Trout fishing the Upper River Tummel
Trout fishing Upper River Tummel

Upper River Tummel Trout fishing.

The Upper Tummel is a torrential river in North Perthshire, flowing from Clunie Dam on Loch Tummel to Loch Faskally above Pitlochry, through spectacular mountain scenery. Tickets for this water, cover both banks for about 3km from the dam down to the Falls of Tummel.  Access is fairly difficult due to the hilly and mixed wooded terrain, but the fishing can be very rewarding for anglers who are active enough to get to know and to love this lightly fished water.  It holds a lot of small, free-rising, beautifully marked, brown trout (<250 g) and occasional much larger ones that seldom come to the fly. 

Fly fishing is best when flow is low and it becomes fairly simple to wade across (thigh boots) from bank to bank as you proceed between attractive deep pool and shallow riffle sections.  However, do be careful to look out for rises in flow, which could be due to extra hydro generation activity or rainfall higher in the catchment.  Also note that unfortunately adventure boating operators use this river quite frequently in summer and it can be advisable to fish early or late in the day to avoid this disturbance.  These are often the best times of day for fly-fishing anyway.  Fishing in an upstream direction with a wide range of dry flies, wet flies and nymphs tends to be most effective as you can remain unseen by the fish.   The rises and fly rejections tend to be lightning quick, so you must be on your guard to set the hook.

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