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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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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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