Monday, February 18, 2019

Great Start To The Week

Prospects looked good this morning with the river again sitting at an ideal height. We had to wait until the afternoon, though, for Martin Wilson to land the only fish of the day - a superb fish of 15lbs caught on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank. Great to see the beat fishing so well this early in the season- and looking very promising for the rest of the week.

Martin Wilson lands a 15lber on Port-na-Craig bank this afternoon

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Excellent Fishing At The Dam

Conditions were close to ideal at the Dam today and it was perhaps no surprise that we had an excellent end to the week with two fish caught: Neill Sproull opened his account for the year with a fish of 15lbs on Pitlochry bank: and Steve Watt continued his good run with a fish of the same weight from Port-na-Craig bank - both were caught on the fly in the afternoon. Great to see the fishing picking up  - and with favourable conditions set to continue next week it's definitely worth a go.

Neill Sproull on Pitlochry bank this afternoon

Steve Watt - more success on Port-na-Craig bank

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Dam Salmon

Conditions have looked good this week and this has encouraged a few club members to head out for a cast but with no success. Today, though, Steve Watt landed a superb fish of 13lbs, caught on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank this morning. Catches usually pick up from about now and hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for more success.

Steve Watt with superb 13lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Pitlochry Angling Club Open Night & Grand Fishing Tackle Auction, Scotland's Hotel, Pitlochry, 13 March 2019, 7pm. (Everyone welcome!)

This year's Open Night features what is sure to be a very interesting and enlightening talk by fish genetics expert Prof Eric Verspoor entitled "Arctic charr and brown trout diversity in the R Tay system - two species, many ecological forms". This fascinating subject looks at the different lifestyles adopted by genetically similar groups of these fish.  
Arctic Charr and Brown Trout

The popular PAC fishing tackle auction is set to return to liven up our 2019 Open Night. Over the years the auction has helped PAC raise an incredible amount of money for local and national charities. This year the Committee has decided to award the proceeds of the auction to two most deserving and inspiring charities; Help for Heroes and the Children's Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS). To see the good work that they do follow the links: and

You can help to make the auction a great success and contribute to these worthy causes by donating fishing tackle, books, fly tying materials, waders, clothing e.t.c. Please pass any items to a member of the committee or contact A. McCartney on 01796472924 who is happy to collect items from you.

The other way you can contribute is to come along to the open night and grab yourself a bargain or more likely buy more stuff you don't really need, remember the causes!

With Jimmy Ross taking a well-earned rest from hosting the auction this year our auctioneer will be the chairman of the Tay District Salmon Fishery Board, our very own Iain McLaren. This year's auction promises to be a fast-moving event, sit on your hands and you will lose out!

With your help, the auction promises to be the best one yet.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


Today was the opening of the Tay salmon season. River conditions were excellent and several members were out on Portnacraig Pitlochry and the Sawmilll to either fish or chat with those who were. At lunch time, Steve Watt was rewarded with a powerful 16lb springer on a Willie Gunn tube fly on the Portnacraig bank just above The Portnacraig Inn. Ross Gardiner helped him measure and release the fish quickly back to the water. The fish had been in the river a little while and there were marks on it which showed that prior to entering the river, it had had a tussle with something like a dolphin. Steve is one of the Club’s most successful salmon anglers and although he fishes most opening days somewhere on the Tay system, this was only his second opening day fish, his previous being a 20lb-er on Kerkock beat in 1987 on a Devon minnow.  The Club's last opening day fish was in 2013 when Gordon Nichol caught a 21lb-er, which was again on fly, but off the opposite bank.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Visitors Permits for Pitlochry Dam salmon fishing 2019 are now available online.

Permits went on sale this morning. Good luck with booking! Tight lines on the river!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

River Tummel 2019 annual permits available online

Trout and grayling annual permits 15 March 2019 to 14 March 2020 are now available online. The perfect Christmas gift for that fisherman in your life!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Fly tying time of year again!

Our friendly 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 19
  • December 3, 17
  • January 7, 21
  • February 4, 18 

We look forward to meeting you there! Call the Club mobile for further information 07541404048

Monday, October 15, 2018

Last Of The Season

John Dargie caught our last fish of the season on Thursday - a 10lber on the fly from our Sawmill beat on the fly - a nice way to round off what has been a challenging year. 

John Dargie with the last fish of the season - a 10lber from Sawmill

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


Two SNFFL competitions took place recently on our Pitlochry to Ballinluig stretch of the River Tummel – full details are on

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


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


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 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 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  
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


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


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


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


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.