Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fish At The Dam

With the Dam beat being very lightly fished at the moment it was good to see a couple of anglers out today - and being successful: John Batley landed a 6lb fish this morning on the spinner on Pitlochry bank: and Michael Dawnay hooked but unfortunately lost a fish on Port-na-Craig bank this afternoon. Still fish about ... and still worth a go.

Monday, June 29, 2015

HILL LOCHS FISHING WELL

With temperatures more like it for this time of the season the last week or so, fishing has at last returned to its normal self on Bhac.Most successful flies have been damsel nymphs,bibio and grouse and claret.On Kinardochy the brown trout have found interest in both olive and claret bumbles as well as old faithful kate mclaren.

Fish About!

No anglers out on the Dam beat during the day but in the evening Brian Joseph did well landing a 10lber on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank. The water is still a bit coloured but it didn't put this fish fish off - a very confident take by all accounts. Another fish was lost this evening in Sawmill. The ladder count now stands at 2419 and some superb +20lbs were seen in the viewing chamber today. Great to see so many fish about - and room for optimism for the rest of the week

Sunday, June 28, 2015

News from the ladder

Just a short update on what's happening with the salmon counts at Pitlochry Dam fish ladder this year using information from our Pitlochry counter Twitter site (do please check this link out).
 
Salmon started getting up the ladder on or just before 29 March - a little earlier than last year - at a water temperature of 5.4C. At first fish just trickled through, but a larger pulse of fish ran through 22-26 April when the water temperature temporarily rose to close to 10C. At this stage, the count was ahead of last year's, but since then it has lagged a bit behind, and it is currently about 200 behind what it was on the same date last year.
 
Please click on the graph to see a larger version
 
The heron which specialises in taking eels at the foot of the fish pass each summer has now started paying visits to check things out, but the cooler water than normal this June means that eels have not yet arrived in any numbers, if at all.
Heron at Pitlochry fish ladder 27/6/15 Photo: Ross Gardiner 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Sawmilled!

With plenty of fish about the Sawmill continues to fish well - so much so that two members were Sawmilled today - i.e. reached their two fish beat limit for the week: Gordon Nichol landed a 9lb fish this morning and not long after Jimmy Ross did the same. Both fish were sea-liced and both were caught on the fly. With 69 fish caught on PAC beats in June so far the fishing has been exceptional ... and with the river at a good height there should be more to come.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Fishing Well

The river has risen a few inches over the last couple of days and, with a fresh fish about, the Sawmill continues to fish well. The Dam beat, meanwhile,  has been quiet - though this probably reflects the fact that it has been very lightly fished as much as anything - the rise of water should improve chances of success for the weekend.

Thursday: Steve Watt had a run through Sawmill and landed a 6lb sea-liced fish on the fly.

Steve Watt's 6lber in Sawmill yesterday

Friday: Gordon Nichol caught a fresh 10lb fish in Sawmill this afternoon - again on the fly. In the evening new club member Robert Crowther landed a 9 lb fish on Pitlochry bank at the Dam - well done.

10lber caught by Gordon Nichol in Sawmill today



Robert Crowther's fish on Pitlochry bank this evening

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sawmill Success

Monday: The Sawmill is fishing well at the moment and Graeme Stewart was able to take advantage with a 5lb grilse on the fly this morning in Sawmill.


Tuesday: Catching your first salmon isn't easy: you've worked on your casting; got to know the beat; and even hooked and lost a fish. Today the final piece of the jigsaw fell into place for Andy Khakoo who landed his first ever salmon in Sawmill this morning- an 8lber on the fly - congratulations! - and hopefully the first of many. Not one to let the "young guns" get it all their own way Jimmy Ross landed a 14lb sea-liced fish not long after - again in Sawmill. Still lots of fish about.

Andy Khakoo lands his first ever salmon - congratulations!

