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Conditions looked favourable this morning: overcast, light winds and fish showing throughout the beat – definitely room for optimism. David Russell was able to take advantage, landing a fresh fish of 8lbs on the fly on Pitlochry bank this morning. Not many rods out at the moment but it’s still worth a cast – should be a few more next week.

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Jim Fisher ventured out last night for a late cast and was rewarded with a nice sea trout of 3lbs - caught on the fly from Pitlochry bank. Still good numbers of salmon about at the moment with roughly twenty fish a day ascending the fish ladder at the Dam.

Jim Fisher landed a nice sea trout on Pitlochry bank last night

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Fisheries Management Scotland (FMS) has emailed DSFBs and Fisheries Trusts to let them know about a recent capture of a pink salmon on the south coast of Norway by an angler, and that a pink salmon may have been caught in commercial nets in NE England (also reported on Tweed News http://www.rivertweed.org.uk/news/?p=6234). FMS asks that anglers and other stakeholders as well as DSFBs and Trusts remain vigilant to the possibility of these fish turning up again in Scotland this year. 
 
FMS notes that whilst it was initially felt that the odd-year class of fish (like 2017) were likely to be most prevalent, that stocks from even-year classes (like 2018) may also occur.


FMS has offered to assist with the collection of any information on incidences of these fish, and it can be contacted (asap please) if you do record any sightings or captures http://www.fms.scot alan@fms.scot. People are asked to record the following information, and, where possible, retain whole fish, and scale and tissue samples.
 
Date caught  
Location with approximate grid reference  - (you can use https://gridreferencefinder.com/)  
Method of capture (or details of mortality)
Sex of fish
Size of fish length (cm) weight (kg)
Scale sample retained (y/n)
Frozen sample retained (y/n)
Any other relevant information

Note: Pink salmon were reported last year in Scottish waters from early July and it is possible that they might turn up even earlier in the year. One of the many reported in Scottish waters last year was from Portnacraig Pitlochry Beat, where it was found dead. It was a ripe female with only a few eggs left in place and may have spawned. There were news items about it on our News page - see

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We've had a quiet - and frustrating - period on the river recently with a number of fish hooked but none landed. Today, however, Pat Phelan persevered and was rewarded with a fresh fish of 9lbs late in the afternoon on the spinner from Port-na-Craig bank. Good numbers of fish are showing in the beat at the moment and hopefully there will be a few more this week.

Pat Phelan persevered today and was rewarded with a fresh fish of 9lbs on Port-na-Craig bank this afternoon

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This morning a workparty of Club members organised by Club President Jimmy Ross carried out some bankside vegetation trimming on Portnacraig Pitlochry Beat as part of our ongoing programme of maintenance of Club waters.


Part of the workparty in action

More of the workparty in action 



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With bright, sunny and warm conditions it was a quiet morning at the Dam but with good cloud cover in the afternoon the fishing picked up nicely: Roy Longair landed a fish of 15lb on the fly and Howard Rankin followed on with a fish of 14lbs on the spinner – both were caught on Pitlochry bank. Plenty of fish about and looking good for the rest of the week.

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The list of loch fishing permits available from our website continues to grow. Now visitors can book fishing on Loch Bhac, Loch Kinardochy, Loch Tummel, Loch Rannoch and now, recently added also Loch Eigheach. Eigheach is a pretty loch that sits to the south of the road between Bridge of Gaur and Rannoch Station (B846). It holds a good population of trout averaging about three to the pound but has the attraction of occasionally producing much larger trout weighing 2 to 3 lbs. A great place for both beginners and experienced anglers to test their skills. Both bank fishing and boat fishing permits are available. Electric outboards are allowed and fishing is fly only using conventional fly tackle. Boat keys are held by Gordon Brown, phone 07483997017. 
Loch Eigheach (early springtime)
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It was another warm and sunny day at the Dam – not ideal for fishing – but with fish about there’s always a chance. Marc Wrigglesworth persevered and was rewarded with a fresh fish of 10lbs – caught on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank this morning – it can be done. Not a bad end to the week.

Success! - Marc Wrigglesworth lands a 10lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning


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With low water and bright sunshine conditions were less than ideal today. With good numbers of fish about, though, you’ve always got a chance and Andy Gillespie was in the right place to land a fresh fish of 15lbs. With the current weather set to continue perseverance could be the key over the next couple of days.

