Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Picking Up

Maybe not quite spring yet but it was a pleasant day for a cast and with the river at a good height conditions looked good this morning. It wasn’t long before Alan Wales hooked into a fish and after a good fight was able to land a superb fish of 19lbs – caught on Pitlochry bank on the fly. With settled conditions forecast for the rest of the week prospects look good.

Alan Wales lands a superb fish of 19lbs on Pitlochry bank this morning

Loch Bhac & Loch Kinnardochy - Opening delayed until April 8

Yesterday's visit to check access for putting the boats on by Jimmy Ross confirmed that Loch Bhac looked stunning in the sunshine but unfortunately, the access road had a deep covering of snow and most of the loch was frozen over. We have therefore delayed putting the boats on and the lochs will remain closed until April 8. Apologies to anyone hoping to fish there earlier.
Loch Bhac 20 March 2018

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Open Night Success

Our Open Night last night was very well attended to hear Club Secretary Ron Harriman give an illustrated talk on the history of  Pitlochry Angling Club. Amongst the honours, David Stewart became Club Champion and Andy Walker who recently retired from the Club Committee after serving in various roles for 46 years was presented with an engraved silver quaich by Club President Jimmy Ross and a golfing watch which will apparently tell him how short his drives are!

Big thanks to everyone who participated in our raffle and auction to raise funds for Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance, £700 will be winging its way to them shortly. We are especially very grateful to all donors.

P.S. Thanks to the generosity of one of our visitors who handed of a donation of £20 to Club President Jimmy Ross yesterday in the street, the cheque for Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance will now be for £720 (unless we receive more donations - please contact the Club soon if you wish to contribute).

P.P.S. We have received a further £30 in donations so the total is still rising, now it's £750!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Fishing Well

Fishing conditions were favourable today - the river at a good height, little wind and bearable temperatures – and with the odd fish showing there was room for optimism. Charlie Grosvenor was able to take advantage with a nice fish of 7lbs caught on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this afternoon. There should be more this week.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Great Start To The Week

The river was at a great height yesterday but with a bitterly cold wind it wasn't a day for the faint hearted. Billy McLauchlan persevered, though, and was rewarded with a hard fighting springer of 14lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank in the afternoon. With the settled conditions set to continue there should be more this week.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Port-na-Craig Springer

Despite being very lightly fished some great fish are being caught on our Port-na-craig beat at the moment: Steve Watt followed up on his success earlier in the week with another superb fish today - this time it was a 17lber caught  on the spinner on Port-na-Craig bank this afternoon. It's a great start to the season - and hopefully more to come this week.

Steve Watt continues his great start to the season - a 17lber from Port-na-Craig bank today

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Mitchell Trophy Claimed

With conditions looking good yesterday Steve Watt ventured out for a cast and was rewarded with two superb fish on the fly: the first at 21lbs was caught on Pitlochry bank in the morning and a second at 12lbs was landed on Port-na-Craig bank in the afternoon. As the first fish caught on the fly by a club member Steve also wins the Mitchell Trophy – well done. Fishing conditions continue to look ideal and hopefully this will encourage more to head out for a cast.

Steve Watt wins the Mitchell Trophy with a superb fish of 21lbs caught on fly from Pitlochry bank yesterday morning!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

First Fish Of The Season

Our Port-na-Craig beat has been very lightly fished since opening day but with rods out today and the river sitting at a good height there was room for optimism this morning. Sure enough Jordon Grant was successful with a superb fish of 14lbs caught on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank this afternoon - well done! Great to see fish of this quality on the beat - and hopefully not too long until the next one comes to the net.

First fish of the season - Jordon Grant lands a superb 14lb fish on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank - well done!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Open Night Wednesday 14th March

It's almost time for our annual Open Night to which everyone is invited (members or otherwise). This year the evening will feature a very interesting illustrated talk by our Club Secretary Ron Harriman who has held this post for the best part of 50 years and has done a fantastic job researching the history of the Club going back well over 100 years. Stories will include the capture of the specimen trout pictured below and many other anecdotes.

Presentation of prizes and a raffle to raise funds for the Air Ambulance will also take place.

Please join us and help to raise funds for this excellent deserving cause. If you have anything that you would like to donate to the raffle please contact Jimmy Ross on the Club Mobile 07541404048. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the evening.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Club President Jimmy Ross on opening day
A few club members were out on Portnacraig Pitlochry yesterday for the opening day, although there were no fish caught. The river had come up a bit, but it was still at a good height. Three fish had appeared on the counter at Pitlochry Dam just upstream of the beat, which seemed a bit unlikely as now that the water temperature has dropped to about 3C (37.4F) salmon reaching the dam normally wait in the Tummel downstream of the dam until late March or April when they get slightly warmer water which helps them swim up the ladder.

