Saturday, March 25, 2017

Rannoch and Tummel fishing information for 2017.

Loch Ericht - just one of the many lovely places to fish around Rannoch.
Kinloch Rannoch and Tummel, Perthshire, Scotland - a haven of Scottish native wildlife and unspoilt landscape of mountains, lochs and heather covered hills where walking is pure pleasure. Lots for fishing available for trout, pike and perch.

Fishing information sheet for Rannoch and Tummel in Highland Perthshire. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Sawmill Sea-Licer

The river rose slightly overnight and with nothing caught by lunchtime and few fish showing things weren’t looking too promising at the Dam. Further down on our Sawmill beat, though, it was a different story; Ally Gowans had a quick run through and was rewarded with a superb sea-liced fish of 9lbs caught on the fly at the BP burn. With the river set to drop back it’s looking good for a few more tomorrow.

Safely released - Ally Gowans returns a 9 lb fish on Sawmill

Monday, March 20, 2017


The Tay Salmon Fisheries Board annual open meeting is this Thursday evening at 7pm at the Birnam Institute, Birnam. There will be detailed presentations about all the varied work the Board has been doing recently and the meeting will provide a good opportunity to get answers to any questions you may have. All are welcome and it is always a very interesting and informative evening.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Dam Looking Good

The heavy rain that was forecast didn’t really come to much today and fishing conditions were just about perfect at the Dam. Saul Mackay was quick to make the most of it with a good fish of 12lbs caught on the fly on his first run down Port-na-Craig bank this morning. With fish now showing regularly and the river at a good height prospects look good.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory Open Day

The Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory are hosting a "Science Open Day" on May 13th at the Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry. Tickets are free and can be booked online.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Dam Success

The past week has been a frustrating one – conditions looking good with fish showing but none willing to take. Today we had some success, though, with Paul Kelly landing a 9lb fish on the spinner from Pitlochry bank this morning. The river is dropping back nicely and hopefully there will be more caught this week.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

First Fish Off Sawmill - a 22lber!

All of the action so far this year has been on your Dam beat but yesterday the Sawmill was the place to be: Martin Timmins was the successful angler catching an outstanding fish of 22lbs on a Vision 110 in the afternoon in the pool below the layby. Those of you who know this pool will realise that this is not the easiest place to land a fish but by good fortune Innes Smith had left a net this morning which Martin was able to use – I think you may owe Innes a pint! Great to see fish of this quality – and looking good for next week.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dam Picking Up

With fish now starting to show regularly on our Dam beat - and a couple of fish lost close to the bank already this week - hopes of success were high on the river this morning.  Saul Mackay didn’t disappoint – landing a very nice fish of 12lbs on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this morning. Things should really start to pick up now and with the river settled at a good height prospects for the weekend look excellent.

Saul Mackay on Port-na-craig bank this morning

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Open Night - Scotland’s Hotel on Wednesday March 8th at 19:30

Dr David Summers TDSFBd
As usual our open night is open to anyone with an interest in fish or fishing and new faces are always very welcome. This year's guest speaker is Dr David Summers, Fisheries Director, Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board. David has nearly 30 years experience in the field of salmon and freshwater fisheries research and management. He initially studied with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland at their North Esk research station at Montrose, then spent six years working in the south of England for the Game Conservancy Trust's fisheries team. He then became the manager of the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board in 1999 and continues to lead the team protecting and improving the Tay's salmon fisheries. His presentation will feature some historical background to the de-watering of the River Garry system and discuss the implications of the recent agreement with SSE to restore the water.

A raffle will be held to support SANDS the Stillborn and Neonatal Death Charity. Donations or raffle prizes are invited, please contact us by phone or email if you can help to raise monies for this valuable cause.

Free refreshments, we look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

First Fish Of The Season!

A few fresh fish have been seen on our beats over the last couple of weeks but so far the fishing effort has been very light – even though our first fish of the season usually comes about this time in the month. Steve Watt ventured out today, though, and was rewarded with the first fish of the season - a very nice fish of 13lbs on the fly – and followed up with a fish of 16lbs on the devon – both from Port-na-Craig bank this afternoon. Steve wins the Mitchell trophy for the first fly caught salmon of the season by a member on club waters – well done! The river remains at an excellent height – surely not too long before another comes to the net.

