Upper Farleyer (River Tay)



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.

2024 Availability

PDAA has two rods per day on the following dates:

Week beginning Monday 15th  April: 6 days, 12 rods

Week beginning Monday 29th April: 5 days, 10 rods beginning Tuesday 30th April

Week beginning Monday 13th May: 5 days, 10 rods, beginning Tuesday 14th May

Week beginning Monday 27th May: 3 days, 6 rods, beginning Thursday 30th May

Booking will be online, using enhanced credits 

NB Details on access and how to pick up the hut keys are provided on the permit. Note hut key pick up time may be different from fishing available time.


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.