Club member John Tomlin on opening day

Sunday, January 14, 2018


The river conditions look great for the opening of the salmon season tomorrow. The opening day itself on Portnacraig Pitlochry Beat is kept for Club members, but we have plenty of availability on other days. Our last opening day fish was in 2013 when Gordon Nichol gave himself and the beat a great start to the season with a magnificent springer of about 21 lb on a yellow and black tube fly on Pitlochry bank at the Moulin Burn mouth.

Gordon Nichol's opening day fish in 2013

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Pitlochry Dam beat permits are now available

Visitor permits for 2018 at Pitlochry Dam are now available for booking via the website. Tight lines!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Note for Club members

The website has been updated for 2018 season and you can now renew membership and purchase fishing permits. The draft Minute of the 2016 AGM has also been added and is accessible via the Members section.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Season 2018 update

All our permit prices for 2018 remain the same as last year, details can be found and downloaded here.

All beats can now be booked online apart from Pitlochry Dam beats which will be made available for public booking prior to the season opening in mid-January. 

Best wishes to all our anglers for the festive season and the upcoming fishing season, we expect to see quite a few hardy souls out trying for grayling during the holidays now that water conditions are suitable (if they last!).

Friday, November 3, 2017


When the arrangements were agreed in 1945 for incorporating this stretch of river into the Tummel-Garry Hydro-Electric Scheme, there was no provision for any hands off flow to be maintained and a weir was put in place to prevent salmon gaining access.
In recent years, the implementation of the Water Framework Directive provided a stimulus for the balance between the costs to SSE of re-engineering structures and losing some hydro generation and the benefits to the environment, to be re-examined, and a flow has now been restored and access to salmon reopened. SSE, SEPA and the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board have needed to work together to reach this successful outcome which was marked by a celebratory event which local and national organisations attended on 30 October.
The Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board (Tay DSFB) is anticipating that as many as 1500 extra salmon might pass the fish counter at Pitlochry Dam further downstream once the opened up water is fully colonised. 

David Summers, Director of the Tay DSFB, Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive of SEPA,
and Alastair Stephen, Senior Environmental Advisor at SSE looking at the newly
re-watered stretch of river during the celebratory event on 30 October.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fly Tying 2017/18 Monday evening dates

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 20
• December 4 and 18
• January 8 and 22
• February 5 and 19
We look forward to meeting you there! Call the Club mobile for further information 07541404048

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Ruan Ruarie Salmon

After a long wait to get his first salmon from Ruan Ruarie (see entry below) Paul Carter followed up today with another at 15lbs – good going. The fish was caught on the fly and put up a superb fight by all accounts. Still time for a few more from this beat – good numbers of fish at the moment and currently at a great height.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Ruan Ruarie On Form

Ruan Ruarie was at a good height yesterday and Paul Carter did well with a fish of 8lbs on the fly from the Grilse Pool. Paul has been persevering up at Ruan Ruarie for some time - good to see the effort paying off ... and still time for a few more before the end of the season. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Dam Return

With the river at an ideal height there was room for optimism this morning and sure enough Stephen Dunstan was rewarded with a good fish of 11lbs on the fly on Pitlochry bank this morning. With the settled conditions set to continue there could be more this week.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Ruan Ruarie Success

With good numbers of fish about Ruan Ruarie continues to fish well - Dave Wilson continued his good run with a grilse of 4lbs yesterday. The beat should really start to fill up from now to the end of the season - some good opportunities to be had. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Ruan Ruarie Grilse

Good numbers of fish have been seen in the beat over the last few weeks and Dave Wilson was able to take advantage with a 2lb grilse caught on the spinner last Monday . With fish moving through steadily at this time of year it’s definitely worth a go.

Saturday, July 29, 2017


Whoops, somehow lost a photo of the pink salmon tail in the last post. Sorry - here it is now.

Friday, July 28, 2017


This evening a Club member fishing the Pitlochry bank reported that there was a dead sea trout in the water close to the top of the beat on that bank. Committee member Ross Gardiner looked in the late evening and did indeed find a dead fish in the water, but it was a small female pink salmon (also known as humpback salmon) of 40 centimetres (just under 16”) in length. As many of you will know, such fish are strays to Scotland, and may be from rivers in north-west Russia. There have been about 40 reported in Scottish rivers since early July and although establishment of populations in Scotland is currently not thought to be likely, to prevent any which are captured from spawning, anglers are being asked to retain, report and, if possible, pass any on to the local Salmon Board or Fisheries Trust for inspection – for further advice please look at  Likewise with dead ones which are found, which is quite likely as they are summer spawners. Do please watch out for these fish and do look closely at any dead fish you come across. 

Apologies for the poor photos which were taken in half dark conditions, but please note the very small scales, the unusual spotting on the tail fin and the loose eggs on the stone - this was a ripe female. Please click on the photos to see larger versions.

Added note: someone has asked how heavy the fish was - as picked up, it was only 396 g (14 oz) so do look carefully at all fish regardless of size.

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


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.