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Despite being very lightly fished some great fish are being caught on our Port-na-craig beat at the moment: Steve Watt followed up on his success earlier in the week with another superb fish today - this time it was a 17lber caught  on the spinner on Port-na-Craig bank this afternoon. It's a great start to the season - and hopefully more to come this week.

Steve Watt continues his great start to the season - a 17lber from Port-na-Craig bank today



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With conditions looking good yesterday Steve Watt ventured out for a cast and was rewarded with two superb fish on the fly: the first at 21lbs was caught on Pitlochry bank in the morning and a second at 12lbs was landed on Port-na-Craig bank in the afternoon. As the first fish caught on the fly by a club member Steve also wins the Mitchell Trophy – well done. Fishing conditions continue to look ideal and hopefully this will encourage more to head out for a cast.

Steve Watt wins the Mitchell Trophy with a superb fish of 21lbs caught on fly from Pitlochry bank yesterday morning!


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Our Port-na-Craig beat has been very lightly fished since opening day but with rods out today and the river sitting at a good height there was room for optimism this morning. Sure enough Jordon Grant was successful with a superb fish of 14lbs caught on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank this afternoon - well done! Great to see fish of this quality on the beat - and hopefully not too long until the next one comes to the net.

First fish of the season - Jordon Grant lands a superb 14lb fish on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank - well done!



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It's almost time for our annual Open Night to which everyone is invited (members or otherwise). This year the evening will feature a very interesting illustrated talk by our Club Secretary Ron Harriman who has held this post for the best part of 50 years and has done a fantastic job researching the history of the Club going back well over 100 years. Stories will include the capture of the specimen trout pictured below and many other anecdotes.


Presentation of prizes and a raffle to raise funds for the Air Ambulance will also take place.

Please join us and help to raise funds for this excellent deserving cause. If you have anything that you would like to donate to the raffle please contact Jimmy Ross on the Club Mobile 07541404048. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the evening.
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Club President Jimmy Ross on opening day
A few club members were out on Portnacraig Pitlochry yesterday for the opening day, although there were no fish caught. The river had come up a bit, but it was still at a good height. Three fish had appeared on the counter at Pitlochry Dam just upstream of the beat, which seemed a bit unlikely as now that the water temperature has dropped to about 3C (37.4F) salmon reaching the dam normally wait in the Tummel downstream of the dam until late March or April when they get slightly warmer water which helps them swim up the ladder.

Club member John Tomlin on opening day
 
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The river conditions look great for the opening of the salmon season tomorrow. The opening day itself on Portnacraig Pitlochry Beat is kept for Club members, but we have plenty of availability on other days. Our last opening day fish was in 2013 when Gordon Nichol gave himself and the beat a great start to the season with a magnificent springer of about 21 lb on a yellow and black tube fly on Pitlochry bank at the Moulin Burn mouth.

Gordon Nichol's opening day fish in 2013

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Visitor permits for 2018 at Pitlochry Dam are now available for booking via the website. Tight lines!
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The website has been updated for 2018 season and you can now renew membership and purchase fishing permits. The draft Minute of the 2016 AGM has also been added and is accessible via the Members section.
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All our permit prices for 2018 remain the same as last year, details can be found and downloaded here.

All beats can now be booked online apart from Pitlochry Dam beats which will be made available for public booking prior to the season opening in mid-January. 

Best wishes to all our anglers for the festive season and the upcoming fishing season, we expect to see quite a few hardy souls out trying for grayling during the holidays now that water conditions are suitable (if they last!).
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When the arrangements were agreed in 1945 for incorporating this stretch of river into the Tummel-Garry Hydro-Electric Scheme, there was no provision for any hands off flow to be maintained and a weir was put in place to prevent salmon gaining access.
In recent years, the implementation of the Water Framework Directive provided a stimulus for the balance between the costs to SSE of re-engineering structures and losing some hydro generation and the benefits to the environment, to be re-examined, and a flow has now been restored and access to salmon reopened. SSE, SEPA and the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board have needed to work together to reach this successful outcome which was marked by a celebratory event which local and national organisations attended on 30 October.
The Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board (Tay DSFB) is anticipating that as many as 1500 extra salmon might pass the fish counter at Pitlochry Dam further downstream once the opened up water is fully colonised. 


David Summers, Director of the Tay DSFB, Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive of SEPA,
and Alastair Stephen, Senior Environmental Advisor at SSE looking at the newly
re-watered stretch of river during the celebratory event on 30 October.


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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 20
• December 4 and 18
• January 8 and 22
• February 5 and 19
We look forward to meeting you there! Call the Club mobile for further information 07541404048
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After a long wait to get his first salmon from Ruan Ruarie (see entry below) Paul Carter followed up today with another at 15lbs – good going. The fish was caught on the fly and put up a superb fight by all accounts. Still time for a few more from this beat – good numbers of fish at the moment and currently at a great height.
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Ruan Ruarie was at a good height yesterday and Paul Carter did well with a fish of 8lbs on the fly from the Grilse Pool. Paul has been persevering up at Ruan Ruarie for some time - good to see the effort paying off ... and still time for a few more before the end of the season. 
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With the river at an ideal height there was room for optimism this morning and sure enough Stephen Dunstan was rewarded with a good fish of 11lbs on the fly on Pitlochry bank this morning. With the settled conditions set to continue there could be more this week.
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With good numbers of fish about Ruan Ruarie continues to fish well - Dave Wilson continued his good run with a grilse of 4lbs yesterday. The beat should really start to fill up from now to the end of the season - some good opportunities to be had. 
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Good numbers of fish have been seen in the beat over the last few weeks and Dave Wilson was able to take advantage with a 2lb grilse caught on the spinner last Monday . With fish moving through steadily at this time of year it’s definitely worth a go.
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Whoops, somehow lost a photo of the pink salmon tail in the last post. Sorry - here it is now.


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This evening a Club member fishing the Pitlochry bank reported that there was a dead sea trout in the water close to the top of the beat on that bank. Committee member Ross Gardiner looked in the late evening and did indeed find a dead fish in the water, but it was a small female pink salmon (also known as humpback salmon) of 40 centimetres (just under 16”) in length. As many of you will know, such fish are strays to Scotland, and may be from rivers in north-west Russia. There have been about 40 reported in Scottish rivers since early July and although establishment of populations in Scotland is currently not thought to be likely, to prevent any which are captured from spawning, anglers are being asked to retain, report and, if possible, pass any on to the local Salmon Board or Fisheries Trust for inspection – for further advice please look at http://fms.scot/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Pinksalmon.pdf.  Likewise with dead ones which are found, which is quite likely as they are summer spawners. Do please watch out for these fish and do look closely at any dead fish you come across. 

Apologies for the poor photos which were taken in half dark conditions, but please note the small scales, the unusual spotting on the tail fin and the loose eggs on the stone - this was a ripe female. Please click on the photos to see larger versions.  
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The Dam has been quiet over the last week but the Sawmill can still produce a fish or two: Martin Timmins had a week to remember with a fish of 24lbs on Wednesday night and another today at 3lbs – both were caught on the fly - good going. There’s still fish about – and hopefully a few more next week.

Martin Timmins releases a 24lber on Sawmill this week

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Saul Mackay showed that it’s still worth a cast on our Dam beat – a quick run through Pitlochry bank this morning producing a sea-liced fish of 10lbs on the fly – it can be done.  With good numbers of fish continuing to move through the beat and a few rods on tomorrow there could be more to come this week.

Saul Mackay with 10lb sea-liced fish on Pitlochry bank this moring

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