Friday, April 20, 2018

Fish About

The river dropped back nicely overnight and with good numbers of fish showing it was looking promising this morning. It wasn’t too long before George Renwick landed a fish of 13lbs on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank and later in the morning Ally Gowans followed with a fish of 9lbs – again on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank. Looking good for tomorrow.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Dam Salmon

With the river running high and slightly coloured conditions were less than ideal this morning but with the odd fish showing there was room for optimism. David Andrew persevered and was rewarded with a fish of 14lbs taken on the spinner – there’s always a chance. With water levels set to drop back over the next couple of days the fishing should pick up.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


After delayed opening of lochs due to prolonged Baltic conditions both lochs have started very well.
A boat out on Kinardochy at weekend reported 3 fish caught all on the old faithful Kate MacLaren.
On Bhac one of our members caught 4 on Saturday morning all on cormorants and one boat reported
18 rainbows all duly returned,olive nymphs and green diawl bach seem to be the flies of the moment.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Sawmill Success

It looked promising at the Dam today but the fish couldn't be tempted - despite the best efforts of the rods in action. Downstream at Sawmill, though, Ally Gowans rounded off an excellent week with a fish of 14lbs caught on the fly. Temperatures are forecast to rise next week - prospects look good.

Ally Gowans was successful in Sawmill this morning - a 14lber caught on the fly

Friday, April 13, 2018

Excellent Fishing At The Dam

Very nice conditions again this morning and with two exceptional fish caught it was another excellent day on our Dam beat: Ally Gowans struck early with a superb fish of 21lbs on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank first thing this morning; and shortly before midday Steve Watt landed an outstanding fish of 26lbs on Pitlochry bank – again caught on the fly. So far this season we’ve had eighteen fish from PAC beats at an average weight of fifteen pounds – not bad. Looking good for tomorrow.

Ally Gowans lands a 21lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning

Steve Watt  caught a 26lber on Pitlochry bank this morning

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Good Fishing Continues

Conditions looked good this morning but we had to wait until the afternoon for the only fish of the day: Dave Stewart was the successful angler with a fish of 8lbs caught on the fly from Pitlochry bank. The river remains at a good height - and prospects remain good.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dam Fishing Well

It's been slow at the Dam so far this week - despite good river levels - but today things really picked up with two fish caught: Jim Fisher was first into action with a fish of 17lbs caught on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this morning; and Jimmy Robertson followed up in the afternoon with a 9lber on the fly from Pitlochry bank. Good to see a few fish about - should be more this week.

Jim Fisher with 17lb fish on Port-na-Craig bank this morning

Jimmy Robertson with 9lber ready to go on Pitlochry bank this afternoon

Loch Broom opening postponed again!

When Jimmy Ross explored access to Loch Broom yesterday this is what he found, the road is still impassible so it will take a few more days of thaw yet to get rid of the snow drifts. Consequently, members bookings have been postponed until April 21st at earliest.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Sawmill Return

Snowmelt put the river up over the weekend but it dropped back nicely overnight and this morning sat at a good height. Ally Gowans was able to take advantage landing a nice fish this morning in Sawmill - a 9lber caught on the fly. Prospects look good for the rest of the week - should be more to come.

Ally Gowans lands a 9lber in Sawmill this morning

Monday, April 2, 2018

Dam Springer

It was another cold day on the river and a stiff upstream wind didn't make things any easier. Saul Mackay persevered, though, and was rewarded with a hard fighting fish of 13lbs caught on the fly on Pitlochry bank just before midday - it can be done. The river remains at a good height - room for optimism this week.

Saul Mackay returns a 13lber on Pitlochry bank this morning

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Sawmill Success

Another cold day on the river and another quiet day on our Dam beat – despite the odd fish showing and the best efforts of the anglers. Further downstream at Sawmill it was a different story; Paul Carter got his season underway with a superb fish of 14lbs caught on the fly this morning. Conditions look good for next week – and hopefully the fishing will pick up.

Ready to be released - Paul Carter was successful on Sawmill this morning

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Opening of lochs delayed due to cold conditions.

As previously mentioned Lochs Kinardochy and Bhac will be opened on April 8th due to road conditions and much of the surfaces being frozen. Club members please note that the road to Loch Broom is impassible due to snow drifts and it will remain closed until April 14th. We will keep an eye on conditions and notify of any changes.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Good Fishing Continues

Very nice conditions on the river this morning – a hint of spring in the sun and the water at an ideal height. It was a slow morning, though, with little showing but in the afternoon Jim Fisher broke the deadlock with a 14lb bar of silver from Pitlochry bank on the fly. Prospects remain good for the rest of the week – hopefully a few more to come.

