The Upper Farleyer beat is one of the best beats on the Upper Tay. It comprises of single (left) bank fishing commencing at the junction of the Tay and the Lyon and extending 1.25 miles downstream, opposite the Bolfracks beat.
A fair proportion of the beat is streamy water with a number of good holding pools. In low to medium heights the beat has excellent fly water; some would argue this is the best fly beat on the Upper Tay. The full width of the river can comfortably be fished from the bank or wading. However, especially in higher water, the spinner might also be needed to get the best out of all the water.
This beat benefits from lying below the junction of the Tay and the Lyon as, especially when the Lyon is low, fish accumulate in the beat before running the Lyon. Fish can be caught from opening day but chances increase as the spring progresses with the best catches of sparkling fresh fish often being made in the late spring. In the summer grilse can provide exciting sport and then autumn spates usually see an influx of more fish on their final run to the Lyon from the lower Tay.
Availability in 2020
PDAA has two rods per day on the following dates (all balloted):
Friday 3 Apr / Saturday 4 Apr
Tuesday 12 May / Wednesday 13 May / Friday 15 May
Thursday 4 June / Friday 5 June / Saturday 6 June
Wednesday 16 Sept / Thursday 17 Sept / Friday 18 Sept / Saturday 19 Sep
Friday 2 Oct / Saturday 3 Oct
NB Details on access and how to pick up the hut keys are provided on the permit.
All rods are balloted, but cancelled places can be looked for and taken up via the online booking link.
Heading north from Perth on the A9, exit at Ballinluig towards Aberfeldy, which is 10 miles along the A827. Go through the town centre, past the main square, and turn right at the traffic lights (B846 to Weem & Kinloch Rannoch). On the far side of Wade's Bridge, at a sharp left turn, is the Ailean Chraggan Hotel. Continue west on the B846 for around three miles, looking out for a farm road on the left (wheelie bins) with a small sign saying Carse Farm. Further details, and info on how to pick up the keys, are provided on the permit.