The beat is situated about five miles from the top reaches of the tidal water in Perth. In summer and autumn, it is a fly fisher’s paradise with lovely streams and glides.
Benchil is situated just below the village of Stanley. It is one of the most attractive and picturesque beats on the River Tay, and offers many different types of pools to fish, especially for a fly.
Benchil offers an excellent opportunity for fly fishing in the lower water from bank and anchored boat especially in the attractive classic pools such as the Long Shot and Lundie. The beat fishes six rods, has two boats and a fishing hut with views down the Long Shot. It has 10 named pools including Skellies, Aitken Head, Plain Water, Ship Linn, Long Shot, Tail of Shot, Lundie, White Craigs, Little Shot and Todholes.
The beat is situated about six miles from the top reaches of the tidal water in Perth.
Pitlochrie is situated in the village of Stanley up and down from the former Stanley Mills. This beat is very versatile as it fishes well all year and at different heights of water.
Pitlochrie has nine named pools including the world famous Pitlochrie Pool. This beat offers good bank and anchored boat fishing in all heights of water for fly fishing and spinning. Horsey Pool is one of the best pools on the river for fly fishing in higher water. Two boats are provided. It fishes six rods and has a hut situated overlooking the Wash House. There are good low water pools such as the Corner Pool, the Dyke, Kirkie and the Woodside. Horsey fishes well in higher water once the early summer or autumn rain arrives.
The beats are fished on alternate days by agreement with the owner of the Stanley bank. There are two fishing huts, one on each beat and car parking next to both huts.
The rods are held in perpetuity and are subject to an annual charge, which covers the cost of ghillies wages, river board levy, maintenance of the bank together with boats and motors. The management charge for 2020/2021 was £6,300.
The fishings are managed by Salar Management Services Ltd.
Pitlochrie Beat is accessed from Stanley Mills. There is a private entrance down to the Wash House (which is the lunch hut for this beat). Take a left fork at entrance to Stanley Mills signposted Private. Follow this lane as it bends to the right and you will see the parking/stone Wash House in front of you which overlooks the river.
For Benchil Beat, follow the B9099 out of Stanley in direction of Luncarty for just over half a mile. There is a steel gate on the left, which is the entrance, and follow the track down to the bottom and through the gate. You will see the hut in front of you.