Yesterday had a quietish feel about it but things picked up again today and with three fish caught it was another excellent day at the Dam: Dave Stewart was first into action with an 8lber on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank this morning; Adrian Mailer then landed a 10lber on the fly on Pitlochry bank later in the morning: and Calum King rounded things off with a fish of 10lbs on the fly on Pitlochry bank just before changeover. Great to see the Dam fishing well - let’s see what the weekend brings.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Excellent conditions again on our Dam beat and with one fish caught not a bad return: Steve Watt was the successful angler with a 16lber on the spinner from Pitlochry bank this morning. Hopefully a few more fish will come into the beat as we head into the weekend.
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Settled conditions on the river today and it was another excellent day on PAC waters: Alun Williams continued his good run with two fish – a hard fighting 20lber on the fly then a 12lb sea-liced fish on the spinner – both from Pitlochry bank this morning; and downstream on Sawmill Jim Fisher landed an 8lber on the fly – still plenty of fish about.
Monday, April 12, 2021
Cold and bright today but it didn’t put the fish off and with three fish caught it was an excellent start to the week: Steve Watt landed a hard fighting fish of 20lbs on Pitlochry bank this morning and then another in the afternoon at 9lbs on Port-na-Craig bank – both on the spinner; and further downstream on Sawmill Graeme Stewart landed a sea-liced fish of 15lbs on the fly in the afternoon. Some good fish about at the moment – and looking good for the rest of the week.
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Friday, April 9, 2021
The Dam had a quieter feel today but there were still a few fish about and Steve Watt managed to catch one – a 7lber on the spinner from Port-na-Craig bank this morning. Hopefully there will be more tomorrow to round off an excellent week.
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Cold again today but the river remains steady at a good height and it was another excellent day at the Dam: Ally Gowans got the first fish of the day – an 8lber on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this morning; just before changeover James Broomhall landed a fish to remember – a 20lber on Port-na-Craig bank - and then another at 10lbs on Pitlochry bank in the afternoon - both on spinner; and in the evening Alec Cruikshank rounded things off nicely with a 15lber on the fly from Pitlochry bank. The Dam is fishing well at the moment and there’s every reason to think there will be more to come this week.
|Ally Gowans with an 8lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning|
|One of two for James Broomhall today - a 20lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning|
|Alec Cruikshank rounded off the day with a 15lber on Pitlochry bank this evening|
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Conditions looked good again this morning but with nothing caught by lunchtime it looked as if it was just going to be one those days. Early in the afternoon, though, Steve Watt broke the stalemate with a fresh fish of 21lbs caught on the spinner on Pitlochry bank – the quality of fish caught this year has been outstanding. All looking positive for the rest of the week.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
The river dropped back a little overnight but otherwise it was a similar day to yesterday - a cold wind blowing from the north, snow flurries … and fish in the mood to take a fly: Stuart Humphreys got things going with a superb fish of 23lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank first thing this morning - one to remember: not long after Alun Williams followed up on his success of last week with another great fish – this time with an 18lber from Pitlochry bank in the morning and then another at 8lbs on Port-na-Craig bank in the afternoon – both on the fly; and downstream on Sawmill Jimmy Ross struck again – this time a 10lber on the fly. Great to see good numbers of quality fish in the beat – and looking good for the rest of the week.
|A superb fish of 23lbs for Stuart Humphreys - one of three caught on the beat today|
Monday, April 5, 2021
The river was at a good height this morning but winter had returned with a cold wind blowing in the occasional snow flurry from the north. The fish didn’t seem to mind, though, and with three fish caught it was a great start to the week: Jim Fisher was first into action with a fish of 10lbs on the fly on his first run down Port-na-Craig bank this morning – nicely done; and Graham Fyfe did well in the afternoon with fish at 8lbs and 15lbs - both on the fly from Pitlochry bank. Quite a few more fish were seen and prospects look good for the rest of the week.
|Jim Fisher with a hard fighting fish of 10lbs on Port-na-Craig bank this morning|
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
The river remains high - but when there’s fish about …. Ally Gowans was the successful angler today with a nice fish of 12lbs from Port-na-Craig bank on the fly this morning. Great to see some quality fish in the beat at the moment and will be interesting to see how things fare when the water drops back further.