Jimmy Ross's 14lber in Sawmill today

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Ruan Ruarie and Sawmill On Form

It was relatively quiet on PAC waters today with only two fish caught: Dave Wilson landed a 7lber on Ruan Ruarie beat; and on Sawmill this morning Gordon Nichol landed a 12lber on the fly. Currently the counter at the fish ladder shows 1848 so still lots of fish (and fishing opportunities) to come - though they're likely to be moving fast.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Still Fish About

Two lost on Port-na-Craig bank this morning and one lost at Sawmill: it looked like one of those days. Late this evening Gordon Nichol saved the day with a 10lber on the fly on Pitlochry bank. Still plenty of fish about - will be interesting to see what tomorrow brings.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Sawmill Success

Plenty of fish showing in Sawmill at the moment but not easy to catch. A fish was lost yesterday but today Jimmy Ross managed to hold on to one - landing a good fish of 11lbs on the fly. The river is still sitting at a good height - well worth a cast.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ticking Over

The dam count has shot up over the last week but still good numbers of fish showing on PAC beats at the moment and despite the light fishing effort some of them are getting caught:

Tuesday:
Nothing caught during the day but Jim Fisher ventured out in evening and did well with an 8lber from Pitlochry bank late in the evening

Wednesday:
Chris Boyle caught a very nice fish of 17lbs on the fly on Pitlochry bank this morning and
Dave Wilson continued his good run up at Ruan Ruarie with a 9lb fish (and another lost) this morning.

The river remains at a good height - room for optimism.


Monday, June 15, 2015

Steady Start To The Week

It was a steady start to the week with fish caught at the Dam and Sawmill; Duncan Webster opened his Tummel account with a fresh fish of 12lbs on the fly on Pitlochry bank this evening - well done; and downstream at Sawmill Graeme Stewart struck again with an 8lber on the fly this morning. Surely more to come this week .....

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Good End To The Week

We've had contrasting conditions over the last couple of days - hot and sunny on Friday and overcast and cooler on Saturday - but both days produced fish and PAC beats continue to fish well:

Friday: David Russell got things going in the morning with a 14lber caught on the fly on Pitlochry bank; Martin Wilson followed up in the evening with a fish of 8lbs - again on the fly on Pitlochry bank; and downstream at Sawmill Graeme Stewart managed to winkle out a 13lber on the fly. Not bad given the conditions.

Saturday: Martin Wilson carried on where he left off on Friday with a fish of 7lbs from Pitlochry bank first thing this morning and followed this up in the afternoon with a 10lbs fish from Port-na-Craig bank - both on the fly; and down at Sawmill Gordon Nichol landed an 11lb fish on the fly this morning.

The river has dropped over the last few days but continues to fish well - definitely room for optimism for next week.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ticking Over

It was another scorcher at the Dam today - not ideal for fishing. Still lots of fish about, though, - but difficult to tempt in these conditions. As it turned out only one fish was caught - Gordon Nichol landed a 7lber on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank this morning. Overhead conditions look to be improving for the weekend - hopefully a few more fish to come this week.

Access to Loch Bhac

Both Loch Bhac and Lock Kinardochy are fishing well, but please note that only the Grenich access road to Loch Bhac, which is the further west of the two access roads shown on the location map for the water, is available to our anglers just now, and must therefore be used.
 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Dam On Form

The river continues to drop back in the warm weather but the fishing remains excellent: Steve Watt was on form again with three fish at 9, 9 and 10lbs - all on the fly on Pitlochry bank this morning; and Jim Fisher, who lost three fish yesterday - unlucky, was more successful today with a fish of 11lbs on the fly - again from Pitlochry bank this morning. Hopefully more to come this week.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Dam And Sawmill Fishing Well

The good fishing continues with fish from the Dam and Sawmill beats today: Saul Mackay got things going at the Dam with an 11lber on the fly from Pitlochry bank in the morning; Alun Williams had a good day with a 7lber on the fly followed by a 20lber on the spinner; downstream on Sawmill Steve Watt continued his great run with two fish at 7 and 11lbs - both on the fly. Lots of fishing showing again at the Dam tonight - prospects look good for the rest of the week.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Great Fishing


With the river at an ideal height and plenty of fish about the good fishing continues: Danny Docherty had an excellent day with two fish this morning at 19 and 14 lbs - both on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank; Ismo Leppanen caught a 9lber on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank late afternoon; in the evening Steve Watt had two in quick succession on Port-na-Craig bank - one at 14lbs and the other at 9lbs - both on the fly; Gordon Nichol landed an 8lb fish on Port-na-Craig bank - caught on the fly; and Andrew Williamson rounded things off with an 7lb fish on the fly again from Port-na-Craig bank. Looking good for the rest of the week.

