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This River Tummel starts its life 60 miles to the west of Pitlochry on the windswept Rannoch Moor close to Glencoe. It begins as the River Ba and runs east passing through numerous lochs including Loch Ba, Loch Laidon, Loch Eigheach, Loch Rannoch, Dunalastair Water, Loch Tummel and finally Loch Faskally, until it reaches the main stem of the River Tay at Ballinluig.

Much of the flow is now controlled by hydro schemes, but fish passes have been installed to allow the passage of migratory fish. By the time the river reaches Pitlochry it can be classed as a large water with a mean flow of 72 cubic meters per second. There is a public viewing gallery into the fish pass at the Pitlochry dam and salmon can often be seen making their upstream journey.

  Fish Ladder at Pitlochry Dam
     

Salmon Fishing
Most salmon fishing takes place in the short stretch between the dam at Pitlochry and the junction with the Tay. Inevitably salmon pause below the dam before heading on upstream thus making it an ideal fishing location. The river is well known for its spring run and summer Grilse fishing. The ever popular Ally's Shrimp is a local fly which produces results. Variants such as the Tummel Shrimp, Cascade and traditional patterns such as Willie Gunn and Tosh are also well worth trying. A double handed rod (14/15 foot) is essential for this large water. Most beats also allow spinning and at present worm fishing.

  Looking down from Pitlochry Dam
     

Port-na-Craig Beat
Pitlochry Angling Club runs the Portnacraig Beat, which runs along the south bank from about 100 metres below the Dam down to the bottom of Milton of Fonab Caravan Site. Permits cost between £6 and £35 depending on the season and with only 3 rods available at this popular spot advance booking is essential especially in the peaks period of April, May and June. Bookings are taken from the New Year onwards. The Club also has fishings on the Lower Tummel beat, which covers both banks from Moulinearn to Balinluig for some April and May weeks. Advance Bookings can be made through Ross Gardiner, 01796 472157 (evenings).

  Port-na-Craig Beat
     

West Haugh and Dunfallandy Beat
The fishings cover some 1.7km of river, mostly double bank, and includes famous pools such as the Sawmill Stream, Poldour, the Bridge Pool and Pool Treigh. Permits are available from the Milton of Fonab Caravan Park. Telephone 01796 472882 and cost between £20 and £45 per day.

East Haugh
1 mile double bank, 4 rods. no ghillie. Day tickets are sometimes available and cost from £16 - £52. Contact Mr Don Reed 01506 843677 donreid@btopenworld.com

  West Haugh and Dunfallandy Beat
     

Atholl Estates
The estate has the fishings above the Ballinluig Bridge. It is mostly let by the week, but day tickets may sometimes be available. Estate Office, Blair Atholl. Telephone 01796 481355.

  Moulinearn


Trout and Grayling

Upper Tummel
Below the Clunie Dam the Tummel enters a gorgy section, which offers some very challenging fishing. It is not for the faint hearted or physically handicapped. Water levels can change suddenly. Permits are available from Mitchells of Pitlochry tackle shop and cost £2/day £5/week or £10 per season.

Lower Tummel
The lower section of the Tummel also has a good reputation for brown trout and also for grayling fishing. Grayling are not particularly prolific, but tend to be of a good stamp. The river is fly only from March to the end of June, after which worm, maggot and sweet corn may also be used. The water, which is operated by Pitlochry Angling Club is the venue for the National Rivers Competition. Permits at £5 per day or £15 per week are available from Mitchells of Pitlochry tackle shop and the Pitlochry Tourist Information Centre, Ballinluig Post Office, and Ballinluig Service Station.

   
 
Pitlochry Angling Club

Pitlochry A.C.
The Club waters have a high reputation and include stretches of the River Tummel and River Garry, and Loch Bhac and Loch Kinardochy. The Club’s policy is to provide good fishing at reasonable cost.
Details from Mr.R.Harriman,"Sunnyknowe", Nursing Home Brae, Pitlochry. - 01796 472484

Portnacraig

Portnacraig
The Portnacraig Beat extends from a marker post about 100 metres below Pitlochry Dam down to the bottom of Milton of Fonab Caravan Site, and is from the south bank only. Three anglers per day; £35 per day May; £25 to £30 per day April; £15 to £20 per day June; £10 to £15 per day March; £10 per day July; £6 per day other months.

Lower Tummel

Lower Tumme Beat
The Lower Tummel Beat extends from Moulinearn to Ballinluig, and can be fished from either bank. It can fish well for grilse in summer, by fly or spinner. Four anglers per day. £25 per day April; £35 per day May; £20 per day summer period. No rod sharing. No fishing with natural shrimp or prawn.

Loch Faskally

Loch Faskally
Boat fishing for salmon, grilse, brown trout and big pike. Pitlochry Boating Center hires out boats and tackle.

Loch Tummel

Loch Tummel
Any method trout fishing from the bank on this spectacular Loch. Ideal for beginners and experts alike.

Dunalastair Water

Dunalastair Water
Boat fishing by fly for big brown trout.

Upper River Tummel

Upper River Tummel
Any method trout fishing from Kinloch Rannoch to Tummel Bridge excluding Dunalastair Water.

Loch Rannoch

Loch Rannoch
Bank and boat fishing for bown trout, arctic charr and pike.

 

Loch Bhac
Fly-fishing from bank and boat for rainbow trout and wild brown trout on a pretty hill loch.

Loch Kinardochy

Loch Kinardochy
A hill loch, which lies in a shallow basin set high upon the tops between the Tay and the Tummel valleys offering wild brown trout fishing

 

 

 

 
 
 

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