The river has been at a good height for some time now but despite this the first fish of the season has remained elusive - until now! Steve Watt was the successful angler with a superb fish of 16lbs caught on the spinner from Pitlochry bank this morning. Great to see our season fully underway. Conditions are looking excellent for the rest fo the week - maybe more to come?
Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Scotlands Hotel, Bonnethill Road, Pitlochry, Wednesday 13 March (19:30)
Presentation by Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Programme Director, Scotland Deirdre Stewart followed by a QA session.
The Trust’s long-term vision for this project is to breathe
life back into this land by restoring habitats and ecological processes,
recovering iconic missing species, and rebuilding a strong, emotional connection
between people and the environment.
Break for free refreshments followed by:
Fly tying talk and demonstration by Ross Macdonald from
This is sure to be a very informative evening. Please invite anyone you think might be interested in attending as the event is open to all.
Monday, January 15, 2024
Another salmon season got underway this morning. It was a cold start with temperatures below freezing and a dusting of snow. A few hardy members ventured out for a cast and a few more looked on from the bank. Conditions looked promising but there was to be no opening day springer this year. Hopefully not too long before the first fish of the year comes to the net and hopefully a successful season lies ahead.
|Port-na-Craig beat this morning - another season begins
|A few hardy members headed out for a cast
Saturday, September 23, 2023
Conditions are excellent on our Ruan Ruarie beat right now - and there's no shortage of fish. Paul Carter took advantage with a nice fish of 11lbs caught on the fly this morning. The fishing can be eexciting up there at this time of year - well worth a go.
Friday, September 15, 2023
Nice conditions at the Dam at the moment - and quite a few fish about by all accounts. Gavin Thompson was successful yesterday with a sea trout of 2lbs on the spinner from Pitlochry bank early in the morning. The rain forecast for the weekend should encourage a few more fish into the beat next week - could be good.
Sunday, August 27, 2023
The upcoming Scottish National Fly Fishing competition is on Sunday 3rd September.
32 competition anglers will be fishing PAC water on the River Tummel between Pitlochry and Ballinluig, the river will be very busy! If you want to watch the experts and learn this is a great opportunity however if you want to fish it might be difficult to find a sanctuary whilst the competition is in progress. It should be finished by 6pm.
Sunday, August 13, 2023
There haven't been too many caught in our Sawmill beat this season but Martin Timmins managed to intercept a grilse of 2lbs yesterday morning. Quite a few have been moving through our beat over the last few weeks - and if you're in the right place at the right time .....
Tuesday, August 1, 2023
It's always worth a go after a lift in water and John Muir was rewarded with an 8lber on the spinner from Pitlochry bank this aftermoon. There seems to be quite a few fish moving through the beat at the moment - prospects look good.
Saturday, July 29, 2023
Just to let our members and visitors know that Jack Perk’s newly released film “Britain's Hidden Fish” on the lives of all our freshwater and migratory fish – and some sea fish - will be shown at the Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy 01887 822845 on Monday evening (i.e. 31st July) at 8pm – with wonderful underwater video as never before.
The making of this superb film over the course of two years was funded by a crowdfunding exercise with many well-known fishing organisations including the Wild Trout Trust and the Grayling Society among the supporters. The film is narrated by Jeremy Wade of Channel 4's River Monsters fame who was closely involved in the project.
Friday, July 21, 2023
Conditions were favourable at the Dam yesterday and it was another good day for Martin Timmins who landed a fresh fish of 7lbs on the fly on Pitlochry bank in the morning and then a sea trout of 4lbs on the spinner in the afternoon - nicely done. The river remains at a good height - definitely worth a go at the moment.
Wednesday, July 19, 2023
The lift in water seems to have livened things up at the Dam and the good fishing continued yesterday: Massimo Castelvecchi got on the score sheet (at last!) with a 14lber on the fly in the evening on Port-na-Craig bank - well done! - and Martin Timmins did well with a 14lber on the spinner - again from Port-na-Craig bank. Good to see a few about and looking good for the rest of the week.
Tuesday, July 18, 2023
The recent lift in water has livened things up at the Dam - and there seems to be a few fish about. Robert Gardiner managed to interecept one on Pitlochry bank yesterday morning with a fish of 13lbs caught on the spinner and in the evening Martin Timmins had a 16lber on the spinner - again from Pitlochry bank. The river remains at a good height and there could be more to come this week.
|Robert Gardiner with a 13lber caught on Pitlochry bank
Wednesday, July 12, 2023
The recent lift in water has livened things up on PAC waters. Duncan Lawson landed a lively grilse of 4 lbs on the fly on Pitlochry bank this afternoon and further up on our Ruan Ruarie beat good numbers of fish were seen on the beat and a fish was lost. Conditions look excellent - could be a few more to come this week.
Tuesday, July 4, 2023
Still no sign of the significant rain we've been hoping for but that doesn't mean it's not worth a cast at the moment: John Muir ventured out yesterday evening and was rewarded with a lively fish of 8lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank. The fish are there!
Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Friday, May 26, 2023
Many of you will know that there have been problems with SSE’s fish counter at Pitlochry Dam for several years. Following an upgrade to the counter in 2018 it appears the fish count was being understated - with the best estimate being that this was approximately by a third. The link below to an article by TDSFB give a good overview of the background to the current situation and some indication of the progress being made – hopefully not too long before we have an accurate count
Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Good conditions again at the Dam today and plenty of fish moving. Kenny Lamont was in the right place this morning landing a superb sea-liced fish of 14lbs on Pitlochry bank this morning. Should be more of the same to come this week - looking good.
Pitlochry Angling Club (PAC) Open Night 2023 was held on
Wednesday 15th March 2023 in Scotlands Hotel, Pitlochry, where we
raised £1275 each for the Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) and
Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA), through a fishing tackle auction and raffle.
PAC would like to thank local businesses, estates and
individuals for their generosity in donating vouchers, fishing and second hand
tackle to the auction and raffle. This led to an impressive 130 items in the
auction alone. We would also like to thank Scotland’s hotel for donating the
venue for our open night and to our speaker Graham Forbes for his excellent fly
tying demonstration and for donating his fee to the two charities.
Finally the success of the evening would not have been possible without the 40 members and public who turned out and bid very generously.
Saturday, May 20, 2023
Our Dam beat continues to fish well - despite the low water. There's good numbers of fish about at the moment and Neil Tong was in the right place to intercept one today - a 10lber from Pitlochry bank this morning - not a bad way to round off the week. And there's a bit of rain in the forecast - could liven things up for next week.
|A 10lber for Neil Tong on Pitlochry bank this morning
Friday, May 19, 2023
Some water would liven things up at the Dam but in the meantime the beat continues to fish nicely: Adam Thomson was the successful angler today with a lively fish of 9lbs caught in the afternoon on Pitlochry bank. The fish are there - and should be more to come tomorrow.
Thursday, May 18, 2023
The Dam continues to produce fish - yesterday it was Stephen Herd who was the successful anngler with a fish of 7lbs landed on Pitlochry in the afternoon. Good to see the beat fishing well - and should be more to come this week.
|A fish of 7lbs for Stephen Herd on Pitlochry bank yesterday
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Good numbers of fish were showing at the Dam today but once again they were not easy to catch. Dave Stewart did well, though, with a fresh fish of 9lbs landed on Pitlochry bank this morning. Perseverance (and a bit of luck!) could be the key this week.
|A nice fish of 9lbs for Dave Stewart on Pitlochry bank this morning
Monday, May 15, 2023
Quite a few fish showing on our Dam beat this morning and Tony Brown managed to get hold of one - a superb fish of 18lbs caught on Port-na-Craig bank this morning. They're not giving themselves up easily at the moment but with a bit of perseverance ....
Saturday, May 13, 2023
It's been a challenging week on the river with low water levels but there's fish to be had and today was no exception: Steve Watt was the successful angler with a lively fish of 10lbs caught on Pitlochry bank this morning - an excellent end to the week. Hopefully more of the same next week.
Thursday, May 11, 2023
It was more of the same at the Dam today - low water and plenty of fish moving through the beat. Gordon Hanslip managed to intercept one - a superb fish of 11lbs from Pitlochry bank in the afternoon - it can be done. Let's see what the weeekend brings.
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
It was another low water day at the Dam yesterday but plenty of fish were showing throughout the beat - unfortunately, most of them looked to be travelling through fairly quickly. David Thomson persevered, though, and did well to intercept one - a very nice sea-liced fish of 14lbs from Pitlochry bank in the afternoon - nicely done. There should be more to come this week - though you might have to stick at it to get one.
|A sea-liced fish of 14lbs for David Thomson on Pitlochry bank yesterday
Thursday, May 4, 2023
Settled conditions at the Dam today but a stiff upstream wind for much of the day provided an unwelcome challenge. Dave Stewart was up to the task, though, landing a lively fish of 9lbs on Pitlochry bank this morning. There's fish about .... but they're not too easy to catch right now. Let's see what the weekend brings.
|A 9lber for Dave Stewart on Pitlochry bank this morning
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Jim Fisher landed a nice fish of 10lbs - and lost two more - on Pitlochry bank this morning - nicely done. The conditions may not look that favourable at the moment but with good numbers of fish about it's definitely worth sticking at it.
|A 10lber for Jim Fisher on Pitlochry bank this morning
Saturday, April 29, 2023
The river dropped back overnight but the fish were still in the mood today: Alan Nicoll landed a sea-liced fish of 10lbs on Pitlochry bank this morning and lost annother. Not a bad way to round off the week.
|A fresh fish of 10lbs for Alan Nicoll on Pitlochry bank this morning
Friday, April 28, 2023
It was quiet for the day rods yesterday but in the evening John Muir managed to winkle one out on Pitlochry bank - a nice fish of about 8lbs - it can be done!
|An 8lber in the evening for John Muir on Pitlochry bank
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Low water again today but with good numbers of fish about there's always a chance .... and sure enough Jim Fisher managed to intercept one at 9lbs on Pitlochry bank this morning. With more of the same forecast for the next few days there should be be more fish to come this week.
|A 9lber for Jim Fisher on Pitlochry bank this morning - the fish are there!
Monday, April 24, 2023
Water levels have dropped away over the last few days but with plenty of fish about there's still a good chance of a fish. Steve Watt was the succsessful angler today with a 15lber caught on Pitlochry bank this morning. Perseverance could be the key this week.