Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Late Fish At The Dam

It was quiet at the Dam during the day - the water level was good but bright sunshine didn't help - and despite best efforts nothing was caught. In the evening, though, Graeme Stewart was successful - opening his account for the season with a fresh fish of 9lbs from Pitlochry bank on the fly - good effort. Looking good for tomorrow.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Excellent Start To The Week

The river dropped off to a good height over the weekend and with two fish caught at the Dam it was an excellent start to the week: first into action was visiting angler Matti Rautio who landed his first ever Scottish salmon this morning on Port-na-Craig bank on the fly - well done - and hopefully more to come; while Callum Imray had a fish of around 9lbs from Pitlochry bank on the spinner this morning. Further downstream at Sawmill Iain McLaren was successful (again!) with a 9lb fish on the spinner.
Matti Rautio with his first Scottish salmon - well done!

Callum Imray's  fish - ready to be returned

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Good End To The Week

When I arrived at the Dam shortly before midday it was clear that the river was well up on the 7am Sepa reading of 1ft 7ins - and with the sun splitting the sky conditions were less than ideal. Just when it looked like it was going to be one of those days I thought I could see a rod bending further down the bank and sure enough it was "fish on". Soon after Russell Boyd skillfully brought a sparkling 8lber to the net - caught on Port-na-Craig bank on the fly - well done. A few club members ventured out in the evening and more success followed: Martin Wilson got into the action with a superb fish of 16lbs on the fly - again from Port-na-Craig bank on the fly; and Roger Collins opened his account with an 8lb fish from Pitlochry bank on the fly - good effort. With settled weather set to continue prospects for next week look excellent.

Martin Wilson - 16lber ready to be returned

Russell Boyd - 8lber from Port-na-Craig bank

Friday, April 17, 2015

Dam 1 - Sawmill 2

Conditions looked excellent at the Dam this morning but for the most part the fish played hard to get. One fish was caught, though: Thomas Monaghan was the successful angler with a fish of 8lbs from Pitlochry bank on the fly. Further downstream Iain McLaren continues to set the pace at Sawmill with two fish at 10 and 7lbs - both on the spinner. Looking good for Saturday.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dam On Form

The river had settled back to a good level after yesterday's rise and with warmer temperatures and light winds prospects looked excellent this morning. First into action was Tummel regular Graham Nichols with a 14lber from Pitlochry bank on the fly. Ally Gowans then followed with a fish of the same weight from Port-na-Craig bank - again on the fly. In the evening Saul Mackay continued his good run with a 9lb fish on the fly from Pitlochry bank. Surely more to come this week.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Some of tonight's work party - Club President Jimmy Ross to the left of photo
Club members trimmed back vegetation which was obstructing paths on the members' Sawmill Beat tonight. This is part of this year's maintenance programme on the various Club waters which Club President Jimmy Ross organises.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Last Cast

The river was up a few inches this morning but still a great height for fishing. One fish of 9lbs was caught on the spinner during the day on Pitlochry bank In the evening a few members ventured out for a cast and it was Martin Wilson who struck silver late on with a very nice 9 lb fish from Port-na-Craig bank on the fly - good effort. Looking good for tomorrow.
Martin Wilson with fish ready to be returned

Monday, April 13, 2015

Fishing Well

Fishing conditions were excellent today at the Dam - a falling river, light winds and an overcast sky - and the catches reflected this: Ian Lindsay had a red letter day with fish of 20lbs and 12lbs on Pitlochry bank in the morning - both on the fly; and Gordon Hanslip had a day to remember with two from Port-na-Craig bank in the afternoon at 18lbs and 12lbs - one on fly and one on a Rapala. The fishing is really picking up now and so far the quality of the fish has been excellent.
Gordon Hanslip with superb 18lb fish this morning

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Last Gasp

Thomas Monaghan did well yesterday (Friday) with a fish of 8lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank in the morning. Today we had some inclement weather to contend with and it looked like we were heading for a blank with none caught during the day. Jim Fisher ventured out this evening, though, and was in the right place at the right time to land a fresh 11lb fish on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank - good effort. An excellent end to the week.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Another great PAC Open Night result £1200 raised for RHSC Yorkhill, Glasgow

Cheque presentation from Pitlochry Angling Club to RHSC Yorkhill Children's Charity.
From Left to Right  Liam Mullin, Stevie Mullin, Gary Donlin from the Yorkhill Children's Charity, James Ross Pitlochry Angling Club President.

