Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ticking Over

Difficult fishing conditions on the river today with strong gusty winds raking across the water for most of the day. A number of anglers persevered, though, but once again it was Steve Watt who came up with the goods - an 11lb sea liced fish from Pitlochry bank on a Willie Gunn. Good effort. The wind looks to be easing for the end of the week so hopefully things will improve.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Good Catches Continue

Two fish were lost early today but eventually Dave Stewart managed to make one stick - a superb 16lb fish caught on a shrimp style pattern on Port-na-Craig bank. Not long after Steve Watt got in on the action with a good looking fish of 14lbs on Pitlochry bank - again on the fly. Things then went quiet at the dam but further downstream on the Sawmill beat Martin Wilson struck silver with a fresh 9lb fish on the fly. Lets hope for more of the same for the rest of the week.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

20lber Caught at the Dam!

The river looked to be in excellent shape this morning and hopes were high for a good day. As it turned out, however, things got off to a slow start and it wasn't until mid afternoon that the only fish of the day was landed. It was worth the wait, though, - visiting angler Andy Mantle, fishing a smallish Willie Gunn double, hooked into a beauty on Port-na-Craig bank and after a tremendous fight successfully landed a dream fish of 20lbs. Well done!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Good Start to the Week

Richard Bond got things underway this morning with a lovely 11lb sea liced fish on Port-na-Craig bank and this was followed up by Iain McLaren in the afternoon who landed a 16lber on Pitlochry bank - both were caught on the fly. The river was looking in good shape this evening - sitting at a good height with the odd fish showing - lets hope the settled conditions continue.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dam Success

With the river running high and few fish showing perseverance was the order of the day. Luckily Kenny Horne stuck at it - having lost a good fish early in the day on the fly on Pitlochry bank he was rewarded with a 15lb hen fish on the spinner from Port-na-Craig bank in the afternoon. Good effort!

Here's Kenny playing the fish in the morning ....

.... and the one that stayed on - Kenny's fish looked like it had been in for some time and the wound on its jaw suggested that it may have been caught previously.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sawmill Return

Difficult conditions today with high water and an awkward westerly breeze. Les Dargie wasn't put off, though, and was rewarded with a fresh 13lb fish from his favourite spot at the tail of Sawmill. Once again it was the trusty Willie Gunn that did the damage.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ticking Over

Conditions weren't ideal today with the river still running high. Persistence and flexibility can go a long way to achieving success, though, and Paul McCarthy proved this with a 16lb beauty falling to a Blair Spoon late this afternoon on Port-na-Craig bank. Good effort. Paul's party have another couple of days so hopefully there's more to come.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Port-na-Craig Catch

Conditions didn't look too promising today with the river having risen about 20" over the weekend. A number of anglers persevered, though, and it paid off for Duncan Webster who caught a hard fighting 14lber on a floating Black & Gold Devon this afternoon on Port-na-Craig bank. The story doesn't end here, however - when Duncan was returning the fish he noticed that the fish had a tag on its dorsal fin with "Dunkeld 201" written on it. Further investigation revealed that the fish had previously been caught then tagged at Dunkeld House Fishings on 16th January!!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Congratulations To Willie On His 90th Birthday

Willie on his 90th birthday yesterday
Congratulations to Willie MacGregor who had his 90th birthday yesterday. Willie was the Atholl Estates ghillie for many years and many of our anglers will have met him on their Lower Tummel Beat, which Pitlochry AC used to have salmon fishing on for some of the season. The beat is also included in our River Tummel trout and grayling fishing. Willie looked by frequently to offer advice and encouragement to those fishing. His carefully placed sticks and stones marking the hot spots often brought success to our anglers. More recently, Willie has played an active role in the campaign to rewater the upper Perthshire Garry (which is very heavily abstracted above Calvine for hydro-electric purposes) and allow salmon into it again.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fish Here In Numbers!

It was cold and wet on the Tummel this morning but the fish didn't seem to mind - showing in good numbers throughout the beat for the first time this year. First to take advantage was Jonathan Tyson with a 13lber on the Flying C from Port-na-Craig bank - caught early morning on his 4th cast! Next up it was Steve Watt who hit a rich vein of form with three fish from Pitlochry bank at 13, 12 and 9lbs in the morning and followed up with another at 10lbs from Port-na-Craig in the afternoon - all on the fly. Good effort! Great to see things up and running and both banks fishing well.