Jim Fisher lands a 14lber on Pitlochry bank this afternoon

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Good End To The Week

The river dropped back and cleared overnight and was looking in good shape this morning. On our Dam beat Colin Fairgrieve was in the right place to land an excellent fish of 19 lbs on the spinner from Port-na-Craig bank early on this morning and further downstream at Sawmill Steve Watt also got into the action with a fish of 16lbs on the spinner in the afternoon. There seems to be plenty of quality fish about at the moment and with settled conditions set to continue it’s looking promising for next week.

Success - Colin Fairgrieve lands a 19lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Picking Up

Maybe not quite spring yet but it was a pleasant day for a cast and with the river at a good height conditions looked good this morning. It wasn’t long before Alan Wales hooked into a fish and after a good fight was able to land a superb fish of 19lbs – caught on Pitlochry bank on the fly. With settled conditions forecast for the rest of the week prospects look good.

Alan Wales lands a superb fish of 19lbs on Pitlochry bank this morning

Loch Bhac & Loch Kinnardochy - Opening delayed until April 8

Yesterday's visit to check access for putting the boats on by Jimmy Ross confirmed that Loch Bhac looked stunning in the sunshine but unfortunately, the access road had a deep covering of snow and most of the loch was frozen over. We have therefore delayed putting the boats on and the lochs will remain closed until April 8. Apologies to anyone hoping to fish there earlier.
Loch Bhac 20 March 2018

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Open Night Success

Our Open Night last night was very well attended to hear Club Secretary Ron Harriman give an illustrated talk on the history of  Pitlochry Angling Club. Amongst the honours, David Stewart became Club Champion and Andy Walker who recently retired from the Club Committee after serving in various roles for 46 years was presented with an engraved silver quaich by Club President Jimmy Ross and a golfing watch which will apparently tell him how short his drives are!

Big thanks to everyone who participated in our raffle and auction to raise funds for Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance, £700 will be winging its way to them shortly. We are especially very grateful to all donors.

P.S. Thanks to the generosity of one of our visitors who handed of a donation of £20 to Club President Jimmy Ross yesterday in the street, the cheque for Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance will now be for £720 (unless we receive more donations - please contact the Club soon if you wish to contribute).

P.P.S. We have received a further £30 in donations so the total is still rising, now it's £750!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Fishing Well

Fishing conditions were favourable today - the river at a good height, little wind and bearable temperatures – and with the odd fish showing there was room for optimism. Charlie Grosvenor was able to take advantage with a nice fish of 7lbs caught on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this afternoon. There should be more this week.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Great Start To The Week

The river was at a great height yesterday but with a bitterly cold wind it wasn't a day for the faint hearted. Billy McLauchlan persevered, though, and was rewarded with a hard fighting springer of 14lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank in the afternoon. With the settled conditions set to continue there should be more this week.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Port-na-Craig Springer

Despite being very lightly fished some great fish are being caught on our Port-na-craig beat at the moment: Steve Watt followed up on his success earlier in the week with another superb fish today - this time it was a 17lber caught  on the spinner on Port-na-Craig bank this afternoon. It's a great start to the season - and hopefully more to come this week.

Steve Watt continues his great start to the season - a 17lber from Port-na-Craig bank today

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Mitchell Trophy Claimed

With conditions looking good yesterday Steve Watt ventured out for a cast and was rewarded with two superb fish on the fly: the first at 21lbs was caught on Pitlochry bank in the morning and a second at 12lbs was landed on Port-na-Craig bank in the afternoon. As the first fish caught on the fly by a club member Steve also wins the Mitchell Trophy – well done. Fishing conditions continue to look ideal and hopefully this will encourage more to head out for a cast.

Steve Watt wins the Mitchell Trophy with a superb fish of 21lbs caught on fly from Pitlochry bank yesterday morning!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

First Fish Of The Season

Our Port-na-Craig beat has been very lightly fished since opening day but with rods out today and the river sitting at a good height there was room for optimism this morning. Sure enough Jordon Grant was successful with a superb fish of 14lbs caught on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank this afternoon - well done! Great to see fish of this quality on the beat - and hopefully not too long until the next one comes to the net.

