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.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Conservation of Salmon (Annual Close Time and Catch and Release) (Scotland) Regulations 2014

Changes laid before the Scottish Parliament on 24 November 2014 coming into force 9 January 2015 will have the undernoted effect ( for full details see ).

Summary of the new laws that will apply to our fishing:

No person may retain any salmon caught by rod and line in a salmon fishery district, or part of a salmon fishery district before April 1. 

In this regulation—

“retain” means failing to return a fish at once to the river or other water from which it came and with the least possible injury.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Online booking system back in service.

We are pleased to announce that essential maintenance work on our BeatBooker system has been completed and online permit booking and membership services are available again. Apologies for any inconvenience caused during the outage.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fly tying evenings

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

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Great End to The Season

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!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fish at the Dam

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.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Ruan Ruarie Success

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.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

First Fish!

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?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pitlochry Ladder Update

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.

Trout and grayling fishing on the R Tummel, cooler days and more hatches

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.

Sunday, August 31, 2014


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.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Still Fish About

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.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Good Returns

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.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Fish About

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.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Stirling International Angling Festival - maybe involving the Tummel?

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.

Friday, August 1, 2014


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.

Friday, July 25, 2014

News from the ladder

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.

Please click on the image for a larger version.