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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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Not many anglers out at the moment but Martin Cavanagh showed that it's still worth a try with a fish of 8lbs yesterday afternoon on the spinner from Port-na-Craig bank. Further upstream at Ruan Ruarie Dave Wilson did well today with a grilse of 4lbs and a fish of 8lbs - both on the spinner. Still good numbers of fish about and with favourable water levels there's room for optimism.
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It's been a quiet week on our Dam beat - still good numbers of fish about but not many anglers. Saul Mackay ventured out this evening, though, and was rewarded with a fish of 9lbs caught on the fly from Pitlochry bank - it can be done. With a few more rods out there would surely be more - let's see what next week brings. 
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This summer, from July on, a large number of salmon will be caught at Armadale on the Scottish north coast, tagged with acoustic tags of about 18 mm (¾”) in length by Marine Scotland Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory, and released.

It is thought that the salmon will include ones destined for rivers all around Scotland and arrangements are being made for there to be fixed receivers, including ones close to the mouths of many rivers, to detect tagged fish as they pass.

In addition, Marine Scotland would like the help of anglers who should watch out for tagged salmon.  The tag (black cylinder, as shown in the photograph) will be near the dorsal fin and if you catch a salmon with a tag, then please remove it by cutting through the plastic attachment cord and send it to Armadale Tracking, Marine Scotland, Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory, Faskally, Pitlochry, Perthshire PH16 5LB (phone 01796 472060) with a note of day and location of capture and your name, postal and, if applicable, email address, and the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory will send you a £20 reward.

If you have any other information about the fish (for example a photo, length, or sex of the fish), then please include it when you send in the tag. However, please do not delay the safe return of the fish to the water to obtain any such information.

The tagging will produce extremely useful information on the coastal and in-river movements of salmon, so please watch out for tagged fish, which could turn up anywhere, and return the tags as requested.

Example of tag and plastic attachment cord.
The tags will be attached near the dorsal fins of the fish.
Please note that the colour of the attachment cord will not necessarily be yellow.

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Good numbers of fish continue to enter our beats and Andrew Khakoo was in the right place this morning to land a fresh fish of 10lbs on the fly on our Sawmill beat. Definitely worth a cast and hopefully a few more this week.
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The river remains at a good height and our Dam beat continues to fish well: John Love persevered this week and was rewarded on his final day with a fish of 12 lbs from Pitlochry bank this morning; and Hugh Robertson was successful last night landing a fish of 16lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank. Hopefully a few more to come this week.
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Conditions looked good today but the fish remained stubbornly uncooperative for the day rods - despite their best efforts. In the evening, though, new club member Bertie Warren got his first Tummel fish – a 3lber on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank – well done! Bertie has put in the effort over the last couple of months so that one was well deserved. Should be more this week.
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The river was at a good height this morning - prospects looked good - and with two fish caught it was an excellent start to the week: William Smith landed a fresh fish of 18lbs on the fly on Pitlochry bank this morning; and in the evening Brian Joseph caught a fish of 10lbs on Port-na-Craig bank - again on the fly. Looking good for the rest of the week.

Ready to go - Brian Joseph releases a 10lber on Port-na-Craig bank this evening

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The river was settled and at a great height this morning – very promising. A couple of fish were lost on Port-na-Craig bank early on but Gavin Hutchison, on his first visit to the beat, managed to hang on to one – landing a superb fish of 14lbs on the spinner on Port-na-Craig bank just before midday – well done. With more rain forecast for tomorrow it’s looking good for next week.

Gavin Hutchison enjoys the moment - a 14lber from Port-na-Craig bank this morning

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Heavy rain overnight put water levels up again but with the river running clear this morning prospects looked good. It didn’t take long for Laurent Memeteau to take advantage, catching a fish of 9lbs on the spinner with his second cast on Port-na-Craig bank this morning! More rain followed, though, and the river seemed to colour up again. It should settle back nicely for tomorrow – hopefully a few more to come this week.
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With heavy rain overnight the river was on the rise this morning. The fish were very active early on by all accounts and Martin Wilson was able to capitalise with a fish of 7lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning with another lost not long after. By mid-morning the river was fairly coloured and since then has risen by another couple of feet. The river should fall back and clear nicely over the next few days, though, – should be interesting.
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While the rush of salmon through the ladder seems to have slowed down a bit over the last few days there's still good numbers showing at the Dam and Tony Brown did well this morning to intercept one on Port-na-Craig bank - a nice fish of 8lbs caught on the fly. Every chance for more tomorrow.
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Good numbers of fish were showing at the Dam today – and some of them hung about long enough to get caught: Jim Fisher was the successful angler, landing a fish of 9lbs on Pitlochry bank on the fly this morning – it can be done. Should be a few more this week.

Jim Fisher returns a 9lber on Pitlochry bank this morning

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Perseverance was the key yesterday (Saturday) and it paid off for Jamie McCulloch who landed a fresh fish of 7lb on Pitlochry bank in the morning. With five fish caught it wasn’t too bad a week given the difficult conditions – and room for optimism for next week.
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