Findynate & Cloichfoldich

Two double bank beats (Findynate & Cloichfoldich) on the Upper Tay, west of Grandtully. Findynate is the first beat upstream from the Grandtully rapids, and Cloichfoldich is a shorter beat immediately upstream of Findynate.

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Availability in 2019

Permit dates are one week per month from February to June, with another week in September. During each available week, there are four rods on Findynate and two on Cloichfoldich; availability and beat rotation is as shown in tables below.

Findynate permits

From To Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
18 Feb 23 Feb Two permits balloted, two available online Not Available Two permits balloted, two available online Not Available Two permits balloted, two available online Not Available
18 Mar 23 Mar Two permits balloted, two available online Not Availablne Two permits balloted, two available online Not Available Two permits balloted, two available online Not Available
22 Apr 27 Apr Two permits balloted, two available online Not Available Two permits balloted, two available online Not Available Two permits balloted, two available online Not Available
20 May 25 May Two permits balloted, two available online Not Available Two permits balloted, two available online Not Available Two permits balloted, two available online Not Available
3 Jun 8 Jun Two permits balloted, two available online Not Available Two permits balloted, two available online Not Available Two permits balloted, two available online Not Available
9 Sep 14 Sep Four permits, all balloted Not Available Four permits, all balloted Not Available Four permits, all balloted Not Available

Cloichfoldich permits

From To Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

19 Feb

24 Feb Not Available Two permits, both balloted Not Available Two permits, both balloted Not Available Two permits, both balloted
19 Mar 24 Mar Not Available Two permits, both balloted Not Available Two permits, both balloted Not Available Two permits, both balloted
23 Apr 28 Apr Not Available Two permits, both balloted Not Available Two permits, both balloted Not Available Two permits, both balloted
21 May 26 May Not Available Two permits, both balloted Not Available Two permits, both balloted Not Available Two permits, both balloted
4 Jun 9 Jun Not Available Two permits, both balloted Not Available Two permits, both balloted Not Available Two permits, both balloted
24 Sep 29 Sep Not Available Two permits, both balloted Not Available Two permits, both balloted Not Available Two permits, both balloted

Online Booking


David Stirling – Mobile no. 07759 303725.  Email : ds_findynate@hotmail.com

NB Keys not required for access. The Ghillie will open up gates at appropriate entrance and also open up hut.

Advice

The far (south) side of the river can fish better in certain heights of water. Here's how to get there:

From either beat, turn right back towards the village of Strathtay. Turn right at SPAR shop, cross the river into Grantully, turn right at the junction. Carry on through the village - you will see a horseshoe of new white houses on the left.  Approx  200 to 300 yards further on there are two metal gates just off the road on the right (opposite a 'bends  in road' sign).

Go through the left-hand gate and carry on upstream. Go through the first gate you come to on the right and follow the track down. For the Cloichfoldich beat, park off the track at the bottom of the hill and walk upstream. For Findynate beat, carry on along the track and park at the wooden gate.

The boundary between Cloichfoldich and Findynate is the large rocks which sit in the middle of the river. Cloichfoldich stretches approx ½  mile above rocks (top of beat signposted). Findynate stretches approx. ½  mile below rocks (bottom of beat signposted).

Findynate Beat Map

The Fiddle - Can be fished from either side, from the top of the gap in the trees. Start from high up in the pool but concentrate on the middle to lower reaches. Do not ignore the glide at the tail of the pool.

Big Stone Pool - Fish from the north bank. Start high up the pool and fish well down into the tail.

Findynate Pool - Fishes well from both banks with the main holding area being opposite the big croy where there is a large submerged rock. The neck or stream fishes well from both banks but is perhaps easier from the north bank and should be fished with the fly until the flow is lost.

Split Oak Pool (part of Findynate pool) - Difficult to cover with the fly from the bank but is good spinning water and is well worth a cast, especially in higher water. Boat fishing in safe conditions.

March Pool (part of Findynate pool) - This pool forms part of Findynate pool and is best fished from the south bank. Fish tend to pause here after coming through Grandtully rapids, particularly in higher water.

Cloichfoldich Beat Map

Upper Craggan - Best fished from the south bank; excellent fly water particularly in low water. South bank access via old railway line. This pool should be fished from beat marker on south bank down to glide at tail of pool.

Lower Craggan - Excellent fly water and can be fished from either bank, but usually from north bank.

Cloichfoldich Pool - Fishes well from either side, but wading is easier from north bank. A big long holding pool well worth fishing down to the tail on both sides. There are lies towards the tail of the pool and just above each of the main and smaller croys on the north bank.

The Pot - Best fished from the south bank except in low water conditions when it is possible to wade from the north side.

Access

To get to Findynate, take the A9 north from Perth and  exit at Ballinluig on to the A827 Aberfeldy road. Carry on for 5 miles until you reach the village of Grandtully.  Take the first right in Grandtully opposite the Chocolate  Shop. Cross river on green bridge, carry straight up the  hill and you come to the Spar shop. Turn left and carry on about a mile. Findynate Estate entrance is signposted on the right; the gate down to the Findynate Beat is  30m further along on the left. The gate to Cloichfoldich Beat is another half mile along the road, also on the left. There are signs on the gates.

Click here for directions from the A9.