Beginners and experienced fly tiers alike, everyone is welcome even if you just want to come along for a blether and a beer, that's fine too. Our fly tying evenings are free of charge. If you want to tie some flies bring along your kit and materials (and a portable lamp if possible). Some of us tie to re-stock our fly boxes or invent some new "deadly" creations, some come along to learn new techniques. Help from the regulars is always at hand. We look forward to meeting you.
November 3 & 17, December 1, January 12 & 26 and February 9 & 23. 7pm to 9pm at Scotland's Hotel & Spa, Bonnethill Road, Pitlochry
Salmon fishing on Pitlochry Angling Club waters ended on a high with eight fish caught in the last two days of the season. On Tuesday Alan Conroy got things going at the dam with a 12lb fish on a Rapala from Port-na-Craig bank. Further upstream Ruan Ruarie regular Dave Wilson had an excellent day with fish of 16, 12 and 10lbs. On Wednesday Dave was joined by his father William and between them they added another four - two for Dave at 14 and 8 lbs and two for William at 8 and 5lbs. Good effort! Only 92 days until the start of the 2015 season!
Very few anglers have been out in the last few weeks but visiting angler Kevin Smith showed that it's still worth a cast - catching fish at 7 and 8lbs from Pitlochry bank and one of 7lbs from Port-na-Craig bank on Monday - two on the fly and one the spinner. Kevin followed this up with a fish of 12lbs from Pitlochry bank on Tuesday - again on the fly. Rain is forecast over the next few days and this could freshen things up a bit - there might be a few more to come before the end of the season.
Dave Wilson did well (again) with a nice grilse of about 3 lbs from Ruan Ruarie on Wednesday. Plenty of fish were showing by all accounts. Maybe time for a few more before the end of the season - definitely worth a go.
A quiet week at the dam but to be fair very few anglers have been out. For club member Chris Oliver, though, it's been a memorable one - catching his first ever salmon on Monday - a 7lber on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank. Good effort - and hopefully the first of many! Might be time for a few more before the end of the season?
Just to update the previous graph of salmon counts at Pitlochry Dam fish ladder using information from our popular Pitlochry counter Twitter site. Grilse finally made an appearance and are now running the ladder, although not in huge numbers.
After recent rains and cooler weather there has been a notable improvement in fishing. Lots of different methods bringing success, French nymph, wet fly and dry fly being some of the most popular ways to enjoy great sport. Anglers report some double figure catches of trout and a few grayling too are showing up. There a spattering of several fly species which seems to make the trout less choosy mainly , blue winged olives, autumn duns, caddis and still a few yellow mays flying about. Regular expert angler Neil Sinclair told me that he had a brilliant day's fishing lately whilst trying out a zero weight rod. Fine leaders and careful casting certainly play their part in fooling our trout! Neil has had a few fish over the 2lb mark including the lovely specimen pictured which fell to his "DD" fly.
Although our salmon colleagues have had very little to crow about on the river lately,the hill lochs have been very much alive with the sound of screaming reels.Catch returns show some excellent sport has been enjoyed by anglers with most preferring to do catch and release.Successful flies on Kinardochy have been wickam,clan chief,olives and bumbles whilst the Bhac rainbows have been tempted with dries,nymphs,buzzers and black flies.
With low water earlier in the week conditions weren't ideal on Ruan Ruarie but David Wilson showed what can be done with a grilse of about 3lbs on Wednesday. Since then we've had heavy rain and the Garry is now settling back to a good height - hopefully next week will bring more success. A couple of sea trout have also been reported on club waters: Colin Timmins caught one at about 2.5lbs in Ruan Ruarie and Gordon Nichol another at about 3lbs from Sawmill.
Ruan Ruarie has now dropped back to a good height after the heavy rain at the weekend. Corin Smith was able to take advantage with a salmon of 10lbs and a grilse of 4lbs - both on the fly. Further downstream at the dam Brian Joseph picked up two good sea trout - 3lbs and 4lbs - both on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank. Prospects look good as we head for the weekend.