Quote from Kirsten Sinclair Director of Fundraising Yorkhill Children's Charity,

“We are incredibly grateful to the Pitlochry Angling Club for their generous donation, which will make a real and lasting difference to Scotland's sick children and their families.” 

Big thanks from PAC to everyone who supported and contributed to the Open Night.

Photo by David Brown Photographer, Pitlochry www.davidbrownphotographer.com Tel 07941404134 Email dwbprophot@yahoo.co.uk

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Quality Fish At The Dam

It was a quiet morning at the Dam - conditions looked good but the fish didn't seem to be in the mood. That changed in the afternoon, though: Dave Stewart was first into action with a superb fish of 18lbs from Pitlochry bank on the fly; and Curtis Brunker followed up with a fish of the same size - again from Pitlochry bank on the fly. The river remains steady at a good height.
Curtis Brunker - 18lber ready to go back

Dave Stewart - safely returned

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Two At The Dam

It was another good day at the Dam: Peter Shaw got things going with a 9lber on Port-na-Craig bank on a Toby this morning and soon after Steve Watt continued his good run with a hard fighting 16lber on Pitlochry bank on the fly. The river remains at a great height and the salmon are there to be caught.


A very contrasting start to the season at the hill lochs.  To be honest I am not in the least surprised as the week leading up to the opening weekend was bitterly cold with further snow showers and icy conditions.  However, the brave souls who ventured out on Kinardochy were rewarded with 12 brownies, all duly returned.   The boats out on Bhac, however, were not as fortunate as not one rainbow was tempted.   In the last few days the temperature has risen by 8-12 degrees throughout the day so I am now certain that Bhac will start to compete.  

Monday, April 6, 2015

Excellent Start To The Week

The river dropped away nicely over the weekend and conditions looked to be close to ideal at the Dam this morning. Just one fish was caught, though, - Steve Watt landing an 8lber on the fly this morning on Pitlochry bank. Further downstream at the Sawmill we're finally off the mark - Iain McLaren broke the deadlock with a superb fish of 16lb on the fly. A great start to the week - and surely more to come.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Another Good Day At The Dam

With almost ideal conditions it was another good day at the Dam: visiting angler Nick Webster followed up his success of Wednesday with another superb fish first thing this morning - a 12lber from Port-na-Craig bank on a Flying C; while Teasses gamekeeper Kenny Horne continued his good run with two fish, at 9lbs and 7lbs,  from Pitlochry bank in the afternoon - both on the fly. Well done to both! Hopefully it will continue.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Good Catches

We've had contrasting conditions at the Dam over the last two days - snow showers and strong winds yesterday and settled sunny weather today - but the result was the same with one fish on each day: yesterday (Wednesday) Nick Webster caught a 7lber on Port-na-Craig bank on a Flying C; and this morning Saul Mackay landed a 9lber on Port-na-Craig bank on the fly. With settled conditions forecast for the weekend prospects look good.
Nick Webster on Port-na-Craig bank yesterday

Monday, March 30, 2015

Good Start To The Week

With the river up and snow showers to contend with conditions weren't ideal for fishing at the dam today. Iain McLaren did well, though, catching a fresh 9lber on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank this morning - see below - safely returned. An excellent start to the week.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Week Ends On A High

