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 -  see link on this page.
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.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Another From Ruan Ruarie

The lift in water seems to have encouraged a few fish to run into Ruan Ruarie. Barry Ward was in the right place on Friday and reported a nice grilse of about 5lb. Good to see a few fish about - we'll see what next week brings.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ruan Ruarie Salmon

David Wilson took advantage of the rise in water levels at Ruan Ruarie - catching a good fish of about 10lbs today. Fish are moving through the dam in good numbers with 3002 on the counter on Wednesday morning - still good opportunities for those willing to get out.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Beaver - photo courtesy of Beaver-Salmonid Working Group
The Tayside Beaver Study Group, is seeking your help. The Group is monitoring all aspects of beaver activity in the now quite large beaver population which is present in Tayside. It is keen to get information on sites where beaver dams may impact on the movement of migrating salmonids, including on spawning salmon and sea trout, or any other impacts on salmonids. If you are aware of any such sites in Tayside, please contact Helen Dickinson, the Project Officer,, 01738 458592, mobile 07795608262. Helen is based at SNH Battleby, Redgorton, Perth, PH1 3EW and her normal working days are Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. She will be happy to arrange a site visit to document any issues. Helen also liaises closely with the Beaver-Salmonid Working Group which is investigating the potential for beaver-salmonid interaction across Scotland.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Fish Moving Through

It was a good end to the week at the dam - with Jamie Howe doing well to land a nice fish on the fly from Pitlochry bank. By all accounts there were plenty of fish showing first thing and I've had similar reports from the Sawmill. We've had good returns to the few rods that have been out this week - hopefully we'll see more of the same next week.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

If At First You Don't Succeed ....

Having lost a good fish on Tuesday night Duncan Webster returned on Wednesday and was rewarded with a superb fresh fish of 19lbs. It was caught in the streamy water at the top of Pitlochry bank and was eventually landed just above the marker stone - and by all accounts put up a tremendous fight - good effort! It shows there are still fish about for those willing to venture out.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fish About!

It's been quiet for the last week or so but there are fish to be caught for those willing to venture out: visiting angler Rene Muenger reported a superb fish of around 15lbs from Ruan Ruarie last Saturday; Brian Joseph spotted fish moving in Sawmill this morning and was rewarded with a fresh fish of around 13lbs on the Flying C (and lost another of about 8lbs just before this); and Duncan Webster lost a very nice fish of about 18lb at the bank on the dam last night. Mmm .... maybe time to dig out the rod again ...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Weather conditions were not conducive for catching trout on quite a few days in June.However when conditions were more suitable sport was good.Rainbows at Bhac were responding to damsel nymphs and dries.Some good hatches of olives were seen on Kinardochy with brownies taking them along with bibio,wickam and kate mclaren.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Ruan Ruarie Fish

Difficult conditions this week at the dam - fish were showing but for the few rods out they proved very hard to catch. Further upstream on Ruan Ruarie, however,  David Wilson did well on Wednesday with a 10lb fish - showing that they can be caught in low water. Still on Ruan Ruarie, Barry ward reported catching a very nice brown trout of 6lbs!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Good Returns At The Dam

Conditions looked good this morning with plenty of fish showing again at the dam. Gordon Nichol was first to take advantage with a 7lber first thing this morning and Duncan Webster followed with an 8lb fish just before midday. Both fish were sea liced, caught on the fly and from Port-na-Craig bank. The slow start to June may reflect a lack of rods rather than a lack of fish - hopefully a few more to come in the next few days.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ruan Ruarie Return

The fish are running fast at the moment - but can still be caught. David Wilson was in the right place on Monday - getting a very fresh fish of about 10lbs on Ruan Ruarie. Good numbers have been seen in the beat and prospects are currently good.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Late Strike

Things were quiet at the dam during the day but Brian Joseph worked a bit of magic in the late evening to winkle out a 12lber from Port-na-Craig bank. Brian had seen a fish moving into the Marker Pool and was perfectly placed to run his fly right into its path - a tremendous fight ensued before the fish came safely to the net - good effort.