Low water and hot weather isn't the best weather for fishing but James Dornan showed that with a bit of effort they can still be caught - with a nice fish of about 5lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank on Thursday. This morning the river came up by about 10 inches - this should encourage a few more fish up - surely a few more to be had.
Stirling International Angling Festival takes place from 6-10 August and we wish it well. The main public events are on Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 August, but over the whole event, there are the sessions in a Six Nations Fly Fishing Championship. The river sessions of this, which are on an all catch and release basis, are scheduled for the Rivers Teith and Tay, but Pitlochry AC's excellent Pitlochry to Ballinluig stretch of the River Tummel is available as a backup, and could be used, although there are no firm arrangements yet. If any are made, this is likely to be at short notice, but we will try to let anglers know through this blog and website. Although the competition anglers would not get exclusive access to any of the river, it would be busier than normal with the extra anglers fishing and other trout anglers who had not already made arrangements might wish to fish on some other day.
Despite weather conditions more likely to be found in Florida than Perthshire both hill lochs fished well during July.Buzzers,dries and small black flies seemed to do best at Kinardochy and Bhac with traditional wet flies also holding their own.As I write this report,weather forecasters are predicting low pressure moving in for the weekend with heavy showers.Some fresh water will certainly be appreciated on lochs and river.
Just a wee update on what's happening with the salmon counts at Pitlochry Dam fish ladder this year using information from our popular Pitlochry counter Twitter site.
Salmon started getting up the ladder in early April at a water temperature of about 6C. During April some salmon got up the ladder, but numbers mainly built up downstream of the dam. In early May, the water became warm enough to encourage the waiting salmon into and up the ladder producing the clear pulse in the counts seen in the plot below. There was then a short lull before the count built up quickly through May and into June and July as the main run of salmon arrived. We are currently waiting for the main run of grilse to arrive.
Photo: Ross Gardiner 24/7/14
It is not just salmon that can be seen in the fish pass. The photo shows a large number of small eels and some other small fish at the downstream end of the fish pass yesterday.
The lift in water seems to have encouraged a few fish to run into Ruan Ruarie. Barry Ward was in the right place on Friday and reported a nice grilse of about 5lb. Good to see a few fish about - we'll see what next week brings.
David Wilson took advantage of the rise in water levels at Ruan Ruarie - catching a good fish of about 10lbs today. Fish are moving through the dam in good numbers with 3002 on the counter on Wednesday morning - still good opportunities for those willing to get out.
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It was a good end to the week at the dam - with Jamie Howe doing well to land a nice fish on the fly from Pitlochry bank. By all accounts there were plenty of fish showing first thing and I've had similar reports from the Sawmill. We've had good returns to the few rods that have been out this week - hopefully we'll see more of the same next week.
Having lost a good fish on Tuesday night Duncan Webster returned on Wednesday and was rewarded with a superb fresh fish of 19lbs. It was caught in the streamy water at the top of Pitlochry bank and was eventually landed just above the marker stone - and by all accounts put up a tremendous fight - good effort! It shows there are still fish about for those willing to venture out.
It's been quiet for the last week or so but there are fish to be caught for those willing to venture out: visiting angler Rene Muenger reported a superb fish of around 15lbs from Ruan Ruarie last Saturday; Brian Joseph spotted fish moving in Sawmill this morning and was rewarded with a fresh fish of around 13lbs on the Flying C (and lost another of about 8lbs just before this); and Duncan Webster lost a very nice fish of about 18lb at the bank on the dam last night. Mmm .... maybe time to dig out the rod again ...
Weather conditions were not conducive for catching trout on quite a few days in June.However when conditions were more suitable sport was good.Rainbows at Bhac were responding to damsel nymphs and dries.Some good hatches of olives were seen on Kinardochy with brownies taking them along with bibio,wickam and kate mclaren.