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There will be no access to the Pitlochry fish pass observation chamber and the usual counter display from 28 May to 29 September because of work being carried out at the power station. There will be a real time count display and real time images at the Pitlochry Dam Visitor Centre on the opposite bank and it is understood that the count display will be able to be seen from the outside of the building at all times. The footway over the dam will still be accessible by a path on the away from the power station side of the fish ladder and Some additional details are on


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We’re now into low water at the Dam but the beat remains lively with good numbers of fish showing - especially early morning. Today we had one caught and at least another two fish lost: James Lapsley was the successful angler - and continued his good run - with a sea-liced fish of 9lbs caught on the spinner first thing this morning on Pitlochry bank – an encouraging start to the week.

James Lapsley lands a sea-liced fish of 9lbs on Pitlochry bank this morning


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After the very cold start April gave us to the season,things have certainly improved at the lochs.Since  the beginning of May the air and water temperatures have risen significantly and the fish have responded readily.
Some excellent catches being reported on Bhac with nymphs and cormorant flies doing well whilst
the browns in Kinardochy being tempted by black wet flies,dries and emergers.
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Water levels continue to drop but our Dam beat can still produce a fish: Kenny Horne was the successful angler today with a fish of 8lbs caught on the fly early morning on Pitlochry bank. The forecast for tomorrow looks favourable – should be more to come this week.

Perseverance pays off for Kenny Horne today - an 8lber on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning


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The river continues to drop back but with no shortage of fish about prospects looked good this morning. Curtis Brunker was able to capitalise catching a superb sea-liced fish of 21lbs on the spinner first thing this morning on Port-na-Craig bank. This was Curtis’s first +20lb fish and rounded off what has been an excellent few days. Looking positive for the weekend.

Curtis Brunker with 21lb sea-liced fish on Port-na-Craig bank this morning


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Warm and sunny on the river today – not ideal fishing conditions – but with good numbers of fish about at the moment there was room for optimism and the day ended with one fish caught: Iain McLaren was the successful angler with a fish of 15lbs caught on the fly from Pitlochry bank this morning. Should be more to come this week.

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The river continues to settle back but remains at a good height and with three fish caught so far it's been an excellent start to the week: James Lapsley was the successful angler yesterday with a fish of 16lbs caught on the spinner from Pitlochry bank in the morning; and today Curtis Brunker caught two fish - one on the spinner on Port-na-Craig bank this morning at 10lbs and another on the fly in the afternoon on Pitlochry bank at 8lbs. Curtis also lost another two fish - not a bad day! The forecast remains settled for the rest of the week - room for optimism.

James Lapsley with 16lber on Pitlochry bank yesterday


Second fish of the day for Curtis Brunker

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It was quiet at the Dam this morning but things really picked up in the afternoon and with two fish caught it was another good day of fishing: Malcolm Fyfe got things going with a sea-liced fish of 9lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank; and Steve Watt followed up not long after with a fish of 8lbs on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank. Great to see good numbers of 2SW fish now in the beat and looking good for the rest of the week.

Steve Watt lands an 8lber on Port-na-Craig bank this afternoon


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Very nice conditions this morning and with three fish caught it was an excellent start to the week: James Lapsley was quickly into the action with fish at 14 and 23lbs caught on the spinner first thing on Pitlochry bank; and Neill Sproull’s good run continues with a fish of 8lbs caught on the fly on Port-na-Craig bank this morning. Looking promising for the rest of the week.

Neill Sproull with 8lber on Port-na-Craig bank this morning


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With the river at a nice height and good numbers of fish showing it was frustrating for the day rods that none were willing to take. In the evening, though, Martin Wilson managed to tempt one, landing a good fish of 13lbs on the fly from Pitlochry bank. Temperatures look set to rise next week - hopefully it will also liven up the fishing - looks promising.

Martin Wilson lands a 13lber on Pitlochry bank this evening

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Peter Fitzpatrick got the day off to a great start with a fish of 12lbs caught on the fly from Port-na-Craig bank first thing this morning and with the river at a good height and lots of fish showing it was looking good at this stage. The fish proved hard to tempt, though, and this turned out to be the only fish of the day. Hopefully a few more to come tomorrow.

Peter Fitzpatrick off to a great start - a 12lber from Port-na-Craig bank first thing this morning 

 
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