Danny Docherty with superb 19lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning

Ismo Lappanen (with fish) and pals Reinier, Bred and Peter - well done

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Two At The Dam

High water and high winds - not ideal fishing conditions. Still plenty of fish about, though, and despite the conditions two fish were caught: Gordon Hanslip was first off the mark with an 11lb fish early morning on the spinner - and another lost - on Pitlochry bank; and in the afternoon Gavin McClure caught a 10lber on a Flying C on Pitlochry bank. The river should settle back over the weekend and prospects for next week look excellent.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Great Fishing Continues

Fishing conditions were close to ideal today and with six caught at the Dam, four at Ruan Ruarie and one at Sawmill it was another outstanding day on PAC waters: Alisdair Ker got things going with a 10lber on the spinner from Port-na-Craig bank this morning - his first ever salmon! - congratulations; Martin Wilson continued his good run with an 11lber from Pitlochry bank in the morning and an 8lber in the afternoon  from Port-na-Craig bank - both on the fly; Steve Watt had two - one at 6lbs on the spinner and one at 7lbs on the fly - both from Port-na-Craig bank; Ewan Maclachlan landed a 7lber on the spinner on Pitlochry bank in the afternoon; further upstream at Ruan Ruarie Robert Gardiner caught two fish at 6 and 7lbs on the spinner and Brian Lindsay also landed two at 6 and 8lbs on the spinner; and down on Sawmill Ally Gowans caught an 8lber on the fly. Hopes are high for tomorrow.

Steve Watt on Port-na-Craig bank - second fish of the day

Martin Wilson - an 11lber from Pitlochry bank this morning
Alisdair Ker - first ever salmon - congratulations!

Ewan Maclachlan - success on Pitlochry bank this afternoon

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Red Letter Day!

Catches have been reasonably good at the Dam this year but what has been missing is a big day when the fish were really "on". Today was different, however, and with eleven landed and least four lost it was an exceptional day: the man on form was Steve Watt (no surprise there) with nine fish! from six to fourteen lbs - seven in the morning from Port-na-Craig bank - four on the fly and three on the spinner - and another two in the afternoon from Pitlochry bank - both on the fly - well done!; Saul Mackay landed a superb fish of 17lbs on the fly: and in the afternoon Martin Wilson got in on the action with a 9lber on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank. Looking good as we head into the weekend - surely more to come.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Angler On Form!

With heavy rain overnight the river was up and coloured on Tuesday morning - not ideal fishing conditions. It cleared quickly during the day, however, and Les Dargie was able to take advantage in the evening with an 8lber on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank. Les continued his good run today with with a fresh 10lb fish from Sawmill this morning and followed this up with a 15lb sea-liced fish this evening - both on the fly. With the river continuing to settle back prospects remain good.

Les's Sawmill fish - No 1

Les's Sawmill fish - No 2

Monday, June 1, 2015

Good Start To June

June got off to a great start on PAC beats today with four fish caught: Matthew Currie had two on the spinner - both 10lbs - from Port-na-Craig bank this morning; Rory McNab followed up with a fish of 12lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank in the afternoon; while further downstream at Sawmill Graeme Stewart did well - again - with a 9lber on the fly this morning. Some unsettled weather is forecast for tomorrow but with plenty of fish about .......

Graeme Stewart's fish in Sawmill this morning - safely returned

Sunday, May 31, 2015

MAY REPORT FOR HILL LOCHS

Although weatherwise May seemed to have continued where April finished off with cold northerly winds,hail and frosts, catches on Bhac have been encouraging the last few weeks with damsel nymphs and gold heads doing well.Kinardochy has continued to fish well with black flies being the most successful.Weather forecasters are predicting temperatures to rise towards the middle of this week and to stay settled for a while.Hopefully they will be correct.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Full House

Fishing conditions were reasonably good today and we ended the week with a "full house" - fish from all PAC beats: Dave Wilson opened his season on Ruan Ruarie with a fish of 7lbs on the spinner (and lost another of about 10lbs) - well done; also at Ruan Ruarie Brian Lindsay landed an 8lber on a rapalla; Ally Gowans caught a fish of 8lbs on the fly on Sawmill this morning; and Jimmy Ross continued his good run with a sea-liced fish of 11lbs on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank at the Dam this evening. Not a bad end to the week.

