Monday, March 23, 2020

Due to the latest Covid-19 restrictions no fishing is allowed on any of our waters until further notice.

Boris Johnston's announcement of a "lockdown" this evening caused us to disable booking for our waters in accordance with the Government's "Stay at Home" policy, until further notice (at least until the Governments review around April 14). We are very sorry to have to do this and will keep matters under review and revert to normality as soon as appropriate. Meantime we ask that everyone comply with the latest Government restrictions and please do your best to stay safe.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

No boats on Lochs Bhac or Kinardochy - changes due to Covid-19

Having assessed the current situation, to minimise risk to all the Club has decided meantime not to put the boats on Loch Bhac or Loch Kinardochy. We are very sorry to have to adopt these measures in the interests of your safety and hope that everyone stays safe and that the current restrictions may be relaxed at the earliest. Bank fishing is still available on Loch Bhac. Persons who have already booked boats on the lochs for this season will be contacted and offered compensation.

Meantime we ask that all anglers maintain a 2 metre space from other people and wash or disinfect hands after contact with surfaces that may have been touched by others.
Loch Bhac, bank fishing during calmer times!

Thursday, February 27, 2020

First Fish Of The Season!

After a couple of weeks of high water it was good to see the river drop back to a promising height this week and it is perhaps no surprise that the first fish of the season was landed today. Steve Watt was the successful angler catching a very lively fish of 15lbs – cartwheeling out of the water three times before coming safely to the net – well done Steve!  Prospects look excellent as we head into the weekend – there could be more to come this week.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

PAC Open Night 15 March at Birnam Arts Institute - free & everyone welcome! 7 pm start

In a departure from our usual Open Night, PAC have hired the main hall in the Birnam Arts Institute to show a Norwegian film titled The Salmon Story.

This is a visually stunning and entertaining feature length film about the challenges facing wild Atlantic salmon in Norway. Many of these challenges are also experienced by salmon returning to Scotland's rivers and across the North Atlantic. Salmon numbers have halved in Norway in the past 50 years and the film explores the reasons why. Unique footage, interviews and animations communicate the issues including those associated with Norway's farmed salmon industry. This is a very topical film and will be of interest to all anglers.
The trailer for this film can be accessed via:

The film is not available publicly and has been kindly provided to PAC by Sven-Helge Pedersen, co-producer and friend of the fisheries management community in Scotland, from Herdanger fjord, Norway.

We will have our prize giving from 19:15 to 19:30 followed by the first half of the film, approximately 40 minutes. We will then have an interval of half an hour for refreshments and raffle followed by the final half of the film. Estimated close at 21:30.

A few still images from the movie-

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Opening Day

Another season got underway on the Tummel today and as always hopes were high.  Conditions were favourable this morning with the winds having eased overnight and the river sitting at a good height. We had a reasonably good turnout with a few hardy members wetting a line and others dropping by for a chat. Unfortunately the opening day success of 2019 wasn’t repeated but with a mild winter to date there should be a few fish in the beat and hopefully it won’t be too long before the first one comes to the net. Tight lines to all our fishermen for 2020!

Ready for action this morning.

Members gather for a cast.

No luck today but shouldn't be too long ....

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

September Hill Lochs Report

Thankfully September proved to be more suitable for fishing than kite flying and checking out if your waterproofs still were.
It also showed considerably more anglers on the lochs than previous month which was good to see.
Some very good catches were reported on both waters with once again traditional wets on Kinardochy and buzzers,dries on Bhac providing sport.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Ruan Ruarie Grilse

Liam Mullen followed up on his success earlier in the season with a grilse of 4lbs caught on the spinner from our Ruan Ruarie beat yesterday - nicely done. It was almost two - with another fish was lost at the bank. Seems to be good numbers of fish in the beat now - definitely worth a go.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Ruan Ruarie Salmon

Our Ruan Ruarie beat is looking good at the moment and Sean Dugan was able to take advantage yesterday with a fish of 9lb on the spinner from Bridge Pool. From now to the end of the season is prime time on this beat - well worth a go.