Steve Watt with the first fish of the season - a superb 13lber

Saturday, February 4, 2017


The new SSE Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre opened on Monday. It is immediately downstream of the Dam on the Pitlochry bank. Entry is free of charge and there are good displays about Pitlochry Dam, its history and hydro more widely, and a shop, cafĂ© and good views of the Dam. The intention is that it will be open all year round seven days a week. It will provide another good option for anglers fishing Portnacraig Pitlochry Beat who would like to take a break from fishing during their day.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Club member Bob Crowther giving the toby a try on opening day
Although several club members fished in good conditions on opening day with both fly and spinner, no salmon were caught.


Jim Smith of SSE, with Claire Mercer Nairne and Calum McRoberts, the ghillie,
heading out in the boat to make the first cast at the opening ceremony at Meikleour
The guest of honour at yesterday's opening ceremony at Meikleour was SSE’s Managing Director of Generation Jim Smith.  Mr Smith made the very welcome announcement that SSE will shortly commence engineering work to restore flow to the highly abstracted upper River Garry. The Struan Weir at the foot of this stretch of river has just been breached to allow salmon to make use of the rewatered river. Although there is much still to be done, this is great news and Pitlochry Angling Club members and visitors will benefit from the increased salmon runs which will result. Mr Smith also gave the Tay a good tipple to bring luck in the coming season and made the first cast. Large numbers of people turned out both here and at the other main ceremony to watch and many also fished - two springers were caught at Meikleour.

Monday, January 16, 2017

First casts 2017

Green Bank
Steve Watt was the first person to fish our Portnacraig beat this season. Best wishes and tight lines to all our anglers!

Sunday, January 15, 2017


Portnacraig Pitlochry Beat, yesterday, 14/1/17
Conditions are excellent on Portnacraig Pitlochry beat for the start of the salmon season tomorrow (Monday 16th January), with the snow on the hills slowly thawing and the river at a very nice height. The opening day is just for paid-up members who take turns if necessary with the tickets with up to three of us fishing on each bank at any time.
Our last opening day fish was a magnificent fresh run 21 pounder caught on fly in 2013 - the photo is still online at Something similar tomorrow would be great! The lucky member, Gordon Nichol, who caught the fish was awarded The MacTaggart Kenmore Trophy (see below) and an accompanying gallon of Dewar’s whisky for it at a Gala Dinner that evening at Kenmore Hotel!
The main opening day ceremonies tomorrow are beside the Kenmore Hotel and at Meikleour Fishings Boathouse by Kinclaven Bridge. People are very welcome to attend either event – full details are at and Both events are expected to be well-attended.  
Tight lines to everyone fishing anywhere on the Tay tomorrow! Entries for The MacTaggart Kenmore Trophy for landing and returning the biggest fish of the opening day from anywhere on the Tay system should be made immediately after capture to Kenmore Hotel 01887 830205 and with the support of any witness, a good photograph and measurements of the fishes length and its girth immediately in front of the dorsal fin.  

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Pitlochry Dam salmon fishing permits for 2017

Visitor permits for Pitlochry Dam beat salmon fishing are available for booking online (17 January to 15 October). No Sundays.

3 rods per day on each bank (Portnacraig and Pitlochry) rotate beats at 12:00 noon.

  • Jan/Feb £20 - 17/01 to 28/02
  • March £25 - 1/03 to 14/03
  • March £35 - 15/03 to 21/03
  • March £45 - 22/03 to 31/03
  • April/May £60 - 1/04 to 31/05
  • June £45 - 1/06 to 7/06
  • June £35 - 8/06 to 30/06
  • July £25 - 1/07 to 31/07
  • Aug, Sept & October £20 - 1/08 to 14/10
Wishing our many visitors tight lines for 2017!

Monday, December 26, 2016


Following very heavy rain, Christmas Day produced the first high water pulse of the winter on the Tummel. This flushed out lots of debris in the way of fallen timber and the like from further upstream and peaked at lunch time at about 7 feet above summer height.

The new Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre (not yet open) overlooking high water at
Pitlochry Dam with the dam spilling 25/12/16, 1300 hrs

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Fly tying evenings on Mondays during the winter months.

Tummel Shrimp
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 21
  • December 5 and 19
  • January 9 and 23
  • February 6 and 20
 We look forward to meeting you there! Call the Club mobile for further information 07541404048

Sunday, October 16, 2016


Committee member Dr Andy Walker is speaking at the Buckland Lecture evening in the Pathfoot Lecture Theatre, University of Stirling on Thursday 27th October

18:30 Professor Felicity Huntingford “How smart are fish and why does this matter?”

19:20 Dr Andy Walker “Are domesticated trout less smart than wild ones? A fisherman's perspective”

Followed by open discussion and refreshments

Attendance is free and there is no need to book, but for catering purposes please let know if you plan to attend. It will be a very interesting evening.

