Friday, July 19, 2019

Salmon At Dam

Not many anglers out at the moment but Jim Lapsley showed it's still worth a go with a 7lb fish on the spinner from Pitlochry bank last night. Still good numbers of fish showing on the beat - worth a go.

A 7lber at the Dam for Jim Lapsley last night

Monday, July 8, 2019

Sawmill Salmon

It's been quiet on PAC waters for the last couple of weeks but this may reflect a lack of anglers as much as a lack of salmon. Sean Dugan wasn't put off and was rewarded with a nice fish of 12lbs on the spinner on Sawmill last Friday - it can be done! 

Sean Dugan with a 12lber ready to be returned on Sawmill last Friday

Sunday, June 30, 2019

June Hill Lochs Report

Once more both Bhac and Kinardochy have fished really well with some good catches recorded.
Anglers on Kinardochy were seeing some good evening rises with buzzers,black pennel and
kate maclaren proving to be attracting interest.
On Bhac some excellent sport has been reported nymphs,dries and buzzers all doing well.
Long range weather forecast for this area looks favourable at the moment for July so heres hoping.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Fish At Dam


Conditions looked excellent at the Dam this morning with the river sitting at a good height. One fish was caught for the day – Derek Hutchison catching a fish of 5lbs on the spinner from Port-na-Craig bank in the morning. Looking good for tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

First Fish At Ruan Ruarie

It's been quiet at the Dam for the last few days but Ruan Ruarie is now beginning to produce a few fish:  Stephen McLaren landed his first ever salmon yesterday - a 10lber on the spinner - well done - and hopefully not too long before you get your next one!  Great to see some of our younger members enjoying success and good to see the fish are now working their way through the system.

Stephen McLaren landed his first ever salmon yesterday - a 10ber from Ruan Ruarie - well done!

Reports of skin damage in wild Atlantic salmon

Important news item taken from the Fisheries Management Scotland website http://fms.scot/reports-of-disease-in-wild-atlantic-salmon/

There are reports of small numbers of fish exhibiting signs of bleeding and/or ulceration being caught in Norway, Ireland and Scotland. These symptoms have been reported as being mainly along the area on the belly of the fish between the head and the tail. At the moment what is causing this trauma is unknown. Fisheries Management Scotland are liaising closely with Marine Scotland and samples have now been taken by the Fish Health Inspectorate. If you encounter a fish exhibiting these symptoms please contact the Fish Health Inspectorate immediately – see details below. If possible, the fish should be kept alive until the duty inspector has provided advice as to the appropriate course of action.

It would be advisable, if you do catch and land one of these fish, to follow normal biosecurity protocols and to disinfect your fishing tackle, landing net, waders and fishing jacket.

Example of an affected fish caught in Norway
Contact Details for Fish Health Inspectorate
Fish Health Inspectorate
Marine Scotland
Marine Laboratory
375 Victoria Road
Aberdeen AB11 9DB

Tel:  +44 (0) 131 244 3498
Email: ms.fishhealth@gov.scot
If an urgent matter related to the issues listed above arises outside normal office hours, you can telephone the On Call Inspector for assistance on +44 (0)131 244 1833.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Fish At The Dam

With the river at a good height and good numbers of fish showing prospects looked excellent at the Dam this morning. Nigel Oldroyd was able to take advantage - landing a superb fish of 12lbs on the spinner from Port-na-Craig bank this morning. This was Nigel’s first salmon and it’s fair to say he was delighted at his success when I met him this morning – well done! With the river set to fall back conditions should be excellent for tomorrow – maybe more to come this week.

Success - Nigel Oldroyd lands his first salmon - a 12lber from Port-na-Craig bank - well done!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Fish At Ruan Ruarie And Dam!


We had another first fish this week – this time it was Liam Mullen, one of junior members, who landed a salmon of 9lb on the spinner from our Ruan Ruarie beat yesterday (Friday). It was also our first fish of the season from our Ruan Ruarie beat. Well done Liam – hopefully the first of many! We didn't have to wait for our second fish from Ruan Ruarie - today Sean Dugan caught an 8lb fish on the spinner - good to see a few fish up there now. Further downstream on our Dam beat Munro Reid landed a fish of 14lb today - caught on the fly from Pitlochry bank. Not a bad way to round off  the week. 

First ever salmon for junior member Liam Mullen - a 9lber from Ruan Ruarie - well done Liam!