Difficult conditions this week at the dam - fish were showing but for the few rods out they proved very hard to catch. Further upstream on Ruan Ruarie, however, David Wilson did well on Wednesday with a 10lb fish - showing that they can be caught in low water. Still on Ruan Ruarie, Barry ward reported catching a very nice brown trout of 6lbs!
Conditions looked good this morning with plenty of fish showing again at the dam. Gordon Nichol was first to take advantage with a 7lber first thing this morning and Duncan Webster followed with an 8lb fish just before midday. Both fish were sea liced, caught on the fly and from Port-na-Craig bank. The slow start to June may reflect a lack of rods rather than a lack of fish - hopefully a few more to come in the next few days.
The fish are running fast at the moment - but can still be caught. David Wilson was in the right place on Monday - getting a very fresh fish of about 10lbs on Ruan Ruarie. Good numbers have been seen in the beat and prospects are currently good.
Things were quiet at the dam during the day but Brian Joseph worked a bit of magic in the late evening to winkle out a 12lber from Port-na-Craig bank. Brian had seen a fish moving into the Marker Pool and was perfectly placed to run his fly right into its path - a tremendous fight ensued before the fish came safely to the net - good effort.
After the good start to the season in April the mild weather in May certainly ensured good fishing at both lochs.Bhac rainbows were showing interest in nymphs,buzzers and daddies whilst Kinardochy brownies were up for wickam,grouse and claret,black pennel and kate mclaren.Surface activity was also evident on both waters when conditions were right.If forecasters are correct it certainly looks like more of the same for June.
Once again, conditions weren't easy at the dam yesterday but two were caught: Roy Maddox landed a fish of about 9lb in the morning on Port-na-Craig bank - on the fly; and Steven Stranks managed an 11lber in the afternoon from Pitlochry bank - this time on the spinner. The fish are running fast at the moment but the odd one can be caught - perseverance is the key.
Plenty of fish about but with the low water they're tending to travel fast - running straight through the beat and up the ladder at the dam (count of 1327 this afternoon). Not easy fishing conditions, then, but William McShane - ably assisted by brother George - managed to intercept one this morning - a superb 12lb fish from Pitlochry bank on the fly - well done! Hopefully a few more to come as we head into the weekend.
The river dropped back over the weekend and now sits at about 3" - still not a bad height - and with a few fresh fish showing conditions remain reasonably good. Kenneth McGregor was first into action this morning and it didn't take him long to land a good fish of about 12lbs on Port-na-Craig bank. In the evening Gordon Nichol landed a hard fighting 8lber on Pitlochry bank. Further downstream on Sawmill Graeme Stewart kept his good run going with a nice fish at 10lbs. All three fish were caught on the fly. Not a bad start to the week.
More success on Ruan Ruarie today with Barry Ward catching a fresh 12lber in the Grilse Pool - the fish are running. A quieter day at the dam, though, with one fish lost early in the afternoon. Hopefully next week will see things picking up again.
Better fishing conditions today but the fish didn't seem to notice - once again they weren't really in the mood. Brian Holmes stuck at it, though, and was rewarded with a fine 16lber from Pitlochry bank on a Flying C. This was Brian's third and final day - good things come to those who wait. Good effort!
With blustery winds it wasn't the easiest day for fishing but with fish from all three club beats things look to be picking up. After a quiet start to the week today we saw three fish caught at the dam: Gordon Nichol got things going first thing in the morning with a clean fish of 21lbs from Pitlochry bank on the fly; Lee Thompson followed soon after with an 8lber on the Flying C from Port-na-Craig bank; and Alan Atkins persevered in deteriorating conditions to get a 6lber in the afternoon on Pitlochry bank - again on the Flying C - good effort. Further downstream at Sawmill Jack Galloway got his season underway in style with a beautiful 12lb fish caught on a cone head shrimp. Ruan Ruarie also produced its first fish of the season - some of the 700+ fish through the dam making their way up the system - when David Wilson landed a fish of 11lbs. Looking good for the weekend.