Jimmy Ross on Port-na-Craig bank this evening - the good run continues

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fishing Well

It was blustery and showery today but it didn't stop it being another excellent day at the Dam: Richard Turner was first into action with 7lb fish on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this morning; Craig Scott followed in the afternoon with a 12lber from Port-na-Craig bank - his first ever salmon - well done! With a reasonably settled forecast for the weekend prospects look good.

Richard Turner on Port-na-Craig bank this morning

Craig Scott with first ever salmon - a 12lb springer - a great start - well done!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Ticking Over

It was a relatively quiet day at the Dam - though the unexpected rise in water this morning may have had something to do with it. As it turned out only one fish was caught - the successful angler was Nolan Wall who landed a 10lb fish on the fly. Still plenty of fish about, though, - it will be interesting to see what tomorrow brings.

Nolan Wall was successful today - a fresh 10lber on the fly
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Monday, May 25, 2015

Excellent Start To The Week

The river dropped back to a good height over the weekend and five on form anglers were in the right place to take advantage: at the Dam Jimmy Ross got things going with a fish of 12 lbs on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this morning; Neil Tong followed with an 8lber on the fly from Pitlochry bank; down on Sawmill Graeme Stewart landed a 10lber on the fly; Ally Gowans caught an 8lber on the fly; and Brian Joseph caught a 10lber on the spinner. A great start to the week - surely more to come over the next few days.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Good End To The Week

Fishing conditions looked close to ideal today and with three fish caught it was an excellent end to the week: Stuart Humphreys opened his Tummel account for the year with a 14lber on Port-na-Craig bank on the fly; in the evening Roger Collins continued his good run with a fish of 10lbs from Pitlochry bank on the fly; and late on Gordon Hanslip landed a 7lber on Port-na-Craig bank on the fly. Looking good for next week.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Fish From All PAC Beats

It was another good day on PAC waters with fish caught on all beats: Brian Lindsay continued his good run on Ruan Ruarie with two fish at 10 and 12 lbs on a Flying C; Iain McLaren was in the right place in Sawmill this after afternoon and landed two fish at 9lbs and 15lbs on the spinner; and at the Dam George Renwick caught an 11lber on Port-na-Craig bank on the fly;  and on Pitlochry bank this evening Roger Collins caught an 11lber on the fly. With lots of fish about prospects look good for tomorrow.
Roger Collins on Pitlochry bank tonight

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Excellent Catches

A lot of fish were showing at the dam today but with nothing caught at changeover things seemed to following the pattern of the last few days - hard going with the fish not really in the mood. That changed mid afternoon when the fish really switched on: first into action was Tom Monaghan with a fish of 12lbs from Port-na-Craig bank at about 4pm on the spinner; this evening Jimmy Ross followed up his success of Monday with an 8lber from Port-na-Craig bank on the fly; Andy Huthwaite opened his season toniight with a very fresh 10lber from Pitlochry bank on the fly - well done; further downstream Les Dargie had a 10lber in the afternoon and lost another then returned this evening to catch a fish of 13lbs - both on the fly; and another two fish were lost this evening at the dam. Thing have really picked up - at last! - and prospects look excellent for the weekend.

Andy Huthwaite gets his season off the mark tonight on Pitlochry bank - well done!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Happy Returns

Visiting angler Nick Webster celebrated his birthday in style today with two sea-liced fish - at 8 and 10lbs - from Pitlochry bank on the spinner this afternoon - I believe the champagne has been ordered for tonight - well done! Nick is back on Friday and with the river set to drop back there could be more to come - prospects look good.

Nick Webster with one of two fish caught on Pitlochry bank today

Monday, May 18, 2015

Fishing Well

A lot of fish were seen coming into PAC beats this morning and fortunately a few of them were willing to take: Colin Hislop was first into action with a fish of 9lbs on the spinner on Port-na-Craig bank in the morning; Steve Watt had a 10lber on the spinner on Pitlochry bank later in the morning; club president Jimmy Ross got his season underway (at last!) this evening with a fish of 10lbs on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank; further downstream Ally Gowans had a fish of 10lb on the fly on Sawmill this morning. All in all not a bad day - hopefully more of the same for the rest of the week.

Ally Gowans' fish on Sawmill this morning