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Peter Guthrie

Peter Guthrie

Living as I do at the foot of Birnam Glen, and loving nothing better than a walk with the dog on quiet tracks and trails in beautiful surroundings, it's hard to tell you just how lucky I feel to live in this part of the world.


Over the years that I've lived here I've seen all manner of Scottish wildlife in and around Birnam Glen, discovered ancient lost paths, the hidden picnic spots of the Victorians, found a forgotten waterfall, sledged down the entire length of the hill with the kids, marvelled at those taken part in the annual running event, tracked down bronze age rock carvings and iron age hillforts... and on it goes.


So this is my homage to a tiny corner of Scotland that has so much to give if you're just prepared to look - please come back from time to time to check on my latest piece of of rose tinted, besotted scribblings, which I hope you will enjoy!

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Very nice conditions on the river today and with three fish caught it was an excellent end to the week: Dave Stewart caught fish of 18 and 15lbs, both on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank this morning; and Neill Sproull had a fish of 9lbs – again on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this morning. With settled conditions set to continue prospects look good for next week.

Dave Stewart with 18lber  on Port-na-Craig bank this morning




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The river dropped back nicely overnight and with good numbers of fish showing it was looking promising this morning. It wasn’t too long before George Renwick landed a fish of 13lbs on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank and later in the morning Ally Gowans followed with a fish of 9lbs – again on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank. Looking good for tomorrow.

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With the river running high and slightly coloured conditions were less than ideal this morning but with the odd fish showing there was room for optimism. David Andrew persevered and was rewarded with a fish of 14lbs taken on the spinner – there’s always a chance. With water levels set to drop back over the next couple of days the fishing should pick up.

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After delayed opening of lochs due to prolonged Baltic conditions both lochs have started very well.
A boat out on Kinardochy at weekend reported 3 fish caught all on the old faithful Kate MacLaren.
On Bhac one of our members caught 4 on Saturday morning all on cormorants and one boat reported
18 rainbows all duly returned,olive nymphs and green diawl bach seem to be the flies of the moment.
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It looked promising at the Dam today but the fish couldn't be tempted - despite the best efforts of the rods in action. Downstream at Sawmill, though, Ally Gowans rounded off an excellent week with a fish of 14lbs caught on the fly. Temperatures are forecast to rise next week - prospects look good.

Ally Gowans was successful in Sawmill this morning - a 14lber caught on the fly



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Very nice conditions again this morning and with two exceptional fish caught it was another excellent day on our Dam beat: Ally Gowans struck early with a superb fish of 21lbs on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank first thing this morning; and shortly before midday Steve Watt landed an outstanding fish of 26lbs on Pitlochry bank – again caught on the fly. So far this season we’ve had eighteen fish from PAC beats at an average weight of fifteen pounds – not bad. Looking good for tomorrow.

Ally Gowans lands a 21lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning

Steve Watt  caught a 26lber on Pitlochry bank this morning



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Conditions looked good this morning but we had to wait until the afternoon for the only fish of the day: Dave Stewart was the successful angler with a fish of 8lbs caught on the fly from Pitlochry bank. The river remains at a good height - and prospects remain good.
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It's been slow at the Dam so far this week - despite good river levels - but today things really picked up with two fish caught: Jim Fisher was first into action with a fish of 17lbs caught on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this morning; and Jimmy Robertson followed up in the afternoon with a 9lber on the fly from Pitlochry bank. Good to see a few fish about - should be more this week.


Jim Fisher with 17lb fish on Port-na-Craig bank this morning

Jimmy Robertson with 9lber ready to go on Pitlochry bank this afternoon


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When Jimmy Ross explored access to Loch Broom yesterday this is what he found, the road is still impassible so it will take a few more days of thaw yet to get rid of the snow drifts. Consequently, members bookings have been postponed until April 21st at earliest.
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Snowmelt put the river up over the weekend but it dropped back nicely overnight and this morning sat at a good height. Ally Gowans was able to take advantage landing a nice fish this morning in Sawmill - a 9lber caught on the fly. Prospects look good for the rest of the week - should be more to come.

Ally Gowans lands a 9lber in Sawmill this morning

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It was another cold day on the river and a stiff upstream wind didn't make things any easier. Saul Mackay persevered, though, and was rewarded with a hard fighting fish of 13lbs caught on the fly on Pitlochry bank just before midday - it can be done. The river remains at a good height - room for optimism this week.