|Safely in the net - Ally Gowans with a 12lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning|
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
The river was high and coloured over the weekend but has since dropped and cleared nicely - but at 4 feet above summer level it looked to be on the high side for good sport this morning. First run down Port-na-Craig bank, though, and Iain McLaren was able to find a fish – landing a hard fighting 10lber on the fly – nicely done. Shortly after the lunchtime changeover Alun Williams followed up with a superb fish of 22lbs on the fly – needless to say the fish put up quite a fight in the high water – one to remember - well done! A great start to the week and looking very promising for the rest of the week.
|Ready to go - Iain McLaren with 10lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning|
|Alun Williams with a fish to remember - a 22lber on Port-na-Craig bank this afternoon|
Monday, March 29, 2021
Pictured below is our flock of friendly Whoopers who a busy doing a great job clearing weed at L Bhac ready for the new trout fishing season that opens on the loch on April 1.
Monday, March 22, 2021
The Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board is holding a Public Meeting tomorrow (Tuesday 23rd March) at 7pm via Zoom. It will be very informative to everyone interested in the salmon and sea trout of the Tay. To register and be emailed a Zoom link, please email email@example.com as soon as possible.
The Tay Board has also issued a new newsletter which will be available on its website www.tdsfb.org shortly.
TAY DISTRICT SALMON FISHERIES BOARD
OPEN MEETING TUESDAY, 23RD MARCH 2021 AT 7PM VIA “ZOOM”
1. The activities of the Board in the past year
2. Presentation of the annual report and accounts
3. The proposed activities of the Board over the next year
4. Question and Answer Session
For details on how join the meeting, please contact Inga on firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, March 13, 2021
The river was at a good height at the Dam this morning and the odd fish was showing. None could be tempted, though, despite the best efforts of some determined anglers. Further down at Sawmill, though, it was different: Paul Carter continued his good start to the season with a fish of 8lb on the fly – nicely done. Looking good for next week.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
There seems to be a few fish about at the moment and today saw our first Sawmill fish of the season: Jimmy Ross was the successful angler with a very nice fish of 17lbs on the fly from the BP burn – a great way to get the beat up and running. There’s some rain forecast overnight but should still be worth a cast this week.
|First Sawmill fish of the year goes to Jimmy Ross - a fresh 17lber on the fly!|
Monday, March 8, 2021
Very nice conditions for a cast today and it didn’t take Steve Watt long to get into the action with a superb fish of 19lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning. In the afternoon he followed up with a 17lber on the spinner from Port-na-Craig bank – the perfect way to open his Tummel account for 2021. There’s definitely fish about and if you do get one there’s a good chance it will be one to remember.
|First of two for Steve Watt today - a superb 19lber from Pitlochry bank this morning|
Sunday, March 7, 2021
It was the first bank clearance of the year this morning and some good work was done on our Sawmill and Dam beats. Quite a big job this time round but many hands make light work as they say and it didn’t take long to knock things into shape - the banks are now looking excellent. Thanks – and well done – to all those who turned out – great job!
|BP burn before .....|
|..... and after|
|... a well earned rest|
|... ready for action|
The Club has recently reviewed and updated its rules for fishing and recommends that anglers download and print copies of relevant rules for any Club waters that they intend to fish from the website. Please also remind yourselves of the Covid19 rules introduced by the Club on July 3, 2020 that remain in force. These will be revised in accordance with any relaxation of lockdown conditions in due course. Meantime we hope that sticking to the rules means that we can enjoy ever more "normality" as Covid19 continues to diminish. Tight lines!
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Our Port-na-Craig beat has been very lightly fished so far this season but with the river at a good height this morning a few of our local members were tempted out for a cast today. After a quiet morning things picked up in the afternoon with the first fish of the season caught by Paul Carter - a superb fish of 12lbs on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank – well done! Great to see our season off the mark - and with a settled forecast into next week prospects look excellent.
First fish of the season for Paul Carter on Port-na-Craig bank this afternoon - well done!
Friday, January 15, 2021
Another salmon season got underway on the Tummel this morning and as always hopes were high. Conditions were reasonably favourable with the river at a good height and settled conditions but there was no getting away from the fact that it was cold. Perhaps unsurprisingly it was a low key affair with only a couple of members having a cast and there was to be no opening day fish this year. Hopefully it won’t be too long before the first one comes to the net. Tight lines to all our fishermen for 2021!
