Thursday, May 21, 2015

Excellent Catches

A lot of fish were showing at the dam today but with nothing caught at changeover things seemed to following the pattern of the last few days - hard going with the fish not really in the mood. That changed mid afternoon when the fish really switched on: first into action was Tom Monaghan with a fish from Port-na-Craig bank at about 4pm on the spinner; this evening Jimmy Ross followed up his success of Monday with an 8lber from Port-na-Craig bank on the fly; Andy Huthwaite opened his season toniight with a very fresh 10lber from Pitlochry bank on the fly - well done; further downstream Les Dargie had a 10lber in the afternoon and lost another then returned this evening to catch a fish of 13lbs - both on the fly; and another two fish were lost this evening at the dam. Thing have really picked up - at last! - and prospects look excellent for the weekend.

Andy Huthwaite gets his season off the mark tonight on Pitlochry bank - well done!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Happy Returns

Visiting angler Nick Webster celebrated his birthday in style today with two sea-liced fish - at 8 and 10lbs - from Pitlochry bank on the spinner this afternoon - I believe the champagne has been ordered for tonight - well done! Nick is back on Friday and with the river set to drop back there could be more to come - prospects look good.

Nick Webster with one of two fish caught on Pitlochry bank today

Monday, May 18, 2015

Fishing Well

A lot of fish were seen coming into PAC beats this morning and fortunately a few of them were willing to take: Colin Hislop was first into action with a fish of 9lbs on the spinner on Port-na-Craig bank in the morning; Steve Watt had a 10lber on the spinner on Pitlochry bank later in the morning; club president Jimmy Ross got his season underway (at last!) this evening with a fish of 10lbs on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank; further downstream Ally Gowans had a fish of 10lb on the fly on Sawmill this morning. All in all not a bad day - hopefully more of the same for the rest of the week.

Ally Gowans' fish on Sawmill this morning

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Two At The Dam, One At Ruan Ruarie

Colin Pugh caught his first ever salmon this morning - a 10lber on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank - congratulations; Neil Tong followed in the afternoon with a 12lb fish on the spinner also from Port-na-Craig bank. Our first Ruan Ruarie salmon, a 6lber, was caught today by Brian Lindsay - good to see fish heading up the system. With the river set to drop back and plenty of fish about next week should be good.

Colin Pugh with first salmon - a 10lber on the fly - congratulations!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Mixed Fortunes At The Dam And Sawmill

It was almost the perfect start this morning: Ian Willis hooked a +20lb fish first thing on Pitlochry bank but lost it at the net after a 20 minute fight- unlucky. Over on Port-na-Craig bank Mike Smith was more fortunate - landing an 8lb fish on the spinner shortly before changeover. In the evening Paul Carter opened his account for the season with a nice fish of 11 lbs on Pitlochry bank on the fly. Further downstream at Sawmill Les Dargie lost a fish just as he was about to land it but fished on to land a 14lb sea liced fish. Fish were showing for most of the day - tomorrow could be good - especially if the river drops down a little.

Mike Smith with 8lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning


Paul Carter's superb 10lber from Pitlochry bank

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ticking Over

The river didn't dropped less than expected overnight but with fish showing throughout the beat fishing conditions looked good this morning. As it turned out only one fish was caught: Andrew Wright was the successful angler with a fish of 10lb on the spinner early in the afternoon on Port-na-Craig bank. Looking good for the weekend.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fishing Well

The river remains at a good height and it was another productive day on PAC waters with three fish caught: at the Dam Iain McLaren had two - one at 10lbs one the fly from Pitlochry bank in the morning and one at 11lbs on the spinner from Port-na-Craig bank in the afternoon; further downstream at Sawmill Ally Gowans caught an 11lbs fish on the fly. With the river set to fall prospects look good as we head towards the weekend.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Steady Start To The Week

The river dropped and cleared overnight and prospects looked good this morning. By lunchtime three fish had been lost and it looked as if it could be one of those frustrating days. Once again it was Steve Watt who saved the day with a 10lb fish from Port-na-Craig on the spinner this afternoon. Prospects should continue to improve as the river drops back

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Good End To The Week

The river remains at a good height but it was another day where perseverance was rewarded: after a quiet morning Steve Dora broke the deadlock just after changeover with an 8lb fish from Port-na-Craig bank on the fly - well done. Heavy rain is forecast for tomorrow - this should encourage more fresh fish into the beat - prospects look good for next week.

Steve Dora with superb fish from Port-na-Craig bank


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Ticking Over

The water level dropped away nicely today but it didn't seem to encourage the fish - it was a relatively quiet day at the Dam although quite a few a few fish were seen in the beat. Ally Gowans did well, though, with a fish of about 8lb on the fly early afternoon from Port-na-Craig bank. Hopefully things will pick up again tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Good Fishing Continues

The river was at a good height at the Dam today and fished well: James Dornan was first into action with a 9lb fish from Port-na-Craig bank on a spinner this morning; Steve Watt caught a 9lber from Port-na-Craig in the afternoon - again on the spinner; and this evening Gordon Nichol had a fish of 9lbs - again from Port-na-Craig bank - on the fly. Looking good as we head towards the weekend.

