Monday, April 24, 2017

Fishing Well

Cold, windy and occasional sleet showers – not ideal fishing conditions but with two fish caught it was a excellent start to the week: Bruce Campbell was first into action with a fish of 10lbs on the spinner on Port-na-Craig bank this morning; and Richard Hamilton followed up in the afternoon with a fish of 9lbs on the spinner from Pitlochry bank. Let’s hope the weather improves and the good fishing continues.

Bruce Campbell with 10lb fish on Port-na-Craig bank this morning

Richard Hamilton enjoys the moment - a 9lber from Pitlochry bank this afternoon

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Good End To The Week

Another low water day at the Dam but with plenty of fish about there's still good sport to be had: Neill Sproull persevered and was rewarded with a 9lber on the fly from Pitlochry bank this afternoon. The forecast looks to be more of the same for the foreseeable future – prospects remain good.

Neill Sproull enjoys success on Pitlochry bank this afternoon

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Good Fishing At Dam

Low water is making for testing conditions at the moment but John Simpson was equal to the task landing a fish of 8lbs on the fly on Pitlochry bank this morning and Danny Docherty followed up with a fish of 9lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank in the afternoon – it can be done. Perseverance seems to be the key at the moment but with good numbers of fish in the beat there’s always a chance – room for optimism.

Success - Danny Docherty on Pitlochry bank this afternoon

Monday, April 17, 2017

Excellent Start To The Week

The river dropped back over the weekend but there were lots of fresh fish about and with three caught it was an excellent start to the week: Ally Gowans landed two in quick succession at around 7lbs on Port-na-Craig bank this morning on the fly; and not long after Neil Tong had a fish of 16lbs on Pitlochry bank – again on the fly. With good numbers of fresh fish coming into the beat at the moment prospects look good for the rest of the week.

Almost there - Ally Gowans brings in the first of two fish on Port-na-Craig bank today

Neil Tong with 16lber on Pitlochry bank this morning

Friday, April 14, 2017

Dam Continues To Fish Well

Favourable conditions again at the Dam today and another fish caught: Kenny Horne was the successful angler landing an 18lber on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning. The quality of the fish getting caught at the moment is exceptional - and hopefully more tomorrow.

Kenny Horne with superb fish of 18lbs on Pitlochry bank this morning

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Good Catches

With the wind easing conditions were more favourable today and with three fish caught it was another excellent day at the Dam: Thomas Andrew was first into action with a fish of 19lbs caught on the fly on Pitlochry bank mid-morning; soon after Jim Fisher then landed a 17lber on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank; and just before changeover Dean McGowan caught a fish of 11lbs on the fly on Pitlochry bank. Lots of quality fish about at the moment and with the settled conditions forecast to continue prospects look good for the weekend.

Jim Fisher on Port-na-Craig this morning

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ticking Over

With a strong westerly breeze for much of the day it was another testing day at the Dam. Perseverance was the key and Iain McLaren was rewarded with a fish of 8lbs caught on the fly late in the afternoon on Pitlochry bank. The wind is forecast to ease for tomorrow so hopefully a better day – and a few more fish.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Fishing Well

A stiff downstream breeze made things awkward today but with another two caught on PAC waters the fishing remains good: at the Dam Callum Imray landed a superb fish of 20lbs this morning on Pitlochry bank on the spinner; and the good fishing at Sawmill continues with Andrew Khakoo landing a fresh fish of 6lbs this morning on the fly. Still plenty of fish about and looking promising for tomorrow.

Callum Imray with superb 20lbs fish on Pitlochry bank today

Andrew Khakoo successful on Sawmill this morning

Monday, April 10, 2017

Great Start To The Week

Conditions looked good this morning and sure enough it was a great start to the week with five fish caught: Tony Brown had a day to remember with a hat-trick – fish at 15, 13 and 8lbs – all from Pitlochry bank this morning on the fly; Allan Young was next with a fish of 8lbs caught on the fly Pitlochry bank in the afternoon; while down on Sawmill Jim Fisher landed a fish of 12lbs on the fly this morning. Plenty of fish about and with settled conditions set to continue there’s every reason to be optimistic for the rest of the week.