Sunday, June 1, 2014


After the good start to the season in April the mild weather in May certainly ensured good fishing at both lochs.Bhac rainbows were showing interest in nymphs,buzzers and daddies whilst Kinardochy brownies were up for wickam,grouse and claret,black pennel and kate mclaren.Surface activity was also evident on both waters when conditions were right.If forecasters are correct it certainly looks like more of the same for June.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Ticking Over

Once again, conditions weren't easy at the dam yesterday but two were caught: Roy Maddox landed a fish of about 9lb in the morning on Port-na-Craig bank - on the fly; and Steven Stranks managed an 11lber in the afternoon from Pitlochry bank - this time on the spinner. The fish are running fast at the moment but the odd one can be caught - perseverance is the key.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Good Catch

Plenty of fish about but with the low water they're tending to travel fast - running straight through the beat and up the ladder at the dam (count of 1327 this afternoon). Not easy fishing conditions, then, but William McShane - ably assisted by brother George - managed to intercept one this morning - a superb 12lb  fish  from Pitlochry bank on the fly - well done! Hopefully a few more to come as we head into the weekend.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Good Start To The Week

The river dropped back over the weekend and now sits at about 3" - still not a bad height - and with a few fresh fish showing conditions remain reasonably good. Kenneth McGregor was first into action this morning and it didn't take him long to land a good fish of about 12lbs on Port-na-Craig bank. In the evening Gordon Nichol landed a hard fighting 8lber on Pitlochry bank. Further downstream on Sawmill Graeme Stewart kept his good run going with a nice fish at 10lbs. All three fish were caught on the fly. Not a bad start to the week.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Ruan Ruarie Success

More success on Ruan Ruarie today with Barry Ward catching a fresh 12lber in the Grilse Pool - the fish are running. A quieter day at the dam, though, with one fish lost early in the afternoon. Hopefully next week will see things picking up again.

Friday, May 23, 2014


Better fishing conditions today but the fish didn't seem to notice - once again they weren't really in the mood. Brian Holmes stuck at it, though, and was rewarded with a fine 16lber from Pitlochry bank on a Flying C. This was Brian's third and final day - good things come to those who wait. Good effort!

Brian with his 16lb fish ready to be returned

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Picking Up!

With blustery winds it wasn't the easiest day for fishing but with fish from all three club beats things look to be picking up. After a quiet start to the week today we saw three fish caught at the dam: Gordon Nichol got things going first thing in the morning with a clean fish of 21lbs from Pitlochry bank on the fly; Lee Thompson followed soon after with an 8lber on the Flying C from Port-na-Craig bank; and Alan Atkins persevered in deteriorating conditions to get a 6lber in the afternoon on Pitlochry bank - again on the Flying C - good effort. Further downstream at Sawmill Jack Galloway got his season underway in style with a beautiful 12lb fish caught on a cone head shrimp. Ruan Ruarie also produced its first fish of the season - some of the 700+ fish through the dam making their way up the system - when David Wilson landed a fish of 11lbs. Looking good for the weekend.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Donation to Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance

SCAA presentation at Scone Aerodrome 
Our Open Night in March was a great success. Thanks to everyone who contributed. SCAA sent this picture of our Club President Jimmy Ross presenting a cheque for £1200 to them. Briony Blair their Events and Volunteers Coordinator said "Thank you so much for raising such a fantastic amount". 

SCAA are funded by charitable donations and may be contacted at:

Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance
The Control Tower
Perth Airport

Telephone: 01738 553 770

Sawmill Sea Licer

Difficult conditions again yesterday - not many fish about and those that were proved hard to catch. Nothing was caught at the dam but further downstream at Sawmill Graeme Stewart was in the right place at the right time catching a 12lb sea liced fish in the afternoon - good effort.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Sawmill Success

Brian Joseph got things going on Sawmill today with a cracking fish of about 10lbs on a Flying C. Brian reported plenty of fish moving and sure enough more success was to come with Ally Gowans catching a 10lber on the fly - again in Sawmill. Over 600 through the dam now so plenty of fish about.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Good Catches

It was another difficult day at the dam yesterday with high winds and bright sunshine. Conditions improved in the evening, though, and two club members were able to take advantage: Alec Cruikshank landed a superb sea liced fish of 19lbs; and soon after it was Jim Fisher's turn with a fish of about 12lb. Both were caught on Pitlochry bank on the fly.

Today was definitely an improvement with plenty of fish showing. David Andrew managed to get one on a Flying C - a 12lber from Pitlochry bank - and two further fish were lost. Further downstream Gordon Nichol had two fresh fish on the fly - both around 12lbs. Looking good for next week.

Alec Cruikshank returns a superb fish ...

