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1 mile double bank, boat and bank ghillied fishing with a comfortable hut and wc at Stanley Mills.

Streamy water, pools and rapids with an emphasis on traditional anchored boat and bank fishing.

Fly fishing friendly.
In 2021 Pitlochrie is fished on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

The beat is situated about six miles from the top reaches of the tidal water in Perth. In the spring with water temperatures being low the salmon tend to have their first stop in these waters because of the increased gradient causing lots of fast water and the Weir at the top of the Catholes. This makes it a prime spring beat early in the season.

On the Pitlochrie beat we have been looking hard at modern fishing trends and how they can improve the experience of visiting anglers. As a result we have decided to reduce the number of rods fishing our beats at any one moment from 6 to 4. This will increase the time that individual fishers spend on the productive pools, give our fishers more time in the boat and give the pools more time to rest. We are confident that these measures will increase the catches per rod per day and elevate the experience of fishing our beats to a new level. Fishing is increasingly an escape from the pressures of the modern world and the reduction in rod pressure has been greeted with great enthusiasm by our regular rods.

Pitlochrie is situated in the village of Stanley up and down from the former Stanley Mills. This beat is very versatile as it fishes well all year and at different heights of water. When spring fishing dominated it was the place to be, especially in the early months up to April. After the last 5 years these signs are returning and hopefully will improve.

Pitlochrie has nine named pools including the world famous Pitlochrie Pool. This beat offers good bank and anchored boat fishing in all heights of water for fly fishing and spinning. Horsey Pool is one of the best pools on the river for fly fishing in higher water. Two boats are provided. It fishes six rods and has a hut situated overlooking the Wash House. There are good low water pools such as the Corner Pool, the Dyke, Kirkie and the Woodside. Horsey fishes well in higher water once the early summer or autumn rain arrives.

Spring Fishing
Pitlochrie is fished on an alternative day, (with Catholes), until the end of April for parties wishing to fish more than one day. This is one of the best spring combinations on the river. The last 5 years have seen an upturn in early spring catches as the river seems to be in the early stages of a return to spring dominance. In 1978 over 600 springers were caught on this combination.

Summer Fishing
During the months of May and June, day lets are available from the Stanley bank only. There will be no Ghillie present except first thing in the morning to show you the beat.

Autumn Fishing
During this period, until the end of the season, Pitlochrie is paired on an alternative day basis with Benchil.

Daily lets are available with 1 ghillie and 2 boats, we encourage fly fishing from the bank and anchored boat.

Bob White has over 40 years experience in angling for Atlantic salmon and has extensive fishing knowledge on the Tay. Bob can offer tuition in overhead and Spey casting techniques and is a G Loomis pro guide. Tackle can be supplied.

The owners are anglers and support the Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board conservation measures and consequently would encourage all tenants to follow these guidelines.


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Wed 21st October

Last Report for 2020.

It was a reasonably quiet end to the season with only a few fish landed over the last week. The river was surrounded with Autumn gold but there was little evidence of silver in the river confirming that there was no late back end run.

In the last few days Gerry Martin landed a nice fish in Luncarty pool from the boat.

David Brand landed a smaller salmon on the fly from Luncarty.David and Ray Gardiner enjoyed a good day in the boat finally capturing fish at the end of the day.  lastly Ranald Allan caught 3 salmon on a floating Devon again in Luncarty on the second last day. 

It has been a good season overall with improvements in catches especially over the summer period. There is certainly renewed optimism for next season. Our availability for 2021 is all ready on Fishpal but you can contact me directly at robert.salmonfishing@googlemail.com as well. We amassed some 130 salmon off our Catholes, Pitlochrie, Benchil and Luncarty beats this year with just under 70% being caught on fly and achieved 92% Catch and Release. 

Looking forward to seeing you next season.  

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