Saul Mackay returns a 13lber on Pitlochry bank this morning

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Another cold day on the river and another quiet day on our Dam beat – despite the odd fish showing and the best efforts of the anglers. Further downstream at Sawmill it was a different story; Paul Carter got his season underway with a superb fish of 14lbs caught on the fly this morning. Conditions look good for next week – and hopefully the fishing will pick up.

Ready to be released - Paul Carter was successful on Sawmill this morning


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As previously mentioned Lochs Kinardochy and Bhac will be opened on April 8th due to road conditions and much of the surfaces being frozen. Club members please note that the road to Loch Broom is impassible due to snow drifts and it will remain closed until April 14th. We will keep an eye on conditions and notify of any changes.
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Very nice conditions on the river this morning – a hint of spring in the sun and the water at an ideal height. It was a slow morning, though, with little showing but in the afternoon Jim Fisher broke the deadlock with a 14lb bar of silver from Pitlochry bank on the fly. Prospects remain good for the rest of the week – hopefully a few more to come.

Jim Fisher lands a 14lber on Pitlochry bank this afternoon


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The river dropped back and cleared overnight and was looking in good shape this morning. On our Dam beat Colin Fairgrieve was in the right place to land an excellent fish of 19 lbs on the spinner from Port-na-Craig bank early on this morning and further downstream at Sawmill Steve Watt also got into the action with a fish of 16lbs on the spinner in the afternoon. There seems to be plenty of quality fish about at the moment and with settled conditions set to continue it’s looking promising for next week.

Success - Colin Fairgrieve lands a 19lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning


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Maybe not quite spring yet but it was a pleasant day for a cast and with the river at a good height conditions looked good this morning. It wasn’t long before Alan Wales hooked into a fish and after a good fight was able to land a superb fish of 19lbs – caught on Pitlochry bank on the fly. With settled conditions forecast for the rest of the week prospects look good.

Alan Wales lands a superb fish of 19lbs on Pitlochry bank this morning

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Yesterday's visit to check access for putting the boats on by Jimmy Ross confirmed that Loch Bhac looked stunning in the sunshine but unfortunately, the access road had a deep covering of snow and most of the loch was frozen over. We have therefore delayed putting the boats on and the lochs will remain closed until April 8. Apologies to anyone hoping to fish there earlier.
Loch Bhac 20 March 2018
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Our Open Night last night was very well attended to hear Club Secretary Ron Harriman give an illustrated talk on the history of  Pitlochry Angling Club. Amongst the honours, David Stewart became Club Champion and Andy Walker who recently retired from the Club Committee after serving in various roles for 46 years was presented with an engraved silver quaich by Club President Jimmy Ross and a golfing watch which will apparently tell him how short his drives are!

Big thanks to everyone who participated in our raffle and auction to raise funds for Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance, £700 will be winging its way to them shortly. We are especially very grateful to all donors.

P.S. Thanks to the generosity of one of our visitors who handed of a donation of £20 to Club President Jimmy Ross yesterday in the street, the cheque for Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance will now be for £720 (unless we receive more donations - please contact the Club soon if you wish to contribute). 


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Fishing conditions were favourable today - the river at a good height, little wind and bearable temperatures – and with the odd fish showing there was room for optimism. Charlie Grosvenor was able to take advantage with a nice fish of 7lbs caught on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this afternoon. There should be more this week.

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The river was at a great height yesterday but with a bitterly cold wind it wasn't a day for the faint hearted. Billy McLauchlan persevered, though, and was rewarded with a hard fighting springer of 14lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank in the afternoon. With the settled conditions set to continue there should be more this week.


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  • Great End To The Week

    Very nice conditions on the river today and with three fish caught it was an excellent end to the week: Dave Stewart caught fish of 18 and 15lbs, both on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank this morning; an ...

  • Fish About

    The river dropped back nicely overnight and with good numbers of fish showing it was looking promising this morning. It wasn’t too long before George Renwick landed a fish of 13lbs on the fly on Port- ...

  • Dam Salmon

    With the river running high and slightly coloured conditions were less than ideal this morning but with the odd fish showing there was room for optimism. David Andrew persevered and was rewarded with ...

  • ENCOURAGING START AT HILL LOCHS

    After delayed opening of lochs due to prolonged Baltic conditions both lochs have started very well.A boat out on Kinardochy at weekend reported 3 fish caught all on the old faithful Kate MacLaren.On ...

  • Sawmill Success

    It looked promising at the Dam today but the fish couldn't be tempted - despite the best efforts of the rods in action. Downstream at Sawmill, though, Ally Gowans rounded off an excellent week with a ...

  • Excellent Fishing At The Dam

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  • Good Fishing Continues

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  • Dam Fishing Well

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  • Sawmill Return

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