... and soon after it was Jim Fisher's turn

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Two on the Fly

Challenging fishing at the dam today with the fish in reticent mood and a gusty downstream wind to contend with. Two fish were caught, though: Gordon Nichol got things going with a 5lb fish from Port-na-Craig bank first thing; soon after Ally Gowans landed a hard fighting sea liced fish of 12lb (see below) on Pitlochry bank. Both were caught on the fly. Great to see some fresh fish about  -and hopefully a few more on the way.

Safely returned ...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Ticking Over

The river is sitting at a good height for both banks at the moment but the fish are proving hard to tempt. Graeme Stewart did well, though, getting his first of the season - a fish estimated at 16 lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning - good effort. The forecast remains settled for the rest of the week so hopefully a few more to come.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Good Catches

After a quiet start to the week things picked up today at the dam with three fish caught: Callum Imray had an excellent day with two fish - the first an 18lber from Pitlochry bank in the morning - and the second - a 14lber from Port-na-Craig bank in the afternoon (see below) - both on a Devon Minnow; and Les Dargie continued his good run with a fish on the fly from Port-na Craig bank. Let's hope it continues.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Good End To The Week

Two fish were caught at the dam today. John Downie got the first in the morning - a 9 lber from Port-na-Craig bank on a Willie Gunn. The second was caught in the afternoon by Gary Waugh (with the help of John!) on a Silver Salmo - a 9lber from Pitlochry bank. Gary hooked the fish opposite the Port-na-Craig restaurant but got snagged before the fish ran to below the bridge and and came to a halt. John managed to hook the line with his rod, cut the line and attached it to his rod and then successfully land the fish. The fish was safely returned - John & Gary are still recovering! Further downstream Gordon Nichol got a 9lber from Sawmill. Not a bad end to the week - especially given the level of catches on the Tay system at the moment.

John Downie with the first fish of the day

Gary Waugh with the second

Friday, May 9, 2014


With the fish playing hard to get perseverance was the order of the day. George Renwick stuck to the task and was rewarded with a 7lber on a Cascade from Pitlochry bank - good effort. Hopefully a few fresh fish on the way to liven things up.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Picking Up Again

Conditions looked good this morning with a 6" overnight rise in water levels putting a bit of life back into the river. Alex Mitchell was first to capitalise with a fish of 8lbs quickly followed by Ally Gowans with one of 11lbs - both caught in the morning on Pitlochry bank and on the fly. Things went quiet on the afternoon but hopefully the rise in water will encourage a few fresh fish to run into the beat for the weekend.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

First of the Week

The river has dropped back over the weekend but at 7" is still at a good height for fishing. That said fish have been hard to come by - even with good numbers showing throughout the beat. Success did come today, though, - Duncan Webster continued his good start to the season with a 14lber in the morning from Pitlochry bank on a Devon - good work. Hopefully there will be more to come over the next few days.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Speciman Tummel trout

Fred McDonald's 4lb trout
Scott Breen with his 5lb trout
Several large trout have already been caught this year on the River Tummel, some of them accidentally by salmon anglers so it is good to be able to report a couple of beauties landed by trout and grayling anglers.

Season permit holder Fred McDonald’s trout was caught whilst fishing for grayling on 3rd February 2014, weight was reckoned to be around 4lbs. It was caught on a shrimp pattern fishing New Zealand style.

Scott Breen’s trout was caught on 9th April 2014 and its weight was guessed at about 5lbs. It took a tungsten bead head hares ear nymph with an orange thorax fished single on a French leader.

Both fish were caught from the Middle Pool (Bridge Pool) on the R Tummel at West Haugh and safely returned to the river.

Dunalastair - boat ready for departure at your leisure!

Entrance to parking at Lassintulloch
 Thanks again to RDAC for their help and cooperation our boat is available for booking by Club members and their guests. If you are not a member, visitors can book a boat via RDAC, cost £30 per day for trout and pike fly fishing on this extraordinary loch.

Tight lines!
PAC boat with new jetty.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Success - Eventually!

Conditions looked to be near ideal this morning with the river at a good height and plenty of fish showing. Things were slow, however, - very slow - and it wasn't until mid afternoon that the deadlock was eventually broken - Steve Watt continuing his good run with a fish of 13lbs quickly followed by another at 8lbs. Both were caught on Port-na-Craig bank on a Cascade. See below a photo of the second fish being safely returned.