trout averaging about three to the pound but has the attraction of occasionally producing much larger trout weighing 2 to 3 lbs. A great place for both beginners and experienced anglers to test their skills. Both bank fishing and boat fishing permits are available. Electric outboards are allowed and fishing is fly only using conventional fly tackle. Boat keys are held by Gordon Brown, phone 07483997017. 
Loch Eigheach (early springtime)

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Good End To The Week


It was another warm and sunny day at the Dam – not ideal for fishing – but with fish about there’s always a chance. Marc Wrigglesworth persevered and was rewarded with a fresh fish of 10lbs – caught on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this morning – it can be done. Not a bad end to the week.

Success! - Marc Wrigglesworth lands a 10lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Dam Salmon


With low water and bright sunshine conditions were less than ideal today. With good numbers of fish about, though, you’ve always got a chance and Andy Gillespie was in the right place to land a fresh fish of 15lbs- caught on the spinner in the morning on Pitlochry bank. With the current weather set to continue perseverance could be the key over the next couple of days.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

CLOSURE OF ACCESS TO FISH PASS OBSERVATION CHAMBER 28/5/18 - 29/9/18

There will be no access to the Pitlochry fish pass observation chamber and the usual counter display from 28 May to 29 September because of work being carried out at the power station. There will be a real time count display and real time images at the Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre on the opposite bank and it is understood that the count display will be able to be seen from the outside of the building at all times. The footway over the dam will still be accessible by a path on the away from the power station side of the fish ladder and some additional details are on
http://www.pitlochrydam.com/temporary-closure-of-pitlochrys-fish-pass-observation-chamber/


(UPDATE: THE COUNT DISPLAY WAS MOVED ON THURSDAY 24 MAY TO THE FRONT WINDOW OF THE PITLOCHRY DAM VISITOR CENTRE AND IT CAN BE SEEN AT ALL TIMES. THE LIVE VIDEO DISPLAY OF FISH ENTERING THE COUNTER TUBE WAS MOVED TO INSIDE THE VISITOR CENTRE AND CAN BE SEEN WHEN THE CENTRE IS OPEN)


After the move

Before the move

Monday, May 21, 2018

Good Start To The Week


We’re now into low water at the Dam but the beat remains lively with good numbers of fish showing - especially early morning. Today we had one caught and at least another two fish lost: James Lapsley was the successful angler - and continued his good run - with a sea-liced fish of 9lbs caught on the spinner first thing this morning on Pitlochry bank – an encouraging start to the week.

James Lapsley lands a sea-liced fish of 9lbs on Pitlochry bank this morning


Sunday, May 20, 2018

HILL LOCHS FISHING WELL

After the very cold start April gave us to the season,things have certainly improved at the lochs.Since  the beginning of May the air and water temperatures have risen significantly and the fish have responded readily.
Some excellent catches being reported on Bhac with nymphs and cormorant flies doing well whilst
the browns in Kinardochy being tempted by black wet flies,dries and emergers.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Steady At The Dam


Water levels continue to drop but our Dam beat can still produce a fish: Kenny Horne was the successful angler today with a fish of 8lbs caught on the fly early morning on Pitlochry bank. The forecast for tomorrow looks favourable – should be more to come this week.

Perseverance pays off for Kenny Horne today - an 8lber on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning


Thursday, May 17, 2018

PAC Beats Fishing Well


The river continues to drop back but with no shortage of fish about prospects looked good this morning. Curtis Brunker was able to capitalise catching a superb sea-liced fish of 21lbs on the spinner first thing this morning on Port-na-Craig bank. This was Curtis’s first +20lb fish and rounded off what has been an excellent few days. Further downstream at Sawmill Andrew Khakoo caught a fresh fish of 7lbs on the fly this morning. Looking positive for the weekend.

Curtis Brunker with 21lb sea-liced fish on Port-na-Craig bank this morning


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Dam Salmon


Warm and sunny on the river today – not ideal fishing conditions – but with good numbers of fish about at the moment there was room for optimism and the day ended with one fish caught: Iain McLaren was the successful angler with a fish of 15lbs caught on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning. Should be more to come this week.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Excellent Start To The Week

The river continues to settle back but remains at a good height and with three fish caught so far it's been an excellent start to the week: James Lapsley was the successful angler yesterday with a fish of 16lbs caught on the spinner from Pitlochry bank in the morning; and today Curtis Brunker caught two fish - one on the spinner on Port-na-Craig bank this morning at 10lbs and another on the fly in the afternoon on Pitlochry bank at 8lbs. Curtis also lost another two fish - not a bad day! The forecast remains settled for the rest of the week - room for optimism.

James Lapsley with 16lber on Pitlochry bank yesterday


Second fish of the day for Curtis Brunker

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Dam Fishing Well


It was quiet at the Dam this morning but things really picked up in the afternoon and with two fish caught it was another good day of fishing: Malcolm Fyfe got things going with a sea-liced fish of 9lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank; and Steve Watt followed up not long after with a fish of 8lbs on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank. Great to see good numbers of 2SW fish now in the beat and looking good for the rest of the week.

Steve Watt lands an 8lber on Port-na-Craig bank this afternoon


Monday, May 7, 2018

Fishing Well


Very nice conditions this morning and with three fish caught it was an excellent start to the week: James Lapsley was quickly into the action with fish at 14 and 23lbs caught on the spinner first thing on Pitlochry bank; and Neill Sproull’s good run continues with a fish of 8lbs caught on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank this morning. Looking promising for the rest of the week.

Neill Sproull with 8lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Good End To The Week

With the river at a nice height and good numbers of fish showing it was frustrating for the day rods that none were willing to take. In the evening, though, Martin Wilson managed to tempt one, landing a good fish of 13lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank. Temperatures look set to rise next week - hopefully it will also liven up the fishing - looks promising.

Martin Wilson lands a 13lber on Pitlochry bank this evening

Friday, May 4, 2018

Dam Success


Peter Fitzpatrick got the day off to a great start with a fish of 12lbs caught on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank first thing this morning and with the river at a good height and lots of fish showing it was looking good at this stage. The fish proved hard to tempt, though, and this turned out to be the only fish of the day. Hopefully a few more to come tomorrow.

Peter Fitzpatrick off to a great start - a 12lber from Port-na-Craig bank first thing this morning 

 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

PAC Beats Fishing Well


With the river dropping back to a good height conditions looked close to ideal at the Dam this morning – hopes were high. By mid morning, with no fish caught, that initial optimism was starting to disappear – the fish didn’t seem to be in the mood. Maya Pandya saved the day, though, with a sea-liced fish of 8lbs caught on the fly on Pitlochry bank early in the afternoon.  Maya has been trying for some time to get her first Tummel fish and having lost one yesterday it was great to see her perseverance pay off – well done. Further downstream at Sawmill Les Dargie continued his good run with a fish of 9lbs caught on the fly. The river should continue to drop back nicely – looking good for the weekend.

Success - Maya Pandya lands a sea-liced 8lber on Pitlochry bank this afternoon