First fish of the season - Jordon Grant lands a superb 14lb fish on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank - well done!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Open Night Wednesday 14th March

It's almost time for our annual Open Night to which everyone is invited (members or otherwise). This year the evening will feature a very interesting illustrated talk by our Club Secretary Ron Harriman who has held this post for the best part of 50 years and has done a fantastic job researching the history of the Club going back well over 100 years. Stories will include the capture of the specimen trout pictured below and many other anecdotes.

Presentation of prizes and a raffle to raise funds for the Air Ambulance will also take place.

Please join us and help to raise funds for this excellent deserving cause. If you have anything that you would like to donate to the raffle please contact Jimmy Ross on the Club Mobile 07541404048. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the evening.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Club President Jimmy Ross on opening day
A few club members were out on Portnacraig Pitlochry yesterday for the opening day, although there were no fish caught. The river had come up a bit, but it was still at a good height. Three fish had appeared on the counter at Pitlochry Dam just upstream of the beat, which seemed a bit unlikely as now that the water temperature has dropped to about 3C (37.4F) salmon reaching the dam normally wait in the Tummel downstream of the dam until late March or April when they get slightly warmer water which helps them swim up the ladder.

Club member John Tomlin on opening day

Sunday, January 14, 2018


The river conditions look great for the opening of the salmon season tomorrow. The opening day itself on Portnacraig Pitlochry Beat is kept for Club members, but we have plenty of availability on other days. Our last opening day fish was in 2013 when Gordon Nichol gave himself and the beat a great start to the season with a magnificent springer of about 21 lb on a yellow and black tube fly on Pitlochry bank at the Moulin Burn mouth.

Gordon Nichol's opening day fish in 2013

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Pitlochry Dam beat permits are now available

Visitor permits for 2018 at Pitlochry Dam are now available for booking via the website. Tight lines!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Note for Club members

The website has been updated for 2018 season and you can now renew membership and purchase fishing permits. The draft Minute of the 2016 AGM has also been added and is accessible via the Members section.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Season 2018 update

All our permit prices for 2018 remain the same as last year, details can be found and downloaded here.

All beats can now be booked online apart from Pitlochry Dam beats which will be made available for public booking prior to the season opening in mid-January. 

Best wishes to all our anglers for the festive season and the upcoming fishing season, we expect to see quite a few hardy souls out trying for grayling during the holidays now that water conditions are suitable (if they last!).

Friday, November 3, 2017


When the arrangements were agreed in 1945 for incorporating this stretch of river into the Tummel-Garry Hydro-Electric Scheme, there was no provision for any hands off flow to be maintained and a weir was put in place to prevent salmon gaining access.
In recent years, the implementation of the Water Framework Directive provided a stimulus for the balance between the costs to SSE of re-engineering structures and losing some hydro generation and the benefits to the environment, to be re-examined, and a flow has now been restored and access to salmon reopened. SSE, SEPA and the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board have needed to work together to reach this successful outcome which was marked by a celebratory event which local and national organisations attended on 30 October.
The Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board (Tay DSFB) is anticipating that as many as 1500 extra salmon might pass the fish counter at Pitlochry Dam further downstream once the opened up water is fully colonised. 

David Summers, Director of the Tay DSFB, Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive of SEPA,
and Alastair Stephen, Senior Environmental Advisor at SSE looking at the newly
re-watered stretch of river during the celebratory event on 30 October.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fly Tying 2017/18 Monday evening dates

Our friendly and sociable 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 20
• December 4 and 18
• January 8 and 22
• February 5 and 19
We look forward to meeting you there! Call the Club mobile for further information 07541404048

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Ruan Ruarie Salmon

After a long wait to get his first salmon from Ruan Ruarie (see entry below) Paul Carter followed up today with another at 15lbs – good going. The fish was caught on the fly and put up a superb fight by all accounts. Still time for a few more from this beat – good numbers of fish at the moment and currently at a great height.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Ruan Ruarie On Form

Ruan Ruarie was at a good height yesterday and Paul Carter did well with a fish of 8lbs on the fly from the Grilse Pool. Paul has been persevering up at Ruan Ruarie for some time - good to see the effort paying off ... and still time for a few more before the end of the season. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Dam Return

With the river at an ideal height there was room for optimism this morning and sure enough Stephen Dunstan was rewarded with a good fish of 11lbs on the fly on Pitlochry bank this morning. With the settled conditions set to continue there could be more this week.