Port-na-Craig beat this morning
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Happy New Year and tight lines to our many friends, we sincerely hope that prospects are better than last year which was a bit of a nightmare! You can now book days online on all of our waters including Pitlochry Dam salmon fishing. Please carefully read our Covid rules and booking conditions, no refunds will be given for permits that cannot be used due to the pandemic or for other reasons. Last year the Tay system appeared to have a better run of spring salmon and we're hoping for a decent run again this year, fingers crossed!
|Pitlochry Dam from Port-na-Craig|
Monday, November 23, 2020
COVID and PAC When permits went on sale in December 2019 there was no hint of the ravages that COVID would cause, in fact there was no mention of COVID. When the totally unforeseen and unforeseeable “Lockdown” legislation was introduced, fishing was banned and the Club decided without obligation or prejudice, as a gesture of goodwill, to refund monies for all day permits for days during the affected period and make part refunds for season permits which included the affected period. Under the Club’s Terms and Conditions – Distance Selling Regulations, it is clearly stated “There is no consumers right to cancel permits and no refunds are given.” Nonetheless, in the prevailing extraordinary and unique circumstances, the Club waived that condition and made refunds of around £15,000.
Season 2021 The Club will continue to comply with all COVID legislation and guidelines and requires compliance by all permit holders. It is clear and foreseeable that risks of activities being constrained or banned due to COVID legislation and/or Guidelines in future exist, a totally different situation to that which occurred in 2019/20. Therefore, these risks must be accepted by purchasers and as from 11 November 2020, no refunds will be given for permits that cannot be used. You will be deemed to have accepted this when making bookings.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Hopes were high for a last day fish from our Ruan Ruarie beat today but it turned out Sawmill was the place to be: Andy Khakoo landed a fish of 4lbs on the fly this morning - an excellent way round off the season.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
The river has dropped back nicely over the last few days and Mark Brazendale was able to take advantage in Sawmill this evening - and continue his good run - with fish at 5lbs and 11.5lbs. Both fish were caught on the fly. Good to see a few fish about and there should be a few more to come before the end of the season.
One of two fish for Mark Brazendale in Sawmill this evening - nicely done!
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Not too many anglers fishing Sawmill at the moment but Mark Brazendale showed it's still worth a cast with a 7lber on the spinner yesterday evening. The recent rain has given the river a lift and should have encouraged a few fish into our beats - time to dig the rod out.
Monday, September 21, 2020
The river has dropped back over the weekend but continues to fish well. Lots of fish were showing first thing and Allan Robertson managed to intercept one of 5lb on the fly early this morning on Pitlochry bank. Could be more this week.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Still plenty of fish about and both our Garry and Tummel beats enjoyed success this week: Dave Wilson continued his good run up at Ruan Ruarie with a fish of 8lbs on the spinner yesterday; and this morning Martin Timmins caught a lively grilse of 4lbs on the fly from our Sawmill beat. Great to see good numbers of fish at this stage in the season.
Saturday, September 12, 2020
With a bit of rain over the last week the Dam has been sitting at a favourable height and it seems to have livened things up: Gordon Pollock landed one of the biggest fish of the season on Tuesday with a 22lber on the fly from Pitlochy bank: and Ettore Amatori had a good day on Thursday – after losing a fish in the morning he persevered to land a nice grilse of 3lbs on the spinner from Pitlochry bank. Still plenty of fish about and well worth a cast.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Good numbers of fish are moving through our Ruan Ruarie beat at the moment and Greg Sinclair was in the right place to intercept one yesterday - a 9lber caught on the fly. The beat provides a great opportunity for the more adventurous fisherman - worth a go.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
More action on Ruan Ruarie today. This time the successful angler was club member Mark Brazendale who landed a lively grilse of 5lbs on the spinner in the Viaduct Pool. Mark has persevered up there and now reaped the benefit - hopefully not long till the next one.
Monday, August 24, 2020
It was a good day on our Ruan Ruarie beat with two fish for Dave Wilson - a grilse of 3lbs and a fish of 10lbs - both on the spinner. The beat fishes well at this time of year and for the adventurous angler it is well worth exploring.