Wednesday, September 2, 2015

August Report From Hill Lochs

This season so far has certainly been very challenging in the hills as far as the weather was concerned and August certainly continued where July left off.However,catches have been good on the days when conditions were suitable i.e.without driving rain and very strong winds.Both Bhac and Kinardochy have fished well to mainly black flies such as ace of spades,black pennel,kate mcLaren and bibio.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Still Fish About

The river level has dropped back over the last couple of days but there are still fish to be caught: Andy Khakoo managed to winkle out a sea trout of about 2lbs on the fly in Sawmill this afternoon; and this evening Brian Joseph landed a 5lb grilse on Port-na-Craig bank - caught on a Flying C. Still fish about - and still worth a cast.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Sawmill Grilse

Quite a few fish showing at the Dam today but nothing caught, unfortunately. Further downstream at Sawmill Gordon Nichol landed a 4 lb grilse on the fly this evening. Will be interesting to see what the weekend brings.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sawmill On Form

There's still a few fish about - Andy Khakoo struck again in Sawmill today with a fish of 4lbs on his first cast! Plenty of fish were showing in the beat by all accounts - definitely worth a cast.



Friday, August 14, 2015

Sawmill Success

The Sawmill was looking good today and Gordon Nichol took advantage with a fish of 12lbs on the fly this afternoon. The river remains at an excellent height and with good numbers of fish about prospects look good for tomorrow.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Dam Fishing Well

Lots of fish showing at the Dam this morning and Gary Waugh took advantage continuing his good run with a 7lber from Pitlochry bank this morning on the fly. With the river at a good height and plenty of fish about prospects look good for the weekend.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fish About!

There's still fish about: Andy Khakoo continued his good run with a grilse of 4lbs on the fly this afternoon  in Sawmill: and this evening Brian Joseph landed a fish of 4lbs on Port-na-Craig bank on the spinner. Good numbers of fish showing by all accounts and definitely still worth a cast.



Andy Khakoo's fish in Sawmill this afternoon

Monday, August 10, 2015

Good Start To The Week

There was some unsettled weather about today - including very heavy showers - but we did have one return with Gordon Graham landing a clean 5lb fish. Hopefully there will be more to come as the water settles back over the next few days.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Dam On Form

It was good to see some rods on the Dam today and with six fish caught and at least another four lost the fishing was exceptional: Gary Waugh got things going with a sea liced fish of 5lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank in the morning and followed up with a fish of the same size on the spinner from Port-na-Craig bank in the afternoon; James Holder landed a 6lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning and then had another of 3lber on Pitlochry bank in the afternoon - both on the fly; and Michael Kelly - who tells me he hasn't had a fish for a number of years - was delighted to land fish of 8lbs and 6lbs on Port-na-Craig bank this morning - both on the spinner. Well done to all. Prospects look excellent for next week.

James Holder's fish on Port-na-Craig bank this morning
Michael Kelly on Port-na-Craig bank this morning - second fish of the day!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Fishing Well

With the water level dropping back nicely and lots of fish showing conditions were excellent at the dam today.  Danny Docherty took advantage with a fish of 8lbs on Pitlochry bank this afternoon on the fly - and another two lost. Looking good for tomorrow.

Danny Docherty on Pitlochry bank this afternoon

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sawmill Sea Trout

Andy Khakoo showed it is still worth a cast - catching a 2.5lb sea trout on the fly at BP burn on our Sawmill beat yesterday. Still fish about for those willing to have a cast.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Good End To The Week

With the river height close to ideal at the moment and plenty of fish showing it was good to see a few day rods out on our Dam beat today. As expected the fishing was excellent with five fish caught: Gary Waugh was first into action on Pitlochry bank this morning with a fish of 6lbs on the fly and followed this up in the afternoon with a 10lber from Port-na-Craig bank - again on the fly; Steven Lee had a fish of 5lbs on the spinner from Port-na-Craig bank this morning; and Ian McNicol landed two in the afternoon on Pitlochry bank - one at 6lbs on the spinner and the other 3lbs on the fly. The river looks set to remain at a good level and prospects for next week are excellent.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Salmon And Sea Trout

Paul Carter did well tonight with a salmon at 10lbs, a sea trout at 2lbs and a further two salmon hooked but lost. Paul tells me he was trialling a new fly - looks like it's a winner! Should be more to come tomorrow.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Grilse At The Dam

Good numbers of fish were showing at the Dam this evening. Gordon Nichol was the lucky angler tonight with a 3lb grisle on Pitlochry bank on the fly. For those willing to venture out this weekend prospects look excellent.