It's been an excellent week at the dam with fish now here in numbers. Prospects today, however, weren't too promising - a rise in river levels overnight with unsettled windy conditions forecast. Steve Watt was equal to the task, though, continuing a good run with an 8lber on the fly from Pitlochry bank - good effort.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Good Fishing Continues

With an overnight rise in water levels and few fish showing the river had a quiet feel about it this morning - it looked as if the good run at the dam was coming to an end. Steve Watt persevered, though, and was rewarded with a 12lb bar of silver on the fly from Pitlochry bank. That looked to be it but late in the afternoon Kenny Horne swung into action landing a superb fish of 18lbs on the spinner on Port-na-Craig bank - well done. Let's hope the good fishing continues.
Kenny with his 18lber

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ticking Over

With sleet and snow showers this morning it wasn't a day for the faint hearted. Craig Cowan persevered, though, and with some nice casting on show was rewarded with a fresh 9lb fish on the fly early in the afternoon on Port-na-Craig bank - good effort. The river remains at a good height.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fishing Well

It was a cold start on the Tummel this morning but the conditions were good for fishing and it wasn't long before the first fish came to the net: mid morning Saul Mackay landed a fine fish of 17lbs and then followed up with an 8lb sea liced fish - both from Pitlochry bank on the fly; in the afternoon Gordon Nichol landed a 10lber - again from Pitlochry bank and on the fly; and early evening Steve Watt continued his good run with a 10lber on the spinner from Port-na-Craig bank. Looking good as we head towards the weekend.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Good Day At The Dam

The river has been at a good height for about a week now but the salmon have remained frustratingly elusive. Today, though, things took a turn for the good: Steve Watt got things going with a superb fish of 22lbs from Port-na-Craig bank in the morning and followed up with another of 8lbs from Pitlochry bank in the afternoon; Ben Thopson then caught a fish of 11lbs late in the afternoon from Pitlochry bank. Hopefully the good fishing will continue.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

More Fish

The good start to the week continued yesterday: Les Dargie opened his account with a 9lb sea liced fish on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank. The river remains at a good height and with generally settled conditions things are looking good as we head into the weekend.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Good Start To The Week

Conditions looked good first thing today and it didn't take long for Saul Mackay to capitalise - catching a 9 lb sea liced fish on his fourth cast! It was taken from Pitlochry bank on the fly. Things look to be picking up.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Off The Mark!

With four fish hooked and lost on PAC waters so far this year it looked at times like our first fish would never come. Gary Waugh managed to break the deadlock first thing this morning, though, with a fine fish of around 7lbs from Pitlochry bank - well done. With settled weather forecast and the river set to drop further prospects look excellent for next week - surely more to come.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Loch Rannoch fishing permits available online

Loch Rannoch - Spectacular surroundings and outstanding fishing potential for brown trout, perch and pike. Click here for Google map link
The loch is over 10 miles long east/west by up to 1 mile wide and drops to over 130m in depth at the east end.

Loch Rannoch trout
It is most noted for its huge ferox trout. Even in recent years, double-figure fish are caught and 1991 produced 4 ferox of up 12lb 10oz in weight. In 1999, a fish of 15lb 8oz was landed. Apart from these specimen fish, the majority of trout in Loch Rannoch are of more modest proportions and average in the order 10oz, but good numbers of larger trout, of up to and over 2lb in weight, are taken most seasons. Permits for trout, pike and perch fishing on Loch Rannoch on behalf of the Loch Rannoch Conservation Association (LRCA) are now available via our online booking system.
Venues available for booking by visitors on our website include:
Salmon fishing:
  • Pitlochry Dam, R Tummel
  • R Garry Ruan Ruarie, Killiecrankie
Trout fishing:
  • R Tummel
  • Upper R Tummel
  • Loch Tummel
  • Loch Bhac
  • Loch Kinardochy
  • Loch Rannoch

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Open Night Thursday March 19th

Free Open Night to which members and the public are invited - Scotland’s Hotel on Thursday March 19th at 19.30.

