Friday, February 12, 2016

Diary date - Open Night 7pm Wed 9th March 2016.

Can you name this insect?
Our club Open Night at Scotland's Hotel, Bonnethill Road, Pitlochry is free and guests are very welcome to attend. Refreshments provided.

This year we are delighted to have arranged a talk by Craig Macadam the Conservation Director with Buglife who has been studying freshwater invertebrates for over 20 years.  He is a recognised expert on mayflies and stoneflies and is currently working on the impact of climate change on freshwater ecosystems and the important services provided by freshwater invertebrates.  His  talk will explore the mayflies of importance to anglers and give some background to some of the special species that can be found in the rivers and lochs of the Tay catchment.

Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust is the only organisation in Europe dedicated to the conservation of all invertebrates.  Over 3,800 invertebrate species in the UK spend at least part of their lifecycle in freshwater. We are actively working to save Britain’s rarest animals, everything from dragonflies to mayflies, pond skaters and crayfish.

There will also be some fund raising activities for a local mothers and toddlers group.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

River Tummel competition dates for 2016.

River Tummel offers great trout fishing
The River Tummel between Pitlochry and Ballinluig is famous for its great trout and grayling  fly fishing and is much in demand for competitions. Clubs and others wishing to hold competitions on our waters please note that we would appreciate being informed in advance so that other anglers can be made aware of their presence.

Please also note that exclusive use of our water cannot be granted and that all anglers are required to fish in accordance with the Club's rules and with good etiquette and consideration for other users.

SANACC competition heats dates for 2016 are 24 April, 01 May, 15 May and 22 May the final competition is on 24 July.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Opening Day 2016

With the river at a good height there was some optimism on the Tummel this morning. A few members turned out for a cast and a few more dropped by to follow proceedings. Unfortunately - despite best efforts -  the first springer of the season remained elusive. Hopefully not too long before that changes.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Visitor permits at Pitlochry Dam are now available for booking.

We look forward to meeting visiting anglers fishing our popular and prolific beats at Pitlochry Dam this season which starts on January 15th. Permits are now available online via our Beatbooker booking system. Remember the permit is not bought until its paid for, first to pay gets it!

Tight lines!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Flood water on the R Tummel Dec 30 2015

No parking today!
Dam gates spill was impressive!
 The River Tummel has been exceptionally high several times over past weeks and it looks like we will see the year ending with it on another high! Spirits and expectations also are high in anticipation of another great year's fishing  on the river in 2016 after 2015's fantastic catches.

We wish all the very best to all our visitors from across the world during the new season which opens for salmon on January 15th. Hopefully the water will be in a better state by then.

Catch & release only in Scotland on all rivers including the Tummel until April 1. Thanks to all our anglers for their continuing restraint and successful live release of over 95% of the salmon landed on Pitlochry Angling Club's beats.

Tight lines 2016.
Not a lot of space between the river and the footbridge!

A lot of water!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Visitors fishing permits for 2016

2016 permits for all of our waters (apart from Pitlochry Dam) will be available for sale online via our booking system from December 15, 2015.

Permits at Pitlochry Dam will be released for sale online to visitors around the second week of January. Full details of our fishing and permit prices for visitors are available via the website or here.

Instructions on how to book using our online system can be found here.

We look forward to welcoming visitors to share our superb fishing and wish everyone the very best for the festive season and the New Year.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Booking system will be unavailable on Wednesday 3rd December

Our booking system will be out of service for essential maintenance on Wednesday 3rd December 2015. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ruan Ruarie Success

Dave Wilson rounded his season off nicely with a 5lb fish from the Viaduct Pool at Ruan Ruarie on Monday. Quite a few fish about by all accounts - and still time to get a ticket for the last couple of days of the season.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Fly Tying evenings at Scotland's Hotel

Our friendly and sociable fortnightly fly tying evenings start shortly. These evenings are open to all anglers/fly tiers, not just Club members. Evenings are informal and members are happy to teach anyone who wants to learn how to tie flies, join in for a blether or as many do try to refill these depleted fly boxes for next years fishing.

The venue is Scotland's Hotel, Bonnethill Road, Pitlochry, 7pm until 9pm on the following dates:
  • November 9 and 23
  • December 7 and 21
  • January 11 and 25
  • February 8 and 22
 We look forward to meeting you there! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Start of the grayling marks the end of 2015 trout season

There are good populations of brown trout in all of our waters. The season finished yesterday and the trout are already colouring up for breeding. Let's hope that conditions for them spawning are good.

Our annual River Tummel fishing permit for grayling and trout from October 7, 2015 to October 6, 2016 is now available. Great value at £75 pa. Grayling fishing day (£10) and weekly (£25) permits are also available online. The Tummel is well known for holding good sized grayling and several fishers towards the end of the trout season reported catching quite a few of these lovely fish.

Monday, September 28, 2015

New salmon fishing announcement by the Scottish Government

Following further consultation the minister Aileen McLeod stated:

The product of that further consideration has led to a revised scheme and accompanying activity which we have just made public through a press release and detailed web content. I am writing therefore to provide you with notice of that detail, the key elements of which are:

 The killing of salmon will be managed on an annual basis by categorising fishery districts and Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) in relation to their conservation status.

 Fishing outwith estuary limits will be prohibited for an initial period of 3 years.

 Fishing will be restricted to catch and release only, eliminating deliberate killing, in areas where salmon are in poor conservation status.

 Steps to reduce killing of salmon will be required in areas where salmon are in moderate conservation status.

 The killing of salmon will be allowed in areas in good conservation status.

 Conservation plans will be required in areas where salmon fail to meet good conservation status.

Further details

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sawmill Success

There's still a few fish about and Paul Carter was in the right place this morning with a 6lb fish from Sawmill on the fly. The counter at the dam currently stands at 5332 and good numbers of fish were showing below the dam.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ruan Ruarie And Sawmill Returns

The river is now sitting at summer levels but fish are still there to be caught:

Sat: Dave Wilson was successful at Ruan Ruarie with a 4lb grilse on the spinner

Tues: Bob Crowther showed it is still worth a cast on Sawmill with a fresh fish of 5lbs on the fly. 

Hopefully a few more to come before the end of the season.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Ruan Ruarie Salmon

Dave Wilson was the successful angler today with a 9lb salmon on Ruan Ruarie. Conditions weren't the best but the fish didn't seem to mind - quite a few showing on the beat at the moment. The heavy rain should freshen things up - hopefully a few more to come next week.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Ticking Over

The river has dropped back a bit over the last week or so but fish are still passing through steadily with the odd one getting caught: Sylvian Barry landed a 4lb grilse on the spinner on Port-na-Craig bank last Saturday; and Iain McGinlay caught a fish of 4lbs on Ruan Ruarie on Wednesday. The rain forecast for the weekend could liven things up a bit - still worth a cast.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Ruan Ruarie Grilse

Not many rods out this week but still a few fish about. Dave Wilson took advantage catching a 3lb grilse on Ruan Ruarie today and losing another. The forecast for next week is for more settled conditions - definitely worth a go.

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.


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.