Monday, September 2, 2019

August Hill Lochs Report

Once again 'sods law' prevailed and after getting away with the worst of heavy rain and blustery winds in July  we certainly did not get away with it during August.
This was reflected by reduced numbers of anglers fishing our lochs throughout the month.
Both lochs continued to fish well and some good catches were made by club members and visitors who ventured out on the days when conditions were more favourable.
Orange Blob,Cormorants and Daddies were doing well at Bhac.
Black,Claret traditional wets providing sport at Kinardochy.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Sawmill Grilse

There seems to be a few grilse about at the moment and Sean Dugan was lucky enough to intercept one today - a fish of 3lbs caught on the spinner in Sawmill this afternoon. The river should drop back further this week - could be more to come this week.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Fish At The Dam

The river is sitting at a good height at the moment and it seems to have encouraged a few fish into the beat. Massimo Castelvecchi was in the right place to take advantage with a fish of 12lbs caught on the fly yesterday evening on Pitlochry bank. Could be more this week.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Dam Salmon

Not a bad end to the week with a fresh fish of 12lbs caught on the fly by Paul Carter this evening on Port-na-Craig bank. The river should settle back further over the weekend and next week looks promising.

Just about there - Paul Carter with a 12lber on Port-na-Craig bank this evening

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Dam Grilse

The river has dropped back to a good height after the rise earlier this week and conditions looked good this morning. Alex Johns was able to take advantage with a nice grilse of 5lbs caught on the fly on Pitlochry bank this morning. Not many anglers out at the moment but still a few fish to be had - worth a go.

A nice grilse of 5lbs for Alex Johns on Pitlochry bank

Friday, August 2, 2019

July Hill Lochs Report

Some excellent sport was once more reported from our hill lochs by club members and visitors who fished throughout the month.
The fishing Gods certainly seemed to be on our side and we were spared the thunderstorms and torrential rain that many places not too far from the lochs endured.
At Bhac nymphs,buzzers and goldheads were doing well.
Traditional wet flies fished deeper were getting results on Kinardochy.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Sawmill Grilse

Not too many anglers out at the moment but Sean Dugan showed it's still worth a go with a nice grilse of 4lbs caught on the spinner last night on Sawmill - it can be done. With good numbers going through the ladder at the moment it's definitely worth a cast.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Please watch out for pink salmon

Anglers and others on Scottish rivers are being asked to watch out for and report Pacific pink salmon which are now turning up in our rivers the summers of odd numbered years – a lot were reported in Scottish rivers 2017, including a dead one picked up just below Pitlochry Dam and which is a likely spot for any straying fish to get held up. To date (22 July), there have only been a few reported in Scotland in 2019 – we have noticed reports of ones being caught in the Aberdeenshire Dee, the River Deveron, the River Awe and the Kyle of Sutherland and there will be others*. There have also been reports from Ireland and North East England. But, based on 2017, the main period they would be expected to turn up is over the next few weeks. Please look at the Marine Scotland topic sheet (images pasted in below) for more information on what to watch out for and do - please click on the images to see them larger.

*Update 22/7/19 5:18 BST: We have heard from Brian Davidson of Fisheries Management Scotland and Sean Dugan of the Scottish Fisheries Co-ordination Centre that there are now reports from Aberdeenshire Dee (2 fish), the River Deveron (1), the River Awe (1), the Kyle of Sutherland rivers (3), the Tweed (1) and the sea off the River Polla on the north coast (1), ie nine in total, so they are about and do watch out for them.

Memories from the past – Joe Russo

Many anglers who fished Portnacraig Pitlochry Beat in the 1970s through to the early 1990s period have very fond memories of Joe Russo, Forfar’s highly sociable and entertaining Scots Italian ice cream man, who was a regular. Joe fished all methods with great success and many will remember the plugs he made from sections of broom handle. He was also skilled fly fisherman and indeed a fly casting champion. But after finally losing a very hard fought battle with leukaemia, Joe very sadly died in 1994 as a relatively young man. Every five years his family run a charity Tour de Tayside bike run (this year on 11 August) to raise money for leukaemia research and the blood cancer ward in Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and to keep his memory alive – more information on

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

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
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

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.