Full details are on the flyer to the left - please click on the images to see them full size

Monday, October 3, 2016

Ruan Ruarie Return

Good numbers of fish have been showing on our Ruan Ruarie beat recently and Nick Berridge Sharp was in the right place today catching a 6lber on the fly. With plenty of fish heading through the Dam over the last couple of weeks there should be more opportunities on our Garry beat.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Fish At The Dam And Conditions Looking Good

Good numbers of fish have been seen on all our beats over the last few days - and with the counter at the fish ladder already at 6319 the fish just seem to keep on coming. Martin Wilson took advantage with a nice fish of 13lbs caught on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank last night. The river is at a great height and should drop back nicely over the coming week. It's definitely worth a cast - surely a few more to come before the end of the season

Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Pitlochry Dam 13/9/16
More news in connection with Pitlochry Dam.
For Doors Open Day on Saturday 24 September, SSE is running hour long guided tours, including inside the power station itself and into SSE’s corporate historical archive and letting people know about salmon and the fish ladder. The tours take place at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00 only on this particular Saturday. No charge is being made but pre-booking is essential – to book tickets go to, only 30 tickets per slot (three groups of ten people). Limited mobility access to the corporate archive and across the Dam.  No dogs, except assistance dogs.  Relevant safety equipment will be provided on the day. Many of our anglers may welcome this opportunity to find out more about the dam and its history, and about the fish ladder.

Sunday, September 11, 2016


The outer wrapping shielding SSE's new Visitor Centre at Pitlochry Dam during construction has now been partly removed, allowing us a first look. The Centre is planned to open in October and it will be open all year.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Pitlochry salmon count 2016

Just a plot of the salmon counts at Pitlochry Dam fish ladder and water temperature this year using information from our Pitlochry counter Twitter site Do please check this link any time you would like information on the count. Alternatively please join the many people who "follow" the site and get an email alert each time we send out an updated count.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dam Salmon

The river is currently at a good height and there are still good numbers of salmon showing at the Dam - though they've proved hard to catch recently. Martin Wilson did well this evening, though, with a fish of 6lbs from Port-na-Craig bank on the fly - it can be done. With a few more rods out there could be more to come this week.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Dam Fishing Well

With over 600 fish through the ladder in the last couple of weeks there's no shortage of fish on our Dam beat at the moment. Geoff Byron took advantage yesterday afternoon with a fish of 7lb caught on the fly on Pitlochry bank. With a few more rods out there would surely be more. Conditions look good for next week.

Thursday, July 28, 2016


Good numbers of fish are being seen on our Dam beat at the moment. Most are heading quickly towards the fish ladder but with good water levels many are lingering long enough to provide good sport. Gordon MacDermid was in the right place this afternoon landing a fresh grilse at 5lbs on the fly on Pitlochry bank. With a few more rods out this week there should be more to come.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Fishing Well

The river was at a good height yesterday and Martin Wilson was able to take advantage - and continue his good run - with a fish of 8lbs on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank in the evening. The river looks set to remain at a good height - well worth a cast.

Martin Wilson on Port-na-Craig bank last night - the good fishing continues

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Good End To The Week

Conditions were good again today at the Dam and Gary Waugh was able to take advantage with a grilse of 4lbs caught on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this morning. In the evening Brian Joseph ventured out for a cast and was rewarded with an 11lber from Port-na-Craig bank - again on the fly. Further upstream at Ruan Ruarie Dave Wilson was on form to land a 9lb fish on the spinner. The fish keep coming - and great to see all our beats fishing well. Next week should be good.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Dam And Sawmill Catches

The water dropped and cleared nicely overnight and with lots of fish showing this morning prospects looked excellent. Martin Wilson was able to take advantage catching fish at 6 and 4lbs (and losing another two) - all on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this morning. Further downstream Gordon Nichol lost a fish at the bank and then landed a grilse of about 4lbs on the fly. The water remains at a good height and with fish about - and a few rods out tomorrow - there could be more to come this week.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Sawmill Return

The good fishing continues at our Sawmill beat - Andrew Khakoo followed up from yesterday with a fish of 13lbs on the fly this morning. Lots of fish were showing on the beat by all accounts - worth a cast.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Grilse About!

Andrew Khakoo continued his good run with a 3lb grilse on the fly from Sawmill this morning - it can be done. With the river remaining at a great height and fish on the move it's definitely worth heading out for a cast.