Tony Brown on his way to a hat-trick - 15lber from Pitlochry bank this morning

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Good End To The Week

With lots of fish showing it was looking promising first thing this morning. They proved hard to tempt, though, and despite best efforts only one was caught: Neil Tong was the successful angler with a fish of about 8lbs caught this morning on a floating devon. Not a bad week with some superb fish landed. Prospects look good for next week. 

Neil Tong was successful on Pitlochry bank this morning

Friday, April 7, 2017

Sawmill Success

The river remains steady at a good height but the fish weren't in the mood on our Dam beat today. Downstream on Sawmill, though, Paul Carter was successful, landing a superb fish of 14lbs on the fly this morning  - the quality of the fish being caught at the moment is excellent. Hopefully a few more tomorrow.
Success - Paul Carter on Sawmill this morning

Good Fishing Continues

An awkward downstream breeze for much of day (Thursday) may have made casting tricky but the fish didn't seem to mind and it was another good day on PAC waters: Ian Lindsay got things going with a hard fighting fish of 15lbs caught on the fly from Pitlochry bank in the morning; and downstream on Sawmill Ally Gowans landed a sea liced fish of 16lbs on the fly. Looking good for the weekend.

Ally Gowans' fish on Sawmill today

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Late Fish

Hopes were high today after the success of yesterday but despite best efforts the day rods had no luck. Plenty of fish were moving but none were willing to take and an awkward westerly breeze didn't make things easy. Jim Fisher saved the day, though, with a late fish of 14lbs caught on the fly from Pitlochry bank this evening. The river remains at a good height - prospects look good.

Jim Fisher in action on Pitlochry bank this evening

Monday, April 3, 2017

More Like It!

Lots of fish were showing thoughout the beat today and with three caught it was a great start to the week: Alistair Hamilton was first into action with a very nice fish of 18lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning; on Port-na-Craig bank Alan Greene caught a fish of 8lbs on the fly later in the morning; and Oliver Falk - on his first visit to the Tummel - rounded things off nicely with a fish of 17lbs from Pitlochry bank in the afternoon – again caught on the fly. Hopefully a few more to come this week.

Alistair Hamilton with 18lber on Pitlochry bank this morning

Alan Greene successful on Port-na-Craig bank

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Salmon now making their way up Pitlochry fish ladder

With the rise in water temperature and a drop in water height over the last few days making it easier for salmon to find the entrance to the salmon ladder and ascend it, salmon are now starting to make their way up the Pitlochry fish ladder just above our Portnacraig Pitlochry Beat. The counter has gone from 0 to 7 in the last 24 hours and salmon can now be glimpsed in some of the pools in the ladder to the delight of those visiting the ladder this morning. This is about the same date as last year - the first salmon counted in recent years were on 2 April 2016, 29 March 2015, 3 April 2014, 20 April 2013, 19 March 2012 and 31 March 2011. Throughout the season, we will tweet frequent updates on the count along with river temperatures on There is also a link to the twitter feed on the main news blog page. Many people register as followers of the twitter feed so that all the updates are sent direct to them on their mobiles and computers.

Counter display 2/4/17 1145

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Port-na-Craig success

Steve with his salmon.
Congratulations to Steve Dora from Edinburgh. He arrived at the water last, this was his first outing of 2017 and on his first run down the Green Bank he met with a nice fish conservatively estimated at 12lbs which took a size 8 Cascade. Not an easy average to keep up!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


So far this week, things have been slow on Portnacraig Pitlochry beat, although a salmon was lost on Monday following the line getting snagged around a rock. Yesterday afternoon Steve Watt landed a lovely spring salmon of about 10 pounds whilst spinning on the members' Sawmill Beat just downstream of Portnacraig Pitlochry beat.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Atholl Estate fishing available for 2017

Lower Tummel
Details of fishing available direct from Atholl Estate have been added to the Home Page of our website under Tummel Garry Fishing Links to help support and promote the Tummel Garry Protection Order in association with other Liaison Committee members. The list of Atholl fishing can be downloaded here. 

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.