Sean Dugan landed an 8lber at Ruan Ruarie today


Munro Reid landed  a superb fish of 14lbs on Pitlochry bank this afternoon


Friday, May 31, 2019

Ticking Over

One late return from Wednesday - Kevin McIndoe landed a fish of 11lbs on the spinner in the afternoon from Pitlochry bank. Today conditions looked excellent with good numbers of fish showing - at least two were hooked but none successfully landed, unfortunately. Looking good for tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Hill Lochs Continue To Fish Well

Following on from last month both lochs fished excellently according to feedback from anglers.
The Bhac rainbows have been much admired for their superb condition and fighting qualities with buzzers,nymphs and damsels seeming to prove effective.
At Kinardochy some good rises of brownies have been reported when conditions are right.Best results have been on small wet flies with black or red being the most successful colours.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

First Fish!

The water has dropped away quickly after the rise at the weekend but was still at a good height this morning – prospects looked excellent. As it turned out only one fish was caught but it was a red letter day for Ann Hunter who managed to catch her first ever salmon after three years of trying – a fresh 16lber caught on the spinner from Port-na-Craig bank this morning – hopefully not too long before Ann gets the next one. Condition remain good and there should be more this week.

Monday, May 27, 2019

Rise Of Water


With a rise of water over the weekend there was room for optimism this morning. Jim Lapsley was able to take advantage with a fish of 10lbs caught on the spinner first thing this morning from Pitlochry bank. Despite good numbers of fish showing throughout the beat this turned out to be the only fish of the day. Looking good for tomorrow, though, when the water should have cleared further.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Special event! Freshwater Fisheries Lab Open Day - 15th June

The Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory, Pitlochry has organised a family Open Day on Saturday 15th June 2019 at the Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry. Doors open at 10am and there will be lots to see and do - full details and the programme for the day are on the web at https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/marine/science/Faskally

Some pictures taken at the last Open Day in 2017




Monday, May 20, 2019

Good Start To The Week

With good cloud cover it looked a bit more promising today but the only fish of the day came early - Jim Lapsley landed a fresh fish of 12 lbs on the spinner from Pitlochry bank first thing this morning. Quite a few fresh fish were showing throughout the day so some encouragement for the rest of the week.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Fish At The Dam


Another warm day with unbroken sunshine – not the best conditions for fishing. The fish are there, though, and Jim Fisher was able tempt one – an 8lber caught on the fly on Pitlochry bank this morning. Great to see the Dam continuing to produce in these conditions. Let’s see what the weekend brings.

Success! - an 8lber from Pitlochry bank for Jim Fisher this morning


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Steady At The Dam


It was another hot and sunny day at the Dam – not the most promising conditions. Kevin Williams managed to find a fish first thing this morning, though, - a 9lber caught on the spinner from Port-na-Craig bank. Even with difficult conditions it’s worth persevering.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Ticking Over


Still good numbers of fish showing at the Dam but only one caught today: Steve Watt was the successful angler with a fish of 8lbs caught on Pitlochry bank his morning. Looks like the temperature is on the way up over the next few days – perseverance could be the key this week.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Excellent End To The Week


The temperature was up today but with continuing low water it was another challenging day for fishers at the Dam. Stuart Humphreys persevered, though, and was rewarded with a nice fish of 14lbs on the spinner from Pitlochry bank this morning and in the evening Les Dargie had a fish of 8lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank. For both Stuart and Les this was their first fish of the season - well done! It’s steady rather than exciting at the moment – we’ll see what next week brings.

Almost there .... Les Dargie on Pitlochry bank this evening

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Dam Fishing Well


Pleasant fishing conditions at the Dam today and with three fish caught the fishing wasn’t too bad either: Steve Watt landed two fish in quick succession - both 12lbs – on the spinner on Pitlochry bank this morning; and Iain McLaren then caught a fish of 9lbs on the fly – again on Pitlochry bank this morning. Great to see the Dam fishing well – even in the low water. Looking good for the weekend.

A 12lber for Steve Watt on Pitlochry bank this morning ...


.... and another - again from Pitlochry bank



Saturday, May 4, 2019

Sawmill Success

The low water doesn't make things easy at Sawmill but Paul Carter was able to find a fish this evening - a fresh fish of 10lbs caught on the fly - still worth a go down there.

Paul Carter landed this fish of 10lbs in Sawmill this evening

Friday, May 3, 2019

Dam Double

Conditions remained favourable today – albeit at a temperature a few degrees lower – and with two fish caught it was another excellent day at the Dam: Peter Fitzpatrick was the successful angler rounding off a productive visit with another two fish – this time a 12lber caught on the spinner on Port-na-Craig bank in the morning and another at 8lbs on the fly in the afternoon on Pitlochry bank - good going. Peter’s fish takes our total for the year to 59 – ahead of our total for 2018 – so not too bad. Hopefully more tomorrow …

Peter Fitzpatrick with a 12lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning

... and another at 8lbs on the fly on Pitlochry bank this afternoon


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Steady At The Dam


With nothing caught at lunchtime and the beat generally quiet it wasn’t looking too promising for the afternoon. Jim Fisher managed to find a fish, though, - a 12lber caught on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank – it’s worth persevering!