  1. Presentation of Trophies.
  2. Raffle in aid of Yorkhill Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
  3. Fly-tying by local angler Ian Christie from ‘flybox uk’ of Perth. Ian will tie some trout and salmon flies using some of the very latest fly tying materials a selection of which will be available for sale during the evening.
Any donations for the raffle to benefit the Children's Hospital at Yorkhill will be gratefully appreciated call us on 07541404048 or e-mail us.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Opening Day 2015

The new season got under way today in conditions that were far from ideal - the river running high and strong gusty winds to contend with. A few members did venture out, however, and a numbers of others dropped by to follow the proceedings. Unfortunately that first springer remained elusive - despite best efforts. Hopefully the river will drop back over the coming week.

Club members Gordon Nichol and Mike Ross on Portnacraig Pitlochry Beat on Opening Day 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Online booking system

Traffic volume on the system over the last couple of days has been huge. Thanks to everyone who booked permits we hope that our fishing will again live up to your expectations.

Some customers were frustrated by "loosing" permits so here is what happens. Permits are selected from the calendars and put into the cart, however it is possible that several persons could have selected the same permit. When the system was busy the same permits were often in a number of carts. What happens then is that the first person to pay for the permit succeeds in purchasing it and the permit is automatically removed from the other carts because it is no longer available. This is why permits may have gone "missing" from your cart! Sorry but you just got beaten to the till! First come first served!

As can be seen from the bookings many of our anglers favour starting on the Pitlochry Bank. Last season's returns show that actually more fish were caught from the Portnacraig  side. Low water favours the Pitlochry side and higher flows suit Portnacraig better but fish are fickle and who knows what the next cast might bring?

Tight lines 2015!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Pitlochry Dam visitor permits available.

Pitlochry Dam looking upstream. Pitlochry Bank is on the RHS of picture
 Pitlochry Dam - salmon day permits (16 January to 15 October) No Sundays, 3 rods per day on each bank (Portnacraig and Pitlochry) rotate beats at 12:00 noon.
    Jan/Feb                                         £15     16/01 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                                      £58     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                      £15     1/08 to 15/10
    Please note the Club's Conservation Policy, barbless hooks until April 1st and the legal requirement to release all fish prior to April 1st 2015.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2015 PAC Permits and Loch Tummel permits available online

Loch Tummel from Queen's View
2015 PAC trout fishing permits for Lochs Bhac and Kinardochy and for the River Tummel are available for booking online.

Salmon permits for Ruan Ruarie are also available now and visitor permits for the Pitlochry Dam beats will be made available in January.
Loch Tummel Permits

The Loch Tummel Riparian Association (LTRA) was formed in 1978 to protect and oversee the fishing on Loch Tummel. Fishing permits can be purchased online from our web site.

Prices: Day £8.00 Week £25.00 Season £40.00.

The loch is regularly stocked with mature grown trout to improve the fishing and breeding population and it also offers year-round fishing for pike and perch.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Pitlochry Angling Club keep permit price the same for another year.

Good news, at last night's AGM members agreed to freeze all the Club's permits at last season's prices. Visitor salmon permits for the productive fishing below Pitlochry Dam will be available on our booking system around January 10, 2015.
Pitlochry Dam - salmon day permits (16 January to 15 October) No Sundays 3 rods per day on each bank (Portnacraig and Pitlochry) rotate beats at 12:00 noon.

Jan/Feb                           £15     16/01 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                       £58     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         £15     1/08 to 15/10

Scottish Government Salmon Kill licence consultation in 2015.

"One for the pot" could become very rare!
The killing of wild salmon could require a licence following a public consultation that will be launched early in the new year.

The consultation will seek views on a conservation measure to ban killing wild salmon except under licence, along with an accompanying carcass tagging scheme to help enforcement. The measure would apply to both anglers and netters. The Scottish Government hope that the new system will be in place for the 2016 season.