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Pitlochry Fishing Breaks

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Salmon Fishing Breaks Pitlochry. Dam and Loch Faskally

Pitlochry Fishing Breaks

Rosemount Pitlochry is a great choice for Fishing Breaks Pitlochry. We are close to the Tummel, Tay, Loch Faskally and many smaller fishing lochs and rivers. Flexible mealtimes and packed lunches are available. Enjoy a hearty dinner and a few drinks in our bar.

Salmon Fishing Breaks Pitlochry

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Fishing Breaks Pitlochry

Atlantic Salmon Fishing at Loch Faskally Pitlochry

Pitlochry is famous for Salmon fishing, but there are many who are unaware of the astounding and epic journey this fish takes through the cycle of its life:

In Autumn, in the fresh, clean water which comprises the spawning grounds of Loch Faskally, Pitlochry, adult females lays between 7000 and 8000 eggs in areas where water flows through clean, loose gravel bed nests called redds. The eggs are fertilised and over winter to hatch in the spring. The tiny fish carry a yolk sac and are called Alevins. These are semi-transparent and have eight fins for maintaining their position in fast flowing water. The survival rate afforded by the yolk sac is sufficient for about 3/5 of the eggs laid to survive through to the next developmental stage – the Fry. which emerge from the gravel. Once the yolk has been used up, the fish have to start to feed on microscopic organisms and come to the surface to take a gulp of air to fill their swim bladder. Of the 8000 eggs laid, only about 800 will survive through the Fry stage.

The Epic Journey of the Salmon of Pitlochry

When the tiny fish get to about 8cm long, they are known as Fingerlings – about 6-12 months old. Survival rate is already down to about 400 from the original egg-batch. On the first birthday, fingerling become Parr. Small red dots appear on their sides which serve as a kind of camouflage. During the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year of life, Parr become Smolt, become bright silver in colour and migrate down-river, courtesy of the Fish Ladder at Pitlochry Dam. This allows them to navigate around the dam which would otherwise have obstructed this vital stage in their development and rendered them extinct.

Following a powerful urge to swim downstream, they navigate the River Tummel, which joins the Tay at Ballinluig to the rich feeding grounds of the Atlantic. They develop the ability to secrete salt to enable them to move from freshwater to the sea, following lengthy migration routed to Greenland and the Faroes.

After spending 1-4 years at sea, the smolt will return to the river of their birth to spawn. Of the original 8000 eggs, only 10 will make it back to spawn. Those that return after one year are called Grilse. They enter fresh water between April and November. The female will be full of eggs and blue-black in colour whilst the male is coppery orange-brown. Once spawning is complete, the fish turn black with a golden spine, many die, especially the males, but statistically, 2 of the original 8000 will survive to spawn again.

 


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