First Salmon Up The Ladder

The counter display this evening. The underwater camera allows people
to see salmon making their way upstream past the counter.
The first spring salmon making its way up the Pitlochry Dam Fish Ladder this season has now passed the counter a little over half way up the ladder. Fish in the start of the run only make their way slowly up the ladder, as their swimming ability is poorer in cold water. The water temperature is still under 6C and at water temperatures only slightly less than this, no salmon would enter the ladder at all, and they would lie in the river downstream waiting for the water temperature to rise. Occasional kelts (salmon which spawned last winter) can be seen making their way down the ladder at lower temperatures. As the water temperature rises, more fish will enter the ladder and get up it more quickly. The Club's Portnacraig Pitlochry Beat lies just downstream of Pitlochry Dam.

Photo added 5/4/14. Salmon kelt making its way down the ladder today. Many
kelts are by now very thin and weak  and they can often be easily seen close to
the surface against the edges of the pools where the currents are less strong.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Another Spring Salmon

Steve Watt got in on the action this evening with a fine 16lb springer caught on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank. The river has continued to fall and is now sitting at something like an ideal height. Hopefully some good catches in the next few days.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tummel Springer

The Tummel is sitting at a good height right now and is looking very "fishy". Gordon Nichol was able to take advantage this evening with a 13lber on a Black & Yellow Snaelda tube. Prospects look excellent and hopefully there will be more to come in the next few days.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Sawmill Success

The river remains stubbornly high but there are fish about - Les Dargie continued his excellent start to the season with an 8lber in Sawmill today - once again on the trusty Willie Gunn.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

First Salmon

The high water doesn't seem to be putting off the fish with more success today. William Smith caught his first ever salmon this morning - a 12lber from Pitlochry bank on a Flying C. Having got a feel for it he then went on to catch another of the same size on Port-na-Craig bank in the afternoon. By all accounts both fish put up a great fight and William is now well and truly "hooked". Well done!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

First Fish Off The Dam!

It's been a long time coming but at last we're off the the mark - Gordon Nichol catching a 14lber on Port-na-Craig bank this evening on a Black & Yellow Snaelda - a fly much admired at a recent club fly tying evening!! Unusually, we've already had six fish off the club's Sawmill beat but this is the first from Port-na-Craig. Visiting angler Ian Stuart Willis also lost a good fish at the bank on Monday so there now seems to be a few fish about. Hopefully this is just the start.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


One of our Club members, Scottish Ladies Internationalist Kathleen Shepherd is involved in organising a fundraising competition on Rescobie on Sunday 27 April. The funds raised will go towards the travel and fishing costs of the Scottish Ladies Team competing at a home international on Traws Reservoir in Wales in May .

The competition is from 9 am - 5 pm, two fish, then catch and release. Entry is £25 per person and breakfast and lunch is included. Great prizes have been donated, and there will also be a raffle. A very good cause, and it will be a good day out too. To book your place, contact Kathleen on 07534090699.

To see a larger version of the poster,
please click on it

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Club members trimmed back vegetation which was obstructing paths and cleared litter on the members' Sawmill Beat today. This is part of ongoing maintenance work on Club waters organised by Club President Jimmy Ross. Special mention to Ben Carter (aged 4, not on photo) not only for a sterling effort collecting bankside litter, but for excellent public relations skills with the adjacent residents earning him a packet of sweets.

Some of today's work party with Club President Jimmy Ross
(second from the right of the photo)

Thursday, March 13, 2014


The Angling Club's very well attended Annual Open Night was held last night in Scotland's Hotel. The evening started with the presentation of Club trophies by Rhona Smith to the 2013 trophy winners. Rhona had come down from Skye to present the new Maurice Wilson Trophy donated by herself to be awarded annually for the largest salmon caught in June on Portnacraig Pitlochry Beat by a club member. The trophy is in the memory of club member Maurice Wilson, who was her husband, who passed away fishing on Portnacraig bank on 1 June 1993. Many members have fond memories of Maurice and the trophy was awarded for its first year to Brian Joseph for the capture of a lovely fresh run fish of 17 lb from Portnacraig Bank just before the end of June 2013.  Then followed a fascinating demonstration of the tying of several interesting trout flies by Peter McCallum, refreshments, and the raffle and the auction of fishing tackle and other items generously donated in aid of our this year's charities - Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance and Pitlochry Senior Citizens' Bus. All proceeds from the raffle and auction go to these charities, and the wonderful total raised was about £2300 - very many thanks to many people and businesses who generously donated items, and to those who bought raffle tickets and items in the auction.
Brian Joseph receiving the new Maurice Wilson Trophy
from Rhona Smith 

Not all the items being auctioned were tackle!