James Dornan on Port-na-Craig bank this morning



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Fishing Well

Heavy rain at the Dam today but this didn't put a damper on the fishing: Graham Fyfe was first into action with a 7lb fish on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this morning; Steve Watt then had an 11lber from Port-na-Craig bank on the spinner in the afternoon; Tom Monaghan followed with a 9lber - again from Port-na-Craig bank on the spinner; further downstream Graeme Stewart caught an 8lb sea-liced fish from Sawmill on the fly; again on Sawmill Martin Timmins followed up on yesterday's success with another good fish of 8lbs on a Vision 110. Well done to all. Looking good for tomorrow.

Martin Timmins on Sawmill today

Monday, May 4, 2015

Sawmill Success

The river went up about a foot over the weekend and it wasn't to the liking of the Dam salmon - nothing caught despite best efforts. Further downstream at Sawmill it was a different story: Martin Timmins did well catching a sea-liced fish of 10lbs and losing another on a Vision 110. Expect some good sport as the river drops back over the next few days.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Super Saturday

It 's been a relatively quiet week on the Dam so far - five fish caught but all hard won. Today, though, was different - fresh fish were seen throughout the beat and this was reflected in the catches: Gary Waugh was first into action with a 7lb fish early morning on the fly from Pitlochry bank; Thomas Andrew then landed a 12lber later in the morning on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank; Dairmid Harvey had a 16lb fish shortly before midday on Port-na-Craig bank then followed up with an 8lb fish early afternoon - both on a Payo; and a further five fish were lost - including a good sized fish for junior angler Calum Dunsmuir - well done to all. Let's hope the good fishing continues into next week.

Thomas Andrew on Port-na-Craig bank - 12lb fish ready to go back
Dairmid Harvey with superb 16 lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning

Friday, May 1, 2015

First Of May!

It was a cold start at the Dam this morning - one angler reported iced rod rings first thing! - but fishing conditions looked reasonably good. As it turned out the fish weren't really in the mood and, as ever,  perseverance was the key. Roger Collins stuck to the task and was rewarded with a fresh 7lb fish from Pitlochry bank on the fly this morning - well done. Hopefully more to come tomorrow.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Good End To The Month

A stiff downstream breeze made things tricky at the Dam today. Casting skills were tested to the full and with only a few fish showing over the course of the morning a blank was becoming a real possibility. Shortly before midday Ally Gowans broke the deadlock, however, with a fish of 13lbs from Pitlochry bank on the fly - good effort. More settled weather is forecast for the weekend - prospects look good.

CONTRASTING START FOR HILL LOCHS

The early season rods that have braved the elements have had mixed results.Bhac rainbows have been uncooperative to say the least with only a few reacting to flies fished deep on sunk lines.Kinardochy brownies,on the other hand,have responded well to spiders and black flies.We have been experiencing sharp frosts,snow flurries and bitterly cold winds up here in the hills hopefully it will end soon.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Ticking Over

A cold wind on the river today but fishing conditions were reasonably good. Gary Westhead took advantage this morning with a superb 14 lb fish from Port-na-Craig bank on the fly - well done. Despite best efforts this proved to be the only fish of the day. With the river at a good height hopefully more to come tomorrow.

Gary Westhead - 14lber from Port-na-Craig bank this morning

Monday, April 27, 2015

Dam Double

The weather was distinctly wintry today at the Dam but fishing conditions, in the morning at least, were fairly good. As it turned out two fish were caught: first into action was Steve Watt who continued his good run with a fish of 6lb this morning from Pitlochry bank on the fly; in the afternoon Dave Stewart landed a good fish of 12lbs again from Pitlochry bank on the fly - well done to both. A further two fish were also lost during the day. All in all not a bad day - hopefully the good fishing will continue.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Good End To The Week


Gordon Hanslip, Martin Wilson and Steve Watt
on Portnacraig bank on 25 April
The river went up overnight but was still at a good height this morning and with plenty of fish showing throughout the beat prospects looked good. With a fish lost early on it looked like it could be one of those frustrating days. Steve Watt persevered, though, and was rewarded with a 7lb fish from Port-na-Craig bank taken on the spinner  late in the afternoon - good effort.

Portnacraig Pitlochry beat on 25 April

Friday, April 24, 2015

Late Fish At The Dam

It was another frustrating day at the Dam - conditions looked good but the fish weren't in the mood. In the evening, though, Steve Dora struck silver - landing a superb fish of 15lbs on Pitlochry bank on the fly - well done. The river remains at a good height and expectations are high for tomorrow.

Steve Dora with superb 15lber on PItlochry bank this evening

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ticking Over

Bright sunshine and warm today at the Dam - not ideal fishing conditions. With one fish lost early on and nothing caught by mid morning it looked like it was going to be one of those days. Steve Watt had different ideas, though, and swung into action on Pitlochry bank with a fresh fish of about 9lbs on the fly - good effort. Should be a few more this week.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Dam Double

It was warm and sunny today but with good water levels the Dam continues to fish well: first into action was Ben Thompson with a 7lb fish from Port-na-Craig bank on the fly this morning; and soon after Adam Brougham followed up with a fish of 8lbs on Pitlochry bank - again on the fly - well done to both. Hopefully a few more to come as we run into the weekend.
Ben Thompson with an early morning fish on Port-na-Craig bank

Adam Brougham on Pitlochry bank this morning 

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: Tom 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

BANK MAINTENANCE

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

Tom 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.