Jim Fisher was successful today - a 12lber from Port-na-Craig bank this afternoon


Hill Lochs Fishing Well

After the very cold easterly winds which persisted in the hills for the first week or so of the new season the fishing certainly picked up for the second half of April.
Some excellent catches have been reported from Bhac with anglers finding small black lures doing well.
At Kinardochy the brown trout have certainly made the most of the very mild winter as they are in excellent condition and black traditional wet flies proving popular.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Ticking Over


It was quieter at the Dam today but Alun Williams still managed to find a fish – an 8lber caught this morning on Pitlochry bank. Perseverance seems to be the key at the moment – the fish are there!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Dam Success


Pleasant fishing conditions again at the Dam today – and two fish caught: Gary Waugh had a fish of 7lbs on the fly first thing on Port-na-Craig bank; and Gordon Phillips landed a superb fish of 20lbs on the spinner on Pitlochry bank not long after. Despite the low water there looks to be good numbers of fish about at the moment – hopefully more to come this week.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Fish At The Dam


Despite the low water the Dam continues to fish well and with one fish caught it was a steady start to the week: Peter Fitzpatrick was the successful angler with a fish of 12lbs caught on the fly on Pitlochry bank this afternoon. With settled weather forecast prospects look good for the rest of the week.

Peter Fitzpatrick landed a 12lber on Pitlochry bank this afternoon


Saturday, April 27, 2019

Good End To The Week


With good cloud cover and occasional showers conditions were generally favourable today and with two fish caught it was an excellent end to the week: Jesus Ugarte Fernandez landed a good fish of 9lbs on Port-na-Craig bank mid-morning on the fly; and Carlos Garza Fernandez caught a fish of 12lbs on the fly not long after on Pitlochry bank – great to see visiting anglers enjoying success. Looking good for next week.

Jesus Ugarte Fernandez with 9lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning


Carlos Garza Fernandez landed a 12lber on Pitlochry bank this morning

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Dam Fishing Well

The low water levels continue at the Dam ... but with fish about and two caught it continues to fish well: Iain McLaren was first into action with a 9lber on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning; and Richard Davidson followed with an 8lber on the spinner just before changeover - again on Pitlochry bank - it can be done! With a bit of rain forecast things could freshen up for the weekend. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Fish At The Dam


Low water continues at the Dam but with fresh fish coming into the beat there’s always a chance. Alun Williams was in the right place this morning landing a sea-liced fish of 7lbs on the spinner from Pitlochry bank. Hopefully there will be a few more to come this week.

Alun Williams lands a sea-liced fish of 7lbs on Pitlochry bank this morning


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Ticking Over

Low water, bright and sunny - not the best conditions for salmon fishing. Steve Watt managed to find a fish, though, - a 7lber on the spinner from Pitlochry bank early this morning. Challenging conditions for the weekend.

Steve Watt landed a 7lber on Pitlochry bank this morning



Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Talk on history of salmon management - 29 April


Good Fishing At The Dam


Low water and a cold upstream wind again today but with good numbers of fish about it was another excellent day at the Dam: Martin Wilson had an early fish of 11lbs on the fly on Pitlochry bank; not long after Andy Tuten landed a fish of 11lbs on the spinner from Pitlochry bank; Tony Brown caught a fish of 18lbs on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank just before changeover; and Paul Carter rounded things off nicely with a 10lber on the fly from Pitlochry bank in the evening. It’s been a great start to the week – and there should be more to come.

A 10lber for Paul Carter on Pitlochry bank this evening


Monday, April 15, 2019

Fishing Well


The river dropped back further over the weekend and with a cold upstream wind it was a challenging day for our anglers. With three fish caught, though, it was an excellent start to the week: Steve Watt got things going with a fish of 9lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning; Alistair Hamilton then had an 8lber – again on the fly on Pitlochry bank in the morning; and Gordon Hanslip rounded things off nicely with a fish of 8lbs on the spinner from Port-na-Craig bank in the morning. There seems to be good numbers of fish about at the moment and the low water doesn’t seem to be putting them off.

Alisrair Hamilton with 8lber on Pitlochry bank this morning


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Excellent End To The Week


The river dropped a few inches overnight and anglers had to contend with a cold upstream wind ... but it didn’t seem to put the fish off and with three caught in was an excellent end to the week: Roger Collins was first into action with a fish of 8lbs caught on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank this morning; Donny Whiteford followed up just before changeover with a 12lber on the spinner from Pitlochry bank; and Steve Dora rounded things off with a fish of 8lbs on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank in the afternoon. Great to see a few fish about and looking good for next week.

Steve Dora with an 8lber on Port-na-Craig bank this afternoon