JULY REPORT FROM HILL LOCHS

Although July weather has been very unseasonable to say the least both hill lochs have fished well on days when conditions were conducive for fishing. Bhac rainbows have been in the mood with boat and bank anglers doing well. Kate McLaren,buzzers,damsel nymphs and dries have all proved popular. Kinardochy brownies have also been keen to take with bibio,peter ross,butchers and olives having been on demand.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fish At The Dam

Not many rods out at the moment but those willing to have a cast are being rewarded: Brian Joseph ventured out late this evening and landed a 5lb grilse on Port-na-Craig bank on the fly. The river remains at a great height and there are still lots of fish moving about - surely more to come this week.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

PAC Double

Fish are showing throughout PAC beats at the moment and today we achieved a double with fish caught at the Dam and Sawmill: Ian Hislop caught a 5 lb fish on the fly this evening on Pitlochry bank while further downstream at Sawmill Andy Khakoo landed a grilse of 3lbs - again on the fly. With the river sitting at an ideal height prospects look good for the rest of the week.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Good End To The Week

We're now almost at the end of July and with good water levels PAC beats continue to fish well:

Friday: Martin Wilson landed a 7lber on Pitlochry bank on the fly in the evening

Saturday: Paul Carter caught a fresh fish of 6lbs on the fly this morning

Conditions remain excellent - looking good for next week.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fish About!

Despite the excellent water levels PAC beats are very lightly fished at the moment but those who do venture our are being rewarded with good sport: at the Dam today Peter Stewart landed a 6lb fish on Pitlochry bank this afternoon - and lost another two; further downstream at Sawmill Rob Crowther was in the right place at the right time to land two fish on the fly - one at 6lbs and another at 13lbs - good going. Definitely worth a cast.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sawmill Fishing Well



With the river at a good height and the odd fish showing the Sawmill looked very promising this morning. Jimmy Ross had a quick run through and was rewarded with a 10lb fish on the fly - the good run continues. Surely a few more to come this week.

Jimmy Ross in Sawmill today




Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Sawmill And Dam On Form

The river is at a good height at the moment and this is encouraging fresh fish into our beats. Andy Khakoo was in the right place to take advantage yesterday morning - following up on his recent success with a fresh fish of 10lbs on the fly in the Sawmill and Ian Hislop braved some heavy rain last night to successfully land a 6lb fish on the fly on Pitlochry bank - good effort. The fish are there for those willing to have a cast!

Andy Khakoo's Sawmill fish

Friday, July 10, 2015

PAC Beats Fishing Well

Good numbers of fish are moving through PAC beats at the moment and although lightly fished over the last week those willing to have a cast are reaping the rewards:

Tuesday: Robert Crowther followed on from his recent success with another fish - in Sawmill this time - a fresh 10lber on the fly,

Thursday: Ally Gowans had a quick run through Sawmill in the morning and landed a 7lb sea-liced fish on the fly.

Friday: further upstream on Ruan Ruarie Dave Wilson managed a few hours and caught an 8lb fish on the spinner while downstream on our Sawmill beat Gordon Hanslip landed our first sea trout of the season - a 2lb fish from BP burn.

With the river at a good height there could be more to come this week.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ruan Ruarie Return

The ladder count at the dam now stands at over 2500 and with most of these heading up the river Garry there are good fishing opportunities to be had on our Ruan Ruarie beat. Dave Wilson took advantage today - and continued his good run - with a fish of 7lbs on the spinner - and another lost. For those willing to explore the various pools there are fish to be had!

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.