Ticking Over

Brian Joseph kept things ticking over this morning with a 15lb fish from the tail of Sawmill on a Vision 110.
Further upriver at the dam the odd fish showed but nothing was caught. The river has remained quite high but should fall back over the next few days.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sawmill Success

The river has dropped back nicely this week with fishing conditions now close to ideal. First to take advantage was Calum McRoberts with an 11lber from Sawmill stream on a Payo. Les Dargie then followed up with a 9lb fish from the tail of Sawmill on a Willie Gunn. With the settled weather set to continue prospects are looking good for the rest of the week - the first fish of the season at the dam looks a real possibility.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Some great auction lots for March 12

Over 100 lots to auction for charity during our free open night at Scotland's Hotel, Bonnethill Road, Pitlochry at 7pm on Wednesday March 12. Everyone welcome to participate and help raise funds for Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance and Pitlochry Senior Citizens bus.

Here are some examples: 

  • Hardy Goodwin reel - a rare model  - illustrated below
  • Hardy Marquis 3 reel and spool - illustrated below
  • Hardy Marquis 7/8 reel and case - illustrated below
  • Hardy Viscount III reel and spool both boxed - illustrated below
  • Hardy Favourite #4/5 10ft 2pc  fly rod
  • Hardy De Luxe #7/8 10ft 2pc fly rod
  • Bruce & Walker Norway Spey Caster 10/11 3pc salmon fly rod.
  • Bruce & Walker Hexagraph "Bruce" 13ft #7/10 3pc salmon fly rod
Many other rods, reels, books and fly tying tools and materials are included in the sale.

Raffle on the night with lots of prizes.

Well known fly tier Peter McCallum will demonstrate tying some deadly flies. This will be videoed and projected onto a large screen for all to see.  

Free tea, coffee and biscuits.

Huge thanks to everyone who has donated lots, prizes time and skills to hopefully help make the Open night a huge success and raise a large amount of money for charity.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Hardy Goodwin reel - back Hardy Goodwin reel - side
Hardy Marquis 3 reel with case and spare spool Hardy Goodwin reel - face
Hardy Viscount MkIII 10/11 reel with spare spool & boxed Hardy Marquis 7/8 reel with case

Sunday, March 9, 2014


Some members and visitors have been seeking updates from us on the closure of Port na Craig Footbridge for refurbishment work. The current situation is that the bridge remains closed and most anglers crossing between the banks at the bank changeover at 12 noon take their cars round over Aldour Road Bridge. Any anglers crossing between the banks on foot can either use the footpath over the Pitlochry Dam or again use the Aldour Bridge. Local businesses have been advised that the bridge will now be closed until Wednesday 9 April. Work is progressing with urgency - there were at least eight people working on the bridge today.

Tummel flowing high and clear 9 March

Work at Port Na Craig F/B 9 March (1)
Work at Port Na Craig F/B 9 March (2)

Saturday, March 1, 2014

First Fish on the Fly!

The first fly caught salmon of the season was landed this morning by Les Dargie - an 8lber from the tail of Sawmill. Even more impressive was the fact that Les managed to land the fish without the aid of a net - no mean feat on the narrow bank in that part of the beat. With two further fish reported as hooked and lost things are picking up at last. Prospects look excellent for the week ahead with the river set to fall further.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Please Support our Free Open Night & Charity Tackle Auction Wednesday March 12th at 19:00. Scotland’s Hotel and Spa, Bonnethill Road, Pitlochry.

The air ambulance on a road traffic rescue mission at Bruar.

Well known fly tying instructor Peter McCallum APGAI will demonstrate how to tie some great flies. 

There also will be a raffle (lots of prizes) and our very popular auction of fishing tackle, books and other paraphernalia mostly to do with fishing which is always highly entertaining and hugely successful. This year's proceeds will be given to Pitlochry Senior Citizens Bus fund and to Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance which could save your life! 

Please help by donating fishing tackle and books that you no longer require to help raise monies for these deserving causes. All items gratefully received please 
contact us by e-mail or phone 07541404048 to arrange collection. 

Free tea, coffee and biscuits and lots of good craic for sure! Make a note in your diary!

Sawmill Springer

The Tummel has dropped back to a good height over the last couple of days and Calum McRoberts  was able to take full advantage with a fine 14lb fish from Sawmill this morning on a Payo lure. Looking good for the weekend!

Friday, January 24, 2014

First Fish of the Season!!

Pitlochry Angling Club waters produced its first fish of the season this afternoon with Brian Joseph catching a 16lber on a Toby Salmo in Sawmill. With the river running high and not a single fish reported for the week on FishTay at the time it was definitely a day for the optimist. Not for the first time, though, Brian showed that it's always worth a cast. By all accounts it was a typically powerful Tummel springer putting up a great fight - including a 50 yard run - before coming to the net. Well done Brian.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Free Open Night & Charity Tackle Auction Wednesday March 12th at 19:00. Scotland’s Hotel and Spa, Bonnethill Road, Pitlochry.

