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Loch Faskally by Pitlochry

 
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Loch Faskally was formed when the Tummel valley was dammed for the hydro scheme at Pitlochry. It is the last of the dams in the hydro scheme and there is a major power station at its base. Built into the dam are not only a fish ladder, but also a public viewing gallery. In May and June you will often see salmon as they pass through. Around 5400 salmon ascend the dam each year.

  Loch Faskally from Pitlochry Dam

 

   

The loch is approximately 2 miles in length and narrow to around 800 yards. The loch lies between steep wooded hills, which make it nicely sheltered. Faskally is often a good retreat when large lochs such as Rannoch and Tay become un-fishable in high winds. However these steep banks and cliffs make bank fishing difficult and the use of a boat it highly recommended. Beneath the water the old riverbed and demolished buildings offer good features, but many lie deep down. An echo locator is a valuable tool on this loch.

  Pitlochry Dam

 

   

The water holds a good head of brown trout and the native fish are augmented by a stocking in the 1-5lb range. A 7lber was recorded in 2001. Salmon and a few sea trout pass through as they head up the Tummel and Garry systems. 54 salmon were caught in 2001 the best being a fish of 14 ½ lbs, however fish to 28lbs have also been caught. June also sees the arrival of the summer grilse. There are also good numbers of small pike with a few larger specimens mixed in. The best recorded pike have been over 30lb.

  View from Boating Centre

 

   

Trolling is the most common method used on the loch. The best lures are a copper Tomic or a black and gold Toby. A southerly breeze also provides for some good drifts.

There are some nice features on the east shore where a rock face drops down from the road to the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory. Caution must be exercised at the top end where the river flows in as there are large sand and mud banks on which it is easy to become stuck.

  Top of Loch Faskally

 

   

The Faskally Boating Centre is easily accessible by car and has good parking. The Centre can be found at the north end of Pitlochry and is clearly signposted on the left just as you exit the town boundary. The Centre is located by the loch side in scenic surroundings. There is a very pleasant café offering teas coffees and snacks. 18 boats are available for hire, 14 with outboards, with life jackets supplied. Anglers may also bring their own engines. The Centre will cater for parties and club outings. Fishing tackle is available for sale and for hire.

  Pitlochry Boating Center Cafe

 

   

For the non-angler Pitlochry makes an excellent place to explore with lots of attractions and many shops. The area around the Boating Centre is also offers some outstanding walks.

Boats with outboards cost £36 per day
Life jackets are compulsory and cost 50p per day.
Fishing Permits cost £6.25 per rod.
Discounts are available for weekly lets.
Contact: Len Jayne Campbell. Pitlochry Boating Station Telephone 01796 472919

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