The air ambulance on a road traffic rescue mission at Bruar.
Well known fly tying instructor Peter McCallum APGAI will demonstrate how to tie some great flies. 

There also will be a raffle (lots of prizes) and our very popular auction of fishing tackle, books and other paraphernalia mostly to do with fishing which is always highly entertaining and hugely successful. This year's proceeds will be given to Pitlochry Senior Citizens Bus fund and to Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance which could save your life! 

Please help by donating fishing tackle and books that you no longer require to help raise monies for these deserving causes. All items gratefully received please 
contact us by e-mail or phone 07541404048 to arrange collection. 

Free tea, coffee and biscuits and lots of good craic for sure! Make a note in your diary!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Opening Day on the Tummel

The 2014 season got underway on the River Tummel this morning with an excellent turnout of club members and a number of visitors watching on also. With the recent mild weather and the river sitting at 2'4" hopes were high for a repeat of last year's opening day success. Despite best efforts - and the odd fish showing - it wasn't to be, unfortunately. With the river looking set to fall further, though, prospects are excellent and it shouldn't be too long before that first springer comes to the net.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Portnacraig Pitlochry Beat 13/1/14
The conditions on the River Tummel look good for the opening of the Tay salmon season tomorrow (15 January) with the river having now fined down to about 2' 9" above summer height.

The opening day each year on Portnacraig Pitlochry Beat is reserved for paid-up Club members who take turns to fish if there are more than three wishing to fish on either bank. They (including Gordon) will be keen to repeat Gordon Nichol's success of opening day last year, when he caught a magnificent salmon of 21 lb on fly. 

Port na Craig Footbridge 13/1/14
All days from Thursday 16 January are bookable by visitors, subject to availability Anglers out on cold days at this time of year should watch out for black ice on the bankside rocks. 

Although Port na Craig Footbridge reopened as scheduled in December, it has now closed again due to the refurbishment work taking longer to complete than expected. The latest news is that it should reopen again Monday 3 March, although this may not be for definite as the notices at the works itself do not display a definite date. For the time being, anglers crossing between the banks will need to use Aldour Bridge (car or on foot) or the footpath across the dam. We apologise for the inconvenience. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Salmon Permits for Pitlochry Dam beats available online.

Salmon fishing day permits for Pitlochry Dam 2014 season are available via our Beatbooker on-line booking system. Book here. Please note that the beat changeover time is now 12:00 noon. The river banks are designated Portnacraig (right bank) and Pitlochry (left bank). You can start as early as you wish on the bank named on your permit. At 12:00 noon you must move to the opposite bank and fish from 12:00 to 17:00 there. Day permit holders are not allowed to fish after 17:00.

Tight lines for 2014.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Season's Greetings from Pitlochry Angling Club

Another year over and and another almost begun! 

How fortunate we were to have enjoyed some superb spring salmon fishing in 2013 proving once more that we offer some of the best value-for-money fishing available to the public for salmon and trout.

The Pitlochry Dam beats will be available for visitors bookings before mid January. All our other beats are on-line for booking now, including our popular day, week and season permits for trout fishing on the River Tummel and daily permits for Lochs Bhac and Kinardochy. 

We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Perthshire and our fishing venues in 2014. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Saturday, November 30, 2013


Portnacraig Footbridge 30/11/13. Note the scaffolding on the main supports
Extensive refurbishment work is taking place on Portnacraig Footbridge, so it is closed just now. As can be seen from the second photo, it is scheduled to reopen at 5pm on 20 December, which means it will be open again for the start of the salmon season. This is good as the bridge is often used by anglers moving between the two banks. The work was originally scheduled to take place in Spring 2013 which would have been much less convenient.
The closed off path 30/11/13

Sunday, October 20, 2013


A last throw over the closing days saw Gordon Nichol finish his season with a fish around 6lb in Sawmill-----Peter Rejner had a fish just over the 4lb at the Dam beat and also had two come off.----William Wilson finished our season with a fish estimated at 16lb from Ruan Ruarie. This beat on the River Garry has hardly been fished in the past two seasons. We have one rod who fishes fairly regular ( Barry Ward ) and again he has been successful with 8 fish recorded between 4lb ----10lb. P.A C. fishing on the Tummel has had another great year with 170 recorded from the Dam beats and 52 from Sawmill. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our visiting anglers for their continued support of Pitlochry Angling Club. Look forward to meeting up with some well kent